3 Reasons Freelancing is More Secure Than a Full-Time Job (#FinCon14 Recap)

Speaking at FinCon14

To most people, becoming a freelancer is something you do when you can't get a "real job". But to anyone who freelances, you know it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep your clients happy, while making sure the bills are paid (and you still have time to sleep each day -- and eat). I started Careful…

25 Best Business and Finance Tips From Three Years of Careful Cents

25 Best Business and Finance Tips From Three Years of Careful Cents

I'm excited to announce that Careful Cents turns three years old this month! And to celebrate, you may have noticed a fresh new website and branding look. It was during this week, three years ago, that I was sitting on my bed with a notebook brainstorming names for my business. I knew I wanted it to reflect my personality, but…

Happy Quitting Day! Celebrating One Year of Self-Employment

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On this day one year ago, I walked out of my full-time accounting job for the last time. It was both a super exciting and super sad day for me. Ever since I graduated from high school, working in the tax and bookkeeping field was all I knew. And now I was leaving all that behind to become a freelance writer and…

Monthly Progress Report: Big News in 2013

December was a big month for me. It not only marked the ending of one of the best years I've ever had career-wise, but it was also life-changing for me personally. I learned so much about myself, my mindset, my relationship with money and so much more. When you hold the reigns of your life, you'll be surprised where you…

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013 (for Solopreneurs and Creatives)

This year has been a big one for the Careful Cents brand and community. I created a brand new private community (which has about 300 members now)! I also beta-launched my first paid product called, Fight For Your Right to Work Less and received some amazing feedback on it. But most of all I'm thankful for all the emails, messages…

Monthly Progress Report: Make More Money By Being Picky

One of the hardest things about being a self-employed freelancer is the fact that you don't have consistent income. This fluctuation of money often brings a sense of fear, since you don't know what to expect, or how to budget. Subsequently we tend to take on gigs and jobs that we aren't excited about, just to pay the bills. Well…

How to Get Real Results and Recognition For Your Business (#FinCon13 Recap)

networking

To round out my crazy traveling schedule this year, I recently got home from the 3rd annual Financial Blogger Conference that was held in St. Louis, MO. No matter what conferences are on my schedule to go to, FinCon is an absolute must! I think Pat Flynn says it best: FinCon is like a family reunion -- one you actually…

Monthly Progress Report: Embrace Your Perspective

In case you haven't noticed, the blog got a makeover! I've been working behind the scenes with Pretty Little Pixels to create a more colorful and inviting design for Careful Cents. And I love it! Of course there will always be things to tweak and update, but it's heading in the right direction. This is the third major makeover the…

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