For any new readers, I (mostly) post my numbers every month. I try to keep myself grounded. If you’re interested in my older monthly update posts, check them out here.
September took a bit of a dip but that’s expected. As I announced, I took a Baby Break when my wife was in labor! This entailed a break on the blog, a break in listing, a missed Dragon Ball Z mug deal, and an extension of my handling time to 5 days.
Seriously though, babies do take up a lot of time. They’re total moochers.
Baby Break Dip
|Cost of Goods Sold||185.00||370.35**||1,320.07|
|Profit / Loss||1,157.98||362.18||4,280.87|
* I have a draft post in the works about referral income from the blog, but as reader AC noted, I’m not rolling in the dough with the ads I’ve put on here. I think the reasons are twofold.
First, I still don’t get a ton of traffic and second, I don’t do all of the techniques that I can to increase conversion rate. That would mean writing an e-book, having those annoying popups, and e-mailing my list of subscribers with all of those little affiliate links.
Instead, I just have a few affiliate links in posts and on my Tools of the Trade page. I’m OK with this. Slow growth fits my lifestyle!
** How in the hell did I buy this much if we had a baby???
Two reasons. First, there were some awesome community garage sales, and second, I went to Goodwill on Labor Day (no, not my wife’s labor day) for their 50% off sale. The line was ridiculous, but I took my time through the store and ended up spending over $100. This will (roughly) be over $1,000 in sales though, so it was totally worth the couple of hours spent there!
*** Another future post alert! My wife rocked and saved us a bit of dough on our cable internet. 🙂
This isn’t my highest month but making $350+ in profits when you’ve made a change that will slow your sales just blows my mind. When my wife started experiencing contractions, I (VERY QUICKLY) updated all of my items from a 1 day handling time to a 5 day handling time. Once the hospital trip was over, I went right back to my normal 1 day.
I still made decent profits for the month of September. Actually, it’s just $100 under my average for the year, and had I not gone out and bought a bunch of stuff, it would have been a lot higher.
I had no returns, I listed 12 items on eBay and 10 on Amazon (all low dollar used NES games).
So, even though September wasn’t as good as August, I’m pretty sure I know what
went wrong I can do to keep the sales moving. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have been able to handle more than the 5 sales I had while we were in the hospital! I had a lot on my mind.
How was your September?
Oh, and here’s how I’ve done every month so far!
Image Credit: Pinterest (I couldn’t find any more official version of this)