Monthly Progress Report: Big News in 2013

new year big news

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 go (and where you end … [Read more...]

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

top 10 posts 2013

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 and support … [Read more...]

Monthly Progress Report: Make More Money By Being Picky

be 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 not … [Read more...]

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

make your own waves

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 want to go to. … [Read more...]

Monthly Progress Report: Embrace Your Perspective

time for change

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 site has gone … [Read more...]

Monthly Progress Report: Running a Business From Anywhere

from anywhere

I never wanted to live anywhere else besides Texas. I enjoy traveling, but more than that I enjoy coming home and having my place of comfort and routine. If you would have told me a year ago that in 2013 I'd quit my job and move to Denver for the summer, I would have thought you were crazy. And yet here I am -- fully embracing change. Who would … [Read more...]

Monthly Progress Report: What Self-Employment is Really Like


If it seems like forever since you've gotten an update from me, well, it kinda has. Last month I wasn't able to do my regular monthly update because my website's server was being attacked, and my site was down for 5 days. Thankfully, that's been dealt with and everything is running smoothly. But instead of doing the regular report, this month I … [Read more...]

Monthly Progress Report: Changing Direction With a Fresh Start

change direction

Wow, this year is almost half-way over! How are you doing with your goals for this year? This month was crazy and chock full of changes for me. For one, I officially quit my full-time job and jumped straight into being my own boss. Next, I moved to Denver for the summer to help some family members going through some medical stuff. I also opened … [Read more...]