This is the first blog income report! I’ve decided to start providing income reports – for now – for my new income stream. I’ve always found blog reports that chronicle the journey of a new business inspiring and motivating and helpful, so I’m sharing my journey to creating a new income stream of my own.
As a money / biz / life coach, it’s important to me that you see the process behind my own income streams – not just me holding up a glorified ‘vanity number’ or lifestyle images over on social media.
So, this is the first instalment. Note – this is ONLY my income from my side project, no other income is included here – from my coaching or anything else. Just a new income stream, and a blog income report. I’d rather invest into websites than houses and stocks, so this is the journey!
Storm season has finally arrived here on the island. It’s late and seems to be making up for lost time. So we wrap up in blankets, watch the lightning flash over the ocean from our window, and the world seems black.
I love this time of year, but it sometimes catches me by surprise and I find myself lingering in bed for too long, my sleep pattern a little all over the place, and watching too much Netflix, and then I wonder why I start to feel disconnected from my work.
Believe it or not, it’s not Netflix that’s to blame, or you either.
What Happens To Business Owners At This Time Of Year…
We forget that our bodies want to be in harmony with the seasons. We forget it’s a time for peace, nurturing ourselves with beautiful food, our favourite stories, candles, and watching the storms.
It’s easy to feel pressured this season, if you’re a business owner.
Don’t forget your black friday sales! Don’t forget your email sequence! Don’t forget to cross your T’s and line your ducks up in a row so you can be that ass kicking hustle slaying multi millionaire business woman kicking ass while shoving your kids into as many activities as you can physically can!
I’ve come to realise recently that I’m kind of the anti-business coach for most women (and men too, don’t worry guys I got you).
Mentions of black friday sales sometimes excite me, and for about a milli second I fill my head with massive plans of all the things I could do create and sell!
But then most of the time I think about how that just sounds like a massive amount of WORK, and I go back to doing the work I actually love instead.
Mostly writing about flowers, or writing to you, or working with my amazing clients. And sometimes reading a book or walking barefoot in the forest like I did a few days ago. (Rob no longer bats an eyelid when I take off my shoes in the forest and say but I’m EARTHING)!!
Basically, whatever I feel like doing. (which is of course, always the real work).
Maybe I’ll run a sale on the day, maybe I won’t!
The point is – this season can feel like a massive stress and it’s actually the entire OPPOSITE of what our bodies are demanding we do.
Nurture. Nourish. Go deep into our roots and our purpose and reconnect after a year of exhausting grind and the battles of the world claiming for our attention, energy, soul.
It can feel like business is an exhausting marathon of never ending must-dos, and should-dos, and things to do.
When your body, your soul, is craving the opposite.
What does all this have to do with my October blog income report 2020?
Well, last month I reported to you that my brand new site I started this year gained its first income, of precisely 0.48 cents. And how happy I was about that.
(If you’re new to my list and have no idea what I’m talking about, go here).
So I’m happy to report that this month, my income for my brand new site is exactly …
Yes, my beautiful new blog which I spent hours of time creating and developing earned me zero this month.
Why I’ve Started A Blog Income Report
And the reason I’m sharing that with you this month –
And not my big shiny 7 figure launch
And not my concrete, laid out plans for my Black Friday Sale (which may or may not happen)
And not my precise formula to make a ton during the holidays (although that might come too)
Is simply because I got a little tired of seeing all the big shiny numbers, but never the actual JOURNEY.
I realised recently that it’s so hard to relate to someone – one of my own coaches actually – when they’re all sat in a lifestyle I don’t really relate to – (I STILL love a good charity shop rummage and love finding old things and things with soul… )
And I realised with a little shudder that actually, that could be me.
How can you possibly think I understand YOUR business, when my own business is doing great, I sit on the beach or by the pool most days, and I have a ton of free time with my kids?
I mean sure, it’s inspiring, especially given where I started…
but do we really need more inspiring!?
I mean.. Instagram does that job perfectly well lol. Pinterest too.
What I wanted and felt called to do… was to show you the journey of a business from the ground up. What it looks like to play and explore and have fun. To show you the actual JOURNEY of me doing it!
Not just talking about it ONCE I’ve got there, or showing you the results but the never behind the scenes.
Never really seeing the months where actually, people are generating zero for months on end.
I mean, I know! I could fix that zero in a heartbeat. I could run some ads. I could launch an email promo (somehow my emailing list has a grand total of 35 people on it, despite having no optin other than ‘join my list’ lol). I could send everyone reading this over there and make money using ads.
BUT I wanted to show you what business growth can be like from scratch. Generating another income stream from the beginning.
That’s important for me too. I help women heal their money issues, so it’s important that I show you how it can be easy to create a SIDE investment using your time and / or money.
But if I suddenly rocked up and said – hey stranger, I made a 500K website!?
Sure, it’s interesting, for about a milli second. But it doesn’t show you the ups. The downs. The slow seasons. It doesn’t help you really, does it?!
I Earned Zero – Now What?
I have zero income from that blog. In fact, it’s costing me money to have it and run it, because I pay for writers and hosting and other things. (I’ll break all that down in another mail, if you want it, hit YES to this email so I know)!
This does not make me want to hustle harder, crank out content like a machine, or suddenly stick a load of black Friday promos all over the place.
Because business growth THAT way… can work… and bring money… and money absolutely is ONE of the keys to happiness. (as a reflection of your contribution, and honouring your gifts).
But it never brings what you truly want.
And you’re left chasing the next income goal, the next made up number, and hustling your way through the Christmas sale, the January sale, the end of season sale, the email list update, the website design update, or worse, trying to be like them and the way THEY are doing it…
Not to mention the to-do list!!!
And you wonder why you feel disconnected from your business at this time of year?
Like purpose has left the building and slammed the door on the way out?
Well, if you’re looking to reconnect with your business, and with your own energy…
It’s simple really.
Do you remember what you really want?? Back when I was little… all I wanted was to be a writer. To write, every day.
I can’t tell you what you want… (your journal can though) But I can tell you what you most likely DON’T want…
What You Don’t Want
I’m taking a soulful guess that YOUR soul just isn’t uplifted and inspired right now by even thinking about, let alone planning, mega black friday sales, setting up all sorts of crazy funnels, or even putting up a pretty opt in. Don’t even mention ads!
What you MIGHT want instead… begins with whatever your body wants and needs, right now. And allowing that to be enough.
No push. No stress. No hustle.
It doesn’t mean lie in bed all day and binge on your favourite TV shows (but sometimes it might look like that).
It does mean releasing all pressure and expectation of your business to have to perform like a one trick pony following orders.
And remembering instead why exactly you do what you do. (journal on it)!!!!!
I love to write.
So while my little blog might be earning zero this month…
I TRUST… that simply by following what I love….
That the money WILL come, exactly as it is meant to.
No stress. No following formula. No ‘every entrepreneur must have’.
Take your business back to what you LOVE about it, why you got there
And whenever you stumble, or feel like you are experiencing feeling disconnected from your business…
That’s where you’ll find yourself again. In the pleasure that got you there in the first place.
For me, that’s just writing next to the glow of a candle, wrapped up in blankets, and watching the storms.