Skimp or Splurge: On Opening Your Own Restaurant

When 27-year-old Jamie Woolner first opened the artisanal pizza eatery Pizza of Venice in the Los Angeles enclave of Altadena, he wanted to do food his way, and pizza was his canvas. At 23 he began creating his own concoctions, and sold his artisanal pizzas in frozen form at wholesale to a wine bar and

How to Go on Vacation Without Taking a Massive Hit

So for the last few months I’ve been a bit of a digital nomad, if you will. I am a little reluctant to say that because my perception of being a globetrotting digital nomad is someone who of the upper crust in freelancer society, and has money and high-paying clients out the wazoo. I, on

My Personal Road to Financial Wellness: What Freelancing Is Really All About

The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you. When I took the plunge into freelancing full-time

On Coming to a Zen-Like Approach to Freelancing

As I’m nearing the end of my 8th month as a full-time freelancer, it’s hard to believe I’m two-thirds in to my yearlong experiment. Life has certainly been a little cray, and I’ve slowly come to realize how much I’ve learned in the last eight months. I’ve learned a lot about managing my time and

How to Get Paid to Write When You’ve Never Been Published

The question I get the most from my friends is: How do I get paid to write? I’ve been a writer in some capacity for a long time, it’s only been the last few years that I started to get paid for it. While I’ve worked in editorial in some capacity for the last decade,

Four Types of Freelancer Money Flows and How You Can Best Manage Your Money

When it comes to our money, freelancers share common issues: budgeting to pay for yearly and quarterly taxes, forking over money for our own medical insurance, and then there’s that good ole’ self-employment tax. And of course there’s the challenge of budgeting with variable income. The thing is that depending on our line of work and

Try the Percentage Method for Budgeting

So I’ve been playing around with different systems for budgeting, and the one that works best for me is to create buckets for my recurring expenses. The money I have left over, I  kick over to the percentage method. Here’s how I do it: Step 1: Create Buckets for Your Money I am big into

How to Enjoy This Year’s AWP Conference Without Actually Attending

If you’re a writer, the annual Association of Writers and Writers Programs (AWP) Conference is in Los Angeles! Holy moly! I am a writer of fiction as well a blogger of personal finance, I am very excited as it’s in my town this year. So excited in fact, that I got myself a pass to

A Few Half-Truths About Freelancing

Now that I’m hitting my five-month mark as a full-time freelancer (yikes? hooray?), I’ve been reflecting about what I used to think freelancing would be like what it’s actually all about. You might even compare it to seeing something in a movie and then experiencing it in real life. For instance, daydreaming about, say, sliding

Four Ways to Structure Your Time

One thing I’ve been trying to figure out is how to best structure my time. I must say, I’m pretty awesome at tracking my time on assignments, but structuring my time within a given day is an entirely different story. It’s definitely in an experimental phase and I expect to keep trying out new things along

What I Vow to Do Differently Next Tax Season

Because last year I made the switch to being self-employed, my taxes this time around are going to be a little more complicated. As a result I’ve developed somewhat of what I call “Fear of Taxes Syndrome (FOTS).” I kind of am approaching this year’s taxes with a bit of a fly-by-my-seat approach—and it feels

What It Means to Be a Minimalist Freelancer

As someone who practices Zen Buddhism and minimalism, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means exactly to be a minimalist as a freelancer. To be being minimalist has to do with your approach and mindset to how you work. It’s about getting rid of what’s not important to you. And as I’ve nearing

Trade Show Vacationing in Vegas: Where to Eat on the Cheap

There are an infinite number of options in Vegas, from fast food to $500 a plate restaurants owned by world-renowned celebrity chefs. Business travel means you can deduct virtually all your meals—or at least 50 percent— so enjoy the culinary landscape and keep the receipts. There’s pretty much every mainstream eatery in town, but here’s how

Trade Show Vacationing in Vegas: How to Score the Best Deals on Hotel Rooms

So you’re heading to vegas for a trade show or conference. Maybe the National Association of Broadcasters or the Nightclub and Bar Show? Huzzah! This is another post by guest contributor Nick in a three-part series on how to roll in pleasure with work. We’ve covered  how to get into the trade shows and where to

How to Plan a Vacation When You’re Freelancing 

Now that I’m a full-fledged freelancer, I can hypothetically go on vacation whenever I so desire.  And I say hypothetically because I still have my workload and responsibilities to my clients. While there are ways of getting your vacationing on while attending trade shows and conferences, what about a 100 percent non work-related vacation? It can be tough