I know, I know.  I’m a little bit slow.  What can I say?  As you know, we’ve been busy getting our house ready to sell and looking for a new one.  And unfortunately, we haven’t found any houses that we absolutely love yet.  And, if our house sells in the next few weeks, I’m afraid we’re going to end up in an apartment until we find something we like.  The thought of apartment living with two small children makes me want to freak the *F* out.  However, I would much rather tough it out than buy a house that we really don’t want.  I’m so stressed about all of it, but it’s hard to plan when I don’t know what’s going to happen.  Sigh.

Anyway, it’s time for my monthly cash money update.  In case you missed my income updates from the last two months, here they are:

Cash Money: $7,230 in June Income, Blog Updates, and Goals

Cash Money: $7,083 in July Income and Blog Updates

Due to the fact that Greg’s car needed repairs and my laptop died, August sucked in terms of spending.  However, I did pretty good in terms of income, especially considering the fact that I was totally preoccupied with my husband’s career troubles.  So, without further adieu, the total amount of money of cash money that I grossed as a self-employed goddess in August was……*drumroll, please*

 $6,605

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

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

Cash Money Details

Please remember that I make the majority of my income from a variety of freelance writing jobs, not my blog.  Also, please keep in mind that this is my pre-tax income.  I pay taxes quarterly and will be writing a $7,000 check to Uncle Sam in the next few days.  (Ouch!  That hurts!)  However, this is the grand total of my income after expenses.  Thankfully, my expenses are super low.  I basically wear pajamas and I use the two computers that I already own.  I did have to replace my laptop in August, but the expense didn’t eat up too much of my income.  And regardless, I can’t work without a laptop!  Here are my expenses for the month of August:

  • Staff Writing: $100
  • Blog Hosting: $12
  • Internet $16 (they gave me a credit last month because I complained, usually it’s $35)
  • Laptop and Software: $500

Aside from my unusually high expenses, August was pretty bangin’.  When I left my job in April/May, I set a goal of grossing 4K per month in order to replace my income.  So far, I’ve been leaving that goal in the dust.  And, I expect September to turn out about the same.  I’ve got a ton of freelance writing projects in the works and was recently asked to write a weekly post for a big name travel site as well.  I’ll let you know how that goes!

A lot of people have asked me how I get the majority of my freelance writing jobs.  And the truth is, most of them come from my blog.  I don’t really look for writing jobs anymore.  They find me and I make it easy by responding to emails and inquiries at lightening fast speed.  If you’re interested in starting your own blog, make sure to check out the post I wrote about how to get started:

Quit Your Day Job: How to Start a Blog

Likewise, if you are interested in hiring me for the variety of skillz that I offer, please feel free to contact me through my contact form!

In other news, Greg starts his new job in a few weeks and I am sooooo ready for that to happen.    Even though we’ve covered our expenses and then some, I haven’t enjoyed being a one income family, even for a short amount of time.  And, he is totally distracting!  Even though it’s not his fault, it’s been really hard to concentrate during the weeks that he’s been home.  Once he goes back to work, I’ll be ready to refocus and get on a regular schedule again.

How did your August income turn out?  Did you meet your goals or exceed them?  Let me know in the comments!