Welcome to Careful Cents, where I help creative freelancers and solopreneurs make a living from their craft! Whether you’re a writer, designer, painter, photographer, etc. you’re an artist in your own right. So I’ll show you how to tackle your financial mountains so you can afford to create.
My name is Carrie Smith. I’m a solopreneur and money maverick on a mission! In 2012, I aggressively paid down $14,000 of debt so I could have the freedom to work less and travel more. Unfortunately my boss didn’t want me to work less and gave me an ultimatum.
So on May 1, 2013, I quit my full-time small business accounting job and set out to be my own boss. It wasn’t easy and I faced a lot of obstacles, but have since been able to build a thriving online business that helps other go-getters do the same. I love connecting with other freelancers who are ready to change their lives!
This site is all about creating a life that revolves around what’s important to you.
I implement methods and systems to help you run your business better, while allowing you to make a living from your art. We all need help navigating the large amount of financial advice out there, so we can start making money on our terms.
About this blog
I started this blog to become a unique source of creative finance and business tactics for anyone looking to make money from what they truly love. Somewhere along the way, you started spending all your time answering emails, reassuring clients and putting out business fires.
I’ve been there and worked my way through the chaos. At Careful Cents you will find the tools, apps and systems to take back your business and spend your time doing what you do best — running your business and making a profit.
I’m not your normal southern kind of girl — I’m a rocker at heart with a little grammar nazi thrown in! I’ve been helping small businesses, freelancers and soloprenerus for the past 10 years, and currently work with some awesome entrepreneurs.
I’m also a finance and business blogger for The Huffington Post, AllBusiness Experts, Bidsketch, GoGirl Finance and several other startup blogs. To see a full list of where I’ve been published, check out my portfolio page.
When I’m not blogging, or working with awesome go-getters, 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.
Meet the Careful Cents team
Start your own adventure
Organizing my life and my business has opened so many opportunities — in my career, my relationships, and life in general. I’ve been able to travel more and go on new adventures!
I’ve met tons of amazing and inspiring people and I’ve made some life long friends along the way. But I wouldn’t be where I am without this amazing team of freelance contractors, and I detail my entire process in my new ebook, Delegating For Control Freaks and Cheapskates.