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March 2022: Creator & Gig Income Report + Reflections

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An honest look at how I earned $631.61 in revenue as a part-time small creator and freelancer.
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An honest look at how I earned $631.61 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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March was tough. Not at all how I expected things to turn out but everything is just starting to fall in place.
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Lifestyle wise, Iโ€™ve made SO many changes. Iโ€™m sticking with my new wake-up routine, evening routine, and I also recently came up with a night routine to wind-down after a busy day.
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All these days I thought having routines was not that important but I couldnโ€™t have been more wrong. With these routines in place, I now dedicate time to the most important things and I also realized how often I was overcommitting to projects.
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Iโ€™ve also started a new course called Notion Mastery by Marie Poulin and it has been a lifesaver. I highly recommend Notion Mastery if you want to change your life with Notion as one of your primary tools. Iโ€™ll be writing more about this in future posts.
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I couldnโ€™t finish the Women Make Challenge which I initially planned at the beginning of the month and my Newsletter Guide took a backseat in light of my final exams. Hopefully, Iโ€™ll get back to finishing this project by end of April.
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Enough rant for today. If you want to check out my Monthly Review, Iโ€™ll be doing that here.
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Letโ€™s look at the numbers now!
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TL;DR: โ€ข March didnโ€™t go as I initially planned. โ€ข Didnโ€™t finish the Women Make Challenge. โ€ข Preparing for final exams.
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Income Report for March 2022

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What I earned and did in March 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: $616.95

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Net Profit ($616.95) = Total Revenue ($631.61) - Total Expenses ($14.66)
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In March 2022, I made a net profit of $616.95. This is about a 16% decrease from last monthโ€™s net profit of $735.34.
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Considering how I didnโ€™t do any kind of marketing for my info-products, this is more than I expected. Iโ€™ll break this down further in the next sections.
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Total Revenue: $631.61

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  • Newsletter ($243) โ€” Sponsorships: $243, Classifieds: $0
  • Info Products ($70.61) โ€” Writing OS: $70.61
  • Donations ($15) โ€” Buy Me A Coffee: $10, Tip Jar: $5
  • Freelance ($150)
  • Affiliate Revenue ($153)
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This month, I didnโ€™t expect any revenue from sponsorships because I was already booked 2 months in advance. But luckily, I got 2 inbound requests which were in perfect alignment with my audience and they booked multiple slots! I also recently increased my sponsorship prices which contributed to the increase in my sponsorship revenue.
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Iโ€™m also in talks with one more brand so that would be reflected in my April Income Report.
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No doubt that newsletter sponsorships consistently bring me revenue every month.
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While I was writing this post, I received an email about my first affiliate sale. Woohoo! ๐Ÿฅณ

Expenses: -$14.66

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My expenses are the same as in January and February. No changes at all.
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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
  • Email ($0.59) โ€” Vidya.so: -$0.59
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March 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.
  • Made my first affiliate sale ever!
  • Earned $1700+ as a creator in the first quarter of 2022. It took me a whole year to earn $1500 in 2021 as a creator.
  • Went to a Writerโ€™s Club hosted in my city. Wrote my first fictional story after ages.
  • Mental Health and Productivity levels are much better and balanced compared to February & January.
  • Made info-product sales without any active marketing.
  • Got 10+ Beta users for Newsletter Guide.
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What I tried/failed to do

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I tried to finish the Women Make Challenge by working on and releasing a Newsletter Guide, an info product but did not realize that I committed to too many things. However, with the help of Notion Mastery and the weekly planning Iโ€™m currently incorporating into my workflows, Iโ€™m pretty sure I can resume this project in a week or so.
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Iโ€™ve also failed to do any kind of marketing for WritingOS due to exams but Iโ€™m glad I still made 5 sales. Thatโ€™s almost 1 sale every week without any active promotion. Absolutely not proud about the fact that I havenโ€™t done any marketing for the product I worked so hard for, but, I think the idea behind the info-product is validated and Iโ€™m happy about that.
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What Iโ€™m planning for April

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First of all, Iโ€™m planning to ace my final exams in April and cannot wait to finish them so I can get back to working on my side projects.
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Next, Iโ€™ll be working on some marketing material for Writing OS and publicly commit to working on the Newsletter Guide.
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Iโ€™m inspired by what Jesse is doing with his e-book on ADHD and will probably take a leaf out of his โ€œbuild in publicโ€ playbook to build the Newsletter Guide.
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Iโ€™m also looking forward to pitching more clients with my blog post ideas. I havenโ€™t decided if I should increase my freelance prices but Iโ€™ll probably entertain the thought and make a decision by end of April.
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Any other suggestions?
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If you want to get in touch with me, I hang out on Twitter.
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