I’m pretty sad that October is over. After all, I absolutely love autumn in Indiana and Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Now that it’s all over, I can only count down the days until spring and summer when I can venture outside without wearing a moo moo and a trash bag.
I absolutely hate winter, and working at home only makes it worse. Last winter, I didn’t leave my house for weeks at a time. When that happens, I start losing my mind!
In other news, I got some really cute family pictures taken in October. The photographer did a really nice job considering what she had to work with. Here is a sneak peak of our pics:
I think the photographer we used did an awesome job!
October 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 October was……*drumroll, please*
This total includes all of the money that I made from my various streams of income:
- Credit Card Sales
- Freelance writing
- Affiliate advertising
- Ghost Writing
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Sure, my October income was stellar. But, how does it pan out after expenses? Let’s take a look at what it cost to run a web-based writing business, shall we? Here are my expenses for October:
- Internet: $51
- Writing Services: $260
- Blog Hosting: $15
Let’s face it –
11G’s is obviously the most I have ever earned in a single month. (Well, it was at the time. As of October 2015, I’m pushing 20K a month.) And, as a self-employed entrepreneur, it makes me really happy to see all of my hard work paying off. But, there’s a problem….
Confession: I Am the Problem
Just like last month, I basically worked every single day during the month of October including nights and weekends. I don’t keep track, but I’m sure I easily worked 60-70 hours per week the entire month. And that’s on top of doing all the housework, cooking all the meals, and basically being a domestic goddess. What can I say? I’m a workaholic.
In other words, October totally sucked! I know I say this every month, but I am going to seriously cut down on my work load from this point forward. It is simply not sustainable and I am starting to end up just as miserable as I was when I worked a 9-5 job and hustled on the side.
I think I have finally come to the realization that the jobs I have are not the problem; I am the problem. I am the reason I end up working every night and weekend of my life. I am the reason my 40-hour-per-week work load expands into something that takes 60-70 hours. I am the reason I’m stressed out and teetering on the edge of insanity about half the time. The problem isn’t work – the problem is me. That probably deserves a blog post of its own. Anyhoo….
I’m currently in Europe at the moment. I wrote about the financials of our trip in this post in case anyone is interested. Once I get home, my plan is to continue working on our site remodel, finish out my writing jobs for the month, and work on some new ideas for 2015 and beyond. On a personal note, I am ready for Spring Break with the kids! Is that sad? I just want winter to be over so I can start planting flowers and getting ready for the neighborhood pool to open. Someone wake me up in March, K?
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