Income & Expenses: April!

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I’m back! I thought maybe I could make this a weekly post, but yeah, it’s better this way. At least until some things start to happen. Like sales. Sales would be good, but so would publishing! I have a couple things in the pipeline I talk about in my regular posts, one that I hope to have up for sale this week if everything works out okay.

So, on to the money.

Spends

Well, I spent a few dollars this month. One thing was frivolous – a case for the Chromebook I purchased in March. I mean, it’s not essentially frivolous. The thing needs protection, I need a way to cart it around. But I could have put it off. But I didn’t!

The second thing I spent money on was necessary, and I got a good deal on it. I needed stock photography as I’m doing my own covers for the time being. And while I would, of course, love to be able to pick out only the images I need when I need them, you can’t do that with the package I chose. Luckily, I dabble a little bit in graphic design and desktop publishing in my office job. Having a large bank of photographs to pick and choose from when starting a project is as good as having exactly what you think you need. Lots of times, what you don’t have gives you a better project in the end.

The third thing I purchased was education related. There was a Story Bundle on sale with a couple books in it by authors I know and respect, so I picked that up. As a bonus for buying at a certain level, I also received some seminars that I always get a lot of value from. So I’m looking forward to learning from that.

Chromebook Case – $13
Bigstock – $50
StoryBundle – $20

Monies

Oh dear. Um, I didn’t get any books up for sale in April, so there wasn’t even a chance of new income. I did do some other pseudo marketing things, like use my Bullet Journal to build an Instagram following (91, so far). I love my #bujo, so it’s a passion as much as writing is. Once I have covers to add, I’ll pop those up with my #bujo layouts and quotes. The thought is, more eyes can’t hurt, even if they’d rather be looking at weekly layouts or hand lettered quotes.

Income – $0

Sums Up

Well, I spent a bit more than I earned, but with a $13 exception, I think the things I spent money on were sound. The stock images, while sometimes just things I think are pretty, will come in handy at some point, I know it. I enjoy playing with images too much. And the books from the StoryBundle, I’m going to read them all.

So I’m a little bit in the hole, but I’m up attitude and Instagram followers. 🙂

See you next month!

Income & Expenses: March!

The words Income & Expenses in a green text box over the quote "She believed she could so she did"

Greetings and Salutations!

I start an awful lot of my posts that way, I know.

Also, thank goodness “monies” is a word.

So I’m starting these posts because I like to learn how other authors and entrepreneurs do when they’re just starting out. Like, is everyone but me jumping straight to three-figure a month income levels, or is it taking everyone some sweet time? But nobody likes to talk about money, so I don’t come across this kind of post that often.

So I’m going to write it myself.

I have March data, and while I thought I was going to make these posts weekly, I think perhaps I will make them monthly. I really don’t know. We’re going to see how this goes.

So, for March!

Spends

I bought two things in March I think are going to help. One was Grammarly. It was 40% off as part of their March Madness sale, bringing the price into the reasonable range for me.

Here’s my justification: I need a second set of eyes, even computer generated ones, to find the silly little mistakes and misspellings and times when I’ve used the wrong word but spelled it right. I would like to get to the point when I can hire a human for such things (I even know such a person), but right now, I’m going to trust a computer and my own eyeballs.

The second thing I purchased in March was a Chromebook (referral link). It is going to be only a writing computer, although not my only writing computer because I still do an awful lot of writing on my Toshiba Satellite (the one I’m using right now, in fact). The issue with my Toshiba is that it’s also a computer that can play Minecraft, and I have two youths in the house who love Minecraft. So the justification for the Chromebook: to have a light computer that is only for writing that I can take to the places I go to write at regularly.

Grammarly – $69
Chromebook – $180

Monies

Income! I had some, by some stroke of luck. It wasn’t much, only a dollar and change, in fact. But here’s the interesting thing: I haven’t published anything since May of last year. Last May I published under a pen name and earned a little from it. Now, another sale.

So the desire to get more books up for sale is strong, and I have one I just need to finish spell-grinding to get it there.

Smashwords – $1.21

Sums Up

So right now, obviously, I’m spending more than I’m earning. That is to be expected for Starter Editions of Writers. What I’d like to do until I have another one of these to report is to sort out business finance solutions. Like, do I need a separate checking account or a separate PayPal? (Hint: I’m pretty sure at this moment, I don’t. I’m still operating as a Sole Proprietorship, so it would just be for personal, ease of bookkeeping reasons I might do that.) And maybe think about different marketing things. I have a little experience with marketing, actually. So that could be fun.

Bye until next time!