Thursday, May 29, 2008
Dollars and Cents - I'm Broke
So I decided to get real about my financial situation which, as of this writing, is quite dire.
The Good News: I do have a job
The Better News: I have a couple of job interviews
The Bad News: I'm still going to have to borrow money from my momma to make June rent.
Momma JJ proceeded to give me hell about the whole thing (not like she hasn't borrowed money from me on any number of occassions) and finally agreed to the loan. Nothing like a mother to make you feel worse about a situation than you already do.
So here is the good the bad and the outright ooo-gly about my current financial situation.
June - $316
You read that right. As it stands my entire take for the month of June stands at $316 dollars. And that may have to be downgraded by $10 if I overestimated how much I made on one of my writing gigs.
July - $838 and counting
Right now my take home for July is standing at $838. That's better than June but definitely not a livable wage.
Minimum needed to cover all bills - $1750 (including taxes)
Goal - $3500 before taxes
Current Job - $1800 - $2250 (before taxes)
If I write 30 articles/week I will make between $1800 - $2250 a month before taxes. This alone will allow me to make the bare minimum I need to cover my monthly expenses. And mine you that $1750 for expenses is pretty bare bones.
Deficit between what I can make each month and goal - $1250 - $1700
Ways to make up the difference
- Apply for more writing jobs
- Market my writing website and get more freelance gigs
- Outside employment
- Advertising revenue from blogs/websites
- Blogging donations
The (Daily) Plan
- Gym (can't work when I feel fat)
- Apply for jobs
- Blog (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays)
- Write 5 Articles
- Marketing (websites, blogs, social networks, etc.)
- Take Sundays off
So there you have it. My finances in a nutshell. I have a plan. I'm going to see it through. It will work.