Systems for Your Email: How to Automate Your Inbox in Minutes

Are you overloaded with your email inbox? If you’re looking for a system to automate your email in just a few minutes, I have a solution for you! And this isn’t just theory, this is something I’ve personally been able to accomplish. Last week a miracle happened. A straight up miracle, y’all! For the first time ever (so it seems) I hit inbox zero with my Gmail account. If you run an online business … [Read more...]

How to Stop Business Cash Flow Problems and Finally Get Paid on Time

Here are Careful Cents headquarters, this month is all about Organizing Your Small Business Finances and today I’m talking about how to stop business cash flow problems. In order to get back to a positive place with your money, the first step is to get your cash flow under control. That way,you can finally be on the path to not hating your finances! Getting paid on time, and keeping a … [Read more...]

Why I Quickly Transitioned from Freelance Writer to Virtual Assistant

A couple months ago, I did an impromptu Facebook Live on my Careful Cents Facebook Page. I had a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head about whether I should transition from freelance writer to virtual assistant. For the past year or so, I’ve been struggling with the direction of my business. It just felt like I was doing the work but without any real purpose in mind. As a business owner you … [Read more...]

7 Things I Did to Stop Stressing About Money for Good

Earlier this year I had enough. I wanted to stop stressing about money once-and-for-all. I’m not sure if you know this, but money is stressful. It creeps into every part of your life and then next thing you know, you’re stressed out, worrying all the time, and not sleeping. Sound familiar? Or is that just me?! For my entire adult life, I’ve stressed out about money and my career. As someone who … [Read more...]

10 Simple Time Management Tips to Rock Your Workday

Finding simple time management tips that actually work is harder than you might think. Should you strive for better focus management, or a good morning routine? When trying to take back your time it can be confusing with so many bits of advice available. How do you know which ones will actually work? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but I’m here to give you some much-need help. As … [Read more...]

Change Your Mindset: 8 Meaningful Ways to Stand Out as a Female Boss

When you’re a woman in a man’s world, specifically the business world, it can be hard to gain traction. You’re not always respected or paid as much as a man is paid. This is not my opinion, but actual facts, which makes it more difficult to build a successful business. Take James Chartrand, founder of Men With Pens. Her story is quite shocking (yes, her!) as James is the pen name of this … [Read more...]

How to Simplify Your Financial Life and Be More Mindful

Are you looking for new ways to simplify your financial life? Let’s get real, managing your money and business isn’t easy. And I totally get it! I am always seeking new ways and tips to become more mindful in my life and business. I strive to be a mindful consumer, thoughtful eater, and smarter spender. If these are your goals too then I have some tips that will help you get started. … [Read more...]

Reclaim Your Time: How to Stay Focused While Working at Home

Learning how to stay focused while working at home isn’t always easy. It takes practice and time to find out what routine works best and what times of the day you function most. When I first quit my job to be my own boss, I was so excited to take back the one thing that I felt was stolen from me: my time. After all, that’s one of the biggest perks of being your own boss, right? You get … [Read more...]

Online Time Tracking: How to Use Google Calendar as a Time Journal

Online time tracking is seriously one of the best kept secrets. It’s by far the easiest way to accurately price your freelance rates as well as work towards being more productive. I mean, how will you know how long a project takes you (and thus, find ways to improve) if you don’t know how long it takes? Keeping a time journal has been a vital part of running my business for many years … [Read more...]

Focuster Review – Focus Management Software for Business Owners

Focus management is an up-and-coming idea where you use tools and apps to focus more and have better productivity. And as a small business owner we can use all the focus help that we can get. Am I right?! In past articles I’ve talked about how I use Asana to manage client projects and deadlines. I’ve shared the exact details of how to eliminate distractions and be more productive when … [Read more...]

10 Compelling Reasons to Take a Break from the Constant Hustle

There comes a time in every business owner’s life where you just need to take a break. Maybe you’re not sure what the next step is. Or maybe you just reached a big goal and need some time off. Whatever the reason is, every entrepreneur deserves a break from creating, building, growing and learning. The problem though, is that we create more excuses for reasons NOT to take a break then … [Read more...]

How to Eliminate Distractions and Be More Productive at Home

To best way to optimize your time as a business owner is to be more productive at home. But how do you eliminate distractions during busy months? The summer months are one of the most overwhelming and crazy times of the year. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you handle it. If you’re planning on making huge strides in the growth of your biz, you might as well know … [Read more...]

