I’m working on my new site design, and there are a few things left to tweak and add. Please pardon any wonkiness over the next few days as I finish everything up!
I work with small business owners and creative entrepreneurs to create beautiful and functional websites that sell their products and services.
Uhm, oops. I kinda forgot to post this because I was on vacation in July. Also, I made almost no money because I was in vacation in July. Oops.
Total: $1230.96 (before expenses)
Affiliate & Advertising Sales: Affiliate programs I’m a part of (Studio Press, Gravity Forms, etc.), and Google Adsense. I only count this as income AFTER it is deposited in my bank account. I don’t do a ton of affiliate marketing or ads, so sometimes my earnings sit in the program for months before I ever get them. Any earnings listed here are likely an accumulation of several months’ earnings finally being deposited in my bank account.
Consulting/Mentorship: Consult calls and mentorship for designers and small business owners.
Design work: Anything that involves me designing something. A website, header, graphics of any kind, etc.
Development work: Full site development, theme development, etc.
E-Course sales: Sales of my e-course, of course. Most customers have purchased at a discount. I receive payment approximately two months after the sales occur. For example, in February I received payment for my December course sales.
Maintenance work: Hosting setup, coding, plugin installations, etc. I lumped these all together because I often do coding/website tweaks as part of clients’ monthly maintenance packages. I will possibly break this down further in the future to distinguish between new coding projects and actual maintenance work, but for 2014 they’re all lumped together in my accounting software.
Refunds: Money I get back from business expenses that I get refunded on. Like training programs, software, etc. Not really income, but for the sake of the blog post…
Advertising: Any ads I purchase, to promote my business, blog, and/or specific products or services.
Contractors and freelancers: Anyone I hire to do something for me, or finder’s fees for client referrals.
Domains/Hosting: Any new domains, hosting plans, or renewals. I typically pay for an entire year, not month-to-month, so some months this may be non-existent and others it may be crazy.
Licenses: Plugins, fonts, software, or any other type of licenses for my business or a client websites.
Meals and entertainment: Meetings with clients or to network.
Office expense: Anything I need for my office; furniture, paper, etc.
Other expenses: Filing fees, random stuff.
Paypal fees: This one is pretty obvious, don’t you think?
Training: Courses or books to improve my mad skillz and my business.
Notes: My biggest expense in July was a smart phone. Yeah, I’d totally been using a circa 2006 flip-phone, but it kept dropping calls and really didn’t even work in our basement apartment. So… I upgraded to a smart phone. Which is pretty fun, as long as I remember to pause my inbox at the end of the day so I don’t constantly check my emails!
I was on vacation for about two weeks in July, so really didn’t get much work done.
Pro tip: When you’re self-employed, vacations don’t just cost you a plane flight and a hotel–you give up your paycheck for as long as you’re on vacation.
So vacations, although fun and required for sanity, can be quite expensive when you work for yourself.
But it was worth it.
How’d you do in July?
I don’t do these kinda posts often (because being constantly sold to sucks!) but I’m super-excited to announce the official launch of my e-book: Designer Scripts – Email templates for sticky client situations! I’ve put a lot of work into this book and am really proud of it–but mostly I hope it really helps you tackle those difficult-to-write client emails! Let me tell you all about it!
I created this e-book/swipe file of email templates for situations where you just don’t know what to say… whether it be about a late payment, or you accidentally deleted the client’s entire website.
Because sometimes all you can string together when you’re stressed out is a stream of curses, and that’s not good for your business.
Unlike other swipe-files I’ve seen, this e-book is very simple. You won’t find flowery language that doesn’t fit with your brand (though you can add it if you want!). Instead, these emails are polite, yet to-the-point and designed to get your message across in a clear way without offending anyone.
And they said I’d never use my communication degree!
As a bonus, I include links to my favorite resources for contracts (because having a killer contract is vital to standing your ground with difficult clients!), and include notes with tips along the way!
Oh, and because I HATE e-books that use an entire cartridge of ink on each page (making them impossible to print) I designed this e-book to be totally printable and use very little ink, for those of you who like having hard-copies around (you know who you are)!
This book has many excellent examples, is clear and direct with a simple copy and paste format.
Erin has a great sense of humor and a firm grasp of the frustrations web and graphic designers face with clients. My only complaint is just that I wish there were more to read! The ebook left me wanting to read more of what she had to say!
Every bit worth the purchase many times over. Thank you for such a great resource, Erin. Keep writing!
- Amanda, My Amanda Design
- Tiffany, Beautiful Dawn Designs
I bought my copy too and loved it. It was very helpful and I know it will be used in the future. Thanks, Erin!
- Rita, Brainy Girl Designs
Hey Erin just bought my copy. I just used the MIA one for a client I hadn’t heard from in a month.. and guess what they actually replied! Woo hoo!
- Nicole, Picasso Media
In a world where things like Clients From Hell and the Sharp Suit project exist, this killer resource empowers designers to respond efficiently and appropriately to potentially *facepalm* situations with clients.
Erin’s scripts take all the guesswork and stress out of the balancing act between being warm and professional and not letting clients take advantage of you. This is a must-have for any freelance designer!
- Alle, Finding Eden Media
Then buy Designer Scripts! It’s just $17 for a limited time!
This price WILL be going up in the near future, so grab it now!
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