Cash Money: $11,660 in October Income Plus Blog and Life Updates

family pictureI’m pretty sad that October is over.  After all, I absolutely love autumn in Indiana and Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  Now that it’s all over, I can only count down the days until spring and summer when I can venture outside without wearing a moo moo and a trash bag.

I absolutely hate winter, and working at home only makes it worse.  Last winter, I didn’t leave my house for weeks at a time.  When that happens, I start losing my mind! [Read more…]

Cash Money: $9,438 in September Income…and a Business Card Giveaway

Winner for "Best Frugality Blog"

Winner for “Best Frugality Blog”

Good morning friends, haters, and frenemies.  Welcome to my monthly income report- please try to contain yourself.

It’s been another great month in the world of web-based freelance writing.  As I reported a few months ago, I lost one fairly lucrative job and instantly went on the hunt for something to replace it.  Well, apparently I replaced it and then some…because my earnings skyrocketed last month! [Read more…]

5 Unfortunate Facts About Self-Employment

boss mugAs most people know, I left my stable, full-time job to pursue self-employment in April of 2013.

The fact that I was able to quit was a dream-come-true at the time.  I truly liked my old job at the mortuary, but working for someone else got old- and fast.  I had always dreamed of being the boss lady- creating my own schedule and succeeding or failing on my own terms.  And now, here I am, doing exactly that.

And on most days, it rocks. [Read more…]

Avoid the Pitfalls of Blogging

bloggingKassandra Dasent is a self-employed wife and step-mom striving to live life beyond what money can buy. She writes about a variety of topics and personal experiences that all intersect with money.  You can communicate directly with Kassandra at More Than Just Money.

You’ve decided to become a blogger?  Welcome to the jungle!  How’s that been going for you?  

Cue the crickets…

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It’s Hard to Call This Luck

lydia schoolThis morning I put my oldest daughter on the school bus for the very first time.  As the bus pulled away, my feelings instantly turned to a mixture of excitement and fear.  We visited the school last week and met her teacher, and I carefully filled her lunchbox with some of her favorite things.  But, what if she forgets where her classroom is?  Or, if she leaves her lunchbox on the school bus?

What happens if she falls on the playground or sits alone at lunch because no one will play with her? [Read more…]

Tips for Freelancers

moneycomputerAs most people know, I left my 9-5 job in April of 2013 to work as a web-based writer.  I was already writing quite a bit up to that point, but it was always a “side hustle” or a regular ol’ part-time job.  It was only last year when my part-time income finally surpassed what I was making at my