How I Built Plum Tree Money: August 2020

how I built plum tree money august 2020

This blog series is all about my experience starting and growing Plum Tree Money.  Follow along as I make mistakes, learn a lot, share what I know, and help self-employed creatives build financial stability and freedom.  

Here are previous posts in this series:  July 2020 | June 2020 | May 2020

Major Life and Business wins for August 2020:

  • Launched Creatives Do Money Podcast and already have 13 five star reviews!
  • Saved a total of $858.16 (21% of my net income)

Goals + Intentions for August 2020 were:

I was very ambitious and had NO IDEA how much work launching a podcast is ? . So my September goals look very similar, with the exception of the podcast launch!
  • The TBD named Plum Tree Podcast is launched
  • 100 people on my email list
  • Regular content going out on Instagram / FB
  • 2 Blog posts up
  • 1 general newsletter sent out
  • 2 summary newsletters out for Plum Tree Community
  • Plum Tree Community has 40 active members
  • Client work complete, clients delighted and surprised

Skills Im working on:

  • Moving past limiting thoughts and beliefs with Thought Work
  • Letting go of perfectionism.
  • Jumping off the deep end with speaking about what I do and know, rather than writing about it.  I’ve started by included weekly Instagram Plan-with-me Live budgeting sessions
  • Learning to be A-OK with just being myself, not trying too hard to polish and change to please others. 
  • Not getting high on approval and positive feedback.  My job is to continue moving forward with creating value for my people: creative solopreneurs who want to learn to master their money and build the financial stability that fuels their creative future.  

What I got done in August 2020:

  • Putting in the WERK for Jaclyn Mellone and Farnoosh Torabi fantastic live course: Pays To Podcast
    • This included: create artwork and social media templates, create show notes templates, learn new editing software, learn how to record (and re-record!) episodes, interview 4 guests, write first solo episode, learn to put an episode together, promote the new podcast, summon courage to tell community and network about new podcast, and more 🙂
  • Launched the Creatives Do Money podcast
  • 1 newsletter sent out
  • 1 blog post up about The Model
  • Coaching page up on this site (it’s basic, but a start)
  • Showed up with energy, focus, and compassion for a bunch of client calls
  • Signed up first full paying client for Money Coaching!

Where I was in the weeds:

  • Getting my home page up on my website. I figured out the concept though, does that count?
  • Maintaining my work focus during a lot of wonderful summer time with family.
  • I have lots to learn to make the most of the Mighty Networks platform (that’s my referral link).
  • Not staying on top of my top level organization.  I use a version of GTD and sometimes slacked on my review and planning part of the process.  I would get an uneasy feeling and need to get back to it.  

Current biggest challenge:

Staying organized with my tasks.  
Getting to the important rather than urgent tasks.

THE NUTS AND BOLTS

Income (dollars in the bank, not invoices sent)

Total: $0

Expenses

Total: $342

COMING NEXT MONTH

On the horizon: September 2020

  • Create a strong system and structure for publishing Creatives Do Money podcast
  • Balancing massage work and PTM work and staying healthy and happy
  • 100 people on my email list
  • Regular content going out on Instagram / FB
  • 2 Blog posts up
  • 1 general newsletter sent out
  • 2 summary newsletters out for Plum Tree Community
  • Plum Tree Community has 40 active members
  • Client work complete, clients delighted and surprised

And that’s a wrap for this month!

Nothing tickles me more than a creative solopreneur reaching their goals!

Tell me in the comments, what’s one major win for you in your business in August 2020?

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