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April 2022: Creator & Gig Income Report + Reflections

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An honest look at how I earned $2080 in revenue as a part-time small creator and freelancer.
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An honest look at how I earned $2080 in revenue as a part-time small creator and freelancer.
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If you want to read my previous creator and gig income reports, here you go.
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April started out slow. I mean, excruciatingly slow. For the first 2 weeks of April, there was no action. Only $10.92 made till April 15th. If you thought creator life would be all about getting paid every single day, then you couldnโ€™t be more wrong.
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It was also one of my most productive months but mentally straining as well. Not because I donโ€™t enjoy the work I do but because I got too excited about the work I do that I started (yet again!) to bite off more than I can chew.
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Thanks to the routines I created in March I was able to stay sane and NOT burn out.
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April was also one of the most high-earning and challenging months professionally. Iโ€™m entering into new waters to test and hone my skills. Hopefully, Iโ€™ll come out victorious. ๐Ÿ™‚ We will know at the end of Q2.
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If you want to look at my 2022 Q1 Review, here you go. I was super happy about the progress I made since the start of this year.
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Letโ€™s look at the numbers now!

Income Report for April 2022

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What I earned and did in April this year:
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A brief about my side projects and how I earn money as a creator:
  • Newsletter - The Curious Bunch: Iโ€™ve started accepting sponsors for my newsletter since May 2021 when I crossed over 500 subscribers. Since then, Iโ€™ve been able to book sponsors (mostly inbound requests) for every weekly issue I send. You can view my current pricing structure on this advertising page.
  • Info Products: WritingOS: A Notion Dashboard that helps you write consistently. Newsletter Checklist: Start a newsletter the right way with this checklist (free).
  • Donations from Buy Me A Coffee and Tip Jar: Iโ€™ve been accepting donations from my newsletter readers since January 2021.
  • I also take on freelance work from time to time. I help companies analyze their data, execute growth experiments, develop No-Code solutions, and occasionally write their newsletters and blogs.
  • Affiliate Revenue: I recommend my favourite products and other tools I use in my day-to-day life to my newsletter readers and Twitter followers.
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Net Profit: $2063.18

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Net Profit ($2063.18) = Total Revenue ($2080) - Total Expenses ($16.82)
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In April 2022, I made a net profit of $2063.18. This is about a 234% increase from last monthโ€™s net profit of $616.95.
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Did I sell more info-products? No.
Did I do more marketing and be active on social media? In fact, itโ€™s the exact opposite. I started being less active on social media.
So, how did I make so much more money compared to the other months?
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Iโ€™ll break this down further in the next sections.
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Total Revenue: $2080

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  • Newsletter ($283.50) โ€” Sponsorships: $283.50, Classifieds: $0
  • Info Products ($70.61) โ€” Writing OS: $36.53
  • Donations ($15) โ€” Tip Jar: $5
  • Freelance ($1750)
  • Affiliate Revenue ($0)
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In total honest, inbound sponsorship requests keep surprising me. I booked ad slots from 3 advertisers and the dates arenโ€™t available until the end of July! ๐Ÿคฏ
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My highest source of income for April is the freelance work. This doesnโ€™t exactly fall under the category of โ€˜creatorโ€™ income. Thatโ€™s the reason I renamed this report as โ€˜Creator + Gig Income Reportโ€™.
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I absolutely love working with my clients and my priority for the next 2 months is to direct all my energy, resources, and skills towards making them grow their products. In the mean time, I also get to work with few amazing creators while getting paid for the work I absolutely enjoy doing.
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This re-direction of my energy could affect my side projects, my social media presence, and my marketing efforts for info-products I made in the past few months. Iโ€™m willing to let go of these for the next few months so I can concentrate on my other priorities for this quarter.

Expenses: -$16.82

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I had to renew my Newsletter Guide domain which I was planning to use for the side project โ€˜Newsletter Guideโ€™ Email course. Will probably release before end of Q2.
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Although I purchase most of these subscriptions on yearly basis, Iโ€™m breaking them down as monthly expenses so itโ€™s easy for you to understand.
  • Website Hosting ($7.99) โ€” MDX: -$7.07, Carrd: -$0.92
  • Domains ($6.08) โ€” Vidya.so: -$5.42, Writingos.co: -$0.66, Newsletter Guide: $2.16
  • Email ($0.59) โ€” Vidya.so: -$0.59
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April Milestones

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I love celebrating small milestones because theyโ€™re the ones that accumulate and make a huge difference at the end of the year.
  • Done with exams and I passed with flying colours. Haha. Now I am one step closer to getting a diploma from IIT Madras in Data Science.
  • Earned $1700+ as a freelancer.
  • Crossed $2000/mo revenue goal.
  • Landed a dream client.
  • Ann Handley shared the blog post I wrote on Newsletter Glue.
  • All the โ€˜officialโ€™ work that was needed to call myself a โ€˜Home Ownerโ€™ is now done. ๐Ÿ˜› I now own a house!!! ๐Ÿก
  • Met No-Coders in Hyderabad and attended a Birthday party of someone I admire.
  • Started taking better care of my physical health.
  • Spent some quality time with mom after a long time.
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What I tried/failed to do

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At the end of April, I couldnโ€™t keep up with my Morning and Evening routines. This probably means that I need to reduce the number of โ€œthingsโ€ I have to do in the Morning. I also skipped writing Morning Pages and my reading sessions. This could have an affect later on my mental health.
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Tried to juggle work without planning properly.
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What Iโ€™m planning for May

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  • Continue taking care of my physical and mental health.
  • Donโ€™t skip weekly review and planning sessions.
  • Keep up with Morning routines and make changes to the routine if itโ€™s becoming too hard to follow through.
  • Prioritize tasks using Todoist and finish them before the end of the day.
  • Meet new people and indulge myself in new experiences.
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Funny how the above things are not directly related to my revenue goals. However, they DO impact my revenue indirectly.
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If you want to get in touch with me, I hang out on Twitter.
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