For my freelance income report, April was my best month yet (I realize I keep saying that, but I think May will finally end that streak haha). I also traveled home to Santa Rosa, CA for 4 days (where I spoke to my dad’s high school chemistry students on my career & entrepreneurship) and traveled to Austin, Texas for the first time for a girls’ trip! I fell in love with the city, but the best thing about the trip was that we had no plans so we were free to do whatever we wanted. We ate, drank, shopped, and learned how to two-step!
While freelancing has given me the opportunity to travel much more, I also realize I think I over-booked myself this past month. I had yet to hit my “capacity” for freelance work, and I think this month showed me what my capacity was. It was a great learning experience, but I also spent almost every weekend working – not ideal.
I have also recently made the decision to bring on one of my interns from this semester to help me out part-time! She started May 1 but now it’s scary because I have to pay her and myself haha. I’ve realized that every time I start to feel like I have a handle on my business, that something else comes up and it forces me to learn more (ie. payroll, taxes, accounting, on-boarding paperwork for employees). Butttt I’m SO excited to go to the Gritty Leadership Conference in San Diego on May 23rd to learn more about growing my team and biz. This will be my first conference since I’ve been self-employed and I can’t wait to learn all the things.
Anywaysss read on for my Freelance Income Report (with website traffic, too) for April!
New here? Catch up with a little background on my journey to becoming a full-time freelancer here!
Why Do I Do Freelance Income Reports?
Starting in November, I started doing income reports basically because Melissa Griffyn does them and I look up to her in each and every way haha. I noticed I would ALWAYS read her income reports and they always fascinated me and motivated me to improve my business, sooo here we are.
I pride myself that I am a very transparent person, and I like to think my blog & business reflects that same feeling of trust. With these reports, I can show you guys what worked, what didn’t, and how I re-strategize from month to month. I hope these inspire you to better your own freelance or social media biz – and please let me know if you see areas where I can improve! lol
- Healthcare – $201/month
- G-Suite for Email – $10.63/month
- Adobe Suite – $10.80/month
- PandaDoc (contract tool) – $29/month
- Quickbooks – $5.40/month
- Board Booster – $5/month
- Dropbox – $10.69/month
- Canva – $12.95/month
- Office Supplies – $47.72
- Travel – $22
- Online course – $499
- Food & entertainment (business) –$24.63
- Accountant – $275
- Graphic Designers – $142.50
Total Investment: $1296.32
Other Tools I Use (that are free or I already paid for the year):
- Was hired to do my first on-site company training for a brand in Simi Valley, CA
- Blog & Biz Stats:
- Affiliate Income – $60.75
- Email Subscribers – 87
- Collaborated With:
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
- Juice Beauty
- Yes To
- Eco at Heart
- Hope Avenue
- Collab Income – $300
Total Income from Freelancing & Blogging: $7,942.65
If you have any questions about any of this or are interested in any of my social media services, fill out my form here and I’ll be in touch. Happy to help!
xx – bbooks
*I was really skeptical about sharing my income publicly. Would my clients think differently of me? Would they think I’m charging too little or too much? Would my friends judge me? I have chosen to not disclose or itemize my client income. I also don’t disclose if it is pre- or post-tax income. And you guys don’t know my life!! Everyone has different expenses. I think people are scared to mention or bring up my income if they’ve read these posts so I really haven’t gotten much feedback here, but I’ve noticed people have been copying this style of post, so I’m assuming you guys like it! haha