Mid-month freelance update: $3400

I’m writing this on Sunday night. Okay, technically I guess it’s “evening” but it feels like the depths of midnight to me right now. Amelia was up every half hour on the half hour last night, vomiting in my face and on my clothes and on the sheets. And I suppose I should be telling everybody how bad they should feel about the poor sick child but right now she’s jumping on a trampoline and I feel like I might actually not make it to tomorrow. Almost-3-year-olds can apparently bounce right back. Almost-41-year-olds, not so much.

At any rate, part of the reason that today has been so awful is that I knew that I had a billion dollars worth of freelancing that I had signed up for, assuming that I’d be bright eyed and bushy tailed, and then I became dull eyed and slack tailed, and I was going to have to just grit my teeth and do it. My brain. It doesn’t work right now. Every time I thought, “okay, I’m getting through this document,” I’d blink a few times and somehow I was 8 pages deep in a stranger’s Facebook page because I inexplicably wanted to know if they homeschooled. I don’t get it either.

Anyway, I did it. I’m freaking done. And now I’m going to tally up my freelance work for this month so far to give me a boost before I turn to the bills. And then bed forever.

Okay: so my overall goal this month is considerably higher than usual. Like $1500 more. Because I somehow screwed up when the 0% rates ended on one of the cards and blah blah blah ugggggh. So if I can make ~$4568~ then I’ll feel great about life. I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

But the good news is that I’m already slotted to get $700 from work that I did in October. So, another $3868. That’s actually not that far off from what I normally do.

So far, I’ve invoiced $713.56 from Company B, and amassed $1978.98 (plus maybe $20 for an assignment that I’m unclear of the payment on). So, basically, $2700. Wait, is that right? That’s right! Okay, it might be possible to hit my goal, even if I don’t count that $700 extra check.

There are some caveats because there always are. First, I took on way more jobs than usual because there weren’t a lot available and I panicked and took on a scarcity mindset, so my quality of life has been buckets of crap. Second, I’m going to be driving to see my family for at least two full days on the road. And when I’m with my family, I don’t think I can count on working like usual, unless they are lazy-butts like they always are and I can get it done in the wee hours of the morning.

I have a huge job that I want to try to get done this week from Company B. It might be $1000. I’m also sitting on about $200 worth of jobs that I’ve already accepted for the next two days from Company A. Oh – and I should get a $200 bonus from Company A. DAMN, girl.

So if I kick butt for the next 4 days, I mean really kick butt, and get the work done that I’m sitting on, I’ll hit my goal basically with the work I’ve already done. Then any work I do in the wee hours of the morning out on the prairie will be a bonus.

Hey! It worked! That was a great boost. Now it’s time to look at the bills. See you later.

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