Smutlancer Monthly Income Report: May 2020

I missed the April income report (which should have been published in May) because life was an absolute shit storm — and it still is. I also wondered about whether I should continue to publish these reports as unemployment in the United States continues to skyrocket. The response on Twitter was overwhelmingly positive, so here I am, back again.

When you see a gap for April, it’s because of the missed report. I definitely earned money that month, and it was on par with my typical income. I may go back later and figure out the number just so the bar graph doesn’t have a gaping hole in it.

So how was May? Thankfully about the same as every other month. My vanilla income has decreased slightly but every other revenue stream has held steady which is definitely a win considering the state of the world.

May 2020 Income

May income is primarily based on work completed in April. 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.

Note: For those who are curious, I am linking “Sex/Adult Content” to a post I wrote that outlines what kind of work that means for this year. If it changes drastically in 2021 or even later in the year, I may update it. But if you’re curious about what “Sex/Adult Content” means, click the link.

  • Freelance Writing
  • Affiliate Sales: $137.22
  • Podcast Sponsorship: $200.00
  • Sponsored Blog Posts: —
  • Website Sponsorship: —
  • Banner Ads: —
  • Book Sales: $27.41
  • Patreon: $936.00
  • Consulting: —
  • Donations: —
  • Bonus (from client): —
  • Product Sales: $70.98

Total Income: $7,836.61 (down $204.20 from March)

May 2020 Expenses

Some expenses are monthly, some quarterly, and some annual. Taxes are something I save monthly to be paid quarterly.

  • Web Hosting: $67.67
  • Domain Renewals: —
  • Podcast Hosting: $32.00
  • Canva: —
  • Buffer: $25.00
  • InLinkz: $2.99 (linky tool for Masturbation Monday)
  • Blog Contributors: $33.53
  • Taxes: $1000.00
  • Payment Fees (PayPal, Stripe): $311.89
  • Shipping/Postage: $28.25
  • Tech Support: $64.00
  • DepositPhotos (stock photo): $29.00
  • MailerLite (email newsletter): $15.00
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: $21.00
  • Closed Captions (YouTube Videos): —
  • PO Box Renewal: $106.00

Total Expenses: $1,736.33 (down $126.96 from March)

May 2020 Net Income: $6,100.28 (↓ $77.24 from March)

Chart by Visualizer

I’d hazard a guess that April income is very similar to May’s — in terms of income, expenses, and net total. I started making changes to my workload in early June and I’m curious to see how that will change my income level going forward. For the sake of my own goals, I’m willing to take a slight cut in pay to free my time to focus on other projects. That being said, a long-time client has just given the go-ahead to start some massive content creation and that won’t hurt my income at all, although it will take up a lot of time. We shall see what June brings.

Kayla Lords

Kayla Lords is a freelance sex writer, podcaster, blogger, all-around sex content creating human, and she really likes creating content. As a writer, she focuses on sex and kink primarily on BDSM and power exchange. She works with private clients to write their content and manage their social media, while also co-hosting two podcasts, running a YouTube channel, and managing multiple blogs. Let's just say, she stays busy and wants to keep it that way. Kayla is an international speaker and an award-winning sex blogger. She believes we are stronger together as a community than we are isolated and apart. We all deserve to get paid for the work we do, but until we understand our cumulative power, we'll all wonder if we're "the only one" doing this smutlancing thing.

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