LASIK Eye Surgery: An Insider’s Look at the Cost, Recovery Time and Results

After wearing glasses for six years I decided to pay for LASIK eye surgery. Yeah I know, it sounds terrifying. I felt the same way! I mean someone is cutting into your eye with a laser! So much could go wrong. Or at least those were my fears! But as someone who works at a computer for a living, my eyes have taken a beating in the past few years. They’ve slowly been getting worse and I wanted to … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Best Small Business Accounting Systems for 2017

Sifting through multiple small business accounting systems is time-consuming and quite the headache. And I should know! As an ex-accountant and small business advocate it’s my job to test out different programs and share my honest findings. The good news is that I don’t mind putting in the work so you don’t have to. I’m all about working smarter not harder and being able to earn more money in less … [Read more...]

The 3 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Earning Cash Back

I’ve been a business owner for nearly 6 years and in that time I’ve learned the importance of cash flow and running a lean business. So today I’m sharing the best small business credit cards for earning cash back. It’s the best way to maximize all the money you spend investing in your small business. I mean, you work hard for our money! You deserve to make the most of … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Life by Tracking Every Tiny Business Expense

Improving your life as a small business owner starts by making small but positive changes. There are so many aspects of our lives that need to be taken care of: health, financial, social, personal and business. Some days it can feel overwhelming trying to balance everything and still find enjoyment in your work. One of the aspects I’ve learned to successfully control is business finances, and … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Take Today if You Missed the Income Tax Deadline

So you missed the income tax deadline? Take a deep breath and know that you have options. Sometimes the situation is out of your control. For example, the main reason I procrastinate on filing self-employed taxes isn’t for a lack of trying, but because I almost ALWAYS find errors with client-issued 1099-MISC. When you’re a freelancer who runs a small business it takes a lot more time … [Read more...]

How to Quickly and Securely Pay Estimated Tax Payments Online

It’s no secret that if you’re self-employed you have to pay estimated tax payments every quarter. This is probably one of the least favorite tasks that business owners have to do. But it has to be done! No one wants the IRS on their backs or to end up with a large tax bill every year. Before paying your taxes though, you must first know when these quarterly tax payments are due. #duh So, here are … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Core Money Values from the Capital One #BankingReimagined Tour

Last year I was approached by Capital One about their plans to do a banking tour with brand new openings of the Capital One Cafes in Denver and Boulder. I can truly say that I was personally excited about this news since I’ve been looking for a better workspace experience as a freelancer. As a reader of this blog you know that I enjoy testing out different tools, sharing my honest review of … [Read more...]

DIY vs Hiring a Pro: How to Find the Best Tax Professional Near You

Hiring the right tax professional could honestly make or break your freelance business. A tax preparer is privy to all your financial details, including everything from your income, bank accounts, relationships and business ventures. They even know your Social Security number so you want to make sure this person is qualified and trustworthy. Here’s how to find the best tax professional near you, … [Read more...]

MileIQ App Review: Save Hundreds on Taxes By Tracking Business Miles

No matter what type of business you’re building, it’s important to keep track of all your income and expenses so you can pay your fair share of taxes. I don’t know about you but when it comes to tracking mileage for client meetings and coworking days, I usually don’t even bother because of the hassle. But thanks to the MileIQ app you can get an accurate account of your business … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Actually Look Forward to Filing Your Taxes Every Year

Tax season is actually a time of year that I don’t really dread. Wait, what? Did I just say that?! Yep, as a financial geek and former tax professional I actually look forward to tax season every year. But it wasn’t always this way. The main reason is because I prepare my finances throughout the year, so I have a pretty accurate picture of how my taxes are going to look. That way I … [Read more...]

How Self-Employed Freelancers Can Avoid a Huge Tax Bill

There are some awesome advantages to being your own boss; setting your own hours, traveling when you’d like, and the potential to bring in more income. However, since you’re no longer an employee (that gets the benefit of having an employer pay half your taxes) you’re responsible to pay your own taxes every year. It hasn’t even been a whole year since I quit my job in May 2013 to work on my own … [Read more...]

How I Reimagined My Financial Life to Pursue My Freelance Passions

In 2011 I was depressed, divorced and in over $14,000 of debt. I worked at a job that was sucking the life out of me and was literally bad for my health. (I lost weight, barely slept and my hair was falling out.) I was bored and unmotivated to the point where I slipping into depression. Then, after witnessing a drive-by shooting right outside my second-story window, I decided to change my life for … [Read more...]

Tax Checklist for Freelancers: 9 Frequently Forgotten Tax Deductions and Credits

Freelancing is a pretty freaking great profession, at least until tax season rolls around. Owing money to the IRS is never a fun process but you can ease the pain by getting organized in advance and planning for tax season throughout the year. As an ex-accountant for over a decade I’ve helped a lot of freelancers and business owners tackle tax season. Here are the five most commonly … [Read more...]

Video: What I Learned at the Capital One #BankingReimagined Tour

Last year I was approached by Capital One about their plans to do a banking tour with brand new openings of the Capital One Cafes in Denver and Boulder. I can truly say that I was personally excited about this news since I’ve been looking for a better workspace experience as a freelancer. As a reader of this blog you know that I enjoy testing out different tools, sharing my honest review of … [Read more...]

5 Payment Processing Solutions for Small Biz Owners to Minimize Fees

One of the most important factors in running a freelance business is getting paid. Without cash flow your small business would no longer be able to function successfully. As a business owner this means it’s your job to offer as many payment options to your clients as possible. Not only will this help you increase your bottom line but it will prove to your clients that you care about their payment … [Read more...]

How I Cut My Freelance Business Expenses by Nearly Half

In 2015 I invested a lot of time and money into growing this blog, and my skills as a freelancer. I purchased a lot of courses and paid a crazy amount out to freelance contractors alone (this was for help with social media marketing, graphic design and launching a membership site). I was determined to make my #blogtobiz plan a success. Because of this, I spent money that I thought was necessary to … [Read more...]