Saving for Retirement : A Guide for the Self-Employed

If you’re doing any kind of job with an inconsistent income, dude, that’s rad. You’ve made it past the hard part of taking a chance away from the reliability of a consistent paycheck and dove head first into the world of managing an unpredictable amount of money. WOOHOO! I commend you, that’s no easy task. I’m hopeful it’s crossed your mind that all your long-term savings are now dependent on how you plan but if it hasn’t…I’m here to remind you, PRIORITIZE SAVING.

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How To Save Enough Money To Take Your Side Hustle Full-Time

A few months ago I shared how I prepared to quit my full-time job and make my side hustle my main gig. Since sharing that post I’ve gotten lots of questions about how to save that amount of money. Saving can be hard. It can be especially hard if you’re on your own with no other support to fall back on. That’s where I was when I made the decision to start saving to go full-time. These are a few of the ways that I set aside extra money to reach my goals.

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How Finding Community Helped Me Let Go Of Creative Comparison

Yep, I’ve done it too, scrolled my social feed and wondered why my images aren’t as flawless as other artists. I used to wonder why my clients even hired me because there were a zillion other photographers out there who are just as good or better in my eyes. I can’t be the only one, I think it’s inevitable. We naturally compare ourselves. I’m sure there is a specific list of photographers that comes to mind even, but now is the time to stop comparing yourself to them.

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How I prepared to quit my job

I still remember the day I realized I didn't want to work my normal job anymore. I had lost every bit of love I had for it. I still loved the people but all I could think about was pursuing more clients for my side hustle when I was suppose to be managing social media accounts. I talk to people all the time who want to ditch the full-time job to become a full-time business owner but just don't know how to transition. I didn't know much about how to run a business, pay taxes, or budget an income that constantly fluctuates but I could figure it out.

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To The Loved Ones of Self-Employed Humans

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met with fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs and discussed feeling misunderstood. Often times sharing feelings of frustration, hurt or disconnect toward our loved ones because they ‘just don’t understand’. After too many of these conversations I realize maybe the disconnect is partially our fault. Maybe we’re not doing as good of a job expressing our needs as we think. So what do I need from you?

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7 Things No One Told Me About Self-Employment

I finally took the plunge to self-employment in February of 2017. I had backed off to part time at my job and was finally ready to take the next big step to what I considered 'complete freedom.' I put in my two weeks notice, I organized my budget, and I thought I was ready to go. I was going to be my own boss. This was going to rock.