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12- Month Money Challenge For Freelancers


Have you seen the 52- week money challenge online? If yes, I think you should consider doing it because it's quite an easy way to put some sense into your finances without dealing with accounting jargons-it's a great way to start a good money habit too. I'm doing it myself this year.

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However, I've observed that the 52-week money challenge, despite how great it is, has its own weaknesses too (but what the heck! I'm still doing it):

1. It requires close and careful monitoring, and it is impossible to not miss a week.
2. It will be hard to catch up, financially, if you miss a few weeks.
3. Depending on your chosen amount and when you reach the BER months, this could mean cutting at least a good P10,000 up to P30,000.00 from your salary. What if you only earn P10,000.00 or P15,000.00 a month or what if you have dependents? How can you accomplish this weekly challenge without the struggle?
4. When you reach the BER months, the challenge can cripple your bank account because of how much you need to put into it collectively.

As a Freelancer, I could understand why most people who are like me will find the 52-week money challenge a little hard to do. Because this life can have very lean months, not to mention we don't get the usual benefits like regular employees do such as transportation, food, mobile phone, and Internet allowance and insurance, therefore we have to pull the money needed for these from our very own pockets. We may command a higher rate than employees, but our overhead is bigger than them, not to mention we also have miscellaneous expenses just like everyone else on a weekly basis! More than this weekly challenge, I think these are the main reasons why Freelancers find it so hard to save money in general!

With that, I propose the 12-month Money Challenge for Freelancers, a very easy to follow, more doable money challenge for my fellow freelancers. It doesn't demand too much of your time, brain space, and most especially, money. Click READ MORE!

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I designed this myself to help my fellow Freelancers set up a savings fund despite our erratic income. With this semi- freestyle system, it doesn't matter if you only earn P5,000.00 a month or P500,000 a month-you can still manage to save and still live a good life. I'm all for saving, but I'm also all for living in the now. Come to think of it, if you will die the next day, will all this money matter? You get my point. But you know, let's not go to the death portion! :D

The benefits of the 12-month Money Challenge are:

1. You will only cut from your total earnings at the end of each month. No need to fuss about missing a week or two.
2. It uses a percentage system so you will know right away if you can still cut some more or if you've cut enough from your salary.
3. Every 3 months, there is a Summary table for all your earnings. This will help you assess yourself and the kinds of projects you've been getting. You can easily compare the months to identify which one is the leanest and the most abundant, and how you can improve the former, and it will give you an insight on how good or bad you've been doing in terms of getting projects.
4. In case you didn't get to earn on a certain month (and I hope you will aim to earn each and every single month), simple-just skip it and declare No Transaction. :)
5. Best part is, you don't have to touch your other funds just to persist through the challenge, unlike the 52- week money challenge.

Here's a close- up of the chart:

It starts with a month and under that month has 5 empty slots that you can fill in with every cheque you receive. If you earned more than 5 times in a month, simply insert a new row via Microsoft Excel.

I've put three percentages that you can choose from: 0.05%, 0.10%, and 0.15%. If you're a bread winner, go for 5%. If you're self- supporting, go for 10%. If you still live with your parents and are self- supporting, but can still afford a few luxuries, go for 15%. These are not set in stone, however. Go for the percentage that feels right for you and remember to go all the way, especially if the moment is favorable for you.

In the spirit of the 52-Week Money Challenge, you can slide down or slide up on the percentage table depending on how good or bad your month is. If it's really good, go for 15%. If it's so-so, go for 10%. If it's really bad, go for 5%.

Here's how it works:


Just for the sake of putting a total amount out there, let's say I got three projects that will last for one year, respectively and will earn these amounts on a monthly basis. If I do this challenge consistently for 12 months, I will have the following savings at the end of the year:

P29,100 (at 0.05%)
P58,200 (at 0.10%)
P87,300 (at 0.15%)

What can you afford from the following savings?

P29,100- a new smartphone; a new tablet; a pretty extravagant trip to Boracay, Cebu, Bohol; a trip to Palawan

P58,200- an Asian vacation; an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (or iPhone 7 if they're going to release one this year); A Louis Vuitton Neverfull; Goyard St. Louis; brand new Prada Tessuto Gaufre' bags; Hermes Clic-Clac; Valentino Rockstud Shoes; YSL Tribute; jewelry; a trip to El Nido; a budget trip to Maldives

P87,300- bags and leather goods from brands such as YSL and Givenchy (provided that you get from a cheaper source. There are a lot online, but make sure they're legit!); A semi-budget trip to Maldives; a shopping vacation in Hong Kong; a new watch; a smartphone; jewelry

Or you can just set aside your savings for grander items like a car, property, or insurance, although I would suggest that eventually, you have to invest your money in Stocks, Mutual Fund, or Forex to get the following items faster-make your money work for you.

I believe this system will work for employees too. So go ahead, just download the chart, print it, and start saving up for your dream item, vacation, or investment! If you decide to do this challenge, I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me how it has helped you! :)

Any thoughts on the challenge and the system? I'd love to know how we can improve it or how you will choose to do it. :)

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10 Lovely Thoughts

  1. Great idea! It helps us keep track of our savings. But we must make sure we're never tempted to touch the money we put aside unless necessary!

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  2. Let me try this one. I am currently employed and I also earn aside from my office work. :D

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  3. Super loving this one.. so realistic ang achievable unlike the 52weeks challenge reported in the news at the start of year 2014. I'm already doing this (minus the excel sheet) and I have to say this method really works. ^_^

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  4. Super loving this one.. so realistic ang achievable unlike the 52weeks challenge reported in the news at the start of year 2014. I'm already doing this (minus the excel sheet) and I have to say this method really works. ^_^

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  5. This is a really great idea!
    I'm doing the 52-weeks challenge as well, and so far I haven't missed any weeks yet (i'm on my 3rd week pa lang naman). But I admit I'm quite nervous on the -ber months since it's around 10K na, especially December.

    So I might give this one a try, our 15th and 30th salary is the same every month so I can basically forecast how much I'll save.

    BTW, in the example above, you can just put 5%/10%/15%. The 0.05 is if you convert it to decimal. To avoid confusion lang to readers.. :)

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  6. This is an easier version of the 52-week challenge. :) I would definitely use this one and hope to save more this year! :D

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  7. Anne: Hi there! Let me know how this works for you. :)

    Oh, thanks for that pointing that out. Yes, it's really 5%, 10% and 15%. I typed in the figures in the excel sheet the same way I'd type them in the calculator. :)

    Abegaill, Glenda, and bea: Awesome. :) Good luck!

    Aviva: I forgot to mention, it's best to open up a bank account for this challenge so you won't be tempted to touch the money. :)

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  8. Sige, try ko to. I could always use tips on how to save more...

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  9. I'm doing the original version because I've started that already and I'm an employee. Good luck to us!

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  10. i dunno if i can do this ms m.. i only earn less than 10k a month (with all the usual deductions -- government: sss, pagibig, tax then other deductions such as loans and/or added beneficiary for health insurance = it depends upon employer)

    so i just keep 500php every payroll, (1k a month so by the end of the year i have clean 12k)

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