Well, I've done it. I've finally made some money off my attempt at an internet business.
I received my first commission payment from the shirt shop. I've officially earned $40 from selling my shirts/mugs etc. That was from four sales. Two of them weren't even my own purchases! (Of course, my own purchases cost me much more than that - but we have to start somewhere.)
At about the same time, I received $30 from Rewards Central - which pays points (exchangeable for cash when enough points are earned) for doing surveys, reading ads, and has rewards points for shopping on the internet.
My blogs? Well, the way the advertising program works is I earn a small amount of money whenever someone clicks on an ad. (Lots of people have ad blocker programs and never even see ads - and lots of others just aren't interested in what's being advertised. Not many people click on ads. ) Those few cents add up and add up, but only get paid when they add up to something like $150. It's going to be a very long time before that happens. And books - I haven't sold any yet, but the e-pub version of one of them has gone as far as being accepted for ibooks and Nook.
I've got to say that in the December/January period, any extra money is a gift from God. And I'm grateful for it.
On the other hand, I don't think this month will be the time I can be free from depending on a disability pension.
Even if the whole internet business thing isn't making me huge amounts of money, I still think it's a great idea. What's good is that things like the shirt shop and the book shop is that I can work on them when I have energy - and they will continue to do what they do without me when I don't have any energy at all.
That's not just a good idea for me - there are other people with lupus and other chronic illnesses who have businesses (some on line, some in the real world), aimed either at making a living, or just at raising some money for the extra costs involved in surviving with a chronic illness. They're finding ways to meet financial needs and obligations, while keeping some flexibility to deal with vagaries of illness.
While you're here check out the Lupie Business Directory and see who else has written books, or has on-line shops, etc?
You never know, you might find a perfect gift for yourself or someone else, or you might find inspiration for your own business.
(If you're a person with a chronic illness who is operating a business, please let me know so I can add it to the directory - I'd love this directory to become a really useful resource. It would be great, if we were going to buy something anyway, to check whether we could get it from another lupie first.)