“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn
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Hi, all! I can’t believe it’s already mid-July already. I wanted to update this report at the beginning of July, but it landed right around the time we were in Banff, Canada, and things just snuck up on me.
Since we launched the blog mid-April, I am going to be publishing these reports on the 15th of every month. It just makes sense to monitor my stats and goals from the 15th – 15th. It seems a little odd, but that’s what we’re going to do. Plus a lot of other bloggers publish these reports on the 1st, so you can think of it as us just being different.
This is my second public progress report since starting blogging. In some ways, it feels much longer and others it feels like time is flying by!
You may be wondering why I am publishing these reports publicly.
Publishing reports like this lets you see behind the scenes and show you what it’s really like running an online business in case you ever want to do the same.
It also allows us to reflect on our progress and provide some accountability to reach the goals we set.
If you know our story, you know we crushed our debt by living in a camper, and now I run this blog full-time. You can read the full story here.
The awesome part about being debt free is that it has been the foundation for us starting our this online business.
To be honest, if we weren’t in the right place financially first, this blog would not be happening!
That’s why I am such a huge advocate for focusing on your finances as early as possible.
A lot of people have asked about how I started the blog and got the media attention so early. It all comes down to putting in the work. There are no overnight successes in any industry, including blogging. Blogging can be an excellent way to earn some extra money on the side, I highly recommend it!
We are putting together an e-course that outlines the necessary process that we use to manage our money and become debt free.
This process has helped us pay off over $50,000 of debt and save up enough spare cash to launch our dream business. Personal finance isn’t rocket science, but it is SO worth figuring out if you want to have the freedom to do what you love.
If you are interested, this course will cover everything you need to know about money, and it will be launching to a select few people at that sign up for the beta group.
Those who get on this waitlist will be the ones that get early access to the course meaning they will get the best price. I still don’t know how much we’ll be charging, but I can promise you that if you sign up for the pre-launch below, you will get the course the cheapest it will ever be.
If you get in on the waitlist, now you will be the ones that get early access to the course meaning they will get the best price. I still don’t know how much we’ll be charging, but I can promise you that if you sign up for the pre-launch below, you will get the course the cheapest it will ever be.
Here are a few things you’ll get out of the course:
I’ll keep you all updated on the course, but if you want early access and updates, sign up for the course waitlist below:
We made a total of $702.10 blogging and online in June.
Overall, things have felt slow this month. For some reason, traffic and other numbers have been down. I’ve heard that a lot of bloggers experience this during the summer.
We also went on vacation to Banff, Canada the first week of July and it was unbelievable. You can see some photos on my Instagram if you are interested.
To my surprise, the blog didn’t disappear while we were gone.
I love the fact that the blog is a location independent thing and it can be run from anywhere. It’s a goal someday to be able to blog on the beach or in the mountains full time. We’ll see 🙂
Affiliate Income: $100
Betterment: $100 (If you’re looking for an awesome online tool to manage your investments check out my review here)
Side Hustle/Digital Marketing: $600 (increase of 100% since last month)
I’ve been working with a few small business that needs digital marketing services. The great thing about running and promoting a blog is that the digital skills you learn are the same skills that small businesses need.
Everything from SEO, social media, advertising, branding and more are all in demand skills that small business owners don’t have the time to do but need someone who knows how to do it.
I technically had four clients last month, but two have dropped off due to financial concerns on their end. One of the clients I was giving a “free trial run, ” and that didn’t work out so well because I ended up putting in a ton of hours and didn’t end up getting a contract or paid for any of my work.
It was disappointing, but it’s a lesson learned. Never do work for free unless you are sure the client can actually pay you in the end. Haha.
Overall, this is an area that I am going to continue charging more and more for. I know my prices are at the bottom of what I could charge for my services now but I am still building some confidence refining my pitch, packages, and services offered.
The cool thing is that the blog has literally been my portfolio as I approach potential clients. I could easily have 5 more clients tomorrow but I want to make sure that the work I’m doing for these clients is going to be excellent before I add more. Plus, I enjoy having more time to work on the blog.
Let’s talk about our business goals
My theory is that you will tend to rise to the goals you set. So, we’re setting BIG goals.
At first glance, this month has been slow but we will keep grinding and improving things as we move forward.
Below were our goals for the month of June and if we reached them or not:
So far, here are my favorite blogging tools to date:
To build our email list we use ConvertKit and it has been invaluable.
We knew we wanted to focus on creating a relationship with our reader and the best way to do that is to interact via email.
We tried MailChimp but to be honest, it sucked! It was not intuitive and it didn’t really have the features we wanted or needed.
If you want to sign up for Convert kit you can use this link. It’s the best in our opinion. That is coming from hours and hours of research in black holes in the internet. Save yourself the time.
This is an ebook created by another Christian blogger that’s been refining her Facebook marketings strategy for several years now. After getting her ebook, our engagement and page has started to really grow!
The crazy thing about Facebook is that you need to know what’s going on in the backend to really get the value of the platform. This ebook has really skyrocketed our engagement on Facebook. It has been hands down some of the best money we’ve spent on the blog!
This ebook will be valuable to you if you run a small business, a blog, a group page, or you just want your posts to get more engagement.
To market on social media we use Buffer to schedule our social media.
We drive traffic to our site from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and our email list. Our goal has been to grow our audience across the board on each platform and find the platform that works best for us.
Facebook: 210-page likes (up 6%)
Twitter: 3,363 followers (up 11%)
Pinterest: 1,519 impressions (up 13%) & 68 monthly engaged (down 6%)
Instagram: 658 followers (up 18%)
That’s pretty much all I’ve got. I just want to thank all of our returning readers for supporting the blog. I truly want to build a community of people that are not only passionate about personal finance but those who are interested in growing as people whether it is in business or their personal lives.
If you have any questions about this report feel free to leave a comment below or shoot us a message on social!
Also, let us know if you’ve ever had a side hustle before. Do you have any tips for others that want to start one?
Zack is one of the co-founders of FreeUp and is in charge of setting the strategy for the blog and managing the day-to-day operations. When he isn't plotting new ways to create awesome blog content, he likes to geek out about global affairs, ride motorcycles and can probably be found hiking somewhere during his days off.