Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Published Parent February 2016 Income and Hours Report

If you'd like to see previous income reports, just go to the right side of the site and click on the category of INCOME REPORTS. Tracking my time and posting it is new, so it only goes back a couple of months, but starting in March I'm going to keep track of time spent on updating ebooks and writing new ones because it all counts!

WHO am I?
I am the homeschooling mom of 5 kids and wife to Aron. I graduated from community college at the age of 28 with a 2-year Associate of Arts general degree. My work background: waitress, hostess, secretary, office manager at various places. I got many opportunities to learn how to proofread but have no formal training in writing, social media or direct sales. I quit my job in 2001 to stay home with my first son and never went back to work in an office.

WHAT do I do?
I'm a blogger, author of books, writer of regional parenting magazine articles, social media maven, proofreader. I don't do direct sales anymore because it split my focus and I need to concentrate on my creative side

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 20 working hours per week and usually more while homeschooling my kids, loving on my husband and taking the kids places to have fun (pool, sports, field trips, co-op, playdates, trips, etc.). I am not sharing this to brag or because I think I rock. I am sharing so you know that someone with no English degree can be a writer and a proofreader and make a decent income.

So what you see above is what I RECEIVED ... in my accounts and in the mail as checks. So a lot of that was EARNED before January. So what I EARNED in January is very close to this amount above for some reason, at $1,855 and I worked 65.25 hours this month, and I'll try to get better about tracking time I worked on my ebooks so you can see time put in on the front end of that for income on the back end eventually.

If you want to divide $1,855 EARNED in January by 65.25 hours worked, you get $28.43 per hour. Yes, that sounds great to be working at home all comfy cozy while my kids sleep and then they wake up and we homeschool and have a blast the rest of the day.

KEEP IN MIND, however, that taxes are not paid on that. And that my health insurance is through my husband's work. If you want to take about 20% off the top of that for taxes, just for fun, then I make $22.74 per hour. Still not bad and I set my own hours and don't work with people face-to-face, which rocks for my ADD!!!!

The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around. Some months I may have a lot of articles in publications but don't show much income ... that's because checks will often show up later and many at one time.

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