Monthly Progress Report: Time to Make a Change

I hope your year started off with a bang! My first month of 2013 was both awesome and inspiring — it was even more awesome because January is my birthday month!

As I anticipated, 2013 looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year. This month was…insightful to say the least. Full of big projects, big dreams and big growth. But with all growth comes growing pains.

Which means it’s time for changes both personally and professionally.

Big Change #1

I officially told my boss that I have to cut back my hours at work, so now I can focus on my side-hustles and freelance jobs. It was hard explaining them why, but I really want this year to be about creating work around my life and not a life around my work. 

Hopefully by year-end I will have ramped up this blog and my freelance business, and kick it into high gear. Which brings me to my next point.

Big Change #2

As I hinted in a recent post, over the next few months I’ll be adding some more entrepreneurs to the Careful Cents team.

I’m not an expert at everything that takes to run my online business (nor do I want to be), so I’ve hired a few experts who will guide me and teach me the ropes.

So while I’ll still be doing all the same things I’m doing now, there will be more projects in the future (like a webinar about making an extra $1,000 with freelancing).

Hopefully with a bit more expert advice at my disposal, the outcome of my work will improve and with it, my blog and business will change for the better!

Big Change #3

I have officially taken the plunge: I made a big investment into myself and my biz by hiring a business coach – or more specifically a side-hustle coach and my first session starts in just a few days. Woohoo!

time for change

Top 4 Favorite Posts

8 Tips for Launching Your Side Hustle like a Rock Star - Brazen Careerist. If you’ve wanted to start a side job or just anything on the side, this is the resource for you! Awesome tips that I wish I had when I was starting out.

5 Lessons Learned from FreelancingYoung Adult Money. Being a freelancer isn’t always easy. Stretching yourself too thin and feeling underpaid and unappreciated. This post has 5 things anyone would find useful about getting over that slump and getting to where you really want to be.

10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job - Tech Crunch. This is just an awesome post. It has some cool facts with a bit a shock value — it might just turn a few heads and open a few eyes.

The Truth About Side HustlingBudget Blonde. This is a great piece for motivating you to get up and do something. Along with great tips about how to be relentless and gain the confidence you need to start your side hustle.

Popular Guest Posts I’ve Written

7 Actions to Take in 2013 to be a Financial Rock Star - Kickstart Kitchen.

14 Must-Read Personal Finance Blogs for Young Professionals - Brazen Careerist.

How to Build Wealth for the Future Without Thinking – Betterment.

Books I’m Reading Now

I’m currently taking a break between reading books to spend time working on growing my business.

Plus my book club has yet to announce our next book, so until then I’ll be spending my time reading iPad magazines! :)

How was your first month of 2013? What’s one way you’re planning to invest in yourself or your business this year?

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About the author: Carrie Smith is the financial artist and owner of Careful Cents, a site that helps creative freelancers discover the art of making a living. In May 2013 she quit her full-time accounting job to pursue entrepreneurship and blogging. Since then she’s been featured in sites like The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, and Kiplinger Finance. In her spare time she enjoys painting, sketching, and making food with her chef husband. You can connect with her in real time on Twitter or Instagram: @carefulcents.

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  • Cat Alford January 31, 2013, 7:09 am

    2013 sounds like it’s going to be an absolutely fantastic year for you, Carrie! Thank you so much for including me. I’m honored you liked the post, and I can’t wait to hear about your coaching sessions. It looks like it will be awesome!!

    • Carrie Smith January 31, 2013, 11:02 am

      Thanks for the support Cat! I definitely wouldn’t be here without people like you who encourage me everyday.

  • Boomerang Buck January 31, 2013, 7:13 am

    It’s great to hear of your upcoming projects, dreams and growth. Very and exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing and learning more!

  • Joe Saul-Sehy January 31, 2013, 8:12 am

    Fantastic wins. I can’t believe you’re taking on yet ANOTHER thing. I think you were a juggler in the circus in a former life.

    My January was great also. Both the blog and the podcast exceeded our goals by about a mile….

    I can’t wait to hear about the coach. I miss my coach a ton (back when I was an advisor I lived on my life coach….).

  • Steph Gordon January 31, 2013, 9:32 am

    Only 31 days in and 2013 is already looking amazing for you, Carrrie! Can’t wait to start our work together and am so psyched to see where you are headed! Xo

  • Budget & the Beach January 31, 2013, 9:51 am

    Congrats on your successes!

    • Carrie Smith January 31, 2013, 11:03 am

      Thank you!

  • Anthony Mazzocchi January 31, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Congrats on all this! I very much look forward to hearing how your side hustle coachings are going! She looks interesting…let us know!!

  • Cait Flanders January 31, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Way to go, Carrie! You are taking serious charge of your future this year. I love it. So excited to Skype tomorrow night and hear more! xo

  • K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks! February 1, 2013, 11:27 am

    I love to read posts like this! You sound fired up for success :)

  • FrugalPortland February 1, 2013, 4:39 pm

    WOW I can’t wait to keep following you on this adventure!

  • eemusings February 1, 2013, 6:35 pm

    Congrats on all you’ve achieved!

    2013: Awesome so far, actually! I hope I can keep up the freelance momentum going forward.

  • Tahnya Kristina February 1, 2013, 7:45 pm

    January was awesome for me and I am happy that it was for you too. Happy Birthday! I quit a job that I hated and I made a career change and found my dream job; as an added bonus I am also making more money! 2013 is definitely starting off on a good note.

    • Carrie Smith February 2, 2013, 10:17 am

      Woohoo! That’s such good news TK :) So proud and excited for you. Cheers to us making 2013 the best year ever!

  • Alexis Grant February 6, 2013, 12:49 pm

    SO great! Can’t wait to hear how these new goals go :)

  • Carrie Smith February 6, 2013, 3:15 pm

    Thank you, I couldn’t do it without your support! :) I’m glad to hear that 2013 is starting off better than 2012. I’m aiming to save more money this year too and really refine my budget. So I’m right there with you!