Earning Income Online as a Sewing Blogger


Can you believe that it’s basically March?! I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again, “Time waits for no man!” The real question is, have you achieved any of your goals for this 1st quarter yet?

I’ll be candid and let you guys know that one of my goals for the year has been to earn more passive income online.

I had my first experience with making money online circa 2014. At the time, I was on my debt free journey and was looking for ways to get some extra income. I decided to sell my unused clothes and handbags via Instagram. I can’t remember exactly how much I earned, but I earned enough to put toward my student loan debt. I knew then that it was possible to make money online. 

Here's a snapshot of items that I sold & my shipping packaging.
Well my focus at the time was getting out of debt, so I didn’t put much more effort into growing my online income. Though I had a blog and YouTube channel at the time, none were profitable.

Fast forward to 2015. That’s when I had my second experience of making money online. This time I had written a book and it was (still is) being sold on Amazon, Kindle, Nook and pretty much everywhere else books are sold online. Again, though I made income from my book, I didn’t really put more effort into making consistent passive income online.

Again, let’s fast forward to 2016. At this point, I’ve become hip to the game of making money online through blogging and YouTube. As a result, I put more effort into being consistent and really branding. I upgraded some of my equipment to produce better quality work, particularly videos. But, since I had been on YouTube for some years, I actually had made enough money from ads to get paid. My first check from Google was a whopping $101! I’d say I’d had a pretty good year online considering I didn’t put in much effort.

Since that time, I've accrued enough money to get paid from YouTube and my blog on a more consistent basis. I've also launched another site that include products, such as my books, courses, and coaching.

Recently I asked my Instagram audience if they thought that DIY/sewing bloggers could make a career out of their platform. Roughly 83% believed that you can. Though I've seen more success in other niches, I believe that the mere act of being a blogger and having an online presence is an opportunity to make substantial income online. I want to prove that I can do it in the sewing space. 

Mimi of MimiGStyle has blazed the trail for this niche and for women of color, so I know it's possible. And, as of today, I'm inviting you on my journey. A year from now, I'd like to have consistent 4 figure monthly income from my online platforms. Throughout the year, I'll share my progress toward that goal and eventually tips and tools that work for me.

Are you interested in making money online? Join my Blogging Basics Community where you can get tips for blogging + branding so that you can launch your blog and start making money online. Click here to join!

Also, be sure to check out my latest video below!!


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11 comments:

  1. I am looking for a way to earn extra income but bybdping something I really enjoy and if it is possible to do it online then I would like to learn how.

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  2. Hi Flo, my name is Sheila. You are an inspiration to me. I am a fellow sewist and owner of a fashion accessories business. I have been trying to build a social media presence, but it has been challenging. Any information you can share would be appreciated. Thank you, Sheila

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    1. Hi Sheila! Unfortunately, I'm just seeing this comment, so I apologize for the delay in response. I've since launched a blogging course at http://bit.ly/FosBlogBundle that covers some of this information. You can also join a community that I've started around this subject at http://bit.ly/BlogwithFo

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  3. I too am interested.

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    1. Marcelene, please send me your email address via the contact form. I’ll let you know when I do a webinar on ways to make money online!

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  4. I'm interested. Learning and knowledge is always a good thing.

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  5. This is an excellent journey you’re on Fo. I share the same desire of wanting to make our niche my full time job. My biggest challenge is marketing, I’ve been getting by with the bare minimum but I know I have to do better. Thank you for the post!

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