Reaching $1,000 Monthly Revenue (August 2018 Update)
This blog post is an archive of this series of tweets that I wrote, so I apologize for spelling errors and strange formatting :)
Starter Story August Results
- 💵 Revenue: $1,120.12
- 📈 Uniques: 15,175 (August)
- ✉️ Email Subscribers: 2,710
Woah 😲 I hit the $1k mark in monthly revenue.
I can't really believe it - it feels sorta surreal. I remember getting excited about $3 in Amazon affiliate revenue just a few months ago.
In April, I thought about quitting the project.
I was barely making any money and I was bored.
I even started working on another project.
You just have to keep putting a little bit of work in each day, and you hit these small milestones that keep you going - like an email from a fan or a HN post going viral.
One thing that has really kept me going is establishing a morning routine.
Been waking up early over the past few months, but over time I was getting up later and later.
Before I knew it, I was snoozing for like an hour and half.
So in the beginning of the month, I made it a point to wake up every day at 530AM, no excuses. I kept my phone across the room so I couldn't snooze it.
I even started running right in the morning as well.
Never have I been a morning person before…
Another big milestone, I hired someone!
I finally executed on this after meeting up with @FelixThea, the host of The Shopify Masters podcast.
He told me you have to hire someone, and to stop thinking you are the only one that can do certain tasks.
So I went on Upwork - terrible experience.
So, I just asked for help - I posted on Twitter and in my email newsletter that I was looking for help.
Such a good decision.
I got dozens of responses from fans and followers - people that really want to be a part of this!
I ended up hiring @WalterDom_ and he's been working with me for the past few weeks.
He's based out of Mexico City and has been helping me with email and publishing articles.
It's so nice having someone else helping out - thank you Walter.
I've also been running every single day. It's been 45 days.
When I run, I think about stuff, esp @starter_story - it motivates me.
I've also seen @CaseyNeistat 3 times now - yes Casey that was me who awkwardly waved at you this morning.
I also took a ton of time off this month. I traveled through Massachusetts on a road trip with my dad, and just had a long weekend with friends in Austin.
This was prob the first time I've taken time off for @starter_story, it was really hard to not look at email
Traffic for Starter Story was low this month - this is because we didn't have any huge stories on Hacker News or reddit.
It sucks not to get that adrenaline boost, but it will happen eventually :)
One cool thing is organic search traffic is starting to pick up!
This next month, I will be building the @starter_story community.
I'm super excited, but also nervous.
It's going to be a big challenge.
Lastly, I want to thank my sponsors for helping my get to the $1k mark!
Thanks for reading and excited for the next month.