You Need to Know How Did I Double My Earnings 4 Months in a Row

Confessions of My Step by Step Plan to Reaching Over $100 You Need to Know

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I first wrote an article on Medium in March 2016 but really didn’t take this platform seriously enough.

At the time I was transitioning to my life after the Army so my mind was on other things. So I didn’t think much of Medium at all.

Then I started writing for Quora which started off great but the biggest enemy for writing entered the picture.


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I was wasting more Time writing than making an income.

So in 2020, I got serious about writing on Medium.

Month 1

Like most new writers, you have to figure out what this platform is as well as what you can and can’t do.

As a newbie, it takes some time to figure out what to do, what to write about, who your audience is, and then how to earn income.

I won’t lie. I was a newbie and didn’t understand what a goldmine I was sitting on.

I initially wrote an article or two and they did okay. Trust me, they weren’t breaking any writing records.

In 2019, I wrote an article or two just for fun. For me, I was just putting my thoughts on my computer screen. At the same time, I was getting more and more frustrated with Quora.

I thought about blogging on WordPress or creating an affiliate marketing site. I have done both in the past but know it takes a lot of time to really see any results. Plus I didn’t want to give up time and money creating a new site.

If you have worked on WordPress, you know what I’m talking about. Yes, it can be done, but you lose a lot of time. Then you have to make sure you have the right plugins, format, theme, and so on.

Little did I know I was using a ready-made platform that I was playing around with for the past three years. I finally talked myself into dropping Quora in April and focus 100% on Medium.

The previous month, my wife laughed at me when I got excited about the 8 cents I made in March. I was determined to prove to her that Medium was going to change how things were. I was determined to bring in more income and replace what I made on Quora.

Month 2

In my second month, I was writing more, and I figured I needed a schedule. I needed a routine. I’m that guy that lives by his schedule.

Also about this time, the corona virus was changing our habits. Schools went virtual. People were working at home more. My wife and kids were at home.

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For me, I was seeing more time available. At first, I started watching a movie on Netflix in the afternoon. After a movie or two, I said I need to do something else. I can’t sit at home and vegetate watching a movie. I needed to bring in some income.

Then I thought, I could write more on Medium. So I started writing three articles a week. Honestly, I loved writing.

In college, I took a lot of classes where I had to write essays. When I left college, I left with a minor in English where I focused exclusively on writing.

This last article I still wasn’t what you would call a writer. I wrote this story for no reason. It’s funny, because in high school I hated English class, specifically grammar. Why did I need to learn about what a word meant in a sentence? I did okay in school, but I honestly don’t remember one thing I learned in high school English.

When I started writing on Medium, I forgot what my username was one day and created a second account. I had to work with Medium to change my user name. With all of the usernames and passwords we use these days, I forgot what name I used on Medium. So I accidentally created a second account. I had to email customer service at Medium to erase the old account which wasn’t a problem.

Nothing comes easy in life and sometimes we have to make these little mistakes to get to where we want to go.

In terms of writing, I doubled what I made the previous month and I wanted to continue this the next month.

In my second month, I made $1.22.

Month 3

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I doubled what I made the previous month again. So naturally, I wanted to continue my little goal again. If you knew me, I like to challenge myself. Push myself to the limits and rely on my strengths.

This month, I continued to write but I started to focus on the articles that did well the previous month. I tried to replicate similar stories that earned me the most. For me, the articles were about money. Personally, I invest in stocks, real estate, cryptocurrencies, and my articles that did well, were on those subjects.

In my third month, I made $59.20.

Month 4

For my fourth month, I knew it would not be easy to double my income for another month. This month I had to make more than $118.40.

This month I had to try something different. So I decided to write an article a day at least for the first week. I started out with that goal and completed it. I wrote an article a day. I was proud of myself but not completely satisfied. Then I got the bug. I wanted to try writing every day for a second week.

In the second week, I was able to do this again. For the third and fourth week, I continued on this process. I wrote an article a day. Granted some days were harder. I had a list of topics to choose from, but some days I didn’t feel like writing those topics. Then some articles took a few days to get curated.

When that happened, I just kept writing the next article until I heard on the status of the article waiting to get published. Fortunately, I was able to write for 30 days in June. Then two days before the end of the month, I reached my goal.

In my fourth month, I made $135.52. My highest total yet. I was excited. All the hard work was worth it. But this is July and we’re in a new month.

Now, my new goal is to beat my previous high. In July, I need to make at least $271.04. I know some writers have reached this mark.

This past May, Casey Botticello with Blogging Guide wrote that 9% of Medium writers achieved $250 to $499 from the writers who responded to his survey. With Medium writers in general, approximately 10% of the writers made over $100 for the past several months. This looks like reaching the next level definitely won’t be easy.

What bag of tricks will I pull out of my hat in July?

My Summer Writing Challenge Continues


With no change in our routine coming anytime soon. This is the time to make changes in your routine. I started my change four months ago. I made some changes along the way. I made some sacrifices as well.

With a new goal this month, do I need to write more?

The questions are could I reach a new high? Can I write for 31 straight days in July? The corona virus is not making things easier for anyone. So I don’t have any excuses not to keep writing.

I don’t believe movie theaters will open either with virus cases still rising. The new normal because of the corona virus is not going away anytime soon. If you haven’t already, this is the time to create your new normal routine.

How can you make more income?

Do you need to write more?

Are you spending enough time on your writing or is it simply a hobby?

Does your current routine have some flaws in it?

What can you do better in July?

I recommend to spend some time to do one thing.


Yes, thinking doesn’t cost you anything. The only thing that thinking will cost you is Time. There is time to turn your hobby into a part-time job which could eventually become your full-time job.

Is that want you want?

Do you have a plan to get there?

I gave you a few questions to help you think some things through. If you knew me, I ask a lot of questions. I ask some tough questions. The questions I ask can help you find the answer you’re looking for.

Tom Handy is a top Investment and Bitcoin writer on Medium, and the father of two kids. He retired from the Army and sits on several non-profit boards. He’s on several social media channels and you can find him on Twitter @tomhandy1 and Instagram @tomhandy1.

An investor writing his thoughts online. 23-year Self-taught Investor & 20-year Army Veteran. Interviewed by Money magazine 2x.

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