Here I am finishing up my second official month of freelance writing. And since income reports appear to be a hit, I will continue them.
And although it’s a bit early in my journey, I can already tell you a few things for certain:
- The work you get each month depends on how much you hustle and pitch the month before.
- If you don’t have any more hours in the day to work, you probably will level off at some point.
- There’s a way around #2. You need to demand higher rates and/or also leverage and diversify your income. What I mean by that is, you need to have other things for sale that doesn’t just trade your time for money. I’m experimenting with this right now.
So, before I go any further, my freelance writing income for November was…
Not a bad chunk of extra change right before Christmas, eh?
Remember my income from October’s freelance report was $1385. So, it went up a little: 19% if I did my math correctly.
Part of the reason I got a bit more than last month was that I had some “vacation” time from my corporate job so I was able to dedicate several full days to my freelance work.
My expenses were pretty trivial, unless you count the $277 I spent on a business coaching package. But actually, I used my own spending money I’ve been saving up for that, so I don’t really know if that counts.
I also have the cost to maintain my site, but I paid that in full for two years several months back. I don’t divide it out by month, I just pay it when it’s due.
Freelance writing jobs I’m working on:
- Writing copy for a fitness app
- Product copy for snowboard equipment
- A paid post on Make A Living Writing
I was working for several of the same clients as last month as the projects are ongoing for now.
My predictions for next month:
- December should be roughly about the same.
- I only have a little PTO left, so I don’t have many more full days in December to work.
- I didn’t send out as many pitches in Nov to make Dec bigger. It’s a numbers game.
- My fitness app job comes to an end in December, so I’ll need to hustle again to bring in some work for January.
- And it’s Christmas. I don’t intend to spread myself too thin this month as we settle peacefully into this starry-eyed season.
If you’re getting started on your own freelance journey, I’ve got some must-read articles for you:
- How to send your first freelance writing invoice with Paypal
- How I Optimized Twitter to Land a 3k Writing Job
- Grab my very own Freelance Pitch Tracker fo’ free
- How to Incorporate Freelancing Into a Full-Time Schedule
I have many more up my sleeve for the future too, so be sure you subscribe so you don’t miss them! And I plan on doing more of these income reports as well. So, if you enjoy seeing the
cold, hard warm, fulfilling truth then stick around;)
So tell me…
What other freelance writing/biz topics would you love to hear more about?
Would you be interested to see how I track my income (it’s very low-tech)?