This post is part of a series about how I make money while traveling the world. For a deeper look at how I started my business and began traveling full-time, start here.
And as the last days of April come to their close, it’s time to look back on the month’s projects, clients, and income, as promised.
So, how did I make my living while traveling full-time in April 2017?
Here’s the skinny.
How I Made Money While Traveling Full-Time, April 2017
As you may know, my primary income comes from copywriting and content strategy, which essentially means I create strategies and write content for websites, brochures, billboards, headlines, etc. I mostly do this for companies in travel and tech.
My secondary income sources include:
:: My new DIY Website Workshops (see below for more on those)
:: Travel writing for magazines/websites (this is not income I actively pursue anymore, but I still have good relationships with a publication or two and do write regular pieces for those)
:: Website consulting (helping clients with everything from WordPress customization to SEO questions)
:: My unique series of local-centric travel guides
:: Affiliate sales here on the blog
In April, my income percentages looked like this: copywriting and content strategy (48%), DIY website workshops (15%), travel writing (11%), website consulting (6%), book sales (19%), and affiliate sales (1%).
This is a pretty typical breakdown for me these days (though the DIY Website Workshop is new). Affiliate sales are always a very tiny portion of my income and content strategy and copywriting usually make up the vast majority of it.
New & Ongoing Business, April 2017
When I asked what kind of information would be helpful in these posts, one of the answers I got was this:
What kind of clients do you work with? Where are they based (are they all in the US?)? How many clients do you take on at a time?
This April, clients I’m actively working on projects with included:
:: A US-based content marketing agency (writing work)
:: A US-based non-profit (messaging strategy)
:: An Australian travel magazine (writing)
::A US-based orthodontics office (web consulting)
As for new business, I sent estimates out to two new strategy/writing clients, one a marketing consultancy in Ireland and the other a cool tech website out of the UK. I’m still waiting to see if some new work comes in from an old ad agency client in Colorado (who I sent some estimates to in March). And as the month drew toward its close, I got requests for three more US project pitches (which will go out in May), two from clients or consultants I worked with years ago who were (happily) circling back with new projects and one from a new prospective client who found me through an interview I did with SheNomads. All three of those requests were from US-based companies.
So, in summary, this April that’s:
:: 2 content strategy/copywriting proposals sent to new prospective clients
:: 0 new clients signed (it’s pretty normal for it to take weeks/months to finalize a new project, so this number isn’t worrying)
:: 3 proposals requested and not yet sent
:: 4 existing clients with ongoing work (in wildly varying amounts)
DIY Website Workshops
In April, I also officially launched the website for my new DIY Website Workshop—a 7-week course that helps creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners create and launch a professional website without the confusion and typical mistakes of trying to do it solo and without the massive price tag of hiring an agency to do the whole thing for you.
The course officially starts May 15 and there are still some slots left if you’d like to join. I’ve limited it to 10 people and am guessing the group will be smaller (which will be perfect for the first run), with perhaps 3 – 5.
Work-Life Balance & My April Workspace
Since I run my location-independent business from the road, it’ll come as no surprise that this month, I was working against a backdrop of green hills and orange tile rooftops in Lapad, which is a residential part of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
It’s been a good location for reliable Wi-Fi (always a HUGE thing for those working from the road) and for pretty seaside walks, but a bit of a tough location for technical issues, which I (so unfortunately) ran into just after we arrived. If you need to get an Apple product fixed, let me tell you, Dubrovnik is not the place to do that. If you have a major tech malfunction, be prepared to use your backup tech or book a flight to a major city with an Apple store.
As for work-life balance, I worked about 20 – 30 hours a week (quite a bit for me), but also spent time every week working on side projects like my novel. In large part, this is because I didn’t fall in love with Dubrovnik the same way I’ve loved places like Slovenia or the Swiss Alps or Ghent, Belgium. The more I love a place, the more I get out and explore it. But Dubrovnik, while it certainly does have some interesting things on offer, just didn’t charm me the same way. I didn’t crave more time to explore. And so instead I turned to my personal projects and took on a bit more in terms of work projects as well.
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