Freelancing

When Saving for Retirement Isn’t a Given

When Saving for Retirement Isn’t a Given

Whether you’re just starting your career or you’ve been in the workforce for decades, you know you ought to be saving for retirement. Social Security alone can’t provide a comfortable (or even feasible) retirement, so it’s…

The Downsides of Freelancing

The Downsides of Freelancing

Being a freelancer comes with a lot of perks. You get to decide your own schedule (which is almost always flexible), how much or how little you want to work, and what kind of projects you want to take on…

How to Work for Free

How to Work for Free

Should you ever work for free?

NO!

….Except sometimes for nonprofits. And your friends. And when you’re just starting out. And when you’re building your portfolio. So maybe you should work for free a little, right?

If you…

Why Entrepreneurs Need a Raise

Why Entrepreneurs Need a Raise

The only good thing about working for a boss who doesn’t compensate you fairly is that you can leave. If you’ve made a convincing case for why you should be promoted or given a raise, and…

How to Make Extra Money From Home

How to Make Extra Money From Home

When I speak with candidates who are looking into business ownership, sometimes their goal is to keep their day jobs (or be home with the kids) and find something they can do part-time to generate additional income. Those businesses…

6 Successful Women on Work-Life Balance

6 Successful Women on Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance sounds ideal in theory. But figuring out how to finagle it all is always a challenge, especially when the system is stacked against us. A demanding career makes things even more difficult: Between the deluge of emails…

How to Raise Kids and Be a Freelancer

How to Raise Kids and Be a Freelancer

I was still six years away from having kids when I left my job as the assistant director of a social service agency in 2003. In fact, kids weren't on my mind at all. "If I have…

6 Myths About Working From Home

6 Myths About Working From Home

I’ve spent three years working from home. Despite making a living from the desk in my living room (or, very occasionally, my bed), I encounter a slew of misconceptions every time I discuss my work arrangements. Here are…

Work From Home – Virtual Side Jobs

Work From Home – Virtual Side Jobs

Sure, traditional side gigs are a great way to boost your income, but they can still come with restrictions: your availability versus the hours needed; your physical location versus where the jobs are. But if you have a high-speed…

5 Apps for Bookkeeping on a Budget

5 Apps for Bookkeeping on a Budget

When I started my own freelance business, the most common advice I received was, “Hire a bookkeeper.” My formal education included exactly zero accounting training, and managing the money side of my business was initially out of my comfort zone…

WordPress Most Marketable Skills

WordPress Most Marketable Skills

What if I told you that one new skill could set you up to make an average salary of $80,000, to qualify for more than 250,000 freelance jobs on Elance, and to possess one of the top…

Earn More Freelancing

Earn More Freelancing

On average, freelancers make 45 percent more than their office counterparts. Sounds pretty great, right?

But what if you’re looking to build your business this year, trying to find a way to make more money? I’ve…

Why I Chose a “Slash” Career

Why I Chose a “Slash” Career

Jessica Alba: Entrepreneur/Author/Actress

When I left my job to become a full-time freelance writer in 2001, other freelancers warned me: The business can be “feast or famine,” and it can get a little lonely working…

Get in the (Cash) Flow

Get in the (Cash) Flow

I’ve been self-employed for eight years now and what I love most is being in complete charge of my earning potential. What I really hate, however, is having little control over my earnings’ arrival. Some days…

How to Work From Home-7 Strategies

How to Work From Home-7 Strategies

After returning from vacation, getting back to work in my home office was harder than usual. The pre-vacation “I have so much to get done!” momentum was gone. I had no coworkers to help jump start my…