Where has the month gone?! It’s felt like this last week, in particular, has flown by.
It’s been a pretty busy and stressful month here at Musha HQ – things all went a bit wrong with our mortgage application (no fault of ours, it’s all because of the new lockdown and furlough scheme, it might be back on track though…we should know later this week!) and because of that I’ve not really known what to do with myself. I’m wary of building up my freelance work too much in case I can’t manage it all alongside full-time work, obviously, the plan had been to quit my full-time job and go fully self-employed when the mortgage was sorted but with that all up in the air I’m a bit stuck.
I’ve stuck with not really pitching for any new work and just seeing what comes my way, which has worked out quite well this month.
I managed to bring in an extra £1,766.15 in November. 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.
Social Media Community Management – £272.40
I get paid a set monthly fee for my work as a Social Media Community Manager but I also get a commission paid per person who joins the Facebook Group. This month saw a lot of growth in the group numbers and some great conversations in the group which the brand is really pleased about. Building a FB group from nothing is always hard but I feel like it’s hitting a good pace now.
Blogger Outreach and Project Co-ordination – £203.04
This is the freelance role I currently do for GetBlogged, I currently do a full day for them on Mondays and then fit in ad-hoc hours in the evenings and weekends as and when needed. We had a big campaign on this month which meant some long hours for me of an evening but it’s work I really enjoy doing and it’s nice to be on the opposite side of the email for once and being the brand that’s reaching out to the blogger.
Affiliates Earnings – £209.43 – What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Novembers months affiliate earnings consisted of payouts from the 3 main companies I usually get them from Profit Accumulator, Team Profit and Design Bundles. I’ve been doing a lot less work promoting these affiliates lately and it’s starting to reflect in the income so that’s something I need to address going forward. I still haven’t come up with an affiliate marketing plan, maybe I’ll get a chance to if it’s quiet this month!
Paid ‘guest posts’ (aka Copy and Paste posts/Link Insertions) – £331.28 – Getting paid for link placements and ‘guest’ posts
I had zero emails about content or link placement at the start of this month (they always usually seem to come at the start of the month as that’s when people get their new budgets) but then we hit mid-month and I was getting them every other day. I always get a lot of questions about how paid ‘guest posts’ work so I’ve written a post that helps explain the concept a bit more, you can read it here.
Brand Ambassador – £750 – Christmas DIY’s over on CraftHustleDirectory
As usual, this is the main chunk of my income each month at the moment. I slightly overstretched myself with this month’s tutorials and although it was still only 2 blog posts that I did I actually made 6 different projects I might have got a bit overexcited with some of the ideas I had 😂 and it took me a lot longer than I had hoped – it’s a good job I enjoy crafting so much!
Plans for December
Keep my head down and keep going! I’ve set myself the lofty goal of hitting £2,020 earnings in December (it seemed like a fitting number to see out the year) but I have no idea how much work will actually be coming in, I’m not sure if brands/companies will be closing down early for Christmas this year and might be saving their budgets for 2021 so who knows what will come in.
December is my least favourite month when it comes to planning work as you only really get 3 weeks instead of 4, by the time you hit the 23rd everyone has pretty much finished up for Christmas and won’t be back until January so there is a good week or so of just waiting for replies to emails.
If work is a bit thin on the ground then I will spend time on improving the blogs and making plans for next year.
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