For the last year, I’ve posted monthly income reports of my writing business as a way to educate and inspire fellow writers in this industry. As a byproduct, I’ve learned quite a bit about how my business has gone–and where I was investing much of my time.
Which is what led me to today’s post.
This will be the last income report I’ll post on my blog.
It’s not because I’m embarrassed about my change in monthly income. I’ve written about how I’ve surrendered those results up to God in the past.
Instead, it’s just a quiet pivot I’ve made in my heart and my business.
Throughout this year, I earned an average of $1,000 to $2,000 each month working 12 to 15 hours each week. It took a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun too. You’ll never hear me say making money is evil. In fact, with those funds, I was able to do the following in 2017:
- Send thousands of dollars toward paying off our house early
- Attend two incredible conferences
- Take two writing retreats
- Cover 100 percent of my childcare costs
- Upgrade my cheapy, pull-out-my-hair laptop
- Hire professional designers for my website, logo, and eBook
- Hire professional editors for my eBook, eCourse, and book proposal (best decisions ever)
- Tithe 10 percent every month to my church and various other charitable organizations
- Purchase from more small online businesses (owned by you guys!) than ever before
I’m not saying my husband wouldn’t have funded some of those extra things with money from his full-time job. In fact, now that I’ve stepped back from much of my freelancing, his income has helped me cover childcare (more on that later). He supports what I’m doing, but it’s truly a thrill not to use any of our family money to pay for the trips I take or the outsourcing I require. I love being able to finance those things without interrupting our personal goals.
This fall, I decided to focus directly on writing my next book. It’s centered around finding freedom from mom guilt – a message very near to my heart.
Therefore, I let go of most of my regular work. The creative energy and time it took to create content for my clients burned up much of my bandwidth.
Even with that pivot, I still felt a self-induced pressure to uphold a standard here on the blog for my income report. I was approaching a $0 month in October – which is entirely plausible for any freelancer. However, the human in me felt embarrassed and began a frenzied search for work instead of pursuing my book.
But, God has a sense of humor.
One night, after experiencing a string of rejections from editors, I lay awake stressed. Finally, I realized this was not the act of a surrendered heart. I hadn’t truly let go of my income results to pursue this book.
In one prayer, I finally let it all go. I slept better than I had in weeks.
The next morning, my phone buzzed with an email from one of the parenting sites I’d written for in the past. It was an automated message telling me it had been exactly one year since I’d begun writing for them. The few articles I’d published earned enough views for their minimum payout of $5. I needed to earn a minimum of $25 total for HVFH to pay me. Translation, I never earned enough to get paid.
I’d honestly forgotten about it. I wrote for them primarily as a ministry opportunity, not for the cash. That morning, the email said after a year, they needed to settle every balance and pay what was earned.
My PayPal account dinged with a credit for $15.
I had to laugh. It was as if God was saying, “There, it’s not $0. Shall we move on now?”
That phrase “move on” stuck with me and ultimately led to this decision. I’m going to continue using this blog to educate and inspire you as best I can, but I’m not going to stress over generating an income in order to fill some invisible quota. My business has taken a shift, and I’m excited to see where it leads.
If you’re interested in researching how I did generate income during the last several months, these posts will stay here indefinitely:
- November 2016
- December 2016
- January 2017
- February 2017
- March 2017
- April 2017
- May 2017
- June 2017
- July 2017
- August 2017
- September 2017
Now, let’s dig into my final report for October 2017.
My October Freelance Writing Income Report – $561.10
Here are the various income streams from which I generated income:
Writing – $398
One of my regular clients on Contently requested I write a piece centered on the holidays, so that was a pleasant surprise late in October. If you don’t have a portfolio on Contently, yet, I highly recommend it.
If you’re looking for a few other ways to search for paid writing gigs, check out this post:
Products/Graphics – $56
Currently, I sell one product – my eBook “The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint.” As I network with other bloggers whose audience fits my book’s demographic, my sales increase as a passive income source. Since January is the peak time for the online world of personal finance content, I’ll be devoting time that month to networking with more personal finance bloggers.
I also create customized graphics for clients who want their posts shared on Facebook, Pinterest, etc. I collect my top published graphics in this portfolio to share with any new clients who show interest.
Social Media Management – $107.10
Another revenue stream I picked up this year was helping clients with their social media. That has been such a delight and I hope to step into this arena more down the road.
Total Income – $561.10
Total Expenses – ($379.16)
Business expenses include Paypal fees, childcare, outsourcing, education, software, and affiliate payouts. This amount is before tithe.
What’s next for my freelance business?
Here are a handful of business-related goals I’ve set for the next three months:
- Continue publishing regular content on my blog, Facebook, and Instagram for people interested in writing
- Submit my book proposal by December 31st
- Read four more books to complete my 2017 reading challenge on Goodreads
- Add 10 personal finance bloggers to my ebook affiliate program by January 31st
- Finish my full manuscript by March 31st
- Spend 2018 crafting and submitting articles centered around my book’s message
- Steadily grow my author platform online
- Maintain a healthy balance between work, family life, and ministry
Thank you if you’ve ever read any of my work and shared it, commented, or even stopped me in person to say a kind word. It’s seriously the coolest. You all inspire me in ways you’ll never know. I kept going because of you.
Til next time,
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