I knew it would happen sooner or later but I really hoped it wouldn’t be this month. January sucked. It is really hard to be sharing this with the world at large. I am feeling a bit embarrassed, a bit of a failure. But I figure there are other people out there who struggle too and might want to know they are not alone.
So I am just going to admit this….
I didn’t sell Mompreneur in the Making to a single person.
Just writing that is hard. I promoted, boosted Facebook posts, did a webinar, wrote a guest post (with a coupon code!) and everything else I could think of to get the word out. Not one person bought.
It has been really hard to not feel completely discouraged and disappointed. I have been taking a step back the last two weeks, giving myself a break from working so hard. I have tried to spend more time with my kids, read two novels, and picked up some new VA clients. Basically, tried to distract myself from my disappointment.
It is such a struggle to feel like enough when you see so many people who started blogs around the same time already making $1000 a month. How are they doing so much better than I am? What am I missing? What am I doing wrong?
This is me being totally honest. I thought about quitting. About giving this up completely and just focusing on VA work and staying behind the scenes. But you want to know a secret, I love blogging. I really do. I love spending time writing about building a business. I love getting an email or comment from someone who found value in what I wrote. I love the blogging friends I have made.
So I need to figure out what needs to change. I have some ideas of things I can do better. I have some classes that I can go through to improve different skills. I am going to survey my email list to see what they really want to read about.
I still believe that Mompreneur in the Making is a great class. I am not scraping it but I won’t be actively promoting it for a few months. Then I plan on going back in and seeing what I can improve and then launching again.
So, as disappointing as this month was, I am hopeful that I will be able to bounce back and get on track for the rest of the year.
Why share my income?
I started this series with sharing my expenses in getting my blog set up. It was important to me to share how much it cost to get my business of the ground. Now, I continue to share the goals I set for myself each month and (the little bit of) income I am making.
My traffic went down after the first of the year, but I pretty much expected that since most of my traffic was coming from a Goal Setting post. I am pretty much where I was before that post did so well.
- Launch Mompreneur in the Making! – Well, I did launch it…
- Do my first webinar – Done! And I actually enjoyed it. I am going to try to do another one this month.
- Complete one e-course and one ebook – Nope.
- Create two freebies for my readers – Done! Check out the One Page Business Plan and the Pricing Worksheet.
- Spend some time with my husband – We didn’t get out for a date, but we did try to have some time together in the evenings after the kids went to bed. I am bad about getting off the computer and focusing on him so it was good to have this be one of my goals for the month.
- Put together a second webinar – I am looking forward to doing another webinar this month.
- Submit four guest posts – One of the things I have decided I need to work on is doing guest posts. I submitted one last week and want to write three more before the end of the month.
- Create a free email challenge – Still trying to come up with a good idea but thinking this might be a good way to connect with my subscribers more.
- Join more Pinterest Group Boards – I have a list of group boards that I want to ask to join. I plan on emailing a few everyday to increase my Pinterest reach.
- Stay positive! – This one is going to be the most important of the month. I need to remember to not let a setback get me down. Trying to stay grateful for everything and remember that I can learn as much from failure as from success.
ConvertKit – $29.00 – I love ConvertKit! It makes content upgrades and freebies so easy to distribute!
BoardBooster – $30.00
Canva – $12.95
Teachable – $39.00
Total – $110.95
A big fat zero. Wait, did that sound bitter?
So that’s it. I told the whole truth. Hopefully next month’s report will be more upbeat.
Have you had a bad month in your business? How do you bounce back?
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