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|I hope 2019 has gotten off to the start you were hoping for! (Are you tired of hearing about the new year yet?) Things at the Crochetpreneur studio are rocking already!
While I made a resolution not to give in to the overwhelm, I’m still struggling to find time to just relax and be present when I’m not working…I guess that comes with the territory when you LOVE what you do!
The baby is napping right now after an extraordinarily fussy morning…so I’m already running on 3 cups of coffee…how do you handle the stress when it seems everything is out of control?
Anyway, before I put my feet up for a few minutes, I wanted to pop in and share just a couple of things with you.
First, you may be asking why I’m sharing such intimate detail so of my business with you. Well, first, I’ve found that when others have shared their income reports, I’ve been so encouraged to believe that it IS possible for this regular, work-at-home grandma to enjoy the personal and financial freedom that comes from having a successful crochet business.
And I hope to inspire you in the same way.
Granted, over the past 5 years of my crochet business and the year and a half that I’ve had this blog, the income has proven to be pretty sporadic – with most of it coming in the winter months. But over the coming year, we’ll brainstorm some ideas together for how to sustain an income during the lean months.
If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a passionate advocate for multiple streams of income – the cornerstone of which is starting a blog. From that, all the rest of the income opportunities flow.
Secondly, the reason I share these details is you. I feel like I need to be accountable to you and show you that I’m not just telling you what I think will work, but what does work for me and, sometimes, what doesn’t.
That’s right when I hit the inevitable struggles, I’ll share those with you, too.
I think it’s important that, as someone sharing business tips with you, I’m open with the numbers. Really, anyone can share their ideas on how to grow a business and I want you to make wise decisions about who you’re following.
Am I the most successful blogger/designer/maker out there? Nope. But I’m growing my business right alongside you and I want to be as transparent about that as possible.
Ultimately, on those days (weeks and months) when this blogging thing, this crochet thing, this maker thing feels HARD (and sometimes it IS hard – please don’t set yourself up for disappointment by believing otherwise), I hope you can come here and find some inspiration to know that you can push through the hard days and build a business you love.
All that said, here’s how the numbers played out for December 2018:
- Mediavine Ads: $799.52
- Affiliate Sales: $325.17 (these include Amazon, Awin, and SiteGround)
- Pattern Sales: $1,511.66 (on Etsy, Ravelry, and my Shopify Sites)
- Other Digital Product Sales: $303.98 (planners, courses, 30 Days of Cozy bundles)
- Online Product Sales: $3,171.17 (Etsy physical products)
- Shipping Fees Collected: $232.48
- Craft Fair Sales: $887.00 (I did 1 craft fair this month)
- Maker Supplies: $429.00 (specifically, yarn)
- Merchant Fees: $257.34 (for Etsy, PayPal, Stripe, Square, and Ravelry)
- Siteground: $4.95
- Shipping Fees: $431.71
- Booth Fees: $90.00
- Send Owl: $15.00
- Tailwind: $30.56
- Mailerlite: $50.40* (increase due to a larger mailing list)
- Adobe: $9.99
- Zoom: $14.99
- Canva Business: $12.95
Well, that was a nice month! Did you notice, though, that it was less than half the profit I made last month? I told you things were going to take a downturn after November. That’s just the normal flow of things in our business…it was closer to Christmas so more people were finished with their shopping. Plus, I only did one craft fair instead of three.
So, these results are about what I expected.
I might have made more money in advertising income if I had posted more on the blog in December but, honestly, I was pretty burned out after the 30 Days of Cozy campaign in November and needed some time to just relax and enjoy the holidays. So, it was a trade-off I chose to make.
Now, speaking of the blog, let’s take a look at the traffic from December 2018.
So, here are the numbers:
- Monthly Visitors: 36,370 (down about 10,000 from last month)
- Unique Visitors: 27,812 (down about 8,000 from last month)
- Page Views: 61,381 (down about 19,000 from last month)
Again, this is about what I had expected after the craziness of post a new free pattern every day in November. I’m happy with these numbers and they’re, actually, a tad higher than I had expected. So, that’s nice!
My goal for 2019 is to get my page views up over the 100K mark. How I’ll make that happen, mmmm, I’m not sure but I’ll work up a plan and let you know!
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