December was one of my higher earning months, and while I had planned to take the month off, I ended up squeezing in client projects amongst Christmas activities, family living with us for a week, and hosting Christmas breakfast for my family and dinner for my husband’s 30+ family members.
I was burnout. I thought I gave myself enough time to recover, and then of course, my family was sick for a month and my babysitter was sick for the whole month. There was one week I did about $3,000 worth of freelance work and slept about 22 hours. Hello, burnout number two. I’m still recovering. I know, excuses, excuses! I always like to be real so that at least someone else feels like they are winning at life, haha!
Here are my combined income reports for January and February. I am not thrilled with the totals, but I am still thankful for the opportunities God has given me.
Blogging – $2.92
I have officially made $2.92 from my blog through Google Adsense. I can now buy a tall green iced tea from Starbucks. Blogging is definitely not a get rich quick work at home job.
I have been focusing on learning more about creating a successful blog through Melyssa Griffin’s courses Pinfinite Growth and List Surge. I am also gearing up to take Ruth’s Elite Blog Academy. I’ve been signed up since pre-enrollment in December, so it has been hard to wait.
Freelance Writing – $5,755
Considering I did most of my work in that stress-packed week, I feel as if I have been failing these past two months. Honestly, that is how the cookie crumbles sometimes. Since I have been focusing on building up MamaHustleRepeat.com, I have to sacrifice time to do so. Plus, I am a part-time work at home mom and my priority is to stay at home with my littles 90% of the time.
You simply can’t do it all, and I would rather sacrifice some dollars than precious family time to build my blog.
Books – $856
The Christmas hype is over and my book sales have gone back to a steady normal. I spent about $10 on ads this month to see if it would boost my numbers. I still need to play with Amazon ads to find the perfect ad recipe for my books.
Also, my Kindle sales were lower than usual because I took my books out of the KENP program, which allows Kindle Unlimited members to read for free. Even though I make pennies per pages read, the KENP program adds up and boosts my book ranking. The breakdown for paperback versus Kindle sales are approximately:
- $620 in paperback sales
- $236 in Kindle sales
Etsy – $8.78
I started my Etsy shop as an experiment and have spent no time on it since I first opened it. Whoops! I will be closing it down soon.
We sold an old tool chest and fire pit. We bought the tool chest for $80 and found the fire pit for free and have used them for ourselves. So, we actually double our investment.
Total of side hustles – $6,782.70 – I would say it was pretty evenly split between the two months.
- Babysitter: $900 (though there were a few days I had to use my babysitting days for dentist appointments -I have Invisalign and go often- and for a parenting conference)
- Mailchimp: $20
- OptinMonster: $108 (yearly subscription)
- HauteChocolate: $75
- Melyssa’s Courses: $597
Don’t let this number scare you! Every year I try to invest in courses, books, and such to grow my income and to write off on taxes. Freelance taxes are a beast, which is why I try to write off the investments I made in my career training.
My March goals are so big and hairy, but they are also exciting. Here they are –
- Change all my opt-ins
- Grow my blog to 200 visitors a day (currently at 70-80 per day) and my email list to 100 (currently at 49)
- Finish my writing course
- Finish another children’s book (the cover is done. I just need to do my part)
- Sell $1,000 worth of stuff on eBay and Craigslist
- Make $3,000 in freelance writing income (I better get my behind in gear!)
What are your goals this month?