What a month! Did that just say “494%”!?
I can hardly believe it either! I returned from vacation with my wife and daughter at the end of April. In April we were in Spain for two weeks, I have some pictures in the April monthly income report. I was unsure as to how this month would be, since I was completely offline for half of April. As well, I didn’t know if clients would slow down with the end of the school year, or if they would want to come in.
It was a good chance to test out my passive income strategies. I never expected this!
Why I do this
Because some folks are new, I always put this part in. As you probably know, I work a full time job and do a bunch of other things to build passive income, active income, and generally try and help people improve their lives. I’ve been doing these income reports since September 2012. If you are new to the website, I do this for a number of reasons:
1. So you know exactly where I make money. That way, you don’t have to wonder if I’m full of crap, if you can trust me, or if you can learn something. My hope is that you trust me and that through that you’re more likely to get involved, possibly follow an affiliate link, or purchase something.
2. So as to inspire you. So often, we think that our incomes have an upper limit that is determined by someone else. When we have control of that upper limit, there is something really refreshing about that.
3. To hold myself accountable. I’m not always the best with book-keeping and monitoring where and how I make money. This forces me to keep better track of my goals and outcomes. I’m actually getting a lot better.
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Here are links to my past earning reports:
The podcast continues to grow and outrank the American Counseling Association! I’ve got some great ones coming up soon.
Launched The Ten-minute Toddler Turnaround: Improving Sleep
I had some significant consulting gigs come through. At some point I hope to give you more details, but the client has not given me permission.
You’ll see that I am trying to write a few articles a week. Also, I started adding more text to the pictures that go with articles, I have found more people are sharing the articles on social media sites.
How YOU can kick your business into high gear.
Here is why I have liked my website model:
1. I don’t have to know code
2. I can change very quickly by adding plug-ins and widgets
3. I can improve my SEO without paying someone.
4. It’s cheap compared to most other models of website design.
Anyone who goes through my Bluehost I will link it with NameCheap and WordPress. This is one way that I continue to try and expand ways to serve readers. I have been talking with readers and they have told me that the most frustrating part is linking it all together. Also, Bluehost just changed things up a bit, so it’s a bit harder.
May 2013 Earning Report
What I’m going to be reporting and what I’m not going to be reporting
Full-time Job: Since some of you are new and some of you have been around Practice of the Practice for a while, I’m going to give a quick summary of where I make income. My full-time job is at a community college as a counselor. I love the job and it gives me great opportunities. Also, since my wife stays home with our daughter it is an income we can count on, health insurance, a pension, and a really great environment! I’m not going to disclose my full-time wages there, since it is not something that is part of my private practice.
Private Practice: I do 3-8 sessions a week in my private practice. I don’t take insurance, so it is private-pay. As a result, I don’t have many expenses in time or actual money. Included in my consulting (not my private practice money) is time I spend doing supervision for LLPCs (Limited Licensed Professional Counselors), a 100 hour requirement in Michigan.
Passive Income: The term “passive” makes it sound like I don’t have to do work. What I mean is money that I make that is not in direct exchange for my time. I will outline what these are under each item.
How I made money in May 2013
Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I really appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me! Also, if you don’t have a good experience with them, I want to know that too.
Counseling, consulting, and useful products
Private Practice (19 sessions) $2,740
Other counselors, I have a counselor that works for my practice and I get a portion of what is brought in: $479
Building Websites: $200
Paperwork Packet: $0
Consulting and LLPC Supervision: $2,160
52-week e-newsletter to start a counseling private practice. Most of the kinks have been worked out. I think we are all good now: $107.41
BlueHost Referrals $260
Amazon Affiliate Referrals $7.40
NameCheap Referrals: $0
Google Ads $16.99
May 2013 total: $6,022.91
I am totally speechless, well sort of…I’m still typing aren’t I? For the past 5 months my goals was to reach $3,000, I can’t believe it doubled this month.Although this success my be a one-time fluke, I hope not.
It really makes all of the time spent in early 2012 worth it creating content for the website. With that said, my primary income is still through my full-time job and doing counseling.
April 2013 total: $2,116.96
March 2013 total: $2,476.92
February 2013 total: $2,685.12
January 2013 total: $2,707.09
December 2012 total: $2,287.97
November 2012 total: $1,219.18
Some of the numbers from Google Ads, Amazon, NameCheap, and my e-books will not be paid until they reach a certain amount or 60-90 days after the sale. I report what has been sold in the month it was sold. Also, I do not take expenses off of this report.
Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC is blown away by all of the people enjoying and growing through his blog, Practice of the Practice. He also does counseling in Traverse City, MI at Mental Wellness Counseling. Also, he is the author of Mental Wellness Parenting | A remarkably simple approach to making parenting easier. To link to Joe’s Google+ .
Thank you carloscredi for the mind-blowing photo.