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Welcome to my November Income Report!
If you're new to my blog or email list, you're probably curious why I would want to post my income online.
For a long time I've entertained the idea of sharing the "behind-the-scenes" of my business; projects I'm working on, lessons I'm learning, strategies I'm trying out, and the different sources of income I have. I've been putting this off for a while because the truth is, the idea of disclosing my "private" information to the world is pretty scary.
But then I asked myself what I was really afraid of, and the biggest thing that was holding me back was the thought of being criticized by my peers. I kept imagining other photographers mocking how much (or little) I make, or misconstruing my intent and thinking I was just trying to show off.
What I realized is this: I'm going to be judged no matter what I do, so I might as well go for it. Because I truly believe this is going to be helpful for photographers looking for ideas or inspiration on how to make money with their art.
So, without further ado, here’s what I made with my business in November:
Freelance Income - $1,800 (photography and videography)
Affiliate Income - $23.32 (Amazon Associate)
Print(s) - $48.25 (Etsy)
Miscellaneous Income (private sponsors, contracts, or affiliate promotions that I am not allowed to disclose) - $3,759.99
Total Income: $5,631.56
Adobe Creative Cloud
Backblaze - $5
Squarespace - $10
PPA - $27.92
Pixieset - $20
Dropbox - $9.99
Total Expenses: $94.30
Please note: The “total income” figure is the gross amount I earned, so it doesn’t account for any of the fees I incur after receiving payment. My “total expenses” lists my recurring business expenses, mostly software or apps that I use on a daily basis. It does not include the smaller tax-deductible expenses I incur on a daily basis (coffee purchases when meeting with a client, Paypal fees, etc.)
What happened in November
I'm the new Marketing Director for Tribe Red Leaf!
Oh, sweet serendipity. That's the only way I can describe how the role of Director of Marketing landed on my plate. To make a long story short, it all started with me posting my work on different Facebook groups, which happened to be noticed by the right people, and eventually landed me an opportunity to demonstrate my knowledge of email and content marketing.
I keep telling you guys, Facebook communities are KEY. They're a great way to get noticed for your work.
Now I get to work on all sorts of nifty things I'm passionate about, like content marketing, conversion optimization, and social media engagement. (If your eyes are glazing over, I totally get it. I realize I'm a complete nerd.)
More Passive Income
In last month's income report I mentioned wanting to earn more passive income with my blog through affiliate links. I didn't earn as much as I did last month, but it's nice to see people are buying items through my links.
Last month I purchased Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so I learn all the strategies necessary to skyrocket my affiliate earnings. All I have to do now is put those methods into practice by creating more content and linking to things appropriately.
(By the way, if you're interested in learning how affiliate marketing works and how you can implement it with your own blog or website, you might want to check out the course. Besides selling your own products or services, affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to earn money with your blog; all you have to do is recommend the things you're already using and enjoy. It's a win for everyone.)
Here's a screenshot of my Amazon affiliate earnings for November:
In addition to my Amazon affiliate earnings, I also received a $15 for having someone order their Moo.com business cards through my affiliate link. (Thank you, whoever you are!) If you use my referral link, you will get 20% off your first order. It's a win for everyone. :)
Learning to say "no" more
This year I had to become more comfortable with saying no to project inquiries, and especially so this past month. As I become better at my craft, I've noticed that a lot of people want to work with me for just a nominal rate, if they're even willing to pay at all.
Since I'm a people-pleaser at heart, it's really hard for me to turn these people down. I completely understand what it's like to not have much of a budget, so I empathize with people who aren't able to afford my rate.
But I have to remind myself that the service I'm providing is not meant to be affordable to everyone. If everyone can afford me, I'm not charging enough!
The biggest benefit from being super selective about projects I take on is the amount of time I save. I would much rather do two $1,000 shoots than ten $200 shoots because all of that extra time can be spent working on other areas of my business (or relaxing!).
(Re)releasing my online course
This month I started working on updating my online course, The Blogging Roadmap. I created the course a couple of years ago to help aspiring bloggers get started with branding themselves and having a platform for their business. At the time, I released it for $77, but I plan on re-releasing it for free.
I'm projecting it will be available around mid-December, so be on the look out for that soon.
By now it's probably no secret that I pre-ordered the Sony a7riii. I actually received an email from them a few days ago saying it was to be delivered to me on November 30th (yesterday), only to receive an email that day telling me it won't be delivered until DECEMBER 21ST.
Oh well, first world-problems, right?
I'm pretty excited to finally get it. I feel like a lot of people might know me from my work with the Fuji XT-2 and Mitakon 35mm lens but I would like to branch out and see what the Sony can do. No reason not to have both!
In personal news, Rachel and I booked our tickets to Rome for March!!! Once we're there, we plan on visiting Florence and other surrounding areas too. I've always wanted to go to Italy, I'm such a huge fan of Renaissance art, so the thought of seeing all of the amazing paintings and sculptures in-person is just surreal.
I'm finally reaching a point in my life where I can take trips like this thanks to the success I'm enjoying in my career. After all, isn't that what life is all about? Working hard and having the freedom to enjoy yourself now, not later.
Goals for December
- Finish updating The Blogging Roadmap and release it
- Get my damn Sony
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