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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers: the Ebook

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Blog Posts, Publications, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

First, I’d like to thank my mom and dad. In all seriousness, they raised me to be frugal, or at least to focus on value rather than flashiness when making purchasing decisions, and to save money whenever I could, whether it was in a piggy bank or a CD. Then I became a freelancer, and I had to be frugal by necessity. I’ve developed habits to make frugality more automatic, and I’ve learned ever more tips and methods to save on expenses or to earn extra income. Some of them I...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 4: Savings and Investment Accounts, Final Thoughts

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Blog Posts, Work and Career | 0 comments

Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 4: Savings and Investment Accounts, Final Thoughts

In the previous posts of this series, I’ve discussed sources of income, ways of keeping down expenses, and how I send and receive payments. Here, let’s talk about the other accounts I have, those for savings and investments. While I’ve mentioned these in passing throughout the previous posts, now they deserve more detail. Then I’ll close this post with my final thoughts. Mint’s free budgeting software is awesome for tracking my savings and the goals I’m saving...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 3: Payment Methods

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 3: Payment Methods

Bank accounts, credit cards, Paypal—it seems being a modern economic agent means all these different options coming out of your ears. In this third section of my money management series, I’ll go over different accounts I have and how I use them, both to get paid and to pay others. Cash and ATM This is actually the last part of my expense budget in Mint, its own line item. I assign myself a certain amount per month that I can take out as cash and use however I want. These cash...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2.5: Expenses, Continued

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

This is part 2.5 rather than 3 because all my discussion of expenses had been intended for one post. However, I turned out to have a lot to say about coupons and grocery savings. So let’s pick up where we left off. But first, I wanted to share a relevant read from this week: Kickstarter’s Happening newsletter included a link to The Creative Independent’s Guide for Financial Survival During the COVID Crisis. It’s by a financial planner who offers in-depth advice based on...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2: Expenses

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Blog Posts, Featured, Work and Career | 0 comments

Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2: Expenses

Let’s continue this series with a discussion of how I keep expenses down. Again, I’m not going to tell you not to buy Starbucks (but I will explain how I don’t). And if you’ve been penny-pinching for years, this might not all be new to you, or feasible for you. Part of my inspiration for this blog series came about after I read The $1,000 Challenge and realized I was already executing most of its tips that applied to me (it’s still a highly entertaining and pretty...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 1: Income

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Featured, Work and Career | 0 comments

This not going to be a series of posts where I tell you to stop buying lattes at Starbucks (though I will talk about what I do instead). Nor am I going to magically fix your budget with a few suggestions – wish I could, especially in these times when many people are facing budget strain, freelancers not least. But over the past few months, as I’ve advised a number of new freelancers, I realized there numerous tips I wish I’d taken sooner, and which seemed new to my friends....

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A schedule for the next few months, pandemic nonwithstanding

Posted by on Mar 12, 2020 in Blog Posts, Work and Career | 0 comments

One upside of working from home is that even a global pandemic doesn’t interrupt your schedule much…that said, I hope everyone is washing their hands properly! If you aren’t immunocompromised, consider leaving masks and alcohol wipes for those who most need them. For clients interested in booking me over the next few months: I’m closed to new projects through March 20, and then will briefly open. Because of a major project scheduled ahead of time, I will not be editing...

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Release Day

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Blog Posts, Publications, Work and Career | 0 comments

Release Day

Three collections of revised and reprinted short fiction are out today! John Kosichev and Other Heroes: Stories of Resistance In small ways and large, ordinary people and extraordinary ones defy the regimes that would crush them. Available on Amazon and wider distributors through Draft2Digital – and in paperback!   The Astrologer’s Telling: Stories of Worlds Ending and the Cost of Survival What would you be willing to sacrifice to go on? And when going on becomes impossible, what...

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New Story Collections: Heroes, Apocalypse, Loyalty and Betrayal

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Blog Posts, Featured, Publications, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

New Story Collections: Heroes, Apocalypse, Loyalty and Betrayal

Embarrassment is a poor motivation for writing, so I won’t be ashamed about how little readers have seen of me over the past few years. I haven’t been wasting my time – I’ve edited dozens of amazing novels, helped to plan two Waukesha County Sustainability Fairs, and found out this online dating thing might be all it’s cracked up to be (even if it means off-line interactions require an hour-long drive. I’m taking audiobook recommendations, by the way!). All...

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Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Editing, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Part of being an editor is noticing patterns—the motion of a character arc, the raveling of a resolution, or the fact that the past five paragraphs have all started with the same word. Here’s another pattern: I’ve been recommending certain articles and books to almost every client I work with, year after year. So why not share them here once and for all? These 12 short articles and 6 books delve into the writing techniques I comment on most frequently. Many of them formed the core of my own...

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