Welcome to Careful Cents! I’m Carrie Smith Nicholson, the #girlboss behind the Careful Cents brand, a community of solopreneurs and freelancers who are committed to building life-centered businesses.
In 2012 I paid off over $14,000 of consumer debt, then quit my full-time accounting job a year later. Since then I’ve launched the Careful Cents Club and built a community of over 7,000 freelancers and creatives.
I believe freelancers can start and grow a life-centered business based on meaningful relationships and earn a living without selling out.
I believe that you can earn a living doing what you love without selling your soul to make a buck. I have proven you don’t have to stay in debt, be stuck in a job you hate, or struggle to pay the bills.
It wasn’t easy quitting my job and starting an online business — I faced a lot of obstacles. But I have since been able to build a thriving online business that enables other go-getters to do the same. In the first quarter of 2015 I grossed over $17,000 from my blog and freelance business/consulting projects.
I did this without compromising my work ethics, connecting with quality clients who agreed to pay my rates (no discounts allowed) and only working on projects that get me excited. No more job boards. No more begging people to pay your rates. No more confidence issues.
About My Mission and This Blog
My mission is to help freelancers launch and grow successful client-based businesses through meaningful relationships. You CAN build a life that doesn’t revolves around work. I speak from experience as a workaholic myself, and have been able to use my own history to help small biz owners tackle financial mountains.
I’ve been helping small businesses, freelancers, and soloprenerus for the past 10 years. I currently coach some awesome freelancers who continue to inspire me by accomplishing great things.
And now I want to share all my secrets with you through my blog posts, weekly newsletter and the products and services I offer. While you’re checking out the store, you can also sign up to the newsletter and get my free mini-course workshop about Landing Well-Paying Clients Without Using Job Boards (one freelancer called this video “gold”).
When I’m not blogging, or working with awesome freelancers, I can be found painting or sketching in my art studio. To see all my artwork, connect with me on Instagram @carefulcents. You can also connect with me in real time on Twitter, @carefulcents.
Start Your Own Adventure
Creating an exclusive and non-promotional community around my blog has opened up tons of opportunities — in my career, my relationships, and life in general. I’ve been able to travel more and go on new adventures! But this required a lot of time, effort, and mistakes that I hope you don’t have to go through.
Whether it’s quitting your job, finding quality clients, hiring help, outsourcing work, doing taxes, finding the right tools, or getting organized — all while on a small budget — you’ll find the answers here at Careful Cents.
Cheers to making money on your terms!
Meet the Careful Cents Team
Meet the Careful Cents Contributors
We’re all on a journey, and here at Careful Cents that journey usually involves getting out of debt, quitting our full-time jobs, and pursuing our own business ventures.
These writers have been brave enough to share their leap into entrepreneurship, and dare to leave nothing out. You’ll read the good, bad, and the ugly parts of what it takes to be a business owner and stick it to the man.
Read more about them and their individual stories, below.