Holy cow – I can’t believe I’ve been freelancing full-time for 6 months! I seriously can’t believe how far I’ve come so fast. I loaded my income for this month on QuickBooks and literally thought there was a mistake! I am so appreciative for the work I do and the clients I have. I made a goal to make what I made this month by October of this year! Like WHAT.
But with the good comes the bad. This month, I had to fire my first client. It was actually easier than I thought (like I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders) – but the relationship just wasn’t a great fit and I didn’t feel like I was being treated with respect. It was something I should have done much earlier on with the client, but sh*t happens! I think I let it drag on so long because I was afraid I’d never find another. I definitely learned from it and now am much better about “weeding” through my leads to get the best clients!
I wanted to discuss the “firing” because 99% of the time, I can’t post about the crappy days I have. This is mainly because most of the time they involve a client (who can follow me or read my blog), but also because I have to maintain a professional relationship the clients (obviously). If you’re stuck in a crummy relationship with a client, I Googled a bunch of articles on how to “break up” with them (and called on like 5 friends for advice lol), so here’s a helpful article here!
Read on for my income & traffic report for March!
New here? Catch up with a little background on my journey to becoming a full-time freelancer here!
Why Do I Do Income Reports?
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
- Dropbox – $10.69/mo
- Web developer – $462.38
- Canva – $12.95/mo
- Hootsuite – $228/year
- Office Supplies – $170.09
- Email Templates – $29
- Food & entertainment (business) – $46.40
Total Investment: $1221.25
Other Tools I Use (that are free or I already paid for the year):
- Hit 10k on Instagram!! gimme that swipe up
- Launched a website redesign
- Had our first ever Dames Collective event – and sold out!!
- Blog & Biz Stats:
- Leads: 6
- Blog posts: 4
- Pageviews – 5,580 (32% more than last month! I attribute this to getting the IG swipe up feature & some awesome organic traffic)
- Posts With The Highest Views –
- Affiliate Income – $46.56
- Email Subscribers – 82
- Collaborated With:
Total Income from Freelancing & Blogging: $7,295*
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