About Carrie and Careful Cents

About Careful Cents and Carrie

Welcome to Careful Cents, where I help creative, and would-be, entrepreneurs 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, and I’m a solopreneur 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 become my own boss. Since then I’ve been able to build a thriving online business that helps other go-getters do the same. I love connecting with other business owners 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.

About me and 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 and several other startup blogs. To see a full list of where I’ve been published, check out my portfolio page.

I am currently in the process of embracing my artistic side (since being a numbers geek my whole life) and have started painting and sketching again. 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

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Melanie, Assistant Editor
Melanie is a freelance writer and editor currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. When she’s not writing about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at DearDebt.com, she’s the Assistant Editor for Careful Cents. Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Connect with her in real time on Twitter @DearDebtBlog.
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Kali, Project Manager
Kali is a freelance writer and content manager who is currently working on building her business and becoming a full-time solopreneur. She’s passionate about personal finance, careers and business, and all things Gen Y – she writes about it all on her blog, Common Sense Millennial. You can connect with her on Twitter @KaliHawlk.
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Cat Alford, Freelance Writer and Contributor
Catherine is a freelance writer who lived in the Caribbean with her husband and spoiled pup, Julep, before moving back the U.S. She recently quit her full-time job to become a freelance business owner, and documented her entire progress here on the blog. She received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She’s currently managing the ups-and-downs of being a mom to twins, and enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog, BudgetBlonde.com. You can connect with her on Twitter @budgetblonde.
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Erin is a freelance blogger who enjoys talking about frugality, student loan debt and saving for the important things in life, on her blog, Journey to Saving. She’s currently sharing her backwards journey to self-employment here on Careful Cents. She’s passionate about helping other millennials get their finances in order. When she’s not blogging, she loves reading, walking and spending time with family. Connect with her on Twitter @journeytosaving.

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.