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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 Be More Productive: The Best Tools for Creative Freelancers

After spending several years as a self-employed solopreneur myself, and working with a team of 3-4 people, we've tested out lots of different tools and apps to help streamline our business process. This has helped us learn how to be more productive as well as earn more money in less time. From managing our financial goals, to working with clients…

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How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days or Less (and Make $4,000 a Month)

I don’t often focus on the fact that I’m a freelance business writer, but that’s how I started my entrepreneurial career. I've since leveraged that into a business that brings in more money than my accounting day job used to. If you’re thinking of diving into the freelance writing space, or have recently started down that path, this is without…

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A Guaranteed Plan of Action for Achieving Your Financial Goals

Contrary to the name of this article, I actually hate the word “goals”. But it’s the best way I can describe anything I’m working towards, so until there’s a better word I’m just going with it. My speciality is talking about financial goals in particular (that’s why the blog is called Careful Cents!), but these tips will also apply to…

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What I Learned in My First 6 Months of Being Self-Employed

This post is from Careful Cents contributor Erin, who owns the blog Journey to Saving. Over the past six months she’s documented her backwards journey to self-employment. You can read what she's learned here. Over the past six months, I've had the privilege of being able to share my journey of my backwards approach to becoming a solopreneur with all…

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Prepare Your Taxes Using This Detailed Guide for Getting Organized

Income taxes. Not the most fun topic but it's something we all have to do whether we like it or not. (Well, I guess you could not file but then you wouldn't be in business very long.) As someone who prepped and filed taxes for small business owners for over a decade, I've worked out a simple process for tax season…

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Reclaim Your Time: 6 Online Tools to Stop Distractions

When I first quit my job to be my own boss, I was so excited to take back the one thing that I felt was stolen from me: my time. After all, one of the biggest perks of being a solopreneur is that you set your own schedule and work when you want. I was so excited and thrilled with…