Aim: To make £500 (or more) every month...

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Hello,

I'm starting this thread as I want to make a certain amount of money online this month (and every month) and want to keep myself motivated/focused and accountable.

I have an old thread from last year, but want to start afresh.

My aim this month is £500. If I make more than that, that'll be great, but my initial aim is £500.

Most of it will be via proofreading.

I managed to make £500 in January and February, so it's doable. However, that was when I had a regular proofreading client. I still think it's doable, though.


Over the past few months, my challenges have been:

- trying to juggle online work with other/increased work commitments

- my sleeping pattern (I tend to go to bed late and most of the proofing work comes through in the morning)

- losing my main proofreading client (significant loss of income. I used to proofread a lot of their emails.)


So far, I've made about £33. Part of it's from last month, which I'll receive towards the end of the month.

I think if I organise myself better and sleep better, I can reach my goal and possibly surpass it.
 
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How does one become a proofreader? thanks :):)
 

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@Emsa22: To be honest, I don't really know as there isn't one way to get there. I don't have a qualification. I started by proofreading a few friends' poetry collections and magazines (I was a poet at the time). This was years ago. Just one-off stuff. Then a couple years later, I started looking online and eventually found a few positions via Craigslist, then it was off from there.

I don't make a full-time income from it, though there are many proofreaders who probably do.
 
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Update:

I'm up to £43.80 (proofreading).

Haven't had enough sleep in the past two days. Will try and get an early night tonight.
 

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Update:

So far, I've made £66.70 in total. For me, this isn't good enough if I'm to hit my target of £500 by the end of the month.

There's a guaranteed £120 coming from other online work I do (customer support), so I need to make about £315/£320 more. I can do it. I just need to buckle my ass down. Lol!

There's also about £20 coming from a crowdsourcing task site called Neevo (used to be called DefinedCrowd). I don't know if I'll get paid this month as the project hasn't closed yet.


Anyway, it would help if I went to bed by midnight tonight. I woke up at 7.30 am today and it felt like a productive day. I just need to master how to juggle online and offline work.
 

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What is the customer support work you do?
Good luck with your target.
 

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@lyns86: It's for the site where I proofread (TextRanch).

Thanks for the good luck wish. :)
 
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Up to £80.14 (all proofreading for now).

I woke up early again - earlier than yesterday - and managed my time a bit better. I also felt rested in the morning.

Plan to hit the sack by 11.30pm/midnight.

Adequate rest and being more organised/focused; that's how I plan to hit my target.

On that note, smoothie, TV (been watching the OA), bed.
 
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I'm up to £97.90 (still all proofreading). Gonna aim to get it up to £120 or so over the weekend.

My sleep hygiene's improving. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier.

My focus on online work could still be better.
 

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Didn't manage to hit £120 over the weekend. I'm around £114 at the mo'.

Woke up early - got out of bed as soon as the alarm went off. Yay, me. :)

Did stuff I had to do and was on the computer by 8.15/8.30.

Let's see what the day brings.

Happy Monday, all.
 
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I'm at £126.10. Still all from proofreading for now.

I'm growing to prefer days to nights - I want as much of it as possible - so last night, I set my alarm for 6.30 am (was up at 6.00, though) and was asleep by around 10/10.30 pm.

I want to start factoring in naps as well. I think it would be good for me.
 

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Update:

Up to £145.06.

I'm getting enough sleep, but been feeling tired over the past few days. Been up about three or four hours and I feel sleepy already. Going to adjust what I'm eating/drinking and also start napping.
 

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Update:

£165.43 (
£215 to go as I have a set £120 on its way towards the end of the month)

I started having mostly smoothies a few days ago. If what I'm eating is contributing to my tiredness, then I want to tackle that. I'm not new to the smoothie life - just haven't been at it like I used to be a few years ago.

I'm also getting much more sleep and sleeping earlier. Just not taking naps yet which I'm kind of resisting. Maybe I should just start by lying down and see how that goes!
 
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Update:

I'm up to £190.12! And it's not all from proofreading this time! I got some of the payment I'd been waiting for from Neevo - £17.02. (Neevo's a crowdsourcing task site - used to be called DefinedCrowd).

I went to bed really late last night, so I wasn't as productive as I could have been today. At some point, I just decided to chill for the rest of the day as I wasn't really able to focus. I did some work, but it wasn't the Monday I planned - totally my fault, though.

Anyway, tomorrow's another day. Tomorrow will be my Monday. :)
 
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I forgot I have about £22 coming my way for proofreading a few weeks ago :). I also have a client I hadn't heard from since Feb get in touch with me yesterday for some work, so another £13 or so in the proofing kitty once it's done. :)

I was up around 7.15 today and was on my computer by 8.30. Not bad as I usually have bits and bobs to do before going online. However, I'd like to cut it down to an hour at the most from getting out of bed.
 

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Update:

Proofreading: £203.03
Neevo: £17.02

Total: £220.05/£500 (previous: £190.12/£500)


I've been paid for the proofreading job I mentioned, the £13 one. I got paid a bit more (£14.29) as there was a bit more content.

They also want me to do another job, smaller this time. I'll be getting about £12 for that.

I also snagged a proofreading job this morning worth around £31! Yay!
 

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Update:

Proofreading: £217.75
(previous: £203.03)
Neevo: £22.72 (prev: £17.02)

Total: £240.47/£500 (previous: £220.05/£500)


I got myself another proofreading assignment. Don't know exactly how much it'll pay yet, but it'll be at least £50, I think. (Update: It's roughly £80. Squee!)

I might also be getting more work from the client I hadn't heard from since February. We'll see.


A week to go now 'til the end of the month. All in all, I'm expecting an additional £170 (from proofreading and customer support work), so that'll take my total up to £410. If I can complete the £50 job by the 26th/27th, it'll take me up to £460. If I do, then I have about a week to make the remaining £40 to reach my £500 total.


Sleep: I've been going to bed quite late recently and not sleeping enough hours. Gonna try and have an early night tonight.
 
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