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Friday

20

May 2016

9

COMMENTS

News Flash: Work-Life Balance Isn’t Any Easier When You Work From Home

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Running your own business and working from home is not the solution to all my work-life balance problems the way that I thought it would be.I know I’ve talked before about how self-care can go by the wayside when you are trying to build a business. When I quit my job, my initial fear was my drive to work and try to continue building my business. Even though I had a base of steady clients and work before I quit my job, I was still afraid of failure. These days I’m less afraid of failure, but I still want to succeed and keep growing my business, but not at the expense of myself.

Work-life balance has been a struggle for me ever since I started freelancing on the side back in July 2014. At the time, I was trying to balance my full-time job and my freelance business on the side. I was keeping a crazy schedule and the thought of going full-time with my business so I could have better control of my life, my earnings, and my schedule was what was driving me to work such crazy hours.

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Wednesday

11

May 2016

14

COMMENTS

Online Income: $6,926 in April 2016

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In April, I earned $6,926 being a freelance writer and virtual assistant! How I make money from home, and how you can too.This is only the second or third time in my almost 2 years of freelancing that my income hasn’t increased month over month. But even though I made slightly less in April than I did in March, I’m still very pleased with how my business is doing.

The only other downside is that April was a VERY expensive month. Even without adding in the expense of paying my 2015 taxes, and 2016 Q1 taxes, it felt like my expenses were higher than what they have been in previous months. Therefore, I’m going to watching my expenses very carefully going forward so I can try to cut down on the amount I’m shelling out.

I know that my business is at a point where it can’t grow anymore, or even sustain its current level, without me spending some money on outsourcing tasks to my team, but I am going to watching where that money is spent so I can make sure the things I’m outsourcing make the most sense and that my outsourcing money is being used wisely.

I also know that part of the reason my income was down was because I took some extra time off in April to celebrate my birthday and to go on a “Girl’s Weekend” trip with two of my friends. You can see some of my pictures from the trip here. It was a blast and I definitely don’t regret taking that time off even though I spent more money and made less month while I was gone.

In April 2016 I earned $6,926.17 with my online business.

Here’s how:

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Monday

9

May 2016

5

COMMENTS

Smart Ways to Get Started Investing (With Little Capital)

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Interesting in investing but don't know where to start? Here are several smart ways to get started investing!Investing is something I haven’t covered much on my blog in the past. That’s partly because I haven’t done much investing myself, and also because of a lack of knowledge on my part.

Luckily for those of you interested in learning more about investing, I’ve been doing quite a bit more research and writing about investing lately as I’ve taken an interest in the subject, and I’ve needed to brush up on my investing knowledge for some client projects as well. 🙂

Because of my lack of knowledge about investing, I always had a bit of a fear about writing about investing. I never thought investing would be a topic I would cover because as I said, I haven’t done a lot of investing, plus I always thought writing about investing would be boring.

My idea of investment writing was giving advice about which specific funds to invest in, which companies to invest with, etc. But as it turns out, there’s a lot more ways to write about these same types of topics but in a fun way.

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Wednesday

4

May 2016

8

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April 2016 Results

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Curious to see how my April budget plan went? Check out my latest budget results here!April was kind of a weird month.

The weather here was all over the place with some days in the 80’s and others below freezing. These past few weekends have been full of rain and I’m pretty sure we’ve gotten more rain the past 3 weeks than in the past 3 years.

I also turned 25 and it felt a lot older than 24 for some reason.

At the end of the month, I had a fun weekend with some of my girl friends in Colorado. We did some hiking and exploring, and we also got some pampering too. It was a fun weekend for sure.

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Monday

2

May 2016

8

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May 2016 Budget Plan

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Want to know how I budget as a freelancer? Here's my May budget plan!After kind of a weird April, I’m ready for May. This month I plan to pay off one of my credit cards in full, although the balance won’t stay at $0 for long.

As soon as I pay off the balance, I’m going to take my creditor up on a new 0% APR balance transfer promo that they are currently running. As soon as I accept the offer (after my first balance transfer is paid off), I plan to transfer the balances from at least two of my other cards onto the 0% interest card. This will save me a TON in interest because I plan to transfer my highest interest balances first. I will have to pay a small balance transfer fee this time around, which I’m not excited about, but I guess that’s just part of it.

I did contemplate opening another new credit card to do a balance transfer instead so I could avoid paying a balance transfer fee, but ultimately decided against it because I don’t really want any more open credit accounts on my report. There’s enough as it is. In fact, I’m considering closing some of the ones that are paid off. But I want to make sure I make a good decision regarding closing any accounts because it can lower your credit score since closing accounts changes your credit utilization ratio.

But enough about that. Here is my budget plan for May.

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Wednesday

20

April 2016

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How Single People Can Save on Groceries

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Think you can't save money on groceries as a single person? Think again! Here are some ways single people can save on groceries.

Single people can have vastly different personal finance concerns, and thus follow different advice, than married people.

For example, you’ll often hear that in order to save on groceries you should buy in bulk. While that does generally bring down the cost per quantity of food and other household items, buying in bulk is not something single people are often able to do.

Having been single for just over 5 years now, I feel I’ve finally gotten a pretty good handle on how single people can save on groceries and other household items.

I made my fair share of mistakes when I first became single, mostly because I was trying to follow the same advice as married people and those with large families were using to save on groceries. Let me tell you, that didn’t work. Instead it ended up costing me more money in the end.

If you are in the same boat as me, here are some of my tips for how single people can save on groceries.

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Wednesday

13

April 2016

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Online Income: $7,080 in March 2016

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March was one of my highest earning months ever! How I went from part-time freelancer to full-time entrepreneur in this month's income report.I don’t know if I’ll ever get sick of saying this, but my guess is probably not: THIS MONTH ROCKED!

March was my highest income month yet and I’m finally getting the hang of using my team to help me get everything accomplished so I don’t have to work like a crazy person with lots of 10, 12, and more, hour days.

Even though I love running my business, I don’t enjoy working those long days on a regular basis, so it’s nice to know that building my team and learning to outsource is finally paying off.

In March 2016 I earned $7,080.17 with my online business.

Here’s how:

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