Good morning friends, haters, and frenemies.  Welcome to my monthly income report- please try to contain yourself.

It’s been another great month in the world of web-based freelance writing.  As I reported a few months ago, I lost one fairly lucrative job and instantly went on the hunt for something to replace it.  Well, apparently I replaced it and then some…because my earnings skyrocketed last month!

Unfortunately, September really sucked for me.  Really sucked.  In fact, I spent most evenings and weekends tapping away on this junky laptop, bitching at Greg, and wishing my dog would just STFU.  Beyond those issues, we currently have few clean clothes and no food in the fridge, and my hygiene has been questionable.  Ahem.

But it’s a new month and I’m dedicated to doing less in October than I did in September.  Crazy, huh?  The amount of work I did in September was simply not sustainable for any person who wants a real life- even for a total loser like me! Regardless, I’m happy with my income.  As a self-employed person, I always wish for a few good months to make up for any low-earnings months that come along.  And if one ever does, I’m now prepared.

Winner for "Best Frugality Blog"

Winner for “Best Frugality Blog”

Cash Money September Income Update

In case you’re new here, I have gotten in the habit of reporting my self-employment income each month.  I do this to keep myself from slacking off and to show other people that it is more than possible to earn a living as a web-based writer.  With that being said, the total amount of cash money I grossed as a self-employed goddess in September was……*drumroll, please*

 $9,438

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

Someone tweeted me last month and asked me what I mean when I say I “ghost write” for other people.  The idea is simple- people pay me to write things for them when they don’t feel like it.  And then they pretend they wrote it. You’re probably wondering if that is legal or moral.  I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that I don’t give a crap that it happens a lot more often than you think.  Is it wrong?   I don’t know, but I do know one thing:

If making money is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  Muaahahahahhahaha…………

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, please check these posts out:

Tips for Freelancers

How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs 

My Expenses

Let’s take a look at what it cost to run a web-based writing business, shall we?  Here are my expenses for September:

  • Internet: $51
  • Writing Services: $240 (for our other website)
  • Blog Hosting: $15

Total: $306

Pretty weak, huh?  Although our expenses were relatively low this month, I do expect our expenses to be higher in October for a few reasons.  First, we are having a professional redo our website and freshen it up a bit.  And second, we hired a professional photographer to take pictures for our new website because, let’s face it, I want to look hot. 

Well, let me rephrase that.  I want to look okay and I want someone to give me an airbrushed glow.  I also want to look skinny.

Let’s all pray for a miracle.

Me with a few of my favorite nerdy bloggers

Me with a few of my favorite nerdy bloggers

Life Updates

First of all, we went to FinCon last month and it was absolutely awesome.  I even won the Plutus Award for the “Best Frugality Blog,” which was super cool.  I loved meeting all of my nerdy friends and talking about nerdy things like budgeting, saving, and frugality.  And beyond that, I love how the FinCon community is so supportive.  Imagine meeting hundreds of people who actually want you to succeed, and feeling the same way about their success.  Weird, huh?  Simply put, FinCon was awesome!

We don’t have any big plans this month aside from flying to see Pearl Jam in Denver.  Yes, it’s ridiculous to fly to another state to see a concert for one day, but I’m doing it anyway.  Sue me?  Thanks to my Southwest Companion Pass and our many Rapid Rewards points, our flights cost something ridiculous- like $11.  And our hotel was free with Marriott points.  #Winning

$100 Gift Card Giveaway

So, we recently did a $100 Gift Card Giveaway where the winner got to claim their prize from either Southwest, Carnival, or Amazon. Congratulations to Kenya F. for being the lucky gal! We’ve sent out some contact info to you, so let us know where you’d like the gift card to come from so that we can send it out.

sample cardBusiness Card Giveaway

Business owners, brace yourselves for one hell of a giveaway.  Thanks to PlasticPrinters.com, I am giving away 250 custom-made plastic business cards to one of my lucky readers!  A few details:

  • Clients are paired with individual representatives so that there is no loss in communication about your project.
  • Everything is made in house in Hastings, Minnesota (from Sales to Graphics and Production.)
  • Plastic Printers prides itself in offering large company results while maintaining a small company’s customer service.

I personally think these cards are pretty awesome, and they can definitely help you stand out.  I mean, for heaven’s sake, look at the sample “cassette tape” card that I posted on the left of the page.  Isn’t that bas-ass?

Me Around the Web

Check out some of my recent posts around the web before you go!

Becoming Financially Independent: Habits To Make You A Millionaire– Forbes (interview)

How Not To Go Into Debt Over Christmas- VOSA

Which is Better: Cash-Back, Hotel Loyalty Points, or Airline Miles?– Money Saving Pro

Can You Book a Cruise with Credit Card Rewards?- Money Saving Pro

Working From Home: The Good, The Bad, and the Pajamas– FeeX

Also make sure to check out the Tradeking Review at FrugalRules.com

How was your September income?  Did you meet your goals? 

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