Finance & Business


The Mental Benefits of Exercise - and 3 Desk Workouts You Can Try Now

Creative work can feel draining. Ask anyone who's pushed to think outside the box (especially for a living!), and you'll see you're in good company. It takes a special kind of energy to sustain top-notch, imaginative output. 

What's a Competitive Pricing Strategy?

So, you're ready to start a freelance business. You've done the research, determined you're a niche expert and have everything you need to get started. Everything, that is, except a competitive pricing strategy. Deciding what to charge isn't as simple as the other steps you've taken so far. After all, many of your previous actions were straightforward, even "administrative." Determining your worth as a freelancer is more complicated. 

The Benefit of Taking Risks in Your Freelance Biz

If you've spent the last few weeks consuming how-to-grow-your-business books, e-courses, tutorials and videos - great, more power to you. Learning is good. But, it might be time to stop. Just...stop.

Don't Let the Pitfalls of Freelancing Freak You Out

Let's be honest: The thought of freelancing full time can be downright terrifying. After all, striking out on your own is, by nature, a risk. To make the gamble worth it, creatives often weigh the risks against the benefits and, seeing the benefits far outweigh the potential pitfalls, make the leap. Most, however, freeze. The dream ends at the mere thought of all the things that could (and sometimes do) go wrong. 

Can You Be a Full-Time Freelancer? Here's How to Know for Sure

For years, you've dreamed about it: being your own boss, owning your own business and doing your own thing. But how can you know when it's time to make the leap to full-time freelancer? After all, what's to say you won't end up back in the cubicle within a few months? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to know how you'll fare. The six questions outlined here can guide you along the way. 

How to Meet Deadlines - Even It the World's Ending

One morning, I woke up to find my world on fire. As a successful freelancer, I carefully arrange everything in a way uniquely conducive to my work, so I found it especially funny (by this, I mean not funny at all) to see it collapsing around me. The dog was loose, the kids were sick, the roof sprung a leak, a crying friend was begging to talk and the internet was down. Oh, and there was nothing in the fridge. 

Investing Money Wisely: 4 Secrets from Self-Made Investors

6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business

Jobs for Kids: 10 Ways Your Kids Can Earn Dough Today

Inspiration From 17 Timeless Money Quotes Sure to Make You Think 

Published July 11th, 2016

Joining a Nonprofit Board of Directors: Everything You Need to Know

Beyond the Repayment Calculator: What You Need to Know About Debt 

Using resources, such as a repayment calculator, payment plans, or forgiveness programs can help you manager you student debt. 

9 Fiscal Reasons to Clean Out Your House

Are You the Heir to a Beneficiary Deed? 

Published December 11th, 2015

Can it Wait? Choosing a Beneficiary - Know When it Matters

Published November 4th, 2015

How To Start A Business Of Your Own (Hint: It's Not Debt!)

Published January 27th, 2016

What is "Slow" Money, and How Do I Get It? 

Published November 11th, 2015

Financial Goals: What's Smart, What's Not

Published November 12th, 2015

Income, and Savings, and Debt, Oh My! How You Should Save and Why

Published April 4th, 2016

"What's a Scam, Exactly?" How to Spot a Rip-Off: 3 Simple Steps

Published June 20th, 2016

Hidden Costs of a New Job: How to Make the Switch

Published January 6th, 2016

What Is Financial Freedom?: 8 Signs You May Not Be Free

Published January 8th, 2016

Home Fixed Costs: What They Are, How to Plan for Them

Published October 10th, 2015

How To Teach Kids About Money (Hint: It's Not Lecturing!) - 5 Money Games for Kids

Do You Need Money Advice? Maybe Not! Take This Fun Quiz to Assess Your Financial Literacy

What's Your Plan For Student Debt Management? 

Published February 22nd, 2016

Attention, Young Adults: 8 Money Tips You Need to Know Now

Published October 15th, 2015

When New Debt Might Be the Right Choice

Published January 29th, 2016

Debt Consolidation Loan vs. Debt Management Program: A Side-By-Side Comparison

Published January 12th, 2016

3 Brilliant Tips for Saving Money on Back-to-School This Year: Avoid These Common Spending Pitfalls

Published July 22nd, 2016

Good and Bad Debt: When "Debt" is More Than a 4-Letter Word

Published July 29th, 2015

Planning For Retirement? Who, ME? Yes, You!

Published April 11th, 2015

How to Save Money While Boosting Curb Appeal: Landscaping on the Cheap

Published February 9th, 2016

To Renovate or Not? Home Improvement Projects and Their Long-Term Benefits

Published September 16th, 2015


The Best Ways to Save For Home Improvement Projects

Published September 7th, 2015

What is Shopping Addiction? 9 Warning Signs

Published July 14th, 2016

How to Break Bad Spending Habits

Published February 1st, 2016

No Interest Credit Card: When to Do it, When to Run

Published October 24th, 2015

Renting or Owning: Financial Benefits of Each Option

September 17th, 2015

8 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Your Workout Routine

Published June 27th, 2016

Variable Income: How to Budget When Paychecks Fluctuate 

Published January 4th, 2016

9 Creative Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning During Dog Days of Summer

Published July 20th, 2016

How to Choose a Bank That's Perfect For You: A Checklist From The Experts

Published November 16th, 2015

Do Dollar Dinners Exist? 5 Cheap Meal Ideas to Prove Yes, They Do!

Published May 31st, 2016

Fearing the Overdraft? Here's How to Avoid and Prevent It

Published November 23rd, 2015

Six Ways to Shop Local Without Going Out of Your Way

Restaurant, Cafeteria or Grocery Meals: Money-Saving Tricks for Lunches

Published October 19th, 2015

4 Ways Credit Cards Are Commonly Misunderstood

Published September 15th, 2015

Surprising Advantages of Direct Deposit, Plus: How to Enroll Today

Published April 19th, 2016

7 Thoughtful, Cheap Birthday Gifts to Surprise Family and Friends

Published July 23rd, 2016

Pre-Approved for a Credit Card? What It Means and What You Should Do

Published April 16th, 2015

Piggy Banks, Envelopes, and Mattresses, Oh My! Pros and Cons of The Cash-Only Approach

Published November 3rd, 2015

Decorating Your First Home Without Debt: 6 Ways to Express Yourself For (Almost) Free

Published December 14th, 2015

12 Shopping Addiction Signs That May Surprise You

Published December 18th, 2015

5 Tips for Smart College Spending

Published August 29th, 2015

Northwest Georgia's Best Free Activities: 12 Creative Things To Do Without Spending a Dime

Published June 28th, 2016

CESI's Financial Education Programs: Your Key To A Bright Financial Future

Published January 18th, 2016

Credit and Debit Cards: Which One, if Either, You Should Ditch

Published October 11th, 2015

Before Declaring Bankruptcy: Options You Need to Know 

Published October 13th, 2015

Never Be Late Again: How to Ensure Bills are Paid On-Time...Every Time

Published October 6th, 2015

5 Tips for Setting a Budget And Sticking To It

Published September 10th, 2015

Unexpected Medical Expenses: How You Can Prepare Today

Published September 8th, 2015

Before Neglecting Your Loans: Know the Penalties and What To Do

Published August 18th, 2015

A 5 Step Debt Management Plan You Can Start Today

Published May 18th, 2015

Saving Money With a Limited Income: Mission Possible

Published April 27th, 2015

5 Pitfalls of Payday Loan Services You May Not Know

Published April 5th, 2015