How to Do Your Own Taxes and Prepare for Filing [A Complete Guide]

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Learning how to do your own taxes can seem daunting, even if it is pretty straightforward. You just need to know the exact steps to take! As someone who prepped and filed taxes for small business owners for over a decade, I’ve worked out a simple process for tax season. It’s something that will save …

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Your Self-Employment Mentality: The Real Reason You’re Not Making Money

This post is from Careful Cents contributor Erin, who owns the blog Journey to Saving. Over the next six months she’s documenting her backwards journey to self-employment. You can read her next steps here. Having the correct mentality when it comes to self-employment seems easy when you first think about it, but like many things …

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How to Organize a Home Office While on a Budget (My $76 Home Office Makeover)

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In 2014 I celebrated my first full year of self-employment for my online business. During this time I made a lot of changes, flipped my schedule upside down, and finally found a daily routine that worked. The only thing that was still frustrating was my home office environment. We live in an apartment so there isn’t a …

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Pinterest Portfolio: How to Showcase Your Freelance Work and Land More Clients

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Every freelance artist or writer needs their own website, right? Maybe not! Thanks to free portfolio sites and alternative ways to showcase your freelance writing work, having your own website is not a necessity anymore. I do believe having your own website and blog can be helpful, but with the advances of technology and social media …

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Tackle Your To-Do List: How to Get Back in the Work Groove After Time Off

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You want to know how to manage your to-do list after taking time off. It’s true that it can be difficult to get back into the routine of things after being away from your desk. Anytime you add eating a lot of food, traveling, and lack of sleep into the mix, it’s nearly impossible to …

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Get Published on High Traffic Sites: 5 Steps to Using Help A Reporter Out (HARO)

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If you’re a small business owner and you haven’t heard of Help A Reporter Out (also known as HARO for short), well, you’re in for an awesome surprise. HARO is a free service you can join that will link you with reporters from all over the nation. Over 30,000 members of the press use HARO to find …

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How to Overcome Insecurity as an Online Business Owner or Blogger

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When you’re the boss and running the show, learning how to overcome insecurity is part of being in the online world. Sadly, no one provides you with a crystal ball or your personal psychic that can help you understand what to expect from month-to-month. You could lose a major client, deal with an unexpected internal issue, or …

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How to Create a Mint Budget and 5 Other Steps for Getting Ahead

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Are you interested in learning how to create a Mint budget using Mint.com? This free budget planning software is something that I’ve used to manage my personal finances for several years. The only problem though is that I never quite figured out what all the little tabs and shortcuts were. It works great for creating a monthly budget of …

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Saving for Retirement: Investing in a Roth IRA When You’re Self-Employed

There are many awesome benefits to working for yourself, but there is one big pitfall compared to being an employee: saving for retirement. You don’t get the traditional benefits of having an employer match your 401(k) contributions, allowing you to get “free money”. However, just because you’re a self-employed business owner or blogger doesn’t mean you can use that …

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6 Different Kinds of Budgets For People Who Hate Budgeting

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Different kinds of budgets can actually help or hurt your money. It’s true! Even if you despise budgeting, having the right kind of budget plan can help you stress less about money. I know, I know — the word “budget” is usually associated as four-letter word and prompts feelings of dread and complaining. Don’t worry, I too …

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How to Stop Being Broke and Finally Break the Cycle

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So you’re ready to stop being broke? You hate living paycheck-to-paycheck and want to change. Well, the first step towards changing your life and gaining control of your finances is to admit you want to change, and acknowledging how much you need to change. Only you have the power to change your financial situation. When it comes …

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