I set a goal a few weeks ago of making $10K a month within one year. To clarify, that is one year from October, not September, since I set the goal toward the end of September. But, it’s kind of funny (well, ironic maybe?) that this month was my lowest freelance income month in a while (and by “a while,” I mean three years).
However, I am committed to being open and honest with my readers. In a way, it’s good that I’m basically starting from nothing, as hopefully I can encourage those of you who also don’t have a huge clientele that this can be done.
So, let’s take a look at my freelance income for September.
In September, I made a whopping $845. This was all from freelancing and not from blogging. However, we moved the first week of September and I did request a little bit of time off during that time. We also didn’t receive mail for 12 days (!!!) and two of my checks got lost in translation. One client owes me $300 that normally I would have been paid on and it’s completely not their fault. So, that check has been reissued and is on it’s way. I will count it towards October’s income since that is when I’ll receive the check. Had I gotten that on time, my income would have been $1,145 which is closer to what I’ve been averaging over the past few months.
I’ve sure got a longgg way to go to hit that $10K number, though!
What’s Changing in October
For one, I have a few sponsored posts scheduled. The ones that I can incorporate into something I’m already writing will be featured in one of my regular M, W or F posts. For the ones that are more “review” style, I will feature those on Tuesday or Thursday so you won’t be missing any of my regular content. I don’t mind doing sponsored posts as long as I like the company and believe in the product. It helps support this blog and gets a new company into the eyes of my readers. Everybody wins. However, I do not want sponsored posts to ever replace my normal content.
I’ll also be receiving another Google Adsense payout in October! I finally crossed the $100 threshold again…5 months after doing it the first time!! I really don’t like having ads on my blog, but I’m sure all you blog owners understand that it’s an extremely easy way to make a profit (albeit, a small one). Place the ads and you’re done.
And finally, I’ve added a one new client (so far) to my roster! I also renegotiated my rate with another one. All of this pitching and seeking freelance opportunities has been working. You guys, I haven’t been slacking at all. I was serious when I said I send out three pitches per day! Since my clientele is getting full and I still have a few pitches out there, I plan on cutting back on the pitching for the next few weeks. Seriously though, if I can do this, so you can you!!
That’s it for September! I expect October to be busy work-wise, but I won’t see any payments until November most likely. My guess is that October’s income will stay between $1,000 and $1,500, but I should see an increase in November.
And finally, do you want to get on board with this challenge of making $10K per month in one year?! If so, start your own blog and get pitching!! Shoot me an email too as I would love to help you out!!
How was your September? Did you have an income goal? Did you meet it?!