The older I get the quicker these years seem to fly by.
This year was another good year and a great learning experience. One of the things I learned this year is not to count my chickens before they hatch. November was a particularly insightful month.
I’ve been watching my earning grow steadily throughout the year. No great leaps and bounds, but steady solid growth. The growth was so steady that I elected to forgo all types of up front pay opportunities.
All was going swimmingly until November. There were a combination of reasons I could think of and a bunch of reasons I couldn’t figure out as to why my steady growth took a nosedive. So, I decided to entertain up front pay again during the dry spell.
Here’s What I Learned
My most valuable lesson occurred in December when I “thought it” so I “did it.” When my November residual earnings declined by $231.13, I thought to my self, “Wouldn’t it be nice to earn $100 a day in December?” After all, what better way to get over the loss of November’s income than to do better in December?
Putting My Thought to the Test
So, in December, I added two columns to my income tracking spreadsheet. In one column I listed how much money I would make on any given day of the month if I earned an average of $100 a day. In the second column I inserted a formula calculating the difference between what I actually earned on a given day and what I wanted to earn. It’s amazing how a negative number can be such a motivation to do better.
With declining residual income (although December was better than November), I started writing for Demand Studios again. The going was rough initially with DS (as I expected), but once I got into the groove, it was smooth sailing.
I’m happy to say that I surpassed my goal of averaging $100 a day. With 31 days in the month and averaging $100 a day I earned over $3,100. Not too shabby. Approximately 50% came from residual earnings and 50% from writing for Demand Studios.
- Writing down specific goals helps in achieving them.
- If you want it, I mean really want it, you can achieve it.
I want to continue to earn at least an average of $100 a day, but the goal is to change the percentages from 50/50 to 100% residual. I’ve got some work to do, but December has taught me that if you take it one day at a time, or even one article at a time, it can be done.
Most Important Message
I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year and thank you for being a part of the No Job for Mom community. You guys are great!
We have a lot of money to make next year. 2010 is going to be a very lucrative year for us all!
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.