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Monthly Progress Report: A New Season Brings New Colors

Fall is finally in full swing! It’s my all-time favorite season for many reasons, but I especially love the beautiful colors and the cooler weather. Texas gets scorching hot during the summer, so the change of season is a welcomed reprieve.

But now, onto the monthly update. Each month I like to feature other blogs, authors and posts I enjoyed reading. There are so many awesome bloggers, that share a wealth of information I can’t just keep it to myself.

While my list of favorite posts is shorter than normal (mostly because I was out of town and didn’t get a chance to read) it doesn’t mean they aren’t chock full of awesome information!


Top 3 Favorite Posts

5 Investing Terms You Need to Know – Compound Capitalist. Even if you’re a novice investor, like I am, knowing the meaning of a few, basic investing terms can be very beneficial to helping you become a confident and successful investor.

How to Improve Your Sex Life by Saving Money – GoBanking Rates. The connection between money and relationships is very real. Fighting and stressing out about money has a direct correlation to being intimate with your partner.

You’re a Bad Tipper and You Didn’t Even Know It – Your Finances Simplified.  What would you do if you just paid for your meal at a restaurant and a waiter demanded you tip him 30%? In some places in the U.S. that’s the norm.


Popular Posts I’ve Written

How to Resell Thrift Store Finds for a Profit on eBay – The Huffington Post

Prioritizing Your Bills: Which Ones Should Be Paid First? – Pageonce Blog

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 awesome 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.

5 Ways to Effectively Use Twitter to Land Your Next Job – Simply Hired

The Secret to Getting More Out of Your Money – Power Wallet

The Power of Having Friends and Family Contribute to Your Goals – Betterment

4 Must-Have Online and Mobile Tools for Self-Improvement SuccessCredit Karma


Freelance Business and Blog News

As  you may have noticed, this monthly report is several days late. Normally I post my updates on the last day of the month. September was extremely busy but full of awesomeness!

1. The rewards of networking

The first week of September was spent in Denver at the Financial Blogger Conference. I shared a blog post about how the conference changed my life, and also included tons of fun photos.

But beyond that I was able to make some great connections with bloggers and financial companies which led to nailing down another two writing gigs. My freelance business is still going steady!

2. Join the freelancers club

Last month, I created the Careful Cents Freelancers group on Facebook (feel free to join). This is where bloggers, writers, full and part-time freelancers, share ideas, thoughts and tips about navigating virtual businesses.

Having my own freelance business is one of the key components for me to become debt free and live my life the way I want. I would love to have you in the group, if you’re interested!

3. Redesigning Careful Cents

Right now I’m working with my web designer (Andrea from Nuts and Bolts Media) to redesign Careful Cents. Don’t worry it won’t be anything too drastic. The theme I have now is terrible, has security issues and it’s difficult to backup when an update is released.

Plus I want to make it more reader friendly, with faster loading and spruce it up with a fresh look. Over the next month or so, you’ll see some fun changes here on the blog. Stay tuned!


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 E-Myth Revisted: Why Most Small Businesses Fail and What to Do About ItMichael Gerber (book review on the blog, coming soon) 

The Affiliate Manifesto: A Beginner’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing – Justice Wordlaw IV

What’s your favorite season of the year and why?

Getting a Divorce When You're Self-Employed: 5 Financial Steps to Take
6 Questions That Will Determine if You Fail or Succeed as a Freelancer
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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  • Veronica @ Pelican on Money October 4, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Carrie, it’s nice to hear you’re meeting your goals of guest posting. I would love to feature your guest post but right now my blog is still in infancy, maybe sometime later? (unless you don’t care about that). Andrea has been helping everyone out with her designs! She’s on a roll, woohoo! Can’t wait to see what your blog looks like soon. I need to make it a goal of my own to contribute a guest post every month, this is something I’ve been slacking off at. Between updating my blog, redesigning it, reading others’ posts and learning programming I hardly have any time it seems.

    • Carrie Smith October 4, 2012, 11:50 pm

      Thanks Veronica for the guest post offer. We can definitely connect again in the future :) no problem. I totally understand about all the new tasks that come with maintaining a blog, it’s fun but overwhelming at times!

  • Jordann October 4, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a good month! Can’t wait to see the new blog layout, I’ve been contemplating one too for a little while, but I think I have layout ADD so I want to hold onto the one I have for a little while longer.

    • Carrie Smith October 4, 2012, 11:51 pm

      I feel like that too sometimes, so I have to sit on my decision to make a change for a few months before I let myself go through with it.

  • AverageJoe October 5, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Nice work! Can’t wait to see the redesign. Ours won’t be coming until 2013 unfortunately….too many other priorities.

    My favorite season is definitely autumn, but in Texas, it’s spring. Spring in Texas is WAY better than spring in Michigan was.

  • Kraig @ Young, Cheap Living October 6, 2012, 10:20 am

    Congratulations, Carrie on your success with freelancing. You have written some great articles on some great sites. I’m glad that it’s working out for you! Oh yeah, and I’m excited to see the new site! I think your site looks great already so I’m sure it’s going to rock when Andrea gets done with it.

    My favorite season’s are fall and spring. I also like the cooler weather. When it’s 60-70 during the day and cool (40’s) at night, it just doesn’t get any better than that. And the colors are so beautiful in the fall. About a week ago, it was so great here in Minnesota. We’re losing out leaves now though. Honestly, I like all seasons and am glad I live in a place where we get a little of everything.

  • Robb @WatchOutForFlyingNinjas! October 6, 2012, 11:27 am


  • Jon Haver October 8, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Congrats on a big month and getting published in the Huffington Post!