December 2012 Earnings

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by joseph sanok

Why I do this

I’ve been doing these income reports for a number of months now. If you are new to the website, I do this for a number of reason:

1. So you know exactly where I make money. That way, you don’t have to wonder if I’m full of crap, if you can trust me, or if you can learn something.

2. So as to inspire you. Just today I was talking with an intern that is working with me. We have had a number of very honest conversations about money, how and where i make it and what the real numbers are. She said, “You just don’t learn this stuff in grad school.” Somehow along the way we began thinking that making money and serving people’s counseling needs were mutually exclusive. I disagree. I think there are smart, ethical, and life-affirming ways that we can make a living, while also looking out for those in our society that are hurting. If we are making a good wage, we are better positioned to help them.

3. To hold myself accountable. I’m not always the best with book-keeping and monitoring where and how I make money. This forces me to keep better track of my goals and outcomes.

Let me thank those of you who have made it possible. Thank you for signing up for hosting through Blue Host, clicking on my occasional Google advertisement, and other affiliate links. Thanks for trusting me with your websites and for growing with me, you are all so awesome!

November and December were different from past months. I had surgery for cancer in early November and was on medical leave for much of the month. Thus, most of my income in November was in “passive” sectors and not through seeing private practice clients. As a result, in December i had some built up demand in my private practice. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Here are links to my past earning reports:

September 2012 Earning Report

October 2012 Earnings Report

November 2012 Earning Report

December Happenings

In December I finished up writing my parenting book Mental Wellness Parenting | A remarkably simple approach to parenting. I outlined that process and some of the lessons learned/ “failures” in that book and my previous book Practice of the Practice in my recent blog post “How to launch an e-book on Amazon.”

Also, I spent a lot of time with my family. My sister came up and so did my brother, they brought their significant others and it was a lot of fun. I took about 10 days off and decompressed. It was great, often my brain doesn’t stop moving and it was a great step back to remember why I work so hard.

December 2012 Earning Report

What I’m going to be reporting and what I’m not going to be reporting

Full-time Job: Since some of you are new and some of you have been around Practice of the Practice for a while, I’m going to give a quick summary of where I make income. My full-time job is at a community college as a counselor. I love the job and it gives me great opportunities. Also, since my wife stays home with our daughter it is an income we can count on, health insurance, a pension, and a really great environment! I’m not going to disclose my full-time wages there, since it is not something that is part of my private practice.

Private Practice: I do 3-8 sessions a week in my private practice. I don’t take insurance, so it is private-pay. As a result, I don’t have many expenses in time or actual money. Included in my private practice money is time I spend doing supervision for LLPCs (Limited Licensed Professional Counselors), a 100 requirement in Michigan.

Passive Income: The term “passive” makes it sound like I don’t have to do work. What I mean is money that I make that is not in direct exchange for my time. I will outline what these are under each item.

How I made money in December 2012

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I really appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me! Also, if you don’t have a good experience with them, I want to know that too.

Private Practice (10 sessions) $1,563.  November was $603. (Difference +$960)

Other counselors, I have a counselor that works for my practice and I get a portion of what is brought in: $0

Building Websites for Counselors: $0

Paperwork Packet: $95

Consulting and LLPC Supervision: $280

E-book: $50

52-week e-newsletter to start a counseling private practice. Most of the kinks have been worked out. I think we are all good now: $28.23

Affiliate Marketing:

BlueHost Referrals $260

Amazon Affiliate Referrals $6.30

NameCheap Referrals: $0

Google Ads $5.44

I really can’t believe that it was another +$2,000 month! It really makes all of the time spent in early 2012 worth it creating content for the website. With that said, my primary income is still through my full time job and doing counseling. My goal for January is to get at least 10 people to sign up for my

52-week Private Practice Creation Newsletter

$15 $10 per month


Those that sign up between January 18, 2013 and February 1, 2013 will get a free copy of my e-book and a 15 minute phone consult to ask me anything!


December 2012 total: $2,287.97

November 2012 total: $1,219.18

October 2012 total: $3,213.87

September 2012 was $1,361.60


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Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC is blown away by all of the people enjoying and growing through his blog, Practice of the Practice. He also does counseling in Traverse City, MI at Mental Wellness Counseling. Also, he is the author of Mental Wellness Parenting | A remarkably simple approach to making parenting easier. To link to Joe’s Google+ follow the link.


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