Hi Im Carrie!

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

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My Blog to Biz Plan: Making Money with Blogging

During the beginning stages of my blog, it was just something I used to build my freelance writing portfolio. Then in the past several years, I've leveraged it into an awesome community of solopreneurs. One thing that I always struggled with though, was that my blog and business were a bit disconnected. The blog was a fun side project I…

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Miss a Client Deadline? 5 Steps to Take When You Mess Up

When I first started working for myself full-time in July, I knew it was going to be a lot to manage. As a solopreneur, you wear many hats and are juggling many different aspects of work. In addition to your main product or service, you also have to be the admin department, marketing department, and human resources. Managing all of…

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Business on a Budget: My $76 Home Office Makeover

This post is part of the TaxACT How I Save blog tour which teaches you ways to keep more money in your pocket. Last year, TaxACT saved America over $240 million on tax preparation. How much can you save? To learn more about tips and strategies on saving, click here. Last year was the first full year of self-employment for me and my online business. During this time I made…

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FreshBooks Review: Simple Bookkeeping for Small Business Owners

No matter what type of business you’ve built it’s vital you find an accounting system or software that keeps tracks of your business income and expenses. When I quit my full-time accounting job in 2013 and started my online business, I already knew the importance of establishing an accounting system. But I had no clue what kind of bookkeeping software to use…

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5 Ways for Solopreneurs to Make Themselves a Priority in 2015

This post is from Careful Cents contributor Erin, who owns the blog Journey to Saving. Over the next six months she’s documenting her backwards journey to self-employment. You can read her next steps here. With a new year closing in, you've likely been doing some reflecting on how 2014 went for you. I know I have! Especially since it's been about six months…

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10 Must-Read Blog Posts (from 2014) for Solopreneurs and Freelancers

This year has been a ridiculously awesome and crazy year for the Careful Cents brand and community. With your amazing support the Careful Cents Club passed 400 members. We followed Kali's inspiring journey to quitting her job and launching her own business within 6 months, and we celebrated with Melanie as she became an accidental entrepreneur and quit her non-profit…