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October inched our net worth forward ever so slightly, but if all goes well, hopefully it also laid the groundwork for a long period of passive income, too.
|Real Estate Operating Account||$1,827.19||$2,544.88||$717.69|
|Real Estate Cash Flow Account||$1,998.35||$2,985.05||$986.70|
|Retirement - HSA||$3,094.85||$3,021.59||-$73.26|
|Retirement - After Tax||$48,293.02||$47,274.08||-$1,018.94|
|Retirement - 401(k)||$108,762.77||$108,481.49||-$281.28|
|Retirement - Roth IRA||$9,140.27||$8,937.83||-$202.44|
|Asset - Home||$500,000.00||$500,000.00||$0.00|
|Asset - Rental 1||$43,843.00||$46,129.00||$2,286.00|
|Asset - Rental 2||$66,240.00||$66,240.00||$0.00|
|Asset - Rental 3||$87,075.00||$82,684.00||-$4,391.00|
|Mortgage - Home||-$380,892.67||-$380,642.23||$250.44|
|Mortgage - Rental 1||-$44,200.38||-$44,139.89||$60.49|
|Mortgage - Rental 2||-$47,849.17||-$47,782.95||$66.22|
|Mortgage - Rental 3||-$57,681.53||-$57,606.53||$75.00|
|Student Loan 1||-$21,685.09||-$21,542.92||$142.17|
|Student Loan 2||-$13,480.03||-$13,391.64||$88.39|
|Student Loan 3||-$4,209.46||-$4,113.21||$96.25|
On our October 2016 financial statement, our net worth increased by a paltry 0.48%.
It’s actually ok– the market was down, and we were really only saved from a reduction in net worth by contributions to my 401(k). I also had some pretty big expenses for The Earth Awaits. Here are some of the sites where it appeared this past month:
- Lonely Planet
- The Next Web
- The Front Page of Reddit
- Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity
- Fast Company
…and a whole bunch more (in eight languages!). Basically, TEA was super-duper successful this month. That doesn’t mean it will continue to be, but there are at least a couple high-profile places I know it’s going to appear this month, fingers crossed (and not mentioning them because until they appear, I am too afraid to say they’re going to happen).
The thing is, dealing with that kind of traffic can get really expensive, and it did. I also didn’t make any serious effort to make money off the site, so there was a lot more going out than coming in. It was a calculated risk– I wanted to present the best possible experience for everyone who tries it in these early days. I have introduced some unobtrusive ads to try to at least allow the site to pay for itself, and started soliciting some sponsorships. I am hoping that as the site’s profile rises, it will be able to pay for itself, and perhaps help with the path to FIRE, too. So, I consider the costs of making the site run well with the large amount of traffic to be just the cost of doing business, and an investment in the future.
The next couple of months will still probably be primary devoted to making The Earth Awaits better with things like user accounts, custom budgets, favorites, and other features. It’s a lot of fun to work on, and seeing the level of enthusiasm for it around the world, it’s easy to find the energy to work on it– not to mention there are countless ways it could still be improved!
As I mentioned in my Integrity Policy, I want to make sure I share any and all professional relationships and compensation I make as a part of this blog.
In October, I earned the following:
- $100 from Personal Finance affiliate payments
- $29.43 in Google Ad revenue
The blog made $129.43 this month, more than paying for itself, which is always awesome. If anyone’s curious, The Earth Awaits made $40.51 this month, and cost me much, much more than that to run.
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Our net worth is up $1,466.23 this month. A modest amount, but modestly in the green is still green! This month includes some larger contributions to my 401(k) and maxing out my HSA for the year, so hopefully next months’ net worth will look a little bit better.
With equity and bond accounts totaling $167,714.99 at the end of October, a 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate would allow us to take out $559.04 per month. Our rental properties, after all expenses, vacancies, and short and long term maintenance are considered, produce $986.00 of safe cash flow every month.
Safe Monthly Income: $1545.04 (-$5.26 to Last Month)
% to Goal: 30.90% (-0.10% to Last Month)
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