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3 Steps Freelancers Can Take to Prevent a Big Tax Bill

by Carrie Smith February 26, 2015

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Experiencing your first tax season as a self-employed freelancer can be scary. You probably expect to owe a bunch of money to the IRS. The fear of the unknown, along with a completely new tax situation, can leave you worried and stressed. But it’s not quite as bad you might think. After quitting my job […]

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Taxes for Freelancers: 3 Steps to Getting Started (plus a free checklist)

by Carrie Smith February 4, 2015

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So you finally quit your day job and are now your own boss. You call the shots and have complete control over your time. Things are going great! And then tax time rolls around. Eeeek! But before you panic and freak out, we’ve got 3 simple steps to help you as a freelancer conquer your […]

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How to Start a Side Hustle When You’re Short on Time

by Carrie Smith January 27, 2015

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Starting a business, or side hustle, in addition to your day job can be a lucrative endeavor. Many entrepreneurs have used a side hustle to save up enough money to travel the world full-time, quit their day jobs, and start their own business ventures. But doesn’t that mean you’re working all the time? Do you […]

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How to Prepare to Go Freelance

by Carrie Smith January 26, 2015

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Are you getting ready to quit your job and freelance full-time? It’s a dream goal that many of us have, but it’s all too easy to get swept up in the dream and not focus on the reality. While going freelance has its perks, there are some vital things you must do if you want […]

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Seven Easy Budget Tips for the Self-Employed

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss January 23, 2015

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When you leave the mother ship to work for yourself, there are just a few things you might miss. Along with the bad commute and worse coffee, you leave behind that steady paycheck from which a computer in a far off payroll office automatically deducted money for the things you never had to think too […]

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Five Side Hustles You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

by Erika Torres January 8, 2015

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Side Hustle: It’s the strategy du jour on how to make extra money in addition to your full-time job. Most choose to use this side hustle money to pay down debt, save for an emergency fund, or to achieve some other financial goal, like buying a house. Think of a side hustle as dabbling in […]

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The Secret to Reaching Those Big Goals

by Carrie Smith January 6, 2015

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“Every win makes the next win more likely.” — Vince Lombardi Too many of us get discouraged by the size of our goals. Whether it’s landing a new job, quitting a job, or starting a business, these are life-changing choices that make a big impact and require a large amount of determination to accomplish. Looking […]

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Five Ways to Boost Your Career in 2015

by Kali Hawlk January 5, 2015

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It’s a new year, which for many of us means a fresh start with many aspects of our lives that we’d like to improve. Take advantage of the clean slate and give your career a boost in 2015. Here’s how. Clean Up – and Update – Your Online Presence It’s common knowledge that employers check […]

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What’s a Startup Accelerator and How to Join One

by Sue Heilbronner December 8, 2014

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I am asked as often as the next gal about what I do in the world, and now my answer rolls right off my tongue: “My astonishing business partner Elizabeth Kraus and I are launching MergeLane, a startup accelerator focused on women-led companies.” Sometimes when I’m talking to someone who is, say, a sculptor, or […]

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Five Healthy Financial Habits for the Self-Employed

by Katharine Paljug November 20, 2014

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When I started my freelance writing business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had to learn as I went: how to find clients, how market my work… even how to keep myself on a schedule while working from home was a challenge! One thing I had going for me, though, was good […]

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How to Turn Your Struggling Business Around in 24 Hours

by Carrie Smith November 18, 2014

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Are you stuck in a business rut? Is your career struggling to stay afloat and you’re not sure why? At the beginning of 2014 I found myself in a phase of business depression. Everything I did seemed like I was just spinning my wheels. I worked day and night but never made any real progress, […]

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Three Ways to Get Off the Freelance Financial Roller Coaster

by Carrie Smith November 11, 2014

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As a freelancer it may seem impossible to stick to a regular monthly savings or debt payoff plan. Some months you’ll have extra money after paying all your bills, and other months you won’t have enough to even buy the necessities. It’s a monthly financial roller coaster when you work for yourself. I speak from […]

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How 4 Women Entrepreneurs Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

by Kali Hawlk November 6, 2014

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Employees and entrepreneurs alike have long struggled with finding success in striking the perfect work-life balance. But in our modern world that is constantly mobile and plugged in, achieving work-life balance becomes significantly more difficult. Gen Y women may have a unique experience in seeking balance, because we’re members of the first demographic to have […]

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Leadership: Would You Rather Be Loved, or Feared?

by Lydia Loizides October 14, 2014

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There is a point in everyone’s career where you choose a style of leadership that falls into one of two larges buckets: lovable or feared. Interestingly, the two most important traits that we use to judge others by (especially our leaders) is “lovable” or “fearsome” they are. Thankfully research is now available that shows us […]

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Five Signs You’re Ready to Go Freelance

by Meredith Lepore October 1, 2014

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In case you haven’t heard, more people are freelancing today than ever before. According to a new study called “Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce,” more than one in three workers — 53 million Americans — are now freelancing.  “Freelancing is the new normal — and this survey shows that America’s new […]

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So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Why You Shouldn’t Cash in Your 401k

by Carrie Smith September 29, 2014

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Taking cash out of your 401k is all too tempting when you’re trying to fund a business idea as an entrepreneur. It’s probably one of the largest assets you own that can be leveraged to start a business. Still, you have to resist the urge to do so. Cashing out your 401k is dangerous and […]

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10 Unique Side Hustles You Should Consider

by Meredith Lepore September 27, 2014

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The side hustle is everything these days. Even with a steady job that pays the rent, your side hustle can help you chip away at debt (or even just have a little bit of fun!). It may be a passion that will eventually become your career, or it may just be a way to make […]

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Why Quitting My Job Was the Best Thing For My Career

by Carrie Smith September 17, 2014

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“Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.” — Seth Godin The word “quit” can have such negative connotations. We all know the phrase, “quitters never win, and winners never quit,” after all. I don’t agree with this. From personal experience, I see quitting as having the opposite […]

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