Well hello there o’ legendary email subscriber. This is my July finance report, prepared and delivered to you from the fine city of Amsterdam.
As usual, I’ll share with you all the details of my finances below, along with a few notes that I think you’ll find interesting.
Food & Drink
|Eating out||€ 184||$ 202|
|Groceries||€ 219||$ 240|
Down from €476/$528 the the previous month. My goal for the month was to keep food and drink expenses under $500, so pretty happy with that. I’d like to keep it around the €400 mark consistently.
Housing & Utilities
|2 month’s rent, Amsterdam apartment||€ 2,300||$ 2,526|
Not too far off last month’s total of €2,410/$2,682. I decided to go ahead and pay two month’s rent in advance so I wouldn’t have to worry about it in August.
Travel & Transport
|Bicycle||€ 160||$ 175|
|Flights: Amsterdam to Cork (return)||€ 134||$ 147|
|Total|| € 294
|| $ 322
Up from €116/$128 spent on travel and transport in June. I had to buy a new bicycle to replace my first one here which was stolen. I didn’t stray too far from Amsterdam in July, but booked those flights for a trip home to Ireland in August.
|Gumroad fees||€ 353||$ 388|
|Virtual assistant (for help with webinar)||€ 104||$ 115|
|Affiliate commissions for Travel The World + Work Online||€ 92||$ 101|
|Facebook ads||€ 36||$ 40|
|Web design outsourcing||€ 32||$ 35|
|Zapier basic plan||€ 18||$ 20|
|SumoMe Scroll Box Pro||€ 18||$ 20|
|PayPal fees||€ 12||$ 13|
|Domains (registered with Dreamhost)||€ 10||$ 11|
|AWeber email marketing||€ 9||$ 10|
|Printing||€ 2||$ 2|
|Google Drive storage (100GB)||€ 2||$ 2|
|Stationary||€ 1||$ 1|
About the same as the €654/$725 I spent on business in June. Some notes on the above:
- Gumroad is the payment processor I used to sell Travel The World + Work Online. It may seem like a lot to pay them but given the revenue figures (see later in this report) I’m quite happy to do it.
- I needed a paid Zapier plan to get people who registered for my webinar last month on to an Aweber mailing list with minimal hassle.
Gifts & Donations
|Jackie’s Healing Nepal fund||€ 14||$ 16|
|Olives for hotel reception||€ 5||$ 5|
Up from €3/$3 last month. I no longer have a specific goal for donations (I used to try give away 15% of my income), having decided to focus on building up a decent savings cushion before trying to save the world.
|Launch||€ 7||$ 8|
|Ask||€ 6||$ 6|
About the same spent on books as last month. I haven’t read Launch yet but skimmed through Ask this week and like the ideas in there a lot. You can see all my book recommendations over on Goodreads.
|Long-sleeve thermal shirt||€ 50||$ 55|
|White dress shirt||€ 40||$ 44|
|Brown casual shoes||€ 20||$ 22|
|2 white undershirts||€ 16||$ 18|
Down from €148/$165 last month. This is actually the first time I have clothing as its own separate category in my finance report. I’ve given myself a clothing budget of €150/month here in Amsterdam, as I try to build up a nice little wardrobe after five years of living out of a backpack. I get to roll over anything unspent to the next month, so for August I have €176 to play with.
|House plants||€ 43||$ 47|
|Canal boat rental||€ 31||$ 34|
|Amsterdam Arena tour||€ 16||$ 18|
|Rory’s Amsterdam walking tour||€ 10||$ 11|
|Padlock||€ 10||$ 11|
|Netflix subscription||€ 8||$ 9|
|Toiletries||€ 7||$ 8|
|Shower facilities at the beach||€ 6||$ 6|
|Sleep Yogi guided meditation||€ 4||$ 5|
|Postcard and stamp||€ 2||$ 2|
|Lightbulb||€ 2||$ 2|
Down from €290/$320 last month.
|Housing & Utilities||€ 2,300||$ 2,526|
|Business Expenses||€ 690||$ 758|
|Food & Drink||€ 403||$ 442|
|Travel & Transport||€ 294||$ 322|
|Miscellaneous expenses||€ 141||$ 154|
|Clothing||€ 126||$ 139|
|Gifts & Donations||€ 19||$ 21|
|Books||€ 13||$ 14|
|Total Expenses||€ 3,986
Not too far off last month’s expense total of €4,124/$4,571. I was aiming to keep expenses under the $4k mark but didn’t quite make it.
Away from the minuses and on to the pluses…
|Sales of Travel The World + Work Online||€ 6,595||$ 7,243|
|Freelance web design||€ 273||$ 300|
|Book sales (via Amazon)||€ 23||$ 25|
|Amazon affiliate income||€ 19||$ 21|
|Book sales (via ebizfacts.com/books)||€ 11||$ 12|
|Amazon Ach/Cred||€ 10||$ 11|
|Total Income||€ 6,931
Way way up from €2,702/$2,995 in June, and also far beyond the $5k minimum I was aiming for. After almost five years of self-employment, this past month proved to be my highest earning and most profitable yet 🙂
Really the only thing I wasn’t happy with in July was spending $40 on Facebook ads. I didn’t do a great job of tracking the conversion on those ads so I don’t know if the investment gave me any kind of return.
Where that leaves me
I had €7,459/$8,268 to my name at the end of June. After applying the most recent exchange rates (I have accounts in EUR, HKD and USD), those totals shifted a little to €7,482/$8,218. Taking into account all my July income and expenditure, my total bank and cash balances now work out to €10,385/$11,406.
Here’s how I’m doing so far this year:
- €174/$196 in January
- €2,170/$2,355 in February
- €608/$655 in March
- €1,366/$1,526 in April
- €389/$425 in May
- €1,422/$1,576 in June
- €2,945/$3,236 in July
- €6,230/$6,817 overall
Outlook for August
My expense goal this month is to keep everything under $1,500, which should be doable since I don’t have any rent payment due nor other big expenses looming.
I expect my income will take a big dip from July. I don’t have the guide for sale anymore so I’m back to relying on freelance web design for the bulk of my earnings, but I’ll be missing two solid work weeks thanks to my trip back to Ireland. That said, I do have some client payments due from last month though so hitting the $2k mark isn’t unreasonable and should keep me on a green streak.
Thoughts? Questions? Speak up in the comments below.
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