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If February was two days longer, I would have had an epic month to share on my freelance writing income report.
But alas, February is a short month. Even though it was longer than usual this year!
Today is only March 2nd. I’ve already brought in more than $1000 worth of income for the month. That money was mostly earned in February.
But, because I count money as it comes in instead of when it’s billed, my February doesn’t look as strong.
That means March will have to be my epic month, so you’ll have to come back by next month and see how I did. I’m shooting for my best month ever. I’m planning on breaking $2000 for the first time since launching my business last summer.
Since I’m halfway there already, I’m pretty confident I can make it!
But enough about March. It’s time to crunch February’s numbers.
Some Interesting Notes:
In February, it’s just a freelance WRITING income report.
My virtual assistance income came in after I closed the February books.
I Had $0 in Income Until Halfway Through the Month
The end of January was rough around here. My son was in the ER three nights in a row, and his health took a top priority.
He’s still having seizures, but thankfully they’re stabilized compared to last month.
But, I wasn’t on my A game for writing the first couple weeks of February.
Throw in two full days working as a Virtual Assistant for an online conference, and my writing got off to a slow start last month.
That Means I’m Really Excited By How Much Money I Brought In
I made $890 in freelance writing income between February 16-February 28.
That’s not too shabby!
Now that I’ve been writing for a while, and am building a decent portfolio. Including a piece that published today on US News & World Report’s new Real Estate section.
That means I’m not taking every gig I’m offered.
I hold out for better paying jobs. And I’m discovering that they’re definitely out there!
I wrote fewer pieces in February, but made double the writing income from January.
I’m excited about the future!
I’m also finding some recurring gigs. I love not having to look for as much work!
February was an expensive month for me.
I’ll be launching my course in March. I decided that email wasn’t the best way to deliver my course. I wanted a better way to offer it.
That meant I had some expenses related to my course.
Specifically, I spent money on:
- Having my course edited
- Purchasing a WordPress add-on for the course (LearnDash)
- Purchasing a customizer for LearnDash
Also, remember how I said I worked two full days at an online conference?
Well, my house internet (satellite) isn’t up to that. So I had to go to a local business to work.
I had to pay for babysitting. Thankfully my oldest is a great sitter. I took the youngest with me, and paid the oldest to babysit everyone else both of those days.
On a Side Note
Working at that online conference was an amazing experience! I learned so much about organizing speakers, utilizing Crowdcast.io, troubleshooting A/V, and more.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity!
I LOVE my job! It doesn’t even feel like a job–I’m getting paid to learn, to do things I enjoy, and to interact with interesting people!
Back to Those Expenses
So my expenses were high. $530.18 worth of high–that’s over 50% of my income.
Thankfully that’s an abnormality. My expenses will be more reasonable in March.
And the add-ons are an investment in my business that should pay for themselves with some course sales.
I don’t regret any of the expenses–I’m not looking over them saying, “I shouldn’t have done that.” All of the expenses were calculated and thought out rather than impulse purchases.
So there you have it–my February freelance writing income report.
March is already better, and includes some VA work to round out my writing.
How Was Your February?
How’s Your March Shaping Up? Want to Join Me on Having an Epic Month?
Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.