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)

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

I am an erotic author, sex blogger, podcaster, freelance writer, an opinionated marketer, and a speaker with a focus on BDSM and D/s. Here at The Smutlancer, I help people who want to create content or products about sex get paid to do it. I'm sharing what I've learned as a freelancer and a sex blogger to build a career. You can find me online sharing my innermost sexual thoughts and experiences and helping kinksters have healthy BDSM relationships. I'm also a masochistic babygirl submissive with an amazing and sadistic Daddy Dom and business partner, John Brownstone.

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