I’ve decided to share my freelancing and online income with readers to hopefully encourage others that it’s very possible to make a decent income online while staying home with your kids, living wherever you please or doing whatever it is you choose. Last year, I was sharing both mine and my husband’s income, but I’ve decided to only share my income moving forward. I’ll provide “business updates” once a quarter and update how the both of us our doing with our careers.
I’ve been freelancing three years this coming July and I’m almost certain I will never, ever return to a desk job again. My favorite job I’ve ever had was after college when I was a waitress at a breakfast restaurant. I loved it so much I stayed for three years before actually getting a job in finance (my major). I would honestly rather go back to that than get a desk job at this point in my life. When my kids are in school full-time, perhaps I’ll change my mind, but I highly doubt it. Working for yourself and from home has SO many benefits, including unlimited income potential, flexible schedule, being able to get household chores done, being able to run errands as you please, working as much or as little as you want and more.
So, onto my income for January…
January was the first month that I didn’t get a paycheck from my main freelancing gig that I lost back in November. We worked two months in advance, so even though I was done by the middle of November, I still got a check at the end of November and the end of December. That client accounted for a good 75% of my income, so I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to make that up.
Thankfully, I proved myself wrong and am making roughly the same that I was making when I worked for that client. My income for January was…drumroll….
January Freelance Income: $1,220
My ultimate goal is to bring in five figures a month in freelancing and blogging income. As of right now, all of my income is from freelance work. I’m working daily on monetizing my blog and growing my freelance clientele and hope to see my income go up from here. Now that my girls are in daycare part-time, I have a little more time to devote to my work. My income over the past three years that I’ve been freelancing has been anywhere from $300/month up to $2700/month. For the past six months or so, I’ve sat right around $1000-$1500. While I’m happy with this, I am striving to get this number higher and higher each month.
Previous income reports
- October income
- November income
- December income (this was our highest month since moving to North Carolina and working for ourselves)
How did your January look? Did you meet your goals?!
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