Then just three short weeks later, I took a road trip with my grandma to visit some of her family in Illinois.
It was about a 10.5 hour drive one-way and we stayed for 6 days. I took my computer with me so I could work while she was visiting with her siblings and other family members, but it was difficult to work with the extra distractions and without my second monitor. That thing seriously improves my productivity! If there’s one thing that’s helped me most with my freelance work, I’d have to say it’s either my Macbook Pro or my extra monitor that I use to extend my desktop. #lifechanging
But that is the beauty of being self-employed and location independent. I was the only one who could take my grandma on this trip without having to take time off from work since I took my work with me. I know it meant a lot for her to visit with her family as some of her siblings are not in the greatest health and they had fun reminiscing about “the good old days”.
Even with the craziness of travel, I still had a decent month income-wise. I invoiced for over $10K for the first time in October, but not all of the payments came in before the end of the month. As you know, I account for my income in the month it was received. So the income that came in after November 1st from invoices at the end of October will be counted in next month’s report.
Here’s a closer look at how I earned (and spent) money last month in my business: