Smutlancer Monthly Income Report: February 2019
The month of February was gone in a blur. Partly because there were only 28 days, and primarily because I got busy — client projects and getting ready for Eroticon 2019.
My income is still great (no complaints from me) but so much of our money is tied up in getting our condo ready to sell and going to London, that I’m not feeling the largesse. But when I’m sitting in London in mid-March, I’ll definitely feel just how good life is right now.
With all that said, let’s look at February’s income.
February 2019 Income
My February income is primarily based on work completed in January. I bill clients on the last day of every month, and they have 10 days to pay. Affiliate sales tend to pay quarterly, but some pay monthly. I break down my freelance writing between vanilla and sex content because I want to show what’s possible in either category.
My income is currently in flux. Some clients and I have parted ways. Others are adding more work, and some are reducing the work (and I’m not complaining). So the numbers over the next few months will be interesting to watch.
- Freelance Writing
- Vanilla Content: $1820.00
- Sex/Adult Content: $5825.00
- Affiliate Sales: $140.20
- Podcast Sponsorship: —
- Sponsored Blog Posts: —
- Website Sponsorship: —
- Banner Ads: —
- Book Sales: $13.48
- Patreon: $153.00
- Consulting: —
- Donations: $10.00
- Bonus (from client): —
- Product Sales: $203.40
Total Income: $8,165.08 (down $63.71 from January)
February 2019 Expenses
Some expenses are monthly, some quarterly, and some annual. Taxes are something I save for monthly to be paid quarterly. When income does down, so do some expenses (thankfully).
- Web Hosting: $42.98
- Domain Renewals: —
- Podcast Hosting: $32.00
- Canva —
- Buffer: $10.00
- InLinkz: $2.99 (linky tool for Masturbation Monday)
- Blog Contributors: $10.00
- Taxes: $1250.00
- Payment Fees (PayPal, Stripe): $230.77
- Shipping/Postage: $27.10
- Tech Support: —
- Patreon: $25.00 (creators I support)
- Copyscape (plagerism checker): —
- TinyPNG (image compression): —
- DepositPhotos (stock photo): — $29.00
- Wavve (a podcast promo tool): $10.00
- Transcription Services (for Loving BDSM): $30.00
Total Expenses: $1,464.04 (up $235.80 over January)
I’ve got to save more for taxes, and this may not be enough yet but it’s the primary reason why our expenses are up. John Brownstone and I have a new kink-friendly accountant who’s going to help us get that figured out this year.
February 2019 Net Income: $6,465.24 (↓ $299.55 from January)
Sure, the numbers are down from last month, but I’m not going to complain about it. And based on projects I’ve taken on this month, I’ll be curious to see how it shakes out in March.
My taxes are currently being done (by the aforementioned kinky tax person), and she gave me a beautiful number for my income after expenses last year. Unfortunately, that might mean I owe the IRS a lot more in taxes than I thought I would. Which is why we need to get this figured out — if we owe (and we likely will), it’ll be the second year in a row. Ugh. As a freelancer (even with children), long gone are the days of getting a refund. Now, I pay every single year. Ah well, I’m definitely not complaining.
The plans going forward are to have out kinky tax person do our taxes, help us set up an LLC, and then do some bookkeeping magic that’s totally legal but allows us to pay less in taxes. I definitely want to pay my fair share (I’m a hippy liberal who loves roads, libraries, and public education). But that doesn’t mean I want to pay too damn much, either.