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Thursday

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June 2016

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Cheap Summer Activities for the Single Girl

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Looking for some cheap summer activities to do this summer? Here are my top cheap summer activities for the single girl!Hey all you single girls! Have you ever let being single hold you back from having fun? It’s a shame and I hate to admit it, but I used to let it hold me back sometimes.

Sometimes I think it was because I was scared to be single. Truly being on your own for the first time can be really scary, and until I went through my divorce, I hadn’t really done it.

I went from living with my parents to living in a dorm with three roommates to living with my husband. It wasn’t until after my divorce that I truly got a chance to spend any real time alone with myself and get to know who I am as a person.

Part of it is probably because I’m a social butterfly. I’m definitely an extrovert and I rarely spent any time alone before I got divorced and started living by myself.

After living on my own for several years now, I can truly say that this is the best thing I’ve done to get to know myself and develop as a person. I got a chance to listen to my inner self and learn what I like, what I don’t like, and more.

That said, I still know that it can be scary to go out and do things on your own. But since my friends and family are busy people with their own lives that don’t revolve only around me (the shock and horror!), I’ve had to find things I can do on my own.

This is why I’ve come up with a whole list of ideas for cheap summer activities for the single girl!

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Tuesday

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June 2016

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How I Changed my Budget to Become a Work-at-Home Single Mom in 6 Months

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If becoming a work-at-home mom is a priority, you may need to change your budget to make it work. Here's how one mom became a work-at-home single mom in 6 months, all by re-aligning her budget!Today I have a great guest post for you from my friend Cheri Read from Work at Home Inspiration. Enjoy!

Becoming a work-at-home mom has been my dream ever since – well – ever since I became a mom!  But finding a way to work from home as a single mom is daunting, to say the least. I tried out a handful of ventures over the years, and brought home some decent cash from most. The problem was that none of them replaced the full-time income I earned at my day job. And not one of them earned me enough to replace my benefits.

Until I discovered freelance writing online!

A few months into this business venture and I was hooked! I could finally see myself earning enough money from home to make my dream a reality. The problem was that my spending habits had gotten way out of hand, and I knew something had to change in order for me to provide the security I wanted for my little family.

So I made a plan of action. Here’s how I became a work-at-home single mom in only 6 months by changing my budget and spending habits.

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Monday

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June 2016

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Online Income: $6,465 in May 2016

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My monthly earning report for May. Learn how I earned $6,465 this month all by working from home!Well folks, this is the life of running a business. I once again had an income decrease month to month, but I know it happens from time to time, so I’m trying not to panic about it.

Part of the reason for my decrease was some delayed clients payments that came in quite a bit later than I was expecting, and I also lost a client part-way through May that make a bit of a dent in my income.

That said, one of the best things about running a business with multiple clients is that I actually have MORE job security than when I was working a full-time job. When you work a full-time job for an employer, if you are fired or laid off, you’ve lost your sole source of income. But with a business structured like mine with multiple clients, I still have plenty of clients left to provide me with work and income, so losing one client isn’t as big of a deal. I still don’t like losing a client, but I know it happens from time to time.

I also always see a bit of slowdown during summer, and that started kicking in mid-May as well. More people are on vacation and have less demand for content and other services during the summer. However, due to clients going on vacation, I am also able to pick up extra work sometimes by managing social media, email, or other tasks while they take a break. This is a service I actually want to start offering more often to help make up for the “summer slowdown” in other areas of my business.

Even with a slight decrease in income for May, it was still a great month.

In May 2016 I earned $6,464.53 with my online business. Here’s how:

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Thursday

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June 2016

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Freshbooks: An Honest Review of My Favorite Business Tool

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Interested in trying Freshbooks? Here's an honest review of my absolute favorite business tool!I’m not big into review posts here on my blog because I generally like to keep things as light and fun as possible. But when I was offered a chance to do a review of my favorite business tool, I just couldn’t say no. Freshbooks is offering me an incentive to write this post, but all opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

I’ve written a little bit about Freshbooks in the past on my blog because it is honestly my favorite business tool.

Running a business is all about getting paid. Until you get paid, you can’t really call your blog (or anything else) a business. That’s where Freshbooks comes in for me.

Sure, I was running my business and getting paid well before I bought a paid subscription to Freshbooks. I already had a PayPal account from purchasing things on Ebay years and years ago, so it was easy enough for me to start using that same account to accept payment for my freelance writing and Virtual Assistant work when I first started my business back in July 2014. (Almost 2 years ago – eek!)

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Wednesday

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June 2016

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May 2016 Results

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Curious to see how I did on my May budget? My May 2016 budget results!What do I have to say about May? Well, nothing too exciting.

I did some unplanned spending. Some of it I’m not proud of, but I also did some unplanned spending that I know went to a good cause.

I’m not one to advocate for “causes” most of the time. If I don’t money to charity or to someone in need, I don’t like to talk about it. I’m not talking about it today because I want recognition, but instead because I want to spread the word about this as much as possible.

Many of you know Kristi. Kristi was the staff writer here on my site and I’m praying she’ll be back someday because I miss her immensely. Kristi and her husband are expected a baby girl named Lucy to arrive later this year.

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Tuesday

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June 2016

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How I Improved My Financial Wellness by Blogging

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When I first started blogging, I had no idea how much it would change my life for the better. Here's how blogging has improved my financial wellbeing.The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you.

Just a few short years ago, I was just starting my first “real job” after college and I thought I had everything together. This is what I had worked so hard for for so many years – to land a good job so I could finally start life after school.

After working at my new job for a few months, I began to have a nagging feeling that there had to be more to life than just working at a job that I didn’t really “love” and paying bills. I was struggling to make ends meet and to “keep up” with those around me with large houses, newer cars, and different outfits every week. I began to inadequate, bored, and restless with my life.

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Wednesday

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June 2016

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June 2016 Budget Plan

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My budget plan for June - here's what my plan is and how I continue to pay off debt!I’m not really sure what happened to May. Between doing a lot of client work, trying to balance life and work, and being extra-busy with life stuff too, the month went by very quickly!

I have some big changes coming up on the life side of things, but I’m going to wait to reveal them until everything related to them is said and done. But I think it will have a very positive effect on my finances.

That said, here is my planned budget for June. This is the last budget plan I’ll create before the new changes take effect, so you’ll see a new style of budget template next month.

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