Two years ago, I earned a penny a word and couldn’t imagine actually making decent money writing. Turns out, I was missing a few key lessons in my education. After taking a training course called “30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success,” my entire writing career changed.
You know when scrawny, asthmatic Steve Rogers steps into the scientist’s vessel and emerges as tall, muscular Captain America?
It felt a bit like that…just slower.
Want to know how I got started? Check out how I found paid writing gigs in this post “Freelance Writing for Beginners” here.
What I was able to do and the people I was able to reach with my words changed exponentially. Therefore, my business and income grew. Two years later, I earn more than $1,000 each month working 15 hours or less and tending to my little ones the rest of the time.
Let’s review what led to last month’s income report:
Total July Income: $1,786.20
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The only way I earn as much as I do each month is by having multiple income streams. At first, I only made money writing. Since then, I’ve earned money from:
- Ghost writing
- Copy editing
- Social media management
- Graphic design
- Affiliate marketing
- Products (my eBook)
Let’s take a look at the specific income streams I used last month:
Writing – $1,625
July was actually my last month writing for one of my regular clients. After reviewing my goals for 2017, I knew it was time to focus more heavily on my upcoming book. Therefore, I gave my noticed and turned those efforts toward my book proposal. It will likely slice my writing profits in half, but it’s worth it to make this book a reality.
Affiliate Marketing/Products/Graphics – $40
I lump all these together because I don’t proactively pursue these nearly as much as my writing. I’d love to see that change this fall as I redirect some of my energy back toward my platform.
For example, a previous client reviewed my book on his blog with a specific discount code we arranged (hint, hint…nudge, nudge). These types of marketing and networking steps take time, but I’d love to do more of them in order to grow the reach of my eBook “The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint.”
Also, I create custom graphics for clients who don’t have time, experience, or interest in doing them for their blog content. Sometimes I throw them into the package deal of writing content for a certain price or they hire me to only do the graphics. You can check out my portfolio to see what some of those look like.
Here are the free tools I use to create those graphics:
- Flickr Creative Commons
Social Media Management – $121.20
One of my clients acquired a Facebook group and put me in charge of it. The subject matter is something about which I’m passionate, I’m able to schedule content for free using Hootsuite, and I only need to work a couple hours each week.
Someday, I’d be interested in expanding this side of my business, but for now, I’m grateful for the low-key nature of this single gig.
Total July Expenses – $695.27
My business expenses include things like child care, PayPal fees, education, software, outsourcing, and affiliate payouts.
What’s Next for My Business?
I just launched my first Facebook group “Christian Moms Who Write” and it’s going great! Want to join? We have daily threads where you can learn about the biz, share your latest blog posts, get feedback from other writers, or just share what’s on your heart. I jump in and do one live video each week on a writing topic, as well.
I’ll be going on a brief writing retreat soon to work on my book. I’m as excited about it as I am terrified since there will be no wifi and it’ll really force me to focus.
Now it’s your turn. If you could add any of the income streams I listed above to your business, which would you choose? Share in the comments below!
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