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Behind The Scenes: February 2016

IN THESE POSTS, I SHARE:

  • My blog growth
  • My newsletter growth
  • How I did with last month's goals
  • My goals for next month
  • Lessons I've learned throughout the month
  • My current obsessions

MY TRAFFIC REPORT

Visits: 19,111 (+1732 )

Pageviews: 35,532 (+4118)

Audience size: 15,355 (+723)

Most popular post published in Jan: The ultimate guide to creating a monthly subscription

My top 3 traffic referrers: Direct, Pinterest, Twitter & Facebook.

This month is the highest website traffic I've had in a while. I'm delighted to see that my website statistics are increasing each month! I think it's down to blogging consistently, improving my social media presence and also making more friends who spread the word about my blog. Creating a community and making business buddies really does help you grow your business (and maintain your sanity!)

I did two webinars this month: one with Caitlin Bacher and one with Jamie from Spruce Rd. I think the webinars really helped me grow my website traffic. Webinars can take a lot of effort but they seriously pay off!

MY NEWSLETTER GROWTH

Number of subscribers: 3721 (+659)

Most popular opt-ins: The joint webinar I did with Caitlin Bacher. (You can watch the replay here!)

When you do a joint webinar with someone, you each create an identical opt-in page that links to your list. Then you trade links, so you promote her opt-in and she promotes yours. That means she gets subscribers from you and you get subscribers from her. 

See the first burst of new subscribers from Feb 1st to Feb 6th? That's from Caitlin. I gained 742 subscribers in 4 days JUST from Caitlin promoting our joint webinar to her audience. I was really blown away by that. It shows the power webinars have: they not only convert well in terms of sales, but they also increase your list really quickly. 

See the other burst of new subscribers on Feb 23rd to 25th? Those are the new subscribers I gained from my Lunch & Learn webinar with Jamie of Spruce Rd. 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES THIS MONTH

This month has been the busiest month I've had in a long time. I've done two webinars, pre-launched a book and done client work. I won't force myself to take on a month this busy again because it was craaazy, but I've enjoyed it. 

This month I pre-launched my ebook, Social Splash. At the time of writing this (Feb 22nd) I've sold 30 individual copies and made £2417 from the webinar. In total, I've made £2867. By the time March 1st comes around, I'll have probably made about 3k.

I'm not going crazy over those figures, but I'm also not disappointed. Writing and promoting a book is HARD. I mean, reeeeeeally hard. Harder than I ever realized it could be. I'm happy I've made a decent amount of work from it, but it made me realize that dropping my freelance services to focus on creating products is NOT for me. 

It also made me appreciate my client work more than I have in a while. I seriously love the clients I have right now, I love their projects, and I love the work I get to do for them. I don't want to replace that with products. Instead, I'm going to be creating products AND freelancing, but freelancing will be my priority. My products will simply be a good boost to my income and they'll support me when I'm travelling and can't take on client work. 

MARCH GOALS

Can you believe it's March already?! This year is flying by!

1. Focus on my clients. Now that I'm done creating and promoting my ebook, I'm going to give my clients my full attention. 

2. Launch an extended version of my free Brand Discovery course. My free course goes down really well, and it's something I'm really proud of. That's why I'm going to create about 5 more lessons to add to the six existing lessons. When my subscribers get to lessons 6, they can pay $10 to access the extra lessons if they need to learn more. It's a nice little way of monetizing my course and earning a bit of pocket money without having to do a big launch. If I don't get this done this month, I'm not fussed, but it would be nice.

3. Chill. I've been going at full-speed this month and now I'm pretty tired. I find it really hard to just chill and NOT work, but I'm going to force myself to chill out this month. There will always be more to do, and I have my whole life to do it.

LESSONS I LEARNED THIS MONTH

To summarize, I've learned what I don't want. I don't want to be an infopreneur only. I don't want to do weekly Periscopes. I don't want to write another ebook. 

