Why Creative People Kick Butt at Managing Money

You just might be scratching your head. Creative people? Good with money? Let’s be clear about one thing: Just because you may put other things above making money: pursuing your personal projects, taking time off to make art, investing in classes and supplies, doesn’t automatically mean you suck at managing your money, or don’t care about

The Road to Financial Wellness Comes to L.A.

What do you normally do on a weeknight? Do you go home from work and binge watch Stranger Things, or rewatch GOT while noshing on some cronuts? Try something new for a change! Feed your mind and learn how to align your values and purpose with your money (yes, it’s possible) by checking out The

How Getting a Custom Freelancer Contract Can Help you Save or Earn Money

Attorney for freelancers Tristan Blaine, Esq., offers a low down on how creating your own freelancer contract can help save and earn you money, and what exactly to include in the agreement.

How to Maintain Your Productivity Mojo While Traveling

“Hey, do you want to watch our dog?” For the last few years my Chicagoan friends Greg and Dave had talked about me staying with them in Chicago or possibly to do a house swap.  And when they needed someone to watch their dog while they were away in June, it seemed like an opportune

Treat Your Creative Projects Like They’re Clients

Last month when I was in Chicago I attended a Creative Mornings talk with Charles Adler, one of the co-founders of KickStarter. He talked about this illustrator who created a crowdfunding campaign to fund an art project and asked for very little money. The reason why he wanted to do this was not necessarily because

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

Making the Most of a Lull

So after working like crazy for a good long while, about a month ago I hit a bit of a lull. One of my clients was occupied with another project, my part-time onsite job with my old employer was tapering off, and another outlet stopped their paid content. You know, that is just the way

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 crazy, 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

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