My confession / soundbite for April is that I have workaholic tendencies. Working a crazy number of hours last month reminded me why working only 40 hours a week is so easy in comparison. While it felt good to get so much accomplished, it also reminded me that we all have a breaking point no matter how motivated or invincible we may feel.
Although my personality is pretty calm and mellow, work can really get me…well, all worked up. I take so much pride in what I do that I simply can’t do assignments half a$$ed even though I often have to work with a few people who couldn’t care less about their performance.
Anyway, while March was a work hard play hard month, April was pretty much just a work hard month. The good news is I’m laying off the gas this month in May to reboot and get any residual stress toxins out of my system. Stress can literally manifest back pain and neck pain, which I was all too well reminded of in April. I constantly wanted to crack my throbbing back and had to fight off aches I hadn’t felt since before I left my stressful day job, which as you regular readers know if where I’m now consulting practically full-time.
Maybe this month I’ll finally go get the massage I’ve been dreaming about for the last several weeks!
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2016 Goals Update
I have three main career goals for 2016 and I’m actively hustling to meet or beat them this year. In each of my income reports, I provide a quick update on my progress:
1) Goal: Invest At Least $5,000 Every Month
April was so crazy for me I didn’t think about investing until the last week of the month. I was so uninspired by the stock market I decided to forgo investing for April. What I decided to do instead was pay off $3,000 in mortgage debt.
I think I’m going to do that from now on – if I just don’t feel good about the timing of the stock market, I’ll pay down debt instead. Seems like a happy compromise to me.
2) Goal: Grow My Net Worth By $75,000
I am on a quest to become a multi-millionaire! It’s a long journey, but an exciting and fulfilling one. If I can grow my net worth by $75,000 this year I’ll pass a net worth of $1 million and will be in good shape to hit some financial goals I want to reach before I turn 40. How do I plan to accomplish this goal? I plan to save a lot of money continue doing as much as I can freelancing.
I can give myself a pat on the back for maximizing my income opportunities in the month of April. As of now I’m sitting on cash that I hope to deploy in the coming months when I get a better feeling about the markets. My instincts suspect the markets could go down further as the economy slows, more layoffs occur and the property market slows down.
3) Goal: Grow More Traffic
Growing traffic is easier said than done, but I keep reminding myself its possible as I’ve witnessed by many other sites.
April was pretty flat compared to March which I’m actually ok with. Thanks so much to those of you who have become regular readers and leave such thoughtful comments. I have comment rounds on my to do list and hope to share the love soon.
April is a good reminder that seasonal slowness is coming as students get out of school and people start traveling and spend less time surfing the web.
April vs March:
Year over Year:
Income Report April 2016
Onwards to my April Income report…
Total Revenue Streams = $23,816
- Project consulting $16,280
- Editorial, writing, online marketing $3,738
- Teaching music, pet sitting $175
- Dividends & Interest income $290
- Rental income $160
- Prosper P2P investment income $21
ADVERTISING & AFFILIATE: $3,152
- Affiliate Partnerships: $2,682
- Contextual Advertising (Adsense): $210
- Bluehost: $180
- How To Engineer Your Layoff $75
- Amazon Associates: $5
Expenses = $(4,655)
- Aweber, Marketing, Subscriptions, Fees: $(355)
- Meals & Entertainment – business: $(280)
- Travel – business: $(60)
- Quickbooks: $(50)
- Supplies & misc: $(30)
- Hosting, web related: $(30)
- Living expenses: $(3,360)
- Meals & Entertainment – personal: $(320)
- Shopping & misc expenses – personal $(120)
- Travel – personal: $(50)
$23,816 (Income) – $4,655 (Expenses) = $19,161 PROFITS
Work hard while you can is one of my main mottos because I know someday I simply won’t be able to. Although most people don’t regret working more when they are near their end of days, I like money 🙂 and I like the satisfaction and rewards of hard work. My perfectionist tendencies also make me a good candidate for workaholics anonymous.
I have a pretty strong inner drive to make as much money as I can while I’m still relatively young and don’t have the responsibility kids or my parents as dependents. I do get stressed out worrying about my parents who are in their late 60s, which makes me worry even more that things will get even harder when they’re in their 70s and 80s, but I’m doing the best I can to help them now and maintain my sanity.
There’s not much sense in worrying about things that haven’t happened yet either, right? Hope you had a great month of April and I wish you the best in whatever goals you’re striving towards today. To infinity and beyond!
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Untemplaters, did you have a successful April? What are your upcoming plans for the summer?
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