Welcome to the new monthly status report! Now that I am no longer employed by anyone, I figured it was time to change up the format of the status reports. I didn’t want to get rid of them entirely as I feel it’s important to share what transitioning to self-employment/Financial Independence looks like.
I’m going to break out my personal spending still, but it’s going to be on a higher level than I had been doing considering I split some expenses with my boyfriend now.
Other sections include expenses and income for various endeavors, like separate sections for blog spending, rental expenses and income, and any other side hustles I have.
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Why do I do a monthly status report?
I find it best to do a monthly status report for a few reasons.
- It helps me evaluate how I did the previous month. Did I spend a lot of money on something? Why? Did I earn a bunch of money on something? Can I do that again?
- It helps keep me accountable. How can I make an extra purchase knowing I’ll have to explain myself to all of you? Talk about awkward when the blogger can’t walk the walk and talk the talk.
- I want to prove this crazy thing called financial independence works!
- It provides an example of real world budgeting and expenses. Some of the people I talk to haven’t ever seen a proper budget or seen one put into action, and part of the purpose of this blog is to lead by example!
I use Mint to help me track my spending and keep an eye on my accounts. I also use a really awesome and super in-depth spreadsheet. So many formulas….. Some people use Personal Capital and others use You Need a Budget (YNAB). Whatever tool (or combination thereof) works best for you and your needs is the best one for you, since everyone and their budgets are different.
June 2018 Personal Statement:
Notes: My spending plunged by 50%! I did a much better job at controlling my spending in June. I am so grateful I don’t have to worry about paying off student loans, credit cards, or a car payment. I would be infinitely more stressed than I am now, which doesn’t look good on me at all. I would much rather be relaxed and unconcerned about finances!
June 2018 Blog Statement:
- ConvertKit: $8.70
June 2018 Rental Statement:
June 2018 Money Makin’ Endeavors Statement:
- Freelance writing: $200
- Survey: $50
- Interest: $2.18
Combine it all together and.…
Net worth: $197,615
Notes: Compared to May, my income tripled! Woo! I find it hilarious I stopped freelance writing, but then an offer came along that I couldn’t refuse so I made $200. Life has a funny way of working sometimes.
I will look back on these months with amusement one day. I plan on my income chart looking like my net worth chart some day. Super tiny little bumps on the left, and soaring stacks month after month on the right.
You’ll also notice my taxable account went down from May. I had to sell most of my stocks in the account and cash out. I was running out of money fast and needed a cash infusion. One day I will fill that account with 10x that amount of money. I will not be broke forever.
Despite all the cash I’m still spending, my net worth only dipped 2%. Not too shabby, all things considered.
Thanks for reading! What did your month look like? Did you stick to your budget?