My Road to $10,000 A Month (Week 2)
MAY 2020, WEEK 2 (9 May to 15 May)
My earnings dropped slightly this week, but I have picked up some new projects, with payouts expected over the next couple of weeks. In fact, I would say I was busier these past 7 days compared to last week. Here’s the breakdown of this week’s earnings:
|Source of Income||Amount Earned ($)|
|39 (in ETH)|
Most of the projects I have taken on this week came from past clients. In particular, a couple of Twitch streamers reached out to me again after seeing my Twitter posts (more on that later) to create graphics for their channels.
Another is a referral from one of my past clients. So far I have collected a 20% deposit (of $200) and the project is progressing well. Again, it made me realize the important of building long-lasting relationships of your clients.
I also just finalized a project with an author, who commissioned me to design a book cover for his science-fiction novel. The process was really enjoyable for me, and both of us were pleased with how the cover turned out.
My years as a freelance graphic designer has taught me the importance of diversification — and that has extended to the types of currency I charge. I started accepting cryptocurrency (or crypto) a couple of years ago and have worked on a few projects that paid in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). This week, I was paid 30 ETH to design a cover for a Facebook Group that buys and resells MacBooks. Given the volatility of crypto it might not be appealing to everyone, but I believe that crypto will continue to rise in value over time.
A couple of months ago, I created my first Etsy listing for logo design services. Last month I paid and enrolled in Etsy Ad in hopes of reaching more shoppers there. Unfortunately, while there was some interest, no sales came out of them, which made me decide to stop their paid advertising. I’m exploring new ways to make my listing more attractive to shoppers; since I had a couple of sales before, my first step was to upload images that combine client review with the approved final design, like so:
In order to reach more prospects, I’m starting to list my services on service marketplaces. One of them is a local community marketplace that supports home-based businesses (HBBs) and self-employed individuals. Nothing so far, but we will see what happens since the website was created only recently.
Since a lot of my clients are streamers who are active on Twitter, it made sense for me to focus my attention there. At the moment, I have close to 400 followers. As mentioned earlier, two streamers whom I have worked with saw my tweets on their feed and commissioned me for more work. One thing I do when I tweet is to add a couple of hashtags for more exposure; Twitter recommends no more than two hashtags per tweet.
I have been monetizing this website through Google AdSense, earning me a meager amount (a few cents to a couple of dollars) a month. In order to earn more, my website will need to rank better on Google to get more views. As such, I have started exploring search engine optimization (or SEO in short) and installed the Yoast SEO plugin, following this guide by WPBeginner.
That concludes the second week of my road to $10,000 a month as a freelance graphic designer (and now amateur illustrator). While there is still a lot of work to be done, my social media efforts have resulted in a few new projects for me. How did you fare this week? Comment below!