Was chatting with a friend last week and he mentioned how he thought he’d be making much more money by this age (my age – 30-ish), and how he worries that other people are making much more than him.
I told him it’s not something I’m worried about – I know I earn less than most other people my age. There’s something liberating about accepting that you don’t have much money and just dealing with it.
He asked me quite frankly how I live on such a little amount, but to be honest I barely even notice. I took a $25K paycut to run this festival (kinda – my income isn’t that much lower than my previous job but because I run the festival part time it’s pro rata) and I just don’t need a lot of money to live – I rent in a sharehouse in Coburg, I don’t buy $200 t-shirts, I don’t own a car or take PT, I don’t have expensive electronics, computers or gadgets, my furniture is mostly second-hand, I don’t care about status symbols or the ‘latest things’* and I don’t have an extravagent lifestyle.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a good life – I eat out, I travel, I do stuff, I drink, I buy books, I have a nice bike. What more do you want? More of all those things? Yeah, that would be nice I guess… but I don’t want more of those things at the expense of giving up this job or having to work in a corporate environment.
So because I’m not shy about telling it how it is, and because I would LOVE to hear how much you earn (nosy)…
$3865 is how much I made for writing in 2009, including:
- Neon Pilgrim
- journalism/essay writing
- freelance copywriting
$2000 is how much I made for editing work in 2009, including:
- The Words We Found
$1640 is how much I made doing ‘miscellaneous‘ in 2009, including:
- festival panels
Yep, $7500 from freelancing, which I did on top of full time work. Plus about $6000 from Vignette Press, though obviously that is offset by outgoings (I broke about even). This will appear insanely low for some people and quite admirable freelance-wise for others. What do you think?
How much am I earning now? My income at the festival is $50K pro rata and I work 3.5 days – you do the math – plus I’m still freelancing.
Are you brave enough to talk about what you earn?
Money, it’s a gas!
*Am desperate for an iphone though.
Edit: see the follow-up post to this, Mo’ money, mo’ money