It has been an exciting month here at Musha HQ with some big things happening!
We finally completed on the purchase of our first home AND I handed my notice in at my full time job so that I could go fully freelance 😱
We completed on the house at just gone midday on Friday the 19th February and I handed my notice into my boss 10 minutes after.
I had been offered a full time freelance contract with one of the companies I currently do some work for way back in November but I was unable to commit to it as I wasn’t able to go fully self employed until the mortgage and house purchase had gone through fully, they were kind enough to keep the role open for me and I have been doing as many hours as I could for them the past few months. Once we knew the house purchase was due to complete and exchange we set me a contract start date of April 1st.
Initially I had to give a full months notice at work so I would have been finishing on March 19th and then had a week and a half to settle into work from home life before starting the new contract but it turns out that there wasn’t much work for me to do so instead I negotiated to have just 1 weeks notice and…
As of Friday February 26th 2021 at 4pm I officially became 100% self employed
I didn’t set an earnings goal for February as I didn’t want to put too mush pressure on myself as I knew it was going to be a busy and chaotic month, luckily it also turned out to be a very lucrative month and I managed to bring in an extra £2,200.72 in! It’s important to note that this is before deductions – I pay tax on all my side hustle/self-employed earnings so put away around 25% a month to go towards my tax return.
Blogger Outreach and Project Co-ordination – £225.60
This is work I do for a company called GetBlogged and they are actually the company I will be starting my full time freelance contract with in April as a Content Creator. I am so excited to be joining the team full time and can’t wait to get stuck in with some of the projects we have planned!
Social Media Community Management – £226
Social Media Community Management covers a few different things but in this case it’s the running and moderating of the Jam Jar Budgeting facebook group. We’ve had another good month of lots of new members joining and I’ve been having some meetings with the marketing team to think up some other ways we can help to push their brand.
Affiliates Earnings – £221.51 – What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate income earnings have stayed fairly steady now for a few months which is nice to see, I’m hoping I’ll get some more time now to work on a proper affiliate marketing strategy.
Paid ‘guest posts’ (aka Copy and Paste posts/Link Insertions) – £130 – Getting paid for link placements and ‘guest’ posts
Things still seem a bit slow in the Copy and Paste side of blog work but they have picked up a lot in the last week so hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
Get Blogged – £49.41
So as well as working for GetBlogged I also occasionally work with them as a blogger. If you are looking to get paid blog work then they are the perfect place to start, they have a wide range of assignments you can apply for – they then go through and pick out the best pitches for their clients. They also now have a market place where you can talk directly to brands and apply for work with them.
Sponsored Posts – £500
This was for a sponsored post I did back in January (invoices are slow to be paid sometimes!) I haven’t pitched directly to brands for any other sponsored post work since before Christmas so I do need to start doing this again soon.
Brand Ambassador – £750 – Easter Crafts & DIY’s over on CraftHustleDirectory
January was my last month as a Brand Ambassador for Design Bundles as the new full time contract I will be starting in April is actually an evolution of this role! This was the payment of my final invoice for the Brand Ambassador gig (this confused people before but I bill at the end of the working month after the work is done – so this invoice was sent at the end of Jan and was paid on Feb 1st which makes it part of Febs income)
OddsMonkey membership – £98.20 – Our Matched Betting Profit Tracker/Diary
I have not had much time at all to dedicate to matched betting this month, this is the profits from maybe 1.5 hours works across the month which is not to be sniffed at at all! I’m hoping to work Matched Betting into my daily schedule going forward as it’s a great earner for very little effort.
Plans for March
Ummm…panic? No that doesn’t sound very helpful 😂
Jokes aside, March is going to be a very different month for me. It’s kind of like a reset and prepare month so I have plans to do a big house deep clean, tidy up the garden before Spring really gets going, build myself some new routines and try to ease myself into Freelance life ready to get busy again come April 1st.
In terms of an earnings goal for March I’m really not sure, as it stands I don’t have any major work scheduled and I’m planning to spend most of the month just doing admin bits. I think if I set myself a goal of £1,000 then that’ll be enough to keep me aiming for something but not so much that it feels overwhelming.
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