It's not that I don't enjoy those things- I do. But they take so much energy that I swiftly realized I don't want to do them, or I want to do them in moderation. 

CURRENT OBSESSIONS

Ladyboss League: I started reading Summer's blog last week and I was hooked. Her blog posts are sooooo informative and packed with screenshots. Her webinars are always on-point. And- she's a great example to new business owners that you CAN create a successful biz in under a year.

Stress Less & Impress*: I went through one of the lessons in this course again today and it felt like such a refresher. If you're a freelancer like me who LOVES systems, this is for you. It's the perfect course to help you set up processes and systems with your clients. 

Boardbooster*: I've been using Boardbooster for a few months now and I can handsdown say it's one of the best business investments I make each month. I looked at my Pinterest stats last week and saw my following is growing by 15% each month, probably more now, and I'm getting tons of traffic from there. It's amazing for my blog and business. 

 

Disclaimer/Truth: I do earn a commission if you purchase any of the products with an * next to them. There are obviously other products available like these, but these are products I love and they are my recommendations based on my own experience. If you do purchase through my affiliate link, thanks so much for your support!

Behind the scenes: November

In these posts, I share:

  • My blog growth
  • My newsletter growth
  • How I did with last month's goals
  • My goals for next month
  • Lessons I've learned throughout the month
  • My current obsessions

My website growth

November visits: 12,359 (-2981)

November audience: 10,207 (-2339)

Most popular post published in November: How to choose the perfect colour palette for your small business.

My top 3 traffic referrers: Pinterest (my no.1 traffic referrer since I took Melyssa's course Pinfinite Growth), Google, Direct.

You'd think that I'd be really disappointed in these figures, since November's website traffic has been lower than the traffic my site has had over the past three months, but I'm totally fine with it. Why? Because low website traffic doesn't mean my business is failing. 

In fact, I've been slammed with Skype consultations with potential clients every week of November. 

I've booked most of those potential clients, meaning I'm now fully booked until March 2016. 

I've written a couple of articles for amazing publications that I'm honored to be a part of. 

And I've been able to take some time off this month to travel to the Czech Republic and Germany (I TOTALLY recommend seeing Prague if you ever get chance!!)

Because my month was filled with client work, client bookings and travel, I only published one blog post for November. That's not usual for me and I am going to get back into a regular blogging routine from December/January onward... but this month has made me realize that I don't necessarily need to blog every week. I'm going to try blogging twice a month (every other week) but I'm going to make my posts longer and of an even higher quality, as you'll hear me discuss in this month's videos. 

If you can take away one teeny tiny lesson from this, I hope that's it's this: you don't need to blog every day or every week if you don't want to. The key to successful blogging is to write amazingly high quality posts less frequently, not low-quality posts more frequently. 

My newsletter growth

(The screenshot above only shows subscribers from November 8th onward because that was the day I switched from Mailchimp to Convertkit. You can read up on my decision to switch in this article.)

Current number of subscribers: 2941 (+280)

Most popular opt-ins: My free Brand Discovery Workbook and my free PDF '10 ways to create a cohesive brand experience'. I've found that freebies that relate to branding go down the best with new folks that land on my blog, which is great! It shows me that I'm attracting the right audience, since my main service is brand identity design. 

December Goals

I already gave you a sneak peek of my December goals last month because I wrote that post later than usual, but here they are again. 

Prelaunch my first eBook. I have everything I need to prelaunch this book. My sales page is ready, my price is ready, the cover is complete, and I even have a few webinar cohosts in mind who have products that would go well with this book as a discounted bundle. I just need to finally push myself to prelaunch and see how it goes!

Finalize the plans for my first ecourse. I have a course topic and module ideas, I just need to do all the other stuff like write a sales page, test my ideas, create a launch calendar... fun, fun fun!

Do 2 webinars. OK, this goal is by far my scariest, but I can't wait to leap on it. Doing things that scare me makes me feeling alive. It makes me feel like I'm making progress. I'm not planning on doing these webinars along, I'm going to find some awesometastic co-hosts. Stay tuned!

