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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.

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...

In Defense of the ‘Coffice’

When I worked in an office full of people, it was easy to get distracted by chatting co-workers, frequent meetings and the latest workplace drama. Sometimes, finding time to actually get my work done was a challenge. Then, when I started working...

How We Made $1 Million (and More)

A nest egg of at least $1 million is a goal many financial planners recommend for those who plan to retire. But to many, amassing $1 million seems like a pipe dream. (It doesn’t help that only about 1.5 million U.S. women are millionaires,...

Legit Ways to Make (Good) Money on the Side

When Laura Jones, a life coach, and her husband, a ballroom dance instructor and studio manager in Southampton, Pa., couldn’t find a natural deodorant that worked as well as the commercial ones, they developed their own. Realizing others were...

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