It’s the end of November. In just three weeks it will 2017. I hope you’ve been having a good year, I know mine has been surprising. I looked at my diary and realized I’ve been travelling for 4 months. Wouldn’t have believed that if you asked me last year.

If this is the first time you’ve seen my income report, you might be wondering why I want to share these income reports online. In part these income reports are a way to track my progress. It’s nice to be able to look back and see what I achieved in November and what I wanted (and maybe failed) to do, but they are also a way to share my experiences

Over the last year I’ve managed to grow a business from my blog. I’m my own boss. I’m travelling slowly around the world. I look forward to working every day and the new places I get to see. If you haven’t started a website I hope this inspires you. If you’re already running a business then I hope you can avoid some of my mistakes and maybe learn from my experiences.

Blog Income November

I earn most of my money through my travel consultancy service, with B2B (business to business) commissions that don’t cost my guests anything.

November was the end of the high season for tourism in Indonesia. I expected my income to drop and it has, but not as much as I thought it might.

I earned $1,973 from Discover Your Indonesia. Income from Agoda is still high. That’s because I’m receiving payout from hotel bookings in September.

My expenses this month are still high. Travelling costs a lot of money. Still my bank balance seems ok and I’m not too worried as December will be a busy month.


Source Income
Travel Consultancy USD 1,600
Affiliate Income USD 250
Google Ads USD 123
Total USD 1,973


Wages USD 325
Hosting USD 25
Total USD 350

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A Month in Review

November has been quite busy. I left Sri in Goa and started travelling again. I visited Hampi,  Jogfall Waterfall in Kerala, Kochi, Munnar in the highlands of Kerala and I’m now in Pondicherry.

After that month in Goa my battery is recharged. It’s been nice to be on the road again exploring India. Riri has been amazingly supportive and she’s doing more and more of the work answering emails from clients, which means I can focus on other things (I need to write an article one day about finding great colleagues and how to setup management systems).

I started reading business books in November. As soon as I started I realized I should be doing this a lot more. They made me realize I should be doing a lot more to systemize my business. For example…

Creating an Annual Business Plan

This sounds obvious, but I didn’t have an annual business plan. I had general aims that I wanted to achieve, but I didn’t have a real strategy to get there. It was a good exercise though. Once you have a business plan you can logically work backwards to see the steps you need to take to achieve those aims…

Make the Sales Pages Pop

After reading May I Have Your Attention Please, short read that I really recommend, I realized with a few small changes I could improve the website copy to give it a bit more personality. I’ve been experimenting with this on some of my most popular tours. I still need to do a lot of testing, but I’ve seen some pretty big jumps in conversion rate.

Improve User Flow

Before this month my Trello board was filled with template answers to the 10 most common questions for each tour. Answering these questions took up a lot of my time and my clients shouldn’t have to ask those questions. So I created a thank you page for each one of my tours that looks a little something like this. It took a lot of work, but it’s been a big timesaver when dealing with clients.

New Content on DYI

November was quite a slow month for content on the site. I spent a lot of my time reviewing older content and working on the thank you pages, but I still managed to get some stuff published. Here are the highlights:

Plans For December

I’m heading to Sri Lanka on 6th December for a month. It’s going to be fun. Though I will be a bit sad, I’m looking forwards to visiting a new country and seeing some different sites. Next month I’ll just be reviewing the rest of the tours and trying to improve the copy. Oh, and I’m planning to take a break from work. I added that into my business plan for the year.

How did your month go? Are you planning to make a change in your life?

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Published by Firsta Yunida

A proud Indonesian who loves adventure, nature and everything fluffy in between. She likes to explore places, meet new people and improve her photography skills. Google+

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  1. Hi Firsta,
    I just recently discovered your blog while searching for “places to go in Yogyakarta”. I just love what you do and find your experiences truly enlightening. Especially on how you set out to build your business. I have often toyed with the idea of starting a travel blog, but am clueless of where to start. Your screenshot in Munnar Hill & its caption, truly resonated with me; about life, and where you want to go, what you want to do… I just finished my Master studies and am currently freelancing. Sometimes, I just can’t help feeling a little lost and ‘direction-less’. Reading what you do has been an eye-opening experience. So, thank you. Keep sharing & doing what you do!

    Salam from Malaysia!

    1. Hi Em,
      Thanks for the kind words. It’s great you’re now in the position to make choices about your future. Things can be confusing while you’re deciding what to do. The most important thing is to get started (preferably doing what you love). 🙂

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