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Freelance income variation in 2012

21 July 2012 by Jim

Today I want to have a look at income. Since I work as a freelancer, income is A) not regular and B) completely dependent on how much I work, so there can be huge disparities between the total income levels of different months. Just to give a rough idea of how big these disparities can be, here’s a quick look at the income in 2012, using January as baseline. I added a graphical representation using straight lines. What is that symbol called, btw? Looking it up on Wikipedia. A little education. Here goes:

The vertical bar (|) is a character with various uses in mathematics, where it can be used to represent absolute value, among others; in computing and programming and in general typography, as a divider not unlike the interpunct. It may be called by various other names including the polon,pipe (by the Unix community, referring to the I/O pipeline construct), Sheffer stroke (by computer or mathematical logicians), verti-barvbar,stickvertical linevertical slashor barthink colonpoley, or divider line.[citation needed]

  • |||||January: 100 (baseline)
  • |||||February: 107
  • ||||||March: 119
  • ||||April: 77
  • |||||||||May: 167
  • ||||||June: 128
  • ||||||||||||July: 249
  • ||||||||||||August: 249
You see that there’s as much as 90% 320% variation between the worst (April) and best month (July and August), which is quite a lot. Overall, I have earned around 7910 cups of coffee (at a café, homemade ones are cheaper!) this year, which is rather good should I ever want to drown myself in coffee, and completely pointless as comparison. But what’s life without whimsy, as Sheldon would say. It will be difficult to match the current values in the coming months, but we’ll see how it all pans out. #UPDATE: Nope, it won’t. I wrote that in July, and I made just as much in August. However, from now on it’ll be a bit downhill. But we’ll see. I’m planing on taking a short vacation next week, so I’ll have some more expenses, but it’ll be fine overall. Since I have to work this weekend (again, as always) I think I deserve that without too much guilt. If I can bring myself to do it each week, then I’ll post a weekly update on progress. That seems important in order to stay on track, and stay on track I will. #UPDATE: Nope, I won’t do it every week. Too irregular and pointless.

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