Lessons I learned in November

Honestly, I didn't really learn any lessons. That feels SO bizarre to write! But I honestly don't think there were any big lessons in November. I just put my head down, hustled hard and had fun. I thought a lot about how blessed I am to be able to do what I love, and that was the only real 'lesson' I'm taking away from that month.

Some months are sluggish, slow, stressful or full of mistakes. Some are calm. Some are fun. This month was the latter, and it really reminded me why I started this biz. This month has resulted in me being fully booked until March (possibly April) 2016, and that is a truly wonderful feeling. 

Current obsessions

Devan Danielle. I'm totally in love with her blog lately. She's been on my radar for a while and she is honestly the loveliest girl! She writes suuuuper meaty blog posts about branding, and she's got her content marketing game on FLEEK. 

Pat Flynn. Is it totally pathetic that I've only just started reading Pat's blog? He's probably the biggest name in the passive income game, but I've always kinda ignored him- until now. When I was thinking of switching from Mailchimp to Convertkit I saw he'd switched and wanted to know why. After reading his super long, informative post I was totally hooked on how this guy sells, writes and speaks to his audience. New loyal fan, right here!!

The Independant. A magazine put together by three powerhouse infopreneurs. It includes LOTS of articles written by your favourite bloggers, with lots of action tips and worksheets to help you build your blog and business. Yours truly may have written something for the next issue so stay tuned. ;)

 

Behind the scenes of my business: October

In these posts, I share:

  • My blog growth
  • My newsletter growth
  • How I did with last month's goals
  • My goals for next month
  • Lessons I've learned throughout the month
  • My current obsessions

My website growth

October visits: 15,340 (+1333)

October audience: 12,546 (+1095)

Most popular post published in October: My top 10 tips for newbie designers

My top 3 traffic referrers: As usual, it was Pinterest, Direct (people directly visiting my site), and Google. But Twitter almost came in third place because a few of my awesome friends decided to tweet a few of my posts!

I've been a lot more active on Twitter the past couple of months, and it really is paying off. Because I'm on Twitter more, more people reach out to me over there. I also feel that because I tweet my friends blog posts as much as I can, some of them return the favour and vice versa. It's nice to show support for other online business owners whenever you can! It shows that we all care about each others success and not just our own. 

I'm kinda surprised my October traffic is higher than my traffic has been so far this year because I was away for two weeks. However, I DID schedule a couple of blog posts while I was away and they reeeeally paid off. I checked my phone a few times while I was away and found so many wonderful responses to what I'd written!

I learned one major lesson here: scheduling blog posts is an absolute must if you're going on holiday.

Ironically, since I've returned I haven't written a single blog post except for this. But here's the thing: I don't feel like writing at the moment. Sure, it's easy to write a post like this which is full of stats and figures which I LOVE! But I've been finding it really hard to write something about design or freelancing, so I haven't forced myself to. I've been blogging long enough to understand that my blog and business won't die if I take a little break. I'll start writing again next week, but for now I'm enjoying the extra time on other business activities. 

My newsletter growth

Current number of subscribers: 2794 (+700 approximately)

Most popular opt-in: 5 ways to promote your services (This is a content upgrade on my blog post, My top 10 tips for newbie designers.)

After watching a webinar by Nathan, creator of Convertkit, I dropped Mailchimp in favour of Convertkit. Why? A few reasons...

