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I have been seeing Income Reports flying around the freelance-sphere since I got started as a Virtual Assistant. I love the transparency, so I figured that it might be time for me to start releasing my own income reports!

I’ve been freelancing part-time since January 2018, and started full-time in July 2018. We JUST had our first baby and let me tell you: those first 6 weeks are NO JOKE. If I can give any advice to other mompreneurs it would be to set up your maternity leave for at least 8 weeks. With that said, I made $301.15 revenue in December 2018! (Even with a newborn!)

 

Revenue Breakdown

  • Virtual Assistance $301.15
  • Total $301.15

Expense Breakdown

  • Profit Planner Lounge $67
  • Email & File Management $34.27
  • Business Expense $18.95
  • Credit Card Processing $7.55
  • Payroll $500
  • Total $627.77

Profit Breakdown

$301.15 – $627.77 = $-326.26

Goals for the Month

  • Learn the basics of being a new mom

STARTED – We knew that at SOME point in December we would be parents. We just didn’t know it would actually happen about two weeks before. So, by the time December rolled around we had gone through the REALLY tough phase of having a new roommate who doesn’t understand sleeping and can’t clean up after themselves. I put “STARTED” because are the basics of motherhood ever really finished?

  • Reflect on my maternity leave & how next time will be “better”

DONE – Since I did my maternity leave in shifts and had a long transition period back to reality I was able to reflect on how I want next time to be better. (Have I mentioned that we are Catholic? Yes, there will be a next time(s)!)

  • Make $250

DONE – I did not search out new leads & gave my retainer clients half off. They are awesome clients so I wanted to give them something for Christmas.

Lessons Learned for December

    • Maternity leave prep

You don’t just have a baby when you run your own business. It was so helpful to hear how other entrepreneur’s were planning their maternity leave, like Jenna Kutcher (Episode 189) & Micala Quinn (Episode 12). So like I said in the intro, I would recommend planning on at least 8 weeks of maternity leave especially if this is your first one! I would also say that you need to plan when you will “stop” accepting clients, how you will still be getting income (or not), & how your energy levels will be ALL. OVER. DA. PLACE.

    • Be ready for the holidays

This is mainly because of the baby, but I do think I’m going to remember this for future Christmases. Plan a weekend where I buy all the gifts for this year, plan another weekend to wrap all of them, and plan a weekend to hide all of them. (And make sure to write down where I put them!)
It was also helpful to know our plans for which family we were visiting and when BEFORE the baby came. It was less thinking that I needed to do and also was helpful when I needed to say NO.

    • What to use maternity leave for

What did I use maternity leave for, besides keeping a human alive? Definitely used it to reflect on how 2018 went, how I want 2019 to be the same/different, & realigned with where I want to be in five years. Having this time to just sit and think about our futures was so helpful & I look forward to our breastfeeding times when I can reconnect with my goals.

Wrap Up

Oh my goodness, life will never be the same again. But seriously, wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, Husband and I had NO IDEA what we were thinking when we said, “Sure! Let’s have a baby!” But I’ve seen so many sides to myself that I would not have seen without having this much responsibility put on me. Now I just have to keep doing this…every day. For the rest of my life. 😨

Ann Bellow helps women who struggle with booking clients to become her own boss by breaking the patterns that keep her broke.

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Ann Bellow helps women who struggle with booking clients to become her own boss by breaking the patterns that keep her broke.

Do you want 1-3 private clients in the next 30 days? Let's talk!

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