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Nancy Mann Jackson

Career and Finance

Freelance journalist Nancy Mann Jackson writes regularly about personal finance, small business, healthcare and education. Her work has appeared in Entrepreneur, CNNMoney.com, Bankrate, Working Mother and many other publications. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their three boys.

How We Paid Off More Than $100,000 in Student Loans

For 37 million Americans, student loan debt is a financial albatross around their necks. And it’s growing. Debt from student loans has increased by 300 percent over the past eight years to nearly $1 trillion, according to a report from the...

Build Your Own Business (Without Quitting Your Job)

Almost 18 million Americans identify themselves as independent workers, earning regular income without working as a regular employee, according to a study by MBO Partners. Countless others own small businesses. In fact, some experts say that...

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

We don’t have to tell you this if you’ve ever been (or are) in this situation, but living from one paycheck to the next makes peace of mind an elusive goal. Thirty-eight million American households live this way, spending all of each paycheck,...

Common Money Beliefs That Hurt More Than Help

How often have you thought, “If I just make more money, I’ll surely be happy?” Or, the other side of the proverbial coin, “Money is the root of all evil?” While some commonly held money beliefs ring true — ahem, save 10 percent of your income and...

The Worst Money Mistakes You Can Make at Any Age

Everyone makes mistakes with money. We don’t save enough, or we spend too much on something frivolous. We sell shares in a stock too soon or not soon enough. “But there are also financial concerns that are unique to different stages of life,”...

These Hidden Fees Are Costing You

Even the tightest budgets are rarely airtight. Maybe you don’t overspend on groceries or entertainment, but you do end up paying for fees you were never expecting. Consumers are dinged with hidden fees almost everywhere they turn — from bank fees...

How to Create a Recession-Proof Life

Now that we’ve slogged through the Great Recession and long, slow recovery, it’s painful to imagine suffering through that again. But while economic ups and downs are bound to occur, that doesn’t mean you have to participate. By making careful...

Make Your Workspace Work Better for You

Cutting-edge companies like Google and Pixar have been celebrated for their unconventional office spaces, which focus on fostering collaboration by bringing workers together in unplanned encounters — on strategically placed stairways, for...

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