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November 2016 Budget and Debt Results

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Are formal budgets really necessary, or can you just "wing it" after a while? I didn't make a budget this month and I still managed to pay off some serious debt!Holy December! How did this happen?

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I know I did.

I stuffed myself with food, spent time with my family, and avoided work at all costs. Somehow, I got away with only checking my email twice over the long weekend. Does anyone else really struggle with the need to check your email every two seconds? No? Maybe it’s just me. 😉

Once again, I didn’t make a budget and it doesn’t really look like I’m going to do one for December either.

I’m not really sure why, but I’ve been dreading budgeting lately. I think it’s more the fact of having to categorize all of my expenses and compare my planned budget to my actual spending, than having a budget.

Does anyone else go through budgeting spurts when they don’t just feel like it anymore?

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Online Income: $7,369 in October 2016 + My Thoughts on Job Boards

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Wow! I can't believe how this woman earned over $7,000 online last month. It's amazing!After the craziness of September, I thought October would be better. Alas, I was wrong.

I took about a week off in September for FinCon and a short vacation (with a terrible AirBnb experience) in San Diego afterward, which meant I had to do a lot of extra work before and after my trip.

Then just three short weeks later, I took a road trip with my grandma to visit some of her family in Illinois.

It was about a 10.5 hour drive one-way and we stayed for 6 days. I took my computer with me so I could work while she was visiting with her siblings and other family members, but it was difficult to work with the extra distractions and without my second monitor. That thing seriously improves my productivity! If there’s one thing that’s helped me most with my freelance work, I’d have to say it’s either my Macbook Pro or my extra monitor that I use to extend my desktop. #lifechanging

But that is the beauty of being self-employed and location independent. I was the only one who could take my grandma on this trip without having to take time off from work since I took my work with me. I know it meant a lot for her to visit with her family as some of her siblings are not in the greatest health and they had fun reminiscing about “the good old days”.

Even with the craziness of travel, I still had a decent month income-wise. I invoiced for over $10K for the first time in October, but not all of the payments came in before the end of the month. As you know, I account for my income in the month it was received. So the income that came in after November 1st from invoices at the end of October will be counted in next month’s report.

Here’s a closer look at how I earned (and spent) money last month in my business:

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How NOT to Save for Christmas

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There are lots of ways to save for Christmas, but there are also some things you should NOT do to save for Christmas.Christmas is almost here. Yes, already. It’s really too late to save for Christmas this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save for Christmas next year.

You can already start making a plan for how you’ll afford Christmas next year. That way you can start saving as soon as you are done paying for this year’s holiday. The reason this works is because Christmas is not a surprise.

It comes around every year like clock work. It’s always on December 25th. There’s no getting around that.

Sure, you can try to make Christmas as cheap as possible. But you’ll more than likely have to spend some money if you plan to celebrate the holiday.

This time of year I always get a little mad pissed off when I hear about the irresponsibility of some people. It’s November and they haven’t saved for Christmas.

There’s still a little time to earn some extra money or sacrifice something to help save for Christmas but there also some things you should NOT do to save for Christmas.

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November 2016

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How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

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Is your home cluttered and driving you crazy? You might need to read Dana White's helpful new book, "How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind."I didn’t write a recap post about FinCon this year after the conference was over, but it’s safe to say I had a good time.

One of my favorite moments actually happened before the official kick-off to FinCon.

You see, I arrived in San Diego about a day and a half early. I wanted time to get settled in and adjust to the time change instead of having to hit the ground running. Not that it worked.

Within my first 15 minutes of arriving at the hotel, I was already dashing to my first client meeting. But I digress.

Just before that meeting as I’m huffing and puffing my way to get there on time, you know since it was about 1000X more humid in California than in Kansas and I was unlucky enough to be staying in the tower that was not where the conference was held, I ran into one of my all-time favorite bloggers. Dana aka Nony aka A Slob Comes Clean.

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8 Great Gifts for Solopreneurs Who Work From Home

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If you are Christmas shopping for solopreneurs who work from home, here are 8 great gift ideas that will make you their favorite person of the year.Christmas is coming! If you haven’t already started your gift shopping, now is the time.

I’ve heard in the past from friends and family that I’m a hard person to shop for. Personally, I don’t see it. I have a very easy time shopping for me. 😉

Some of my friends have also said that now that I’m a solopreneur and I work from home, they are even more puzzled about what to get me.

That one makes more sense because I definitely agree that I’m harder to shop for now than I used to be.

In the past people would be pretty safe by giving me a scarf, a piece of “costume” jewelry, or a gift certificate for some of these things. But now that I’m under no real pressure to even change out of my pajamas most days, and rarely wear accessories when I do get dressed, it could be a real struggle to find a great gift for me for Christmas.

But, that’s not the entire point of this post. I think it’s actually quite hard to shop for a lot of solopreneurs who work from home. Unless you really know what these solopreneurs do for work and what they might want or need this holiday season, you might find yourself hurriedly shopping at the last-minute and still ending up with a gift you aren’t confident about.

Luckily, I’ve got your back! 🙂

If you are shopping for me, or another solopreneur who works from home, here are 8 great gift ideas that will make you our favorite person of the year.

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