  1. I'm in the process of publishing my first email course, and I had the lessons all set up in Mailchimp. But there was a problem. I wanted my current subscribers to have access to the course as well as new subscribers. In order for them to get it, they'd have to sign up to a new list. But if almost 3000 people resubscribe, that doubles my list in the eyes of Mailchimp, meaning I'll have to pay a hell of a lot more money per month to use their services. On the other hand, Convertkit counts a subscriber as ONE subscriber, no matter how many times to subscribe to your various lists. 
  2. Convertkit makes it way easier to create courses. Sometimes Mailchimp's interface confuses me there are pages hidden everywhere, but Convertkit's interface is super simple. 
  3. Convertkit can take the place of Leadpages as well as Mailchimp, because it enables you to create sales pages as well as send newsletters. I wasn't a fan of Leadpages when I used it, so I wanted to see if Convertkit could replace it. It disappointed me a tiny bit here because Convertkit doesn't allow you to create buttons for each blog post that, when clicked, opens an opt-in form. But its other features were amazing, so I stuck with it anyway. 

If you're considering switching from Mailchimp to another newsletter provider but you're scared that you'll switch and then hate your new platform, don't worry about it: Mailchimp has got your back. 

Mailchimp allows you to pause your account, meaning they'll stop billing you and you won't be able to send newsletters via them, but you'll still have access to your list. This provided me with a huge sense of security when I was switching, because it means that I can easily resume using them in the future if I decide to. 

How I did with my October goals

Book a design client for November. Done! I went through a slow stage in October which freaked me out because I haven't had a slow stage in my business for ages. But it's all cool. I booked clients for November, January and February. I can breathe now!

I would to say one thing on this topic though: You can kid yourself that your business will never have a slow stage, but it will, I promise. Don't beat yourself up about it. You just have to be prepared for it.

December goals

Prelaunch my first eBook. I have everything I need to prelaunch this book. My sales page is ready, my price is ready, the cover is complete, and I even have a few webinar cohosts in mind who have products that would go well with this book as a discounted bundle. I just need to finally push myself to prelaunch and see how it goes!

Finalize the plans for my first ecourse. I have a course topic and module ideas, I just need to do all the other stuff like write a sales page, test my ideas, create a launch calendar... fun, fun fun!

Do 2-3 webinars. OK, this goal is by far my scariest, but I can't wait to leap on it. Doing things that scare me makes me feeling alive. It makes me feel like I'm making progress. I'm not planning on doing these webinars along, I'm going to find some awesometastic co-hosts. Stay tuned!

Lessons I learned in October

  1. Always, always, always schedule blog posts to publish while you're on holiday. I was worried that the blog posts I published wouldn't be seen by anyone because I wasn't at home to promote them. But I underestimated my friends and followers, who promoted them for me. The posts that published while I was away gained more attention than most of my posts do!
  2. As I mentioned, I was on holiday for two weeks in October. I sometimes spend my holiday constantly checking my emails, but not this time. I only checked my emails a couple of times. And out of the 300+ emails I received, I only replied to three while I was away. I really feel like I learned that replying to emails is not a priority when you're having a break from daily life. As long as you notify your clients that you're going away and not replying to emails, it's fine. 
  3. I love the members of The Shelancers Club! This was a huge lesson for me in October, because I got the chance to meet a few them over Skype. And guess what? They were INCREDIBLE. So talented, so cool and so friendly. I'm Skyping with two more of them this month and I can't wait! (If you're curious why and how these Skype meetings came to be, it's because of a new consultation service I offer. The details are over here.)

Current Obsessions

  1. F*** Yeah Sales Funnels. You guys know how much I love a good funnel. That's why I couldn't resist Mariah's sales funnel course. I purchased it when it was first released and I'm STILL constantly going back to certain lessons. It's amazing. 
  2. Convertkit. It took my a whole three days to finish swicthing from Mailchimp to Convertkit, but I'm loving it so far. Its email course + automation features are the best!
  3. Pinfinite Growth. I'm still totally loving Pinfinite Growth, a course on building your business with Pinterest. Pinterest has always been one of my biggest referrers. In fact, I teamed up with them a year ago! So this course has been great at teaching me how to utilize Pinterest more and more. In fact, if you head to the sales page you'll see a testimonial on how this course has helped me business!

*Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. Hope you don't mind!

