I quit my job for my side hustle and earn at least $5k a month – and I still enjoy half the day with my f… – The US Sun


A BLOGGER has revealed he can make at least $5,000 a month from his bird-inspired side hustle.
Bird-watching superfan Scott Keller dedicates a couple of hours in the morning to work on his site before spending the rest of the day with his family.
Keller worked for an insurance company and revealed that in 2016 he started the website BirdWatchingHQ.com, according to Side Hustle Nation.
He was able to juggle the animal-themed side hustle alongside his career.
Just two years after launching the site, he earned $30,000 before earning $70,000 in 2019.
More than three-quarters of his revenue comes from advertisements, 20 per cent affiliates, and five per cent from his e-commerce store.
He said his traffic “exploded” during 2020 amid the Covid pandemic, according to ConvertKit.
Keller revealed that he loved working on the blog “for fun” before work, but in 2021, he decided to change jobs.
He told ConvertKit: “Suddenly you realize you’ve climbed a ladder you never really wanted to climb in the first place. The ladder I wanted was across the room.”
Keller dedicates “a few” hours a day working on his site before spending time with his family.
It allows him to pursue activities ranging from working out to going on hikes.
Keller revealed that he started writing stories about the different types of binoculars people could buy but realized the strategy wasn't working.
Keller revealed he then targeted his posts at bird watchers – those who pursue the hobby religiously and on a casual basis.
He came across Brian Dean’s blog Backlinko and was inspired to make his content more engaging to readers.
Scott told Side Hustle Nation that Dean said writers should put themselves in the shoes of the reader.
Keller revealed he used to spend up to 30 hours working on each post, according to Convert Kit.
At least four articles a week are uploaded onto the site – two are written by Keller himself and two by another writer.
In 2019, he put up a camera and recorded a live feed where fans could watch birds.
He also broadcast the streams on his YouTube page, which sparked a discussion online.
He sends an email twice a week, which also includes a pop-up quiz that readers can take part in.
Keller is ambitious and wants to grow the business and has dreams of turning a property into an Airbnb.
He wants to set up birdwatching items in the yard for guests to enjoy.
But, his immediate plans involve producing “more content, and more content”.
It's important to note that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states if you are a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated taxes quarterly.
The Sun spoke with a tax expert who outlined how a side hustle could land you a massive IRS bill.
The IRS states you have to file an income tax return if your net earnings from self-employment are $400 or more.
If your net earnings from self-employment are less than $400, you still have to file an income tax return if you meet any other filing requirement listed in Form 1040.
More than half of Americans are now considering a second job amid the effects of inflation, data cited by Bloomberg has revealed.
And an Insuranks survey from June revealed that 44 per cent of people work a side hustle.
Jannese Torres juggled her engineering career alongside her food blog before deciding to quit her job last year.
She told CNBC that she has around 10 income streams, ranging from ads, speaking gigs, and affiliate marketing.
She revealed that $10,000 of which comes from passive income – money that can be earned without much work.
Torres, who is an award-winning podcast star, said she wanted to be her own boss and claimed that she Googled her way to success.
TikToker Jason Reid has shared how he rakes in $32,000 a month using Walmart Marketplace.
A career coach, known as Melecia at Home, has claimed you can earn thousands a month just by listening to phone calls.
Content creator Shionda Farrell says she can earn up to $10,000 a month by documenting her food and lifestyle experiences.
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