Budget Update: February 2019
Your girl got her mojo back.
For the last few months, I’ve been in, for lack of a better word, a slump.
You know how like, no matter how perfect the job is, there will always be parts of it that you don’t like to do, but you have to do it anyway because it’s your job?
Easy example – even if you consider professional sleeper/bed tester is the perfect job, you might still complain over the fact that you have to do a report after you wake up.
On my end, I consider blogging slash freelance writer a damn near perfect job. But there are still aspects of the job that absolutely freaks the hell out of me.
One of those parts is… sales. Selling my services. Selling my brand. Selling my book.
When I planned on selling the book, I knew that doing the sales part would uncomfortable for me. But I also knew I had to push beyond it, because I want to grow. I can’t grow if I’m not uncomfortable.
Knowing what’s good for me and actually doing it is two different things. Following through with all the sales plans I have in my head was so, so tough. So freaking tough. I would make plans then ditch them. I would go through mountains of study materials, but never act on them.
Because the fact is… I’m embarrassed to even ask people for their money. I worry that what I offer is not good enough.
Despite that, I still did the best I could.
And – sorry sebak sikit – you guys’ punya support has been overwhelming. I know I said thank you a lot in my FB, Twitter and Instagram, but seriously, thank you.
Yay of the Month:
- Published my book, Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1! It’s now available for pre-order until 8 March only – click this link to see what you’ll get out of it.
- Preorder sales have been much better than expected. As of writing time, I’ve made over RM5k in sales within 3 days! I thought I would be lucky if I could get RM5k in sales during the 10-day preorder period. And some of you even asked when Volume 2 is coming out?? Omg u guys :’)
- Travelled to Luang Prabang, Laos and subsequently wrote a Luang Prabang budget breakdown post.
skipping breakfastintermittent fasting. Partly to save money, partly to try something new, partly to gain a bit of extra time, mostly an attempt to lose weight.
- Attended Wordpress KL’s meetup and learned more about doing my accounting and taxes as a blogger/freelancer.
- Did a video shoot with Finspark‘s help. Ringgit Oh Ringgit Youtube channel is coming soon!
- Finally finally finally listed some stuff I have lying around for sale on Carousell. Been on my to-do list forever kot. It’s been a while since I sold pre-loved stuff, I forgot how annoying it can be to deal with potential buyers. I made RM65 so far though.
- Read three books: Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals by John LeFevre (pretty much confirmed that the people in international finance industry are scum); Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (so… we can expect a large population of useless people in the future because automation will perform the only types of jobs they could do?); and Money Tips: How to Invest Profitably, Save More Money and Retire Early in Malaysia, Even If You’re In Heavy Debt Now by KC Lau (see full commentary in the FB posting below).
Nay of the Month:
- Impulse-bought 3 pairs of shoes in one day. Total damage was about RM200. I’m not proud of this.
- Spent RM187 on solo eating out wtf. Gila la your stress-eating Suraya. That’s much, much higher than my average of RM50~ per month on solo eating out. Those are food I bought just for myself, not counting dates, groceries, travel and social activities.
- Have not paid my zakat yet. Have to get that done in March, or at least before June 2019.
Things to Look Forward to:
- Hustling to sell more copies of Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1. Looking for bulk buyers. Finding places to list the book for sale, whether its at book fairs, ecommerce stores, bookstores and more. Placing ads on social media and testing different combinations/audience.
- Learning more about selling items online. I buy stuff online all the time, but this is the first time that I am the seller (aside from selling preloved stuff), and my goodness there are so many costs of doing business that I didn’t know before?? For example, did you know that Paypal takes RM2.35 out of the RM7.90 you paid for the ebook? RM5.55 sale is still better than RM0, so I’m not angry, but dang Paypal. This will be a post on RoR for sure.
- Taking on a big writing project. I’m excited.
Those of you who do online sales, what tips would you give this first-time online seller? Which platforms would you suggest, and which would you avoid? What are some unexpected costs to look out for? Share your tips (and a link to your online store) in the comments section 🙂