Behind the scenes of my business: September

If you'd like to read my previous behind-the-scenes posts, here's July's and here is August's.

In these posts, I share:

  • My blog growth
  • My newsletter growth
  • How I did with last month's goals
  • My goals for next month
  • Lessons I've learned throughout the month
  • My current obsessions

My blog growth

September visits: 12,616 (+536)

September audience: 10,364 (+781)

Most popular post published in September: 7 signs telling you it's time to rebrand

My top 3 traffic referrers: As usual, it was Pinterest, Direct (people directly visiting my site), and Google. I also got a few new visitors from Nubby Twiglet and Aeolidia because they featured me on their blogs. In fact, last month I booked a client thank to Aeolidia's feature!

September didn't result in as much traffic as I had hoped, which is ironic because it's also been the month I stepped up my social media strategy. I think if I hadn't improved my social media, this month's traffic report would have been worse than my previous months. But I'm putting it down to this: none of my blog posts during September were very popular, and they weren't intended to be. 

In September, I primarily posted about branding and website design. When I write these kinds of posts, they never become popular on Pinterest (one of my best traffic sources) and they don't generate many comments. I assume this is because my blog audience is mainly freelancers who don't necessarily need to read up on things like this, since most of them are in the design industry. 

So why write posts that don't go viral on social media and generate lots of attention?

Because brand and website design is the focus of my business. I love writing content to help freelancers grow their business (I have a whole library of these kinds of posts here!) but when I analyzed my blog content, I realized I hadn't been writing as much as I should about the topics I'm an expert in. My design clients need to see more blog posts about branding and websites so their trust in my skills can grow strong. That's why I chose to mainly write about these subjects this month. 

I publish one blog post every week on a Tuesday. From now on, I've decided that each month I'm going to post one branding article, one article on websites, one article to help freelancers grow their business, and one article about tools and resources that will help creatives build better businesses. 

My newsletter growth

New subscribers in September: 301 new subscribers

Unsubscribes: 53

My newsletter is growing faster and faster these days, which I'm over the moon about! I've gained more subscribers this month than the last five months because I added an announcement bar at the top of my site which prompts visitors to sign up for my newsletter, and I started adding content upgrades to my blog posts. 

I prioritize my newsletter over my blog because newsletter readers are much more likely to buy my products and hire me to work for them. They're VIP's. That's why it's important to treat them like they are. I'm planning on creating a few free email courses just for my newsletter subscribers soon! I want them to feel as special as possible. 

I also thought it would be interesting to tell you guys how my little promo email went. Recently, I decided I wanted to earn a little extra money for my trip to Thailand and my trip to Prague in Oct/Nov. So I sent out a newsletter to my subscribers advertising a new service I created: consultations for freelancers. I also mentioned that I'm now booking clients from November onward. My campaign was strictly promotional. I've never sent a campaign like that before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But, within 30 minutes, I checked my email and I had three new project inquiries and a consultation purchase!

It proves that newsletter marketing is one of the BEST ways to build your clientele and sell your products.

As of now (September 28th 2015), I only have one consultation spot left for October 5th. So if you need help growing your freelance business or blog, I'd love to be the lady that helps you!

How I did with my September goals

These were my goals in September and here's how I did:

1. Get 40 more TSC subscribers. I failed, again. *Palm to face* Because of the rate my current client projects are going and the short break I had this month, I didn't manage to find time to work on this goal. I did get a few new subscribers though, and barely any unsubscribes. I also created a marketing strategy that I'm looking forward to implementing!

2. Book a design client for when I return from Thailand. This one also didn't happen. I've had inquiries, but no bookings, which has been a little worrying because I'm usually always been booked at least 2 months in advance. This dry stage has got me a little worried if I'm being brutally honest with you guts. If things remain quiet, I'm going to have to analyze my site and services and make some changes. 

3. Finish streamlining my processes. Done! I just need to redo my canned emails and add a few details to my Welcome packet. I'm looking forward to sharing my new processes with you all. 

