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I expertly mix art and making a living so that creative entrepreneurs can afford to create without limitations.

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How to Battle Overwhelm and Be Productive During Busy Summer Months

Summertime can be stressful on any freelance business, so today I’m sharing my best productivity tips for busy months, inspired by the Office Depot Business Solutions Center. This is part of a sponsored series I’m doing with Office Depot via Socialstars. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #GearLove. The summer months are one of the most overwhelming and crazy times…

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7 Things to Do Before Working With International Clients

This post is from Careful Cents contributor Kayla, who owns the blog Shoeaholic NoMore. Over the next six months she’s documenting her journey to quitting her job and taking the leap into self-employment. One of the greatest things I’ve discovered about my freelance business is that I can work anytime and anywhere -- as long as I have an internet connection, which is…

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What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Freelance Business

Last month I celebrated my blog's 4th birthday of being in business. So today I’m sharing five things I wish I knew in the beginning, inspired by the Office Depot Business Solutions Center. This is part of a sponsored series I’m doing with Office Depot via Socialstars. Join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #GearLove. There are lots of things I…

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5 Steps to Blogging Success: How to Start Blogging as a Beginner

It's been well over a year since I announced here on Careful Cents that I was finally self-employed. After six months of planning to take the leap, and sharing my journey every step of the way with the Careful Cents community, I was finally able to break out on my own as a full-time blogger. Along the way, I've received…

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Quarterly Income Report: How I Made $16,555 From Blogging (Q2)

At the beginning of 2015 I made a decision to turn my freelance blogging business into a viable business model and not just focus on client work. This came on the heels of last year's bout with business depression, inconsistent income, and even some business debt. I knew I needed to take back control of my income by turning this blog/online portfolio into…

freelance emergency

How to Deal With a Freelance Business Emergency That’s Personal

Today is the 4th birthday of Careful Cents! Woohoo! On this exact day four years ago, I was sitting in my bedroom brainstorming names and trying to come up with something that encompassed my personality as well as my message. After lots of coffee, and crumpled up pieces of paper, I registered the carefulcents.com domain name. For the entire month…