So last month I decided to start sharing my income and more business related goals as well as my personal goals.
I decided that this month instead of the two separate posts, I’ll keep the business and personal goals together in one big post, just as a test to see how I like it.
Earlier this year I started freelance writing for a local community paper. It’s a lot of fun getting to interview people and business owners and see my work published! I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to expand my freelance writing services online and start getting paid to do what I love! At the end of July I purchased 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success*, and I can’t recommend it enough! This course really helped make the whole business of freelance writing simple to understand, easy to apply and really gave me that push that I needed! Since doing the course I’ve written for a few websites, one of which I’m now a regular contributor! I now pitch websites more often, sometimes getting a positive response and other times no response, but I can now say with confidence that I am indeed a freelance writer!
Last month I brought in $170 from writing, but spent $79.07 on a few start-up costs, including the price of the ecourse. Still, it was the most I had made from writing everrr in a single month and it felt like a really good start!
However, I did even better this month!
Freelance Writing: $410
I’m very happy with the amount I made this month! It just goes to show that a little bit of effort goes a long way. To be honest though, I know I could have done a lot better because I didn’t put as much time into it as I wanted (I guess I was just enjoying my summer!). Since I only record money once I’ve received it, I already know what next month is going to look like and it won’t be nearly as good (I started school and my time got eaten up). In the freelance world, I usually don’t get paid until a month after my work has been published.
How I made money this month:
This month I received payment for a few different stories. Most of them were for The Londoner, one was for Attract the One and two were for BeFunky. The Londoner is the paper I’ve been writing for since earlier this year, a job I was recommended for from my j-school professor. The other two I got from pitching to directly, which I found out about through ProBlogger which is a great job board to find gigs!
In September I pitched to 16 places in total. Some were just yesterday. I think the real trick to this is to constantly send pitches out and if you’re lucky someone will eventually give you a shot!
Affiliates, Ads and Sponsors
No income from any of these this past month and I’m not sure I want to even really push for it. If it’s a company I truly admire and trust, I’ll definitely work with them as a sponsor. As for affiliate links, I use them very seldom because I only want to promote products I actually recommend. As for ads, I don’t care to clutter my blog too much but we’ll see. For now, this source of income isn’t really on the top of my list!
I’m in the midst of creating products for my online shop. I want to open shop in several places: Etsy, Store Envy and directly on my website. I’m hoping to launch by November 1 so I can get in on the holiday shopping!
I kept my September goals really simple because I was starting school. I basically wanted to get on a good sleep schedule, eat healthier, make time for Sidney and do well at school. Basically I feel like I’ve accomplished all of those goals, except for one, but I’ll update you guys later!
I really want to dedicate more time to freelance writing because it’s my main source of income right now. I also really enjoy it. I know that when I get paid for September at the end of October it won’t be for very much, at all, but I hope to at least get a good payment at the end of November! Income goal: $600. That feels like a good amount to aim for!
I want to launch shop on November 1! I’ve been busy working behind the scenes over here and I can’t wait to be able to put my work out there (I’m also super scared but oh well)! As for what these mystery products are, well, those will remain a mystery for now but if you follow me on Instagram you may already have an idea of what they might be and I’ll be sharing more sneak peaks throughout the month!
God I suck at being healthy. I really do! I have so many bad habits when it comes to my health and it just plain sucks to try and break them. One of the things I know my body is really craving right now though, is yoga and meditation. My body is always so stiff from my desk job and I need to stretch. On top of wanting to get back into a regular yoga routine, I have a dentist and doctor appointment this month. Woo hoo! I actually really love the dentist!
Nick and I have decided to move to a nearby city. We’re bored of Cambridge (have been for like, life) and want to move somewhere more exciting. A few years ago, Toronto seemed like the answer. It’s a big city with a lot of job opportunities for j-school grads and is really exciting. HOWEVER, it’s really expensive and anywhere we can afford to live in TO is not the place I would feel comfortable raising a child. Plus, my outdoor cat would be mad. That’s why we’ve decided to move to London, the Forest City!
We have a viewing for a townhouse on Sunday! A three bedroom townhouse, with two bathrooms and a basement! This is a big step up from our small 1 bedroom plus den apartment we’re in now. Do you know how excited I am for a home office and a WASHER AND DRYER?! Way too excited. But if this place doesn’t work out, at least there are a ton of affordable places in London and I am super excited.
I want to get a place for November 1, so I’m going to start going through my stuff and getting rid of things. To be honest, I don’t know how we’ve accumulated so much junk over the past two and a half years. This is gonna be a lot of work!
Finish The War of Art! Plus, I have two more books their way! I haven’t made much time for reading lately and I miss it. Time to start crossing some of those books off my 2015 reading list!
As you guys probably know, we’ve adopted a puppy into our family. Her name is Penelope and she’s a chihuahua. I need to train her and I need to get her to a vet to finish up her shots and all that fun stuff. Not to mention, my Oliver needs some vet updating, too. Don’t you just love how expensive pets are? I guess they’re worth it 😉
What about you guys? Did September keep you busy? Did you accomplish all of your goals? What about October? Any new goals?
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