DSCF3126Good morning, peeps!  I’m super excited that March is over and it’s finally April!  I’m especially looking forward to a few things in particular this month.  First, we’re taking a week-long vacation to Florida in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a blast.  Second, my daughter turns five and I think we’re taking her out to swim with and see wild dolphins….but only if I can talk the Mr. into it.  Fingers crossed!   And third, it’s finally warming up outside.  I know I keep saying it, but this winter totally sucked!

DSCF3124In other news, we’re really starting to enjoy our new neighborhood and our new home.  We’re also especially excited about our back yard.  The ground was completely covered with snow when we moved into this house so we weren’t really sure what we had to work with until now.  Fortunately, we’ve been pleasantly surprised.  Not only is the grass in good shape, but the back yard has some cute landscaping as well.

It may not be anything fancy but I absolutely hated our old backyard with a passion.  In fact, I hardly went out there because it was so depressing.  There were so many freakin’ trees that the grass wouldn’t grow, and our neighbors had duct tape on the side of their house.  Yeah, I’m serious.  They literally duct-taped a giant hole in a piece of their siding.  And, I would totally understand if that had been a temporary solution….but it was like that for years!  It drove me nuts!  On the other hand, our new backyard is tranquil, relaxing, and there is no duct-tape in sight.  In fact, it’s the perfect place to drink five or six gin-n-tonics by the fire.  The former owners of this house also left their outdoor furniture behind for us.  Or they forgot itEither way, it’s mine now.  Winning!

March Income and Blog Updates

March was yet another decent month for me in terms of freelance income.  On the other hand, my blog income sucked.  But that’s why it’s so important to have so many different streams of income in the first place.  When I’m having a bad month in one area, I can try to make it up in the others.  Regardless, I did a ton of writing in March and even added a new bi-weekly assignment for U.S. News and World Report’s My Money Blog and a monthly assignment for Personal Capital.  I also continue to write for Get Rich Slowly, VOSA, and Frugal Travel Guy, as well as a bunch of other places that you probably haven’t heard of.

Cash Money Update

Without further ado, the total amount of cash money that I grossed as a self-employed goddess in March was……*drumroll, please*

 $5,459

This total includes all of the money that I made from my various streams of income:

  • Credit Card Sales
  • Consulting
  • Freelance writing
  • Affiliate advertising
  • Ghost Writing

Please remember that I make the majority of my income from a variety of freelance writing jobs, not my blog.  If you’re interested in learning how to get freelance writing jobs or starting a blog, please check out these posts:

How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs 

Quit Your Day Job: How to Start a Blog

My Expenses

My expenses were relatively high last month because we are in the midst of building out and adding content to our other site, Travel Blue Book.  I also had to buy some new ink cartridges and paper for the printer that I splurged on a few months ago, which is strange.  I mean, I’m pretty sure that an ink cartridge should last for longer than a few months, right?  Anyway, these were my expenses in March:

  • Staff Writing: $340
  • Blog Hosting: $12
  • Internet $50
  • Paper and Ink: $45

Other News

My husband Greg is still enjoying his new job, but he has been working a ton of overtime.  The good news is that he’s no longer salary so he actually benefits from working long hours.  His last few paychecks have been killer and really added to our bottom line.  I love being a two-income family again!

And that’s all the news I got.  I guess no news is good news, am I right?

What about you?  How did your March go?  Did you meet your income goals?