This month was different
This month my wife, daughter, and I went to Spain for two weeks. One of my wife’s best friends got married and we made a vacation out of it. If you want to see discussions about traveling with a toddler, you should check out my Facebook page Mental Wellness Parenting.
Before I left, I set up everything on autopilot. I didn’t check my email, receive phone calls, or do anything remotely related to work, income, or thinking about my passive income. I even forgot my idea journal and didn’t buy one. I intentionally tried to not think about life outside of the moment.
It was glorious!
I love what I do, it really is fun, interesting, and passionate work, but we always have to step back and look at how to create more balance. The 16 days with my daughter, who is fast approaching two were amazing! Over the last year, I have battled cancer, she had heart surgery, and my family has experienced several other stressors. We needed this trip.
Here are a few quick lessons that I learned that I may write about in future blog posts:
1. With enough planning, you can get away from your business and things don’t usually fall apart too much.
2. When you have a genuine vacation, you come back refreshed and excited to work.
3. Travelling with a toddler is a lot of work, but super fun!
Why I do this
As you probably know, I work a full time job and do a bunch of other things to build passive income, active income, and generally try and help people improve their lives. I’ve been doing these income reports since September 2012. If you are new to the website, I do this for a number of reasons:
1. So you know exactly where I make money. That way, you don’t have to wonder if I’m full of crap, if you can trust me, or if you can learn something. My hope is that you trust me and that through that you’re more likely to get involved, possibly follow an affiliate link, or purchase something.
2. So as to inspire you. So often, we think that our incomes have an upper limit that is determined by someone else. When we have control of that upper limit, there is something really refreshing about that.
3. To hold myself accountable. I’m not always the best with book-keeping and monitoring where and how I make money. This forces me to keep better track of my goals and outcomes. I’m actually getting a lot better.
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April was a lot of fun, even beyond Spain. The podcast continues to grow, I got to test out whether I could make money while on vacation, and I am really enjoying working with my new client referrals. Also, I ran an event called “The Path to LPC” for graduate students in Western Michigan University’s Counseling Education and Counseling Psychology program. The Traverse City campus students came out to the Grand Traverse Yacht Club and we did a panel discussion about transitioning into their careers. As a result of that, I received four supervision referrals, which will hopefully reflect added income and exposure in the community. As well, I may be able to help some of them gain employment through my practice and coach them into being great counselors! I am really excited about all of these developments.
I launched something last month and it is still going
Anyone who goes through my Bluehost I will link it with NameCheap and WordPress. This is one way that I continue to try and expand ways to serve readers. I have been talking with readers and they have told me that the most frustrating part is linking it all together. Also, Bluehost just changed things up a bit, so it’s a bit harder.
Also, I’m no longer radioactive from my treatment! Yay!!!
April 2013 Earning Report
What I’m going to be reporting and what I’m not going to be reporting
Full-time Job: Since some of you are new and some of you have been around Practice of the Practice for a while, I’m going to give a quick summary of where I make income. My full-time job is at a community college as a counselor. I love the job and it gives me great opportunities. Also, since my wife stays home with our daughter it is an income we can count on, health insurance, a pension, and a really great environment! I’m not going to disclose my full-time wages there, since it is not something that is part of my private practice.
Private Practice: I do 3-8 sessions a week in my private practice. I don’t take insurance, so it is private-pay. As a result, I don’t have many expenses in time or actual money. Included in my private practice money is time I spend doing supervision for LLPCs (Limited Licensed Professional Counselors), a 100 hour requirement in Michigan.
Passive Income: The term “passive” makes it sound like I don’t have to do work. What I mean is money that I make that is not in direct exchange for my time. I will outline what these are under each item.
How I made money in April 2013
Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I really appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me! Also, if you don’t have a good experience with them, I want to know that too.
Counseling, consulting, and useful products
Private Practice (9 sessions) $1,030
Other counselors, I have a counselor that works for my practice and I get a portion of what is brought in: $340
Paperwork Packet: $0
Consulting and LLPC Supervision: $560
E-book: $24.36, also several were borrowed through Kindle’s lending program, this may bring in a few extra dollars.
52-week e-newsletter to start a counseling private practice. Most of the kinks have been worked out. I think we are all good now: $94.10
BlueHost Referrals $65
Amazon Affiliate Referrals $.94
NameCheap Referrals: $0
Google Ads $2.56
April 2013 total: $2,116.96
I really can’t believe that it was another +$2,000 month! It really makes all of the time spent in early 2012 worth it creating content for the website. With that said, my primary income is still through my full-time job and doing counseling.
March 2013 total: $2,476.92
February 2013 total: $2,685.12
January 2013 total: $2,707.09
December 2012 total: $2,287.97
November 2012 total: $1,219.18
Some of the numbers from Google Ads, Amazon, NameCheap, and my e-books will not be paid until they reach a certain amount or 60-90 days after the sale. I report what has been sold in the month it was sold. Also, I do not take expenses off of this report.
Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC is blown away by all of the people enjoying and growing through his blog, Practice of the Practice. He also does counseling in Traverse City, MI at Mental Wellness Counseling. Also, he is the author of Mental Wellness Parenting | A remarkably simple approach to making parenting easier. To link to Joe’s Google+ .