Bring Back the Spark: 12 Powerful Ways to Breathe Life Into Your Business

Throughout this month I’ve been talking a lot about business burnout. I opened up about how to find your passion when you feel lost and unmotivated. Then I shared how to reduce stress and overcome feelings of burnout successfully. Finally, I explained the one true tactic I use to solve every single problem I have. But I’m not stopping there! Recognizing business burnout and going … [Read more...]

How to Be a Critical Thinker and Conquer All Your Money Problems

Learning how to be a critical thinker takes time and a lot of patience. But in the end it’s the key to solving any problem that life throws at you. Life is full of obstacles, whether they’re financial issues, mental problems or physical setbacks. But in order to be a successful business owner and manage money on your terms, you have to learn how to overcome them with critical thinking. In my … [Read more...]

Why I Quit Selling Online Courses (Even Though I Made $12,000 a Year)

If you’ve been reading the blog or following me on social media, you know I’ve been struggling with business burnout. Not in a major way, but in small areas of my life and business. I just need to take a break and do some pruning! So I’m doing something crazy to stop the burnout and start finding my passion again. On June 12th I retired all of my online courses. Yep, I made them unavailable to the … [Read more...]

How to Invest in Yourself: 10 Life-Changing Ways to See Big Returns

Do you know what isn’t fun? Budgeting. Saving. Investing. But these are proven ways to build wealth and reach financial freedom. I mean, who wants to sacrifice everything you want right now, and delay gratification until later? Me either! However, these are the things that take time to understand, perfect and turn into consistent habits. I promise that by the time you’re done reading … [Read more...]

Find Career Passion: How to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump

Once you find career passion how do you keep it? What do you do when you lose motivation and find yourself in a slump? Today’s post shares an honest look at what it’s like to try and find your passion again. I would like to say that everything in my freelance business is going great. I want to say that my blog is blowing up and I’m having the time of my life as a business blogger. But … [Read more...]

BillFixers Review: How to Save Money on Bills Every Month

You wish you could save money on monthly bills but you don’t have time to sit on the phone with customer service all day. I mean, who likes to call customer service reps and negotiate. Not me! Thankfully, there’s BillFixers. If you have cable, wireless or internet bills you wish cost less every month, BillFixers is a new startup that can help make this happen. No more wasting time trying to find … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances and Declutter Your Business

A change of seasons means it’s time to spring clean finances and declutter your business. This is a super important task to do every year as it can help you find more efficient ways to get things done. As tax season recently came to an end, you probably got a pretty up-close-and-personal look at your money. I realized I’m paying waaaaaaay too much money in taxes (can you relate?). So … [Read more...]

LASIK Eye Surgery: An Insider’s Look at the Cost, Recovery Time and Results

After wearing glasses for six years I decided to pay for LASIK eye surgery. Yeah I know, it sounds terrifying. I felt the same way! I mean someone is cutting into your eye with a laser! So much could go wrong. Or at least those were my fears! But as someone who works at a computer for a living, my eyes have taken a beating in the past few years. They’ve slowly been getting worse and I wanted to … [Read more...]

How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days or Less (and Make $4,000 a Month)

I don’t often focus on the fact that I’m a freelance business writer, but that’s how I started my entrepreneurial career. I’ve since leveraged that into a business that brings in more money than my accounting day job used to. If you’re thinking of diving into the freelance writing space, or have recently started down that path, this is without a doubt a viable way to make a full-time living. … [Read more...]

How to Be More Productive: The Best Tools for Creative Freelancers

After spending several years as a self-employed solopreneur myself, and working with a team of 3-4 people, we’ve tested out lots of different tools and apps to help streamline our business process. This has helped us learn how to be more productive as well as earn more money in less time. From managing our financial goals, to working with clients, to balancing everything on the go, our … [Read more...]

How to Budget With Irregular Income When You’re Self-Employed

I was recently a featured guest on the weekly Money Crashers Tweetchat (#mcchat), where the topic was all about Budgeting With Irregular Income. I regularly get questions related to this subject in my inbox, and on all my social media accounts. It’s something we all deal with as freelancers and business owners. It’s tough to balance finding new work, getting paid, and figuring out … [Read more...]

Make Tax Season Less Painful: 5 Things to Reduce Stress

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of E*TRADE for IZEA. As always opinions are 100% mine and never influenced by any brand. Tax season is a topic we love to hate. Nothing feels worse than working hard all year long only to end up with several hours of tax prep, followed by a large tax bill. As business owners our taxes aren’t quite as simple as they used to be when we were employees … [Read more...]

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