Why Women Should Create a Flexible Career Before Having Kids

January 21, 2013

A few months ago, I went to an event here in D.C. with Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the often-talked-about article in The Atlantic, Why Women Can't Have It All. The venue was packed with women in their 20s and 30s, ambitious women who were trying to figure out how they'd manage to have a family […]

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When Is It Time to Scale Your Business?

January 15, 2013

I started my business — helping other small businesses with content strategy like blogging, email marketing and social media — with one big goal in mind: supporting my lifestyle. My business allows me to put my writing skills to use and still have plenty of time to focus on my own brand, namely my guides […]

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What It Really Takes to Grow a Side Gig

January 9, 2013

Don’t miss this upcoming webinar: Launch Your Side Hustle Like a Rock Star. (Yes, it’s free.) Starting a side hustle — whether you’re working a designer, writer, coach or whatever — isn’t easy. And one of the biggest challenges is TIME. How on earth are you supposed to launch a business when you’re already working […]

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The One Quality You Need to Succeed as Your Own Boss

December 17, 2012

Making a living as a freelancer or growing your own business isn’t for everyone. Not everyone can deal with financial uncertainty or regularly meet their own deadlines. So how do you know if this route could be right for you? There’s ONE quality that’s absolutely essential to succeeding as your own boss, one characteristic you […]

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How to Take a Vacation When You Work for Yourself

November 19, 2012

Working for yourself doesn’t come with paid vacation, and it can feel difficult to get away. Self-employment gives you control over your schedule, which means you can organize your work around your life (rather than the other way around) and take time off when you need it. But if you want to take off more […]

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Why You’re Failing to Make a Living as a Writer

October 22, 2012

Last week in one of the Facebook groups I manage, I posted a link to a free webinar I’m giving about how to create and sell your first digital product. That prompted comments from several members who said it’s unethical to sell an ebook for more than $10. While I like hearing other people’s opinions […]

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11 Lessons from a Year of Full-Time Entrepreneurship

August 29, 2012

Now that I’ve been running my own business for a year, an awesome reader requested a lessons-learned post. So here are 11 lessons I picked up during my first year of work freedom: 1. Who you work with has a huge effect on your happiness. And one of the best parts of working for yourself […]

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My One-Year Anniversary of Work Freedom (Plus a Sale to Celebrate!)

August 20, 2012

One year ago today, I became my own boss. My transition from day job to entrepreneurship was scary, thrilling and challenging. When I quit my 9-to-5, I was worried about disappointing my boss and colleagues, stressed about bringing in enough money to live solely off my own business, and unsure how to structure days, weeks […]

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One Major Disadvantage of Working for Yourself

August 15, 2012

When I decided to leave my day job and work on my business full time, one of the first things my dad-slash-financial-advisor helped me with was figuring out how much money I needed to earn — both to maintain my standard of living and to meet my life and financial goals. Because while there are […]

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Next Up: Nicaragua & Costa Rica

January 11, 2012

I’m on a I-bought-a-ticket high! I’ve been scheming for a while on my next trip, wavering on destinations, and I finally took the plunge: I’m headed to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for three weeks in February. I prefer to travel over land as opposed to flying, so I bought a one-way ticket from D.C. to […]

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