January 2018 Finance Report

Below you’ll find all my finance details for January 2018.

I was in Gran Canaria until January 11th, then spent three nights in Madrid before heading to Bansko, Bulgaria for the rest of the month.

Summary

January 2018 finance graph

Total Income € 7,647 $ 9,518
Total Expenses € 5,181 $ 6,448
Profit/Loss € 2,466 $ 3,070

Income

January 2018 income chart

3M1K 1 € 4,590 $ 5,713
Freelance web development 2 € 2,815 $ 3,504
Authority Hacker Pro affiliate payment 3 € 145 $ 181
Cheap Flight Checklist 4 € 32 $ 40
Book sales (via Amazon) 5 € 32 $ 40
Client Finder Blueprint 6 € 14 $ 17
Patreon 7 € 12 $ 15
Book sales (via ndoherty.com) 8 € 6 $ 8
Total Income € 7,647
$ 9,518
Last Month € 5,439 $ 6,526

I predicted $5000 income in January, and managed to pull in almost DOUBLE that!

The freelance income was expected, but I was surprised to see 3M1K doing so well. Announcing a mid-month price increase drove some sales, as did the announcement that I would be closing the doors at the end of the month.

Expenses

January 2018 expenses chart

Food & Drink

Groceries 9 € 323 $ 402
Eating out 10 € 311 $ 387
11 Total € 634
$ 789
Last Month € 389 $ 467

Housing & Utilities

8 nights at Moscow apartment 12 € 400 $ 498
1 night at Mejico Apartment, Maspalomas 13 € 0 $ 0
Total € 400 $ 498
Last Month € 1,087 $ 1,304

Health Care

Dentist in Bansko 14 € 128 $ 159
IMG Global Health Insurance 15 € 0 $ 0
Total € 128 $ 159
Last Month € 3 $ 4

Travel & Transport

Flights: Gran Canaria (LPA) to Moscow (DME) (x2) 16 € 198 $ 246
Flights: Sofia (SOF) to Moscow (SVO) (x2) 17 € 74 $ 92
Taxi: Sofia to Bansko 18 € 66 $ 83
Flights: Seville (SVQ) to Gran Canaria (LPA) (x2) 19 € 34 $ 42
Taxi: Las Palmas to LPA airport 20 € 30 $ 37
Fuel: Gran Canaria rental car € 26 $ 32
Taxis: Bansko to Banya (round-trip) 21 € 24 $ 30
Parking in Gran Canaria € 4 $ 5
Madrid local bus € 3 $ 4
Madrid metro € 3 $ 4
Rental car: 3 days in Gran Canaria 22 € 0 $ 0
Ubers in Madrid 23 € 0 $ 0
Total € 462 $ 575
Last Month € 132 $ 158

Business Expenses

Coaching call with Jen Gresham 24 € 803 $ 1,000
Outsourcing 25 € 482 $ 600
ActiveCampaign mailing list software 26 € 369 $ 459
Teamwork project management software 27 € 212 $ 264
MemberMouse 28 € 173 $ 215
Double Your Freelancing Rate 29 € 167 $ 208
PayPal fees 30 € 122 $ 152
Facebook ads 31 € 76 $ 95
Phone credit 32 € 70 $ 87
Laptop diagnostic 33 € 64 $ 80
TransferWise fees 34 € 44 $ 55
Domain renewals € 31 $ 39
SmarterQueue 35 € 18 $ 23
Chatroll 36 € 15 $ 19
Virtual Post Mail 37 € 8 $ 10
Amazon Web Services (storage) 38 € 2 $ 2
Patreon fees 39 € 2 $ 2
Gumroad fees 40 € 1 $ 2
Dreamhost web hosting 41 € 0 $ 0
Elegant Themes subscription 42 € 0 $ 0
Google Drive storage (1TB) 43 € 0 $ 0
Total € 2,660
$ 3,310
Last Month € 737 $ 884

Gifts & Donations

Mac charger 44 € 89 $ 111
Flowers 45 € 8 $ 9
Monthly Love & Courage podcast donation 46 € 5 $ 6
Waking Up podcast donation 47 € 4 $ 5
Total € 106 $ 132
Last Month € 369 $ 443

Books 48

Humans Need Not Apply 49 *** € 8 $ 10
Start With Why 50 *** € 8 $ 10
The Big Leap 51 € 8 $ 10
Thomas Edison: Inventing the Modern World 52 € 2 $ 3
Total € 26 $ 33
Last Month € 45 $ 54

