screenshot from freelance work I’m tracking with Side Job Track
I spend more time reading about Organizational Software than actually doing anything. I am so efficient at wasting time that it’s not funny. Regardless, it is possible to freelance if I can get my shit together. In Sri Lanka a decent salary is like Rs 20,000 ($200) a month. Unfortunately, there’s also a parallel Colombo 7 economy that matches the West. I get more drunk when I go out, but I still spend the same amount of money. I like dating here cause I can afford to buy dinner, but then the money equals out again. Plus computers and cars and stuff cost more here, so a more reasonable goal is Rs 100,000 ($1,000) a month.
$12,000 a year is well below the poverty line in the US/Canada, but it’s pretty good here. I also pay $0 for rent, food, etc, but I will need to get me out of the house by next year. At the moment I have no idea how much money I make cause I give checks to Amma and just debit that account as needed. I’m actually so fk lazy that I have checks outstanding that I simply haven’t collected. So, the first thing is to do is get some decent accounting.
Deshan calls this Blow Job Track, and I guess Beach Boys could use it. It’s designed to, uh, here
Side Job Track was created for everyone who does freelance work or owns a small business to help track payments, clients, projects, invoices, and more in a simple, straightforward manner.
It’s easy and does everything I want. SJT is also well-designed, fast, and beautiful – the latter being the main factor for me. This is really elegant XHTML/CSS – like doing coke off a Japanese hooker. Basecamp and Backpack are sexy too, but they have nothing to do with money. I want to be organized but I have a short-attention span. Money, however, I am interested in.
The basic structure revolves around a *Project*, the Education Forum site for example. I can add *Materials* (stuff I have to buy), the cost of my *Services* and invoice it all through the *Client* through email. Once the client pays I can mark the invoice paid and it’ll give me reports on how much I’m making. I think it’s pretty cool. I still have no fucking money, but I feel better.
This is not really income, but it can (theoretically) cover costs. I have to rent the space this website occupies, like an apartment. I host indi.ca and kottu.org on one Textdrive Server. That costs $132 a year (11$/month). I recently put Google Adsense ads here. For each click I get $0.01-$0.??, depending. The ads for the ‘Sri Lanka’ keyword are all Tsunami, which is annoying, but it’s kinda fun seeing what ads Google thinks are relevant.
As you can see in the screenshot above, I have a Firefox plugin that gives me the real-time status of my Adsense account. I made $1.45 today, but I think that’s cause Becca was clicking on ads to be nice. The average is about $0.50 a day, or Rs 50. This covers A/C bus fare almost exactly. It works out to about $15 a month, which pays my hosting. The money goes into a Canadian bank account and only pays out once I reach a $100 balance. That is – I still have no fucking money, but I feel better.