Three years ago, I jokingly drafted a blog post called “How to Gain Zero Followers and Earn Nothing as a Blogger in JUST 6 Months!” It was my way of laughing off the reality that comes with starting an online business. Success doesn’t happen overnight. In my case, as a part-timer and busy mom of two, progress was slow.
But you know what? I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
As I learned the business of blogging and freelancing, I constantly developed new skills and refined old ones. Having a small audience at first taught me to understand what content people enjoyed. I learned how to craft a nicely spaced article with formatting that enhanced the reader experience.
If you’re new to this, don’t be afraid of “slow results.” You’re learning every step of the way.
Why I Post Monthly Income Reports
I started making money as a freelance writer in 2015. By 2017, I was steadily earning between $1,000 and $2,500 every month, working approximately 15 hours per week. My husband and I have this crazy goal to pay off our house in 10 years, so I’ve sent most of these earnings toward that.
Even though the success has been euphoric, I still kept praying for God to lead my words. He answered.
Finish the book, my heart seemed to say.
In 2016, I started a book about finding freedom from mom guilt, anxiety, and depression after my own brush with darkness in 2015. I knew this was the type of resource I needed to throw every ounce of my ability toward. This meant trying to get it traditionally published.
It turns out, writing a book is craving syrup, then planting a few maple trees in the backyard. The harvest will be sweeter than anything bottled on a shelf, but it takes an investment. It takes time, money, equipment, and sheer effort with no guarantee of success.
Despite the insanity of it, I knew my vision was clear. Like Ray Kinsella mowing down a portion of his corn to build a baseball diamond in Field of Dreams, I chose to cut back my clients to spend more time on my book.
My August freelance writing income report reflects this transition.
August Freelance Writing Income Report – $884.90
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I generate an income through multiple streams. I’ll review how that looked in August below.
Writing – $600
My primary source of income comes from a small number of steady clients. I just finished a six-month arrangement with a local business and am now on-call for future content an undetermined time.
Want to get paid to write? Check out my post “5 Ways to Find Paid Writing Gigs” to get started.
Affiliate Marketing/Products/Graphics – $191
Most of my work goes toward writing, blogging, and social media, but I do still earn money from promoting affiliate products, sell my eBook “The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint“, and creating graphics. Some of my clients hire me to write blog posts, and some even pay extra if I create my own customized graphics for them. I use free services like Canva, Pixabay, and Unsplash, and truly enjoy this branch of my business.
Social Media Management – $93.90
One of my writing clients put me in charge of a Facebook group where I post daily threads, add new members, and interact in discussions. This is also a wonderful branch of my business that I’d love to expand someday when I have more time to do so.
Total Expenses – ($625.36)
Most of my business expenses come from child care, Paypal fees, outsourcing, software, education, and some miscellaneous items like prizes for a giveaway. This is before my taxes and tithe, so I basically broke even in August. As I said, this is a transition, so I’ll be reducing my child care hours and won’t have some of the outsourcing expenses.
To learn more about the type of resources I use in my business, please head over to my Writing Resources page here.
Other Non-Monetary Highlights
Here are a few other exciting things that happened in August that aren’t income-related:
- I launched the Facebook group “Christian Moms Who Write” and we’ve just crossed over the 100-member mark. I love the authentic fellowship growing among the talented women over there. Be sure to join us for weekly threads where you can share your blog posts, talk about freelance writing, and discuss what God has been showing you. Where else would you get to do something like that?
- I started using Instagram as part of my writing platform. Previously, I just spammed my friends with kid pictures like any decent mom, but after reading some advice about how it can help writers, I changed things up. Since that time, I’ve tripled my followers, added Insights so I can review how my posts are performing, and started making my wall look more cohesive. Connect here if you want more quotes, stories, and hilarity in your life. 🙂
Got any new elements to your writing business like a social media platform or a new income stream? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!
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