How Earning $100, $500 or $1,000/month With a Small Business Can Change Your Life

How Earning $100, $500 or $1,000/month With a Small Business Can Change Your Life

Everyone wants to be rich. Big homes, fast cars, exotic trips - what’s not to like?

There’s no harm in dreaming big, but setting unrealistic goals for your new business can make it hard to stay motivated.

Instead of worrying about your first million, think about what you could do with an extra $100, $500 or $1,000/month. Even a (relatively) small amount of extra income can make a big impact on your quality of life.

Unconvinced? I’ll prove it to you.

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How to Spend an Extra $100/month

How to Spend an Extra $100/month

It may not sound like much, but an extra $100/month can significantly improve your long-term financial health. Here are a few helpful suggestions for newly-successful business owners.

Put it in a college fund

College and university are expensive, so give your kids a leg-up by putting your new earnings in a high-interest savings account. Joel Larsen, a certified financial planner, points out that “[saving] $100 a month over 20 years at a 7% rate of return [...] would amass $52,092.67.” Not a bad head start!

Grow your retirement savings

Don’t need a college fund? Start putting your newfound income towards your future and ensure a comfy retirement. T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm, calculated that “if a young adult retiring in 40 years makes an initial contribution of $1,000 to a Roth IRA and adds $100 a month until retirement, he could have more than $250,000—all tax-free under certain conditions.“

Re-invest in your business (with upgrades)

An extra $100/month can help take your business to the next level. Spruce up your store with a premium theme, time-saving app or fancy logo

Start a rainy day fund

Cars need repairs, roofs need patching, and pipes need fixing. It’s bound to happen at some point, and it pays to be prepared. Experts suggest putting away 3-6 month’ salary for an unexpected emergency, so start saving.

Take more time for yourself

See a movie every weekend, have a monthly couple’s night out, or upgrade your cable package to finally get HBO. 

How to Spend an Extra $500/month

How to Spend an Extra $500/month

Bringing in an extra $500/month has the potential to significantly raise your standard of living. Debts start to shrink, broken things get fixed or replaced, and your confidence as a business owner starts to grow. Here are a few good places to start.

Accelerate your mortgage payments

Putting an extra $6,000 towards your mortgage every year can really lower the amount of interest you pay in the long run. According to the RBC, “when you select an accelerated weekly or bi-weekly payment option, you are essentially making the equivalent of one additional monthly payment each year which will help pay off your mortgage faster.”

Pay off your debts

We’ve already mentioned accelerating your mortgage payments, but other things like credit card debt and student loans should really come first. Learn how to prioritize your debts and make the most of your payments.

Re-invest in your business (by investing in yourself)

Making $500/month is a great start, but if you want to build a successful business, you’ll need to start learning the ropes. Buy books, attend conferences, and read, read, read!

Build a home office

Nothing says “startup” like running your business from a laptop in your kitchen. Investing in a home office will help you get more done and add legitimacy to your growing empire.

Upgrade/renovate your home

Update your old bathroom with a new sink one month and a fresh coat of paint the next. The home you’ve always wanted is now within reach.

How to Spend an Extra $1,000/month

How to Spend an Extra $1,000/month

An extra $1,000/month can be life-changing. These suggestions are geared towards successful business owners who have already paid off outstanding debts and consider this money disposable income.


Pick up a few best-selling books about investing and start putting your money to work. Don't want to go it alone? Speak to a financial advisor about how you can make the most of your extra income.

Travel the world

See exotic places, visit family, or just spend some much-needed down time on a far-away beach. Wherever you're headed, you can definitely afford the trip. Plus, it's important to take some time to relax and recharge.

Re-invest in your business (with ads)

By now you've upgraded your store and learned a little about online marketing, so start acquiring new customers with Google AdWords, Facebook Ads and Pinterest

Splurge (in moderation)

Every successful entrepreneur deserves to treat themselves every now and again. Whether it’s a pair of designer shoes or an 80” big-screen, $1000/month can buy you big-ticket items you never thought you'd have.

Buy a new car

Is your gas guzzler on its last legs? An extra $1,000/month is more than enough to cover payments for a new, fuel-friendly ride.

Further Reading: How to Find Time to Build Your Ecommerce Empire While Working a 9 to 5

That’s what we’d do with the money, but what about you? Tell us how your life would change with an extra $100, $500 or $1,000/month in the comments section below.

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