My October goals

Since I'm away for 2 weeks of October I thought it would be best if I set just one goal. 

1. Book a design client for November. When you only have a small period of time, it's a lot easier to prioritize your goals. This goal is definitely the most important out of all the goals I could set, because my design services bring in 2/3 of my income each year. I'll work on other small goals too, but this goal comes first. 

Lessons I learned throughout September

All in all, I can't help but feel disappointed in myself for how September's goals have done. BUT, I'm trying not to feel too gloomy about it. After all, September has resulted in lots of new newsletter subscribers, a new service, plenty of down-time, and a lot more blogger friends. It all about staying positive and counting your blessings.

Current obsessions

Cash Copy Course*-: Halley Gray, a friend and client of mine, has created this AMAZING course to help you quickly create sales pages that make more sales. Halley is a genius. She quadrupled her income this year using some of the techniques she teaches in this course. If you need a lesson in writing badass sales pages, Halley can definitely help.

Square Plugins: If you use Squarespace, you'll LOVE this site. Squarespace can be a little limiting with their design options, especially if you don't know code. Square Plugins offers lots of CSS code snippets that can transform how your Squarespace blocks look, from newsletter customizations to summary block customizations. 

Tailwind: For the past couple of month's I've been using Viraltag to schedule my Pinterest posts, but a friend recommended Tailwind so I decided to try it out. I love it! It's like Viraltag, but better. Tailwind not only allows you to schedule Pinterest posts, but suggests things to post, analyzes your pins and generates reports, suggests the best times to pin, and more. 

*Links marked with an asterisk are affiliate links. Don't worry though- I only promote products I've benefitted from and believe in.

What have you achieved this month? What are your goals for next month? Leave a comment below this post OR post in our Facebook group!

Behind the scenes of my biz: August 2015

As you probably already know, in July I decided to take my monthly posts one step further by sharing my goals, achievements, stats and growth each month. 

In these posts, I'm going to share:

  • My blog growth
  • My newsletter growth
  • How I did with last month's goals
  • My goals for next month
  • Lessons I've learned throughout the month
  • My current obsessions

Here's July's post if you're interested! Now, moving on to August...

My blog growth

 

August didn't do as well as July but the reason for that is because I posted the social media schedule I create for TSC on my blog in July and it went viral on Pinterest, resulting in more hits to my site. But I'm still happy about my August traffic! It's a lot better than June, but I'm guessing that's because I've been putting more effort into my blog and I moved The Shelancers Club to this website. 

I could easily feel deflated about my current stats because, even though they're good, they're not as good as what I used to get to my blog. However, I'm not. Because traffic isn't everything (there's a great post on this topic over here if you'd like to check it out. I totally recommend it if traffic stats get you down.)

August visits: 9279 (-1607)

August pageviews: 19,178 (-2767)

Most popular post published in August: 21 things you can automate in your creative business. 

The first article went viral on Twitter. My 'Mentions' tabs was constantly flooded with people tagging me in their tweet about that post, YAY. I think it's a well-known fact that posts and courses on automation and making business easier are always popular in the creative business industry, so if you have anything to say about this topic then I encourage you to publish a post on it!

My second post was published in July and has had 1.2k shares on Pinterest so far. Seriously- where would my biz be without Pinterest?! I LOVE Pinterest.

My top 3 referrers: Pinterest, Direct (people directly visiting my site), and Google. I don't really want to focus on my top 3 referrers today though, I want to focus on the 9th best referrer, Aeolidia. They featured one of my blog posts on their blog a few months ago and I get a small, constant stream of traffic from them every month. However, this month I booked a client who found me through them! I'll be sending them a postcard to say thanks at the end of this month. It just shows that even small sources of traffic can do wonders for your business! 

