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We interrupt the Freelancing with Kids series for this special report.In case you hadn’t noticed, January flew by. Now it’s February. That means it’s time for another Freelance Income Report for my writing and virtual assistant income.
January 2016 was a crazy month for me! My son Owen was in the ER three nights in a row for crazy seizure activity. He has Angelman Syndrome, and epilepsy is a part of that, but even though we’ve been dealing with seizures for many years now, they still get out of control at times.
I’m looking forward to the neurologist being back in town and the appointment we have in a couple of weeks.
Obviously, these health problems took a toll on the amount of work I was able to take on. But, I’m not letting it get me down, or going to fret about it. Life happens, and we just have to keep our head up and do the best we can do!
So a long intro to explain why my January freelance income report isn’t as impressive as my December one.
I made just shy of $900 at $897.50.
I’m still averaging over $1000 a month. For my first six months of freelancing, I’m pretty happy with that number!
I’m really enjoying my work with one of my Virtual Assistant clients. The variety is such a nice way to break up my writing.
I took the plunge and subscribed to MailChimp to manage my subscriptions and free ecourse. It’s been a nice investment. My email list is growing–slowly but surely!
I started working on a course to launch on Schoolhouse Teachers (aff. link–thanks!). It’s called Teaching Reading Through Play, and I’m super excited about it. If everything goes well, it’ll go live in March.
In conjunction with my new course, I bought a new domain and figured out how to point it to my hosting and do some other pretty neat technical things. (If you want to check it out, go here. It’s still in its virtual infancy though!)
I really wanted to make $1000 this month, and it didn’t happen.
Get Over it Already, Lisa!
Memo to me…get over it!
Life happens. I’m a freelancing mom of seven–there’s bound to be times when I can’t work as much as I’d like.
I made what I needed to to keep my husband working closer to home, so that’s what matters in the long run!
My January 2016 Numbers Breakdown
Total Income: $897.50
Total Expenses: $68.95 (new domain, PayPayl fees, MailChimp)
My income was almost a 50/50 split between writing and virtual assistant income.
Virtual assistant: 45%
My Plan for February
January’s over, so there’s no use pouting about it now. February is shaping up to be a profitable month. I’m scheduled for two full days of virtual assistant work, helping my client to run his first virtual conference.
I’m stoked for the amount I’m going to learn. I have dreams of hosting my own conference someday, so it’s been great watching him put his together.
Supporting someone else’s business while being paid to learn so I can grow mine–that’s awesome!
I’ve also been cold pitching, a lot.
I haven’t yet heard back from any of my pitches, but it only takes a couple of clients to say yes. I’ll keep trying!
I’m also writing two courses, and want them both knocked out by March 1st.
Also, if you’re a freelancing mom feeling overwhelmed and you’d like to Beta Test my upcoming course, please contact me using the form below. I’m hoping to have at least 10 mamas test it out for me.
Big things are coming. I can feel it!
How was your January?
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.