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Freelance Income Report January 2017

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Well, as you may have seen in my announcement post, I am leaving corporate to pursue my writing business full time!

I just can’t tell you how good this feels to be pursuing my actual passions in a full-on way. To be writing…to be writing about fitness! To be writing from home! To be steps away from my daughter! Gah!

Each day, I just feel more grateful for this decision.

Sure, it’s scary, but not as scary as you would think!

Partly because I completely trust the numbers I’m getting and the strategy I’m playing. Like I said in my announcement post, it’s all just a numbers game. The more pitches you send out, the more contracts you’ll get. Simple.

If you’d like to read a little more about How To Prepare for Freelancing Full-Time, you can also read my interview at Horkey Handbook.

Anyhow, on to what you came here for…


So, the grand total for freelancing in January 2017:




You can see how well this is working, right?

Let me just remind you, this number came from doing work in my SPARE time!

I diligently plugged away from 8-9pm, sometimes longer, at night after the kiddos go to bed and on weekends during nap-time.

Imagine what will happen when I can dedicate all of my working hours to this business! (And them go to bed on time).

But then…I noticed something even more amazing when I did the math.

If you combine my freelance income with my corporate income for January (which I’m going to be very vague about to protect sensitive information), let’s just say it’s the closest I’ve ever come to earning FIVE figures in ONE MONTH!

Like, if I would’ve tried just a tiny bit harder, I could’ve done it!

That looks a little like some kind of cheesy spam headline, doesn’t it? Learn how to earn five figures in one month just in your spare time!

One of those headlines that sounds totally unbelievable.

But in this case, it just about happened.

I will say though that this month included bonuses both from one freelance client and from my corporate job. So to be fair, it’s not a “normal” month.

A quick look at expenses:

  • $172 for insurance
  • $10 for Mailchimp

I also purchased a monthly coaching membership for $49. As you can see, I still haven’t had to spend much for this little biz of mine. Neither do you.


By the way, You may have noticed that I didn’t report my income for December. It just wasn’t very exciting like this month was. I was awaiting payment from several people at the end of the month and didn’t get it, so my numbers seemed low. But the total came in at a solid $1250. Not too shabby for “spare time” working either, is it?

I’m just so flipping excited!


So, tell me…

What are you flipping excited about right now? If you could pick my brain about this process, what would you ask me?

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  1. Really enjoying your freelance writing posts, Jess! Yesterday during our daughter’s nap I went back through all of your freelance blog posts to learn more about the process. I’ve been a stay at home mom for almost a year and a half, but with my husband going to grad school starting this spring, I want to earn money from home and put my writing skills to use!

    I’d love to read more about pitches — who you contact, what kinds of publications and people you focus on, and any other info like that.

    Thanks again!

    • Hey Lisa, thank you! Great idea: I will definitely get a post together about pitching, because that’s the #1 thing that keeps this whole process going. I do have a draft of a post I’ve been working on about the places I’ve looked for writing work and how they’ve turned out. That would be a good one for you too, where to go/what to stay away from. Happy to help with anything I can. Feel free to email me as well.

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