Clothing 53

6 pairs of underwear € 36 $ 45
Navy Ellesse fleece € 25 $ 31
Black sweater € 20 $ 25
Black ski pants € 18 $ 22
Thermal pants € 18 $ 22
Grey sweater € 16 $ 20
Navy sweater € 16 $ 20
Black PayPal fleece 54 € 15 $ 19
Navy sweater € 15 $ 19
Grey scarf € 10 $ 12
5 pairs of socks € 10 $ 12
Gloves € 8 $ 10
Total € 207 $ 258
Last Month € 0 $ 0

Miscellaneous Expenses

1-on-1 snowboarding lessons (6 hours) 55 € 212 $ 264
Lift passes for snowboarding in Bansko (6 days) € 176 $ 219
Snowboarding equipment rental (4 days) € 85 $ 106
Thermal baths (x2) 56 € 28 $ 35
Toiletries € 28 $ 35
Netflix subscription € 11 $ 14
Amazon Movie Rental: Up ***** € 3 $ 4
Laundry € 3 $ 4
Earplugs € 3 $ 4
Kitchen cleaning supplies € 3 $ 4
ATM fee (Irish bank) € 2 $ 2
Monthly banking fee (Dutch bank) € 1 $ 2
Disposable lighter € 1 $ 1
Candles € 1 $ 1
Printing € 1 $ 1
Total € 558 $ 694
Last Month € 74 $ 89

Expense Summary

Housing & Utilities € 400 $ 498
Business Expenses € 2,660 $ 3,310
Food & Drink € 634 $ 789
Gifts & Donations € 106 $ 132
Travel & Transport € 462 $ 575
Miscellaneous Expenses € 558 $ 694
Books € 26 $ 33
Health Care € 128 $ 159
Clothing € 207 $ 258
Total Expenses € 5,181 $ 6,448
Last Month € 2,836 $ 3,403

I was aiming to keep everything under €2500 for the month, so… yeah, that didn’t happen.

Business expenses were way more than expected, especially with the $1k invested in coaching. I also failed to predict all that spending on the snowboarding stuff, food and drink, the dentist, and flights for the coming months.

Biggest Regret?

Funny thing: I spent way more this month than usual – $6,448 in total – and there’s almost nothing I can point to as a regretful expense. Closest thing would be one of the lift passes for snowboarding, which we couldn’t use due to bad weather, but that only cost €29.

Everything else I consider money well spent.

I actually had to check myself because at first I felt bad for spending “so much” money.

But it’s not how much I earn or spend that’s most important: it’s the difference between the two. And in January the difference was $3,000 in the green, which I’ve rarely been able to claim in the past.

So yeah, I’ll chalk January up as a massive success.

Where That Leaves Me

I had €12,805 / $15,365 to my name at the end of December.

Taking into account all my January income and expenditure, and the most recent exchange rates – I have accounts in EUR, HKD and USD – my total bank and cash balances now work out to €15,406 / $19,176. 57

Outlook For February

I’ll be paying quite a bit for accommodation, have a $300 accountant bill due, and will likely invest in coaching, so I expect my expenses will be in the $4000 range for the month.

As for income, I’ve closed the doors on 3M1K but have about $2000 due on payment plans in February. I also have about €1500 coming my way from freelance work. Beyond that I can’t predict. I will be on the lookout for new coaching and consulting clients to make some magic with, but that’s not something I’m going to rush.

How I Track All This

Curious as to how I track everything I earn and spend? Check this video…

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4 Comments

  1. Nice, Niall! On both the increased income and your mindset about spending (and in some cases investing) money. Also, wow are the dentists cheap in Bulgaria. (I mean, doing it there basically paid for your snowboarding trip instead of doing it in Western Europe.)

    I must’ve missed it, but why did you close down 3M1K until May (or later)? Revamping it? Too much workload for the time being? Want to focus more on current members? Something else?

    1. Thanks, Karol!

      I decided to close down 3M1K for a few reasons, but the main one is so I can focus on my own freelancing for a few months and build that up to $5k/month consistently.

  2. Nice work! Fairly smashed it there! Re closing 3M1K, just goes to show how urgency and scarcity will always work, provided you mean it and aren’t using it just as a tactic – which I’ve seen some people do.

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