Hi guys! Sorry, I’m late. Yes, this is my July income report not August’s (look out for August’s in a couple weeks). I got behind schedule running around traveling these last few weeks of summer and finishing some large projects. Plus, notice anything different around here? I hope so because Untemplater got a much-needed redesign! A huge thank you to Eric from Narrow Bridge Media for the site refresh.
Untemplater is now running on the Genesis framework, one of the most popular WordPress themes in use today. I’m loving the fresh feel of the site and being able to use all the latest plugins again. I’m still tweaking a few things here and there but the bulk of the heavy lifting is all complete. I think we squashed all the bugs, but if you happen to come across something that isn’t working properly, please let me know in the comments.
For anyone who’s new to my income reports or the site, welcome! Be sure to check out my about page and read how I got paid to break free from a grueling desk job earlier this year. My life has changed immensely for the better this year and I started these monthly income reports to keep me on my toes and track my progress.
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2015 Goals Update
I have three main goals that I set for 2015. In each of my income reports, I provide a quick update on my progress:
1) Goal: Grow More Traffic
Untemplater’s traffic took another hit in July, down over 4% from June. The summer slowdown was in full effect. Hopefully, it’s just seasonality and doesn’t continue on a downward trend. I’m thinking things should start to pick back up again once Labor day is past and everyone’s back from summer vacation.
July vs June:
Year over Year:
2) Goal: Land More Freelancing Gigs
During July, I tried to re-engage one of my freelancing clients that stopped giving out new assignments, but unfortunately nothing came of my efforts. That client seems to be too focused on fundraising and cutting back on expenses for the foreseeable future. With that door is closed it’s time for me to find a new one. Freelancing has its ups and downs and dealing with instability and short-term projects is just how things go.
3) Goal: Build More Affiliate Income
A big thank you to everyone who made a purchase or signed up for a service using one of my links. There weren’t any significant changes in July as far as affiliate income goes besides summer slowness. Meanwhile, I am working on changing out my affiliate plugin and URL structure that I’ll discuss in an upcoming report.
Income Report July 2015
Onwards to the July Income report…
Total Revenue Streams = $8,563
- Editorial, writing, online marketing $4,000
- Website management, other $230
- Dividends & Interest income $292
- Rental income $300
- Prosper P2P investment income $12
I sure miss the $700 dividend income payout I got in June, but I did meet my goal of investing more into the markets. The volatility in the markets has been rather nuts, but investing little by little in tranches takes a lot of the stress out of it.
ADVERTISING & AFFILIATE: $3,729
- Affiliate Advertising: $3,200
- Profitable Online Store: $264
- Contextual Advertising (Adsense): $152
- Bluehost: $90
- Unconventional Guides: $20
- Amazon Associates: $3
- Direct Advertising: $0
- Miscellaneous: $0
Expenses = $(4,433)
- Aweber, Marketing, Subscriptions, Fees: $(295)
- Meals & Entertainment – business: $(230)
- Travel – business: $(50)
- Quickbooks: $(50)
- Supplies & misc: $(30)
- Hosting, web related: $(30)
- Outsourcing: $(0)
Unfortunately, my laptop has been freezing and shutting down unexpectedly a lot more recently, so I think its days are numbered. I can’t do any of my work without one, so I’m starting to save up for a new computer now. Hopefully, I can get a couple more months out of my laptop before it totally croaks. That will give me more time to save up and get my files organized and ready for a migration.
I’ve got over 200 GB of photos to reorganize and migrate onto an external drive. And I’ve also still got to figure out how to switch from using Aperture to the Photos app. With tens of thousands of photos, it can get stressful dealing with huge libraries, especially with a sluggish computer. If any of you are crazy photogs like me, I’d love to hear your suggestions on file management and transitioning off of Aperture. I’m really sad that Apple retired it, and have been procrastinating making a switch.
As far as my future laptop, I have my eyes on a 15″ Macbook Pro with 256 GB storage. I’d love to have the next level up, but I can’t stomach the price tag. Mac’s are crazy expensive in general, but considering I’ve gotten over five years out of my existing computer so far and use my laptop 6-10 hours a day, 7 days a week, it’s a fair investment.
- Living expenses: $(3,360)
- Travel – personal: $(80)
- Meals & Entertainment – personal: $(308)
PROFITS: $8,563 (Income) – $4,433 (Expenses) = $4,130
July profits were down close to $1200, ouch. But, I anticipated about $500 of that because of my surprise dividend income spike in June. The rest is disappointing but also expected given the slowdowns in traffic and people being checked out mid-summer. I came out a lot better than July a year ago, but I still have some improvements to work on and want to ramp up for the second half of the year.
Overall, I kept busy in July, but I also managed to make the most of the long, slow days of summer. I rested up after traveling a lot in May and June, which was a nice change of pace. I love to travel, but it can really burn you out if you don’t take sufficient time to recharge.
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Untemplaters, what were you up to in July? How has your summer been? What do you think of Untemplater’s new look?