Hi everyone! How is everyone’s week going? It’s Friday, so that’s a good sign 😉
My week has been great! A week full of work with a little bit of fun mixed in (a trip to The Fresh Market for pumpkins, fresh coffee and dessert!) – nothing better. Tomorrow I’m working from home and plan on relaxing this weekend with my family. My girls have been so tired all week after daycare, so I haven’t seen too much of them and I want to make up for it this weekend with lots of quality time. Cami, my 3-year-old, has actually been asking to “go rest” when she gets home from daycare, and she usually ends up falling asleep for the night 🙁 This is at roughly 6pm, by the way. (Perhaps this is why she wakes for the day at 5am, haha.)
Today I wanted to elaborate a little bit more on my “Life Update” post from earlier this week regarding my goal of increasing my freelancing and blogging income to $10K a month within one year.
I know some of you probably think I’m crazy, and I probably am. To be honest, I don’t know for sure how this will turn out. But I sure as heck am going to try. Here’s a rough schedule of my days and how I’m going to fit everything in:
Monday thru Friday: Up at 5am to write for about an hour before the girls get up (5 hours/week). Work again from 7:30-9:00pm (7.5 hours/week) before hanging out with John and going to bed. This is an additional 2.5 hours per day freelancing/blogging in addition to my FT job. To me, this is extremely doable as I have been pretty good about eliminating distractions online.
Saturday and Sunday: I plan on working roughly 2 hours per day either when the girls are napping or in the evenings.
Total hours: 16.5 hours. This schedule leaves room to work more, too, if need be. But I think this is a great starting point. I might end up dedicating like 4 hours on Sundays to get my blog posts done for the week, but we’ll see. I’ve never been the best at staying on top of my blog schedule.
I’m also going to be more open with my readers about how much traffic I’m getting to my blog and what kind of income I’m making each month from the blog. I probably have averaged $200ish per month from blogging for the past few months and I’m determined to increase that number. Coupled with finding great freelance clients, I really do think I can hit this goal of $10K by October of 2016.
Why $10K a Month?
$10K per month in one year seems like a huge challenge for me, but it also seems attainable. A LOT can change in a year and you never know what opportunities lie ahead. Last year, for example, we had just moved across the country. I had just started this blog and was about a month away from losing one of my best freelancing clients. I was able to gain new clients in personal finance through my blog and replace what I was making with the client I lost immediately. A few months later, I got my FT dream job and John and I purchased our dream home. All of this happened in a year. That actually seems way harder than making $10K a month now that I’ve typed it all out.
$10K a month would also give John and I more options. If he wanted, he could quit his job and pursue his passions. While I’m sure he would still work, it would be really nice to have more family time together. My girls enjoy FT daycare, but I really miss them, and so does John. We could easily and comfortably live of $10K a month – including traveling, saving and saving for retirement. What would you do with $10K a month? What kind of lifestyle would that allow you to have?
Do You Want to Join?!
Depending on what you’re doing now and what your personal situation is, maybe you don’t want to shoot for $10K a month within one year. However, I would love it if you set your own goal for the next year and worked with me on achieving it! We are all in this together and I want you guys to succeed just as much as I want to succeed! So, let’s help each other out, keep each other motivated and support each other! Mom’s really can “have it all” with a bit of hard work and focus!
For those of you who don’t have a blog, the first step is starting one. You can do so through my Bluehost link here (affiliate link). If you sign up through me, you’ll receive hosting for just $3.95 per month! I also have a guide that can walk you through the process of starting a profitable blog (not just a hobby blog!!). We’re in this together!!
Who’s with me?!