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We saw a bit of a pullback in the market this month, and subsequently the portfolio value is sitting at about $95k.
However, the dividend income has grown to $310 per month. One of the nice things about dividend investing is that the dividends tend to move independently of short term market price fluctuations.
Key purchases this month were into CLX, XYLD, VICI, and BMY. I didn't contribute as much money into the fund this month as I normally would have. I actually spent a lot of money on new clothes this month but I am happy about this.
Business-wise, I am planning out and working on a new idea which I believe will provide me with a nice source of location independent income. It involves learning and marketing a new skill that will be also beneficial to my personal life and existing ecommerce business.
I have tried experimenting with a new product for my existing ecommerce business as well, but we'll se how that one turns out. Business income overall was a bit lower this month, likely due to the seasonal nature of the gardening niche.
End of October Update
This month, I did not add very much dough to the fund and fell a bit short of my goal. Right now, the fund is sitting at a value of about $98k and producing just over $320 per month in dividend income.
I'm taking some time each day to learn photoshop, with the intention of utilizing it to bolster my income. Business income has been slow for the last couple of months and I think it is likely that this will continue at least through November.
Again, this month was pretty slow in terms of business income.
The fund did jump up to over 100k for awhile, before falling back to just under 99k due to the current volatility in the stock market. We're sitting at a monthly dividend of $330 right now. Recent purchases include JEPI, CLX, and BMY.
Still taking steps and throwing some new darts at the wall to try and boost my online income.
Yeah it is pretty saturated, but there are so many ways to utilize photoshop that I'm not too concerned about that. Even if I don't sell my editing services to others, I have found it useful in editing my own product photos.
The dividend portfolio grew from 99k at the tail end of November to 107k as of now. That's nearly all down to capital appreciation. The dividend payout grew to just over $350 per month. I'm focusing more on etfs right now, shuffling capital over from some of my individual stocks into VOO, SCHD, and QYLD.
December was another slow month in terms of business revenue... crossing my fingers that things pick up a bit as we head closer to spring (again my business is in the gardening niche) but meanwhile I'm dedicating 4 hours per day toward new projects and trying to boost income. My preference is to focus on location-independent businesses because I've got the travel bug.
Thanks to Martzee, I'm also selling options (wheel method) in a practice portfolio through Think or Swim. Tracking everything in excel to see how things go and I'll compare it to my existing real money portfolio over time.
Happy to report that I reached my goals for 2021 that I had written down at the start of the year. I've got my goals defined for 2022 and I'm ready to go.
Alright, so we've had some turbulence in the stock market and the fund is sitting at a value of about $106k right now. (Didn't lose as much as the S&P500, which is to be expected as this is a fairly conservative portfolio) I was honestly hoping for a larger correction so I could scoop up some cheap shares, but we'll see, anything can happen.
The monthly dividend income continues it's steady upward march, and this is where we're at as of right now - view the attachment below to see the projected income.
As of now we're sitting at a portfolio value of just over $114k and a current (average) monthly dividend distribution of $400 per month.
Really happy with the dividend growth since last time. $400/mo was a landmark goal I set for myself and I plan to focus less on purchasing immediate income going forward, for now. Eyeing SBUX and a couple others with low starting yields but excellent long term outlooks and attractive valuations. This means that the portfolio distribution won't increase as fast in the near term, but there may be more potential for capital appreciation.
Over on the business side, I added a digital product to my store this week and will spend the coming week trying to push it on social media. Current business revenue is coming from physical products and would like to diversify this.
Kind of a turbulent time in the stock market right now, but the portfolio is performing quite well. We're sitting at a valuation of about 116k right now and the dividend income is a little over 400/mo. The ETF's I've bought recently have overall been hammered pretty hard but my individual stock positions (the bulk of the portfolio) are doing better.
That being said I'm also switching gears now and saving up for a large upcoming expense, which means I won't be adding any more fresh capital into the portfolio for quite a while. Any growth that occurs from here on will come from reinvested dividends, dividend raises, and capital appreciation. It'll be interesting to see how this affects things and I may opt to to the portfolio updates less frequently going forward.
When I started using Wallapop—an app to buy and sell stuff with nearby people—I was surprised about the lack of a reputation system (a heavier trust mechanism that we're going to discuss later). How could I trust other users? Some days later, when I used the app to buy a bike for my kid, I realized the main element to foster trust between sellers and buyers was the chat system. After finding an item you want to buy, you chat with the seller to figure out if the item is what you are looking for and agree on the price
. Not having a reputation system was not a problem for the early adopters—after chatting with the seller, they felt secure enough to meet them at a nearby location and buy the item. Since then, Wallapop has grown tremendously and nowadays has a reputation system, but just like with Peerby, the initial lack of such a system was not a barrier to entry.
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