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Monthly Progress Report: Taking Time Off


It’s officially the holiday season, and it’s only a few more weeks till the end of the year!

Normally, this time of year is when a lot of people are focusing on holiday parties, buying gifts, decorating the house, and taking time off. Which makes it the perfect time to ramp up your work and hit the ground running come New Years!

Yep, that’s not exactly the traditional advice for the season, but while everyone else is being lazy and distracted, we can get ahead of the pack.

I’ve got lots of fun and exciting things going on in the background (be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get a sneak peak).

Along with the redesign of my site, which hit a road block, I’m working on some new projects. I plan to start the New Year off with a bang!

Top 5 Favorite Posts

Two Simple Things You Can Do Today to Make Finding Clients Dead EasySean Ogle. Starting your own blog is the best way to set yourself a part from everyone else in the industry. But don’t stop there! Spread out to complimentary industries.

The 2 Biggest Reasons You Can’t Decide on a Career DirectionBrazen Careerist. If you’re having a problem finding a career direction, you might need to change your social environment and surround yourself with peers that inspire you.

How to Raise Your Rates by Offering Less Value (Yes LESS Value)Social Triggers. This video completely changed how I viewed my services and I even changed my Hire Me page to reflect this epic advice (and I think you should too).

How to Take a Vacation When You Work for Yourself – Alexis Grant. Taking time off when you work for yourself isn’t impossible, you just need to prepare in advance, be organized and cut out anything that’s non-essential.

5 Uncommon Time-Saving Tips to Start a Side BusinessPart-Time Webpreneur. Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, you do have time to start a successful side business. Stop being lazy and wasting time watching TV, especially negative news.

Popular Posts I’ve Written

A Costly Debt Trap Every Adult Should Avoid – PT Money

Why You Should Raise Your Freelance RatesCareful Cents

Don’t forget to check out the weekly Two Guys and Your Money Podcast. Myself and several other amazing bloggers are featured each week, along with fun and educational interviews!

Guest Posts

As part of my New Year’s Resolution, I’m on track to publish at least one guest post per month. Below is the list of guest posts for September. Thank you so much to everyone who let me contribute.

How to Survive the Holiday Season Without Any Debt  Save1

Freelance Business and Blog News

Here’s the latest and greatest news and updates for November.

1. New staff writer opps

Even though the last couple months were low points for me, November was much better as far as my freelance business goes. I got the awesome opportunity to be a new staff writer for PT Money. I also have another big writing opportunity in the works, just gotta work out the details and sign the contract.

I’ll be writing a post in the next week or so, about how I find new (and well-paying) clients and continue to grow my freelance business.

2. Join the freelancers club

This month, in the Careful Cents Freelancers Club (feel free to join), we share some fun projects that are going on, including exclusive webinars, chances to get featured in news media and some of the latest ebooks. The Club continues to grow while building an awesome and supportive community.

Books I’m Reading Now

To continue making progress on my New Year’s resolution to read more, here are some of the books/ebooks I’m currently reading.

The Debt-Free Spending Plan – JoAnneh Nagler

Successful Freelance Writing Online – Tom Ewer 

 How was your Thanksgiving? Have you started your Christmas shopping already?

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Minimize Holiday Stress
Make a Living on Your Own Terms with Alexis Grant
About the author: Carrie Smith is a financial writer, business consultant and freelance coach. After paying off $14,000 of debt she quit her accounting day job and launched Careful Cents as a blog and community aimed at helping freelancers overcome financial mountains and build client-based businesses through meaningful relationships. She works one-on-one with freelancers and side-hustlers who are ready to make a profit without selling out. When she’s not writing about finance, and geeking out over numbers, 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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  • Robb @WatchOutForFlyingNinjas! December 3, 2012, 12:57 am

    Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!!

  • Budget & the Beach December 3, 2012, 8:35 am

    I’m really enjoying the freelancers club! This time of year is quiet for me too. I reflect and set some new goals for next year.

    • Carrie Smith December 3, 2012, 11:02 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! I’m really liking the Club too and I’ve learned so much from everyone’s great ideas. It’s nice to have such a supportive community.

  • Carrie Smith December 3, 2012, 11:03 am

    This. is. awesome! What a great idea, Sam. I’ll definitely be taking you up on this offer – thanks. :)

  • Joe Cassandra December 5, 2012, 9:41 am

    Loved Derek’s post this week, he’s always got crazy good stuff

  • ewillse Publicist @AMACOM December 18, 2012, 10:17 am

    Just checking in- have you enjoyed reading The Debt-Free Spending Plan? I’m looking forward to your review.

    – Elizabeth

    • Carrie Smith December 19, 2012, 12:40 pm

      Hello Elizabeth! Yep, the review will be published next week, just in time for New Year’s debt resolutions :)