My newsletter growth

New subscribers in August: 151

Average open rate: 40%

Average click rate: 6%

A 35-40% open rate is common in the blogging industry, but I'd like increase mine. I use Mailchimp and I have to pay for the amount of subscribers I have, so if people aren't reading my newsletters I'm going to delete them soon. To do this I just send an email to the people who don't open any of my newsletters and tell them I'll be unsubscribing them unless they click a certain link.

My click rate is low, but that's because I don't require my readers to click through to my blog to read the full post. I just send the full post in the email. 

My newsletter has experienced a lot of growth this year since I've been blogging more consistently and more in-depth. I'm working on increasing my subscribe rate even more by adding content upgrades to my blog posts. A content upgrade is a bonus freebie related to your blog post, and readers have to sign up to get it. I've joined Leadpages so I can do this (I highly recommend Leadpages!!)

How I did with my August goals

These were my goals in August and here's how I did:

1. Streamline my processes. I've been working on this goal for the past couple of months but I made major progress in August thanks to Stress Less & Impress, a course that helps freelancers streamline their process and implement systems. I was already doing a lot of the things outlined in the course but this course pushed me to improve them and gave me lots of extra ideas! It was definitely a great investment for my biz.

2. Fully book my schedule until I go to Thailand. I'm going to Thailand with some girl friends the end of October, so I wanted to book one final branding project before I go. Done!

3. Start adding content upgrades to my blog posts. Done- WOO! I signed up for Leadpages and I wrote and scheduled my posts for the next 3 weeks with content upgrades in them. I'm looking forward to seeing if my subscriber rate increases because of this in next month's September review!

My September goals

1. Get 40 more TSC subscribers. This is a pretty low goal but that's the point. In the past, I've given myself high goals that I haven't achieved because they've seemed too distant. My aim here is that this goal will feel attainable and I won't feel the need to kill myself to attain it.

2. Book a design client for when I return from Thailand. I'm only going there for two weeks so I need a project lined up for when I return, hopefully a luxury brand + website design project.

3. Finish streamlining my processes. Can you believe I'm not done yet?! Streamlining and implementing processes is tough work, especially since I have lots of other jobs to do. It's totally worth it though. Since taking Stress Less & Impress my current systems have improved SO much! I seem more professional to my clients, everything is easier for them, and everything is easier for me!

Lessons I learned throughout August

1. I've learned the importance of keeping track of how much money I'm earning. Since I started using Wave I've realized I'm making more money than I anticipated, which means I've been able to increase my income goal for the year!

2. I'm sticking to my goals a lot better. Creating only 3 monthly goals has really helped me stay in control. I've found that when I focus on more than 3 goals, I stress out.

3. It's OK to hire help! I haven't hired a virtual assistant yet (because it kinda scares me) but I believe in doing things that scare you and I know I'll do this soon. It's just a matter of making sure I hire the right person.

Current obsessions

Stress Less & Impress*- the best course I've taken this year!! At first, I saw that I was already doing everything outlined in the course (like getting clients to sign a contract, fill in a questionnaire, use a project management system...) and I felt a little disappointed. But when I went through the course it showed me so many small ways I could improve what I was already doing. If you need to streamline your systems, or you haven't got any systems in place at all, definitely look into this course!

Leadpages- I signed up so I could use their Leadboxes. It allows me to add an optin at the bottom of each blog post prompting my readers to sign up for a content upgrade, and it delivers the upgrade to them straight away and adds them to my mailing list.

Viraltag*- I'm in LOVE with this social media scheduling tool. I use Buffer for scheduling to Facebook and Twitter but I use Viraltag for Pinterest. It allows me to really quickly bulk-schedule pins to Pinterest- a lot faster than I can in Buffer. Since Pinterest is my main source of website traffic, I've decided to invest $12 a month in Viraltag so I schedule regular daily pins. 

*Links marked with an asterisk are affiliate links. Don't worry though- I only promote products I've benefitted from and believe in.

What have you achieved this month? What are your goals for next month? Leave a comment below this post OR post in our Facebook group!