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    Q1 2019 in Swizec LLC land #open

    It's the end of Q1 – one of the hardworkingest periods of my life ever. Was it worth the sleepless nights and the stress? Time for an #open report

    Swizec LLC, Jan 1st 2019 – Mar 31st 2019

    πŸ€‘$105,160 total inflows

    πŸ’Έ$83,554 total outflows

    ⏳716 hours

    Let's break it down πŸ€”

    Inflows πŸ‘‡

    πŸ‘¨β€βš•οΈ$47,000 consulting

    πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»$21,460 dayjob contracting

    πŸ’°$21,850 pulled from savings

    πŸ‘Ύ$14,556 product sales

    Savings make this inflows instead of revenue. I'll explain

    Outflows πŸ‘‡

    πŸ’°$15,650 SEP IRA contribution

    πŸ’°$1560 savings

    πŸ§›β€β™‚οΈ$20200 taxes

    πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»$5887 freelancers

    πŸ’»$1959 SaaS

    πŸ€“$553 education

    πŸ‘¨β€βš•οΈ$282 insurance

    🏍$1885 motorcycle

    🎟$223 ads

    Again savings make it outflows, not costs

    PS: $12,923 for staying alive&happy

    PPS: $20,670 credit card debt bye bye

    My day job is now a contracting gig. That happened in October. I still love them, they still love me. 4 days/week gives me more time to sidehustle and to everyone's surprise means I do better work at work. Less stress maybe?


    How on earth did I pull off both $47,000 in consulting AND $21,460 in day job contracting in just 3 months?

    $32,000 of that consulting was for work done in 2018 πŸ˜‡

    My year in review post mentions an outsanding invoice. This was that. Phew


    About those savings shenanigans ... pulling $21,850 from savings and putting $15,650 back into different savings ... not exactly a business move is it?

    Except it is. Lemme explain


    Some of it would have to go to taxes eventually. This March.

    Accountant ran the numbers and suggested I move some of that money into a SEP IRA fund instead. Lowers my taxes, but means I can't touch the money for ~30 years.

    So I did that.

    Better 65 year old Swizec have the money than Uncle Sam using it to drop bombs on innocent children, right? He sure ain't using it to solve homelessness or health care ...

    The $5,800 difference between what I pulled and what went back into a SEP ... that covered what I was short for in taxes. Paid taxes on time with no delay for the first time ever πŸ’ͺ

    Perhaps this year I'll even keep up with quarterly payments πŸ˜›

    What was I gonna say next ... oh yeah: Was it worth it?

    ⏳352 hours day job

    ⏰65 hours consulting

    ⏲253 hours product stuff


    Removing work done last year, savings stuff, work that pays next quarter ...

    ... $34/hour πŸ€”

    That's ... not great? I honestly can't tell anymore but I'm sure BigTech pays better than that. πŸ˜…

    But I got 3 months salary buffer so I got that going for me.

    πŸŽ‰ Ok but in terms of what went well Q1 was a great success! πŸŽ‰

    • started+finished a freelance project

    • (finally) launched ReactForDataViz.com

    • ran marathon

    • paid my taxes

    • paid off my credit card

    • 2 workshops at Reactathon

    • 1 new workshop built from scratch

    And that one might present a whole new way forward beyond React + D3. ✌️

    As for what went wrong ... not much.

    @willfanguy left me for a BigCorp job after 3 years of helping on the side. Needed to focus to crush it.

    Dropped a bunch of balls during the ReactForDataViz.com launch. But I can pick those back up in April :)

    Now all I gotta do is figure out what I'm doing with Q2 πŸ€”Was so focused on Q1 I forgot to make any plans for the future lol

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    Published on April 4th, 2019 in Business

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