I have now been freelancing full-time for 3 months! I took my first vacation, saw a huge increase in organic traffic to my blog, and talk about monthly income.

I feel like I have been freelancing full-time forever now, but this is only my third month’s recap!! Seriously where does the time go.

In January I continued to get a bit more comfortable with my freelancing lifestyle, took my first vacation (!!), and learned I definitely can’t handle on-boarding more than 2 new clients at once.

I think my vacation (5 days in Mexico with limited wifi) really solidified the whole “I can do this!” in my mind. I was able to plan ahead, train interns prior, and only had one incident when I needed to bring in an intern to assist with a “client emergency” (which it wasn’t lol). I was really scared prior to leaving for my trip that something would go wrong, and that due to the limited wifi access, I wouldn’t be able to fix it and then my client would fire me haha. But everything was fine!

See below for a little recap of the month of January, and feel free to comment below with any questions! You can also view December’s and November’s recaps here and here.

My Story

New here? Catch up with a little background on my journey to becoming a full-time freelancer here!

Investments

  • Healthcare – $200/month
  • G-Suite for Email – $10.63/month
  • Adobe Suite – $10.80/month
  • PandaDoc (contract tool) – $29/month
  • Quickbooks – $5.40/month
  • Tailwind – $237.87/year
  • Laptop Stand – $45.23
  • Keyboard & Mouse – $99.98
  • Board Booster $5/month (my traffic from Pinterest went up 78%!)
  • Facebook Ad – $12.45
  • Desk Chair – $150

Total Investment: $587.64

Big Wins:

  • Added 3 new clients. 2 with bigger packages – social media management and Facebook Ads, and one just IG ads
  • Went on my first vacation!!! AND my business didn’t crash and burn while I was gone 🙂 huge thanks to my awesome team of interns for this.
  • Started using linktr.ee for my link in bio on Instagram. I think it really helps with traffic!
  • Organic traffic to my blog is up 62%!!!! (AKA free, non-promoted traffic)

Blog & Biz Stats:

Collaborated With Brands:

  • Rifle Paper Co
  • Freshly
  • Havenly
  • CaseApp

Collab Income – $100

Total Income from Freelancing: $4,924*

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!! Lol. 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 just wanted to make that clear 🙂

4 thoughts on “Freelancing Full-Time: January Recap”

  1. Not sure if you’re looking to save money on some of the expenses you listed, but if so I use HelloSign for contracts (free) and Wave for expense tracking / invoicing (also free). Also, Buffer has Pinterest scheduling and it’s $100 a year. 🙂

    1. Awesome! Thank you for recommending HelloSign – I looked into it but their free version doesn’t have templates which is the main reason I use PandaDoc. Guess everything can’t be perfect haha. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 – Becca

    1. Hi Morgan! You are so sweet – thanks for stopping by my blog! My next freelance update is going live tonight, so keep an eye out 🙂 xx – Becca

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