Wow! It’s is hard to believe that we are nearly at the half-way point for 2015!
This year must be running on rocket fuel. It is absolutely flying by.
As I mentioned last month, we moved down to Florida. I’m sitting right on the intercoastal waterway watching sailboats go by as I type. I’m convinced it doesn’t get better than this.
The move ate up a good portion of April. We sold our house on the 13th, and then ran up to Illinois to see Grandma. It was a great trip and I used it as an opportunity to catch up with Gene Milman and his business partner, Michal, of Fast Lane Web Services
We’ve done some skype calls over the past year, but it was incredible to meet these guys in person. They are working their butts off (Gene had been up for 24 hours when we met) to grow their local SEO business. In addition to the web services company, Gene has always had a special interest in physical products and is working to launch a couple of side-startups that focus more on “real” products.
I found their ability to partner with others and outsource everything to be really inspiring. My major take-away was that I need to outsource more. It’s something I keep saying, but I struggle with spending the money on labor when I can do the task myself. (I know, I know, it’s the opposite mindset from what I should have).
Arriving in Florida on the 20th, we fought through an extremely frustrating week of mishaps.
For starters, the condo wasn’t ready when we arrived. Our landlord was nice enough to put us up in the 12th floor Penthouse, but, with no internet access up there, it was nothing short of frustrating. They finally got us into the place on Tuesday night.
And Wednesday was fairly un-eventful as we unpacked and organized the house, but then on Thursday we locked the keys into the car, creating a little bit of drama as we figured out how to keep the kids cool and happy while we waited for the locksmith.
Friday, the wife was coming home from the car wash, and a Jeep pulled out in front of her. It chewed up the front-end of our car pretty badly, and I got to spend the most of the next 4 days using taxis to get around, renting a replacement car on my own dime and fighting with insurance companies. (Thankfully she was not injured and there were no kids in the car with her)
Supposedly, they will have our vehicle repaired and back to us on the 15th, but I don’t think they are going to appreciate the diminished value claim discussion we will be having afterwards. (Something almost no one claims following an accident!) In the meantime, they finally got us an SUV for getting around town. It’s a little smaller than our old one, but we are making do!
It’s been a rough go this month, and while I’m thrilled to be down here on the beach, I’m going to be even more excited to re-establish a little bit of routine.
Weirdly enough, this one had me a little concerned. I had received some warnings in Google Webmaster Tools, and with the move, I had not found the time to correct the errors.
Since the penthouse didn’t have internet, I left the wife with the crying kids and spent most of the evening huddled in coffee shops trying to get everything “mobile ready”.
It turns out, that there wasn’t an actual “update”. I do expect mobile-friendliness to weight more heavily in the search algorithms, but, at the end of the day, it wasn’t the big game-changer that the Wall Street Journal was hyping it up to be.
Launching “Houdini Act One”
I finally opened the program for new members. It’s been exciting seeing these folks dive in and even more exciting to get their feedback and questions.
Going forward, the goal is to hold a “mastermind” call each month where we can ask questions and discuss current changes in the internet marketing world.
In addition, I’ll do a more in-depth training session on advanced internet marketing techniques.
Overall, I’m very pleased with what the program is. I think it’s one of the most solid systems I’ve seen since I’ve been in the industry.
Why is it called “Houdini Act One”? There is more than one way to break free of the 9-5. It is my hope to partner with other successful entrepreneurs and release other Houdini Acts — step-by-step business plans — that readers can use to escape their current monetary situation. So for “Houdini Act Two“, we might do one on window washing, or appliance repair, or lawn mowing…
We’ll see where it goes.
But, for now, Houdini Act One is my step-by-step plan for launching a business like mine in 60 days.
As my CPA worded it “looks like a steady, consistent month”.
And he sums up April very well. We have 3 major niche site projects in the work, but it will be 6 months before they pay out.
In some ways I find that very frustrating because I’d much rather have an “exciting month with good growth.”
In summary, I am thankful for a steady month and very motivated to keep growing.
Costs were a lot higher this month. For example, I double-paid health insurance and some of the travel this month was for business.
It is one of my main goals right now to laser focus expenses so that every penny is being used to grow the site.
Amazon Associates (February Earnings): $10,254.17
Other Affiliate Income: $1,038.83
Houdini Act One Income: $341.00
Total Earnings: $11,634.00 (-$2,531 Previous month)
Business Expenses: $4,540.00
Net Profit: $6,346.00
Goals For May
For May, I am hoping to really focus on getting content up here on Cubicle Houdini. I know that was my goal in April, but with all the craziness, I just did not get that done.
How was your April? What would you change about my April (if you could). Hop into the comments and let’s talk about it!