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Stop Feeling Guilty for Putting Yourself First

I'm a freelance designer and work-at-home-mom to a feisty 15-month-old.  I want to keep my business and have a happy kid and husband and an orderly house.  I'm doing an okay job at all this, but have trouble prioritizing anything else--hobbies,...

Money Management for the Creative Class

A Q&A with Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Author of “Arts & Numbers”

The Basics of Budgeting

The following is an excerpt from “Art & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the Creative Class.” We also picked Elaine’s brain on money management for the creative class. Check out that Q&A here....

Every Woman Can Learn Programming

Want to be super-employable and well-paid? Learn how to write Web programming code—it’s not nearly as difficult as you think. About 250,000 new software developer jobs will be created in the U.S. over the next decade, according to the Bureau of...

Flying Solo: Can a Nervous Nellie Be a Freelancer?

I’m the last person you’d imagine striking out on her own. I’ve always liked the camaraderie of having like-minded colleagues, the comfort of getting a paycheck every two weeks, and funding my retirement with a 401k. Need I add that I’m extremely...

Five Ways to Kill It as a Freelancer

It used to be that if you described yourself as “freelance,” people didn’t take you seriously. Not anymore. A recent survey by the consulting firm MBO partners estimates that by 2020, at least half of the country’s workforce will have gone...

Flying solo: The financial side of Freelancing

So far, I’ve been amazed (and a little unprepared) for all the tiny and not-so-tiny things it takes to start even a low-overhead, one-person enterprise like mine. In the past two or so months, I’ve had to:1)   Research and buy a new printer and...

How to Get Paid

Think sales is the hardest part of running a services business? Wrong. Cashflow is harder. You're entitled to a downpayment. Don't wait until the end of a project to send an invoice. As part of your negotiation and written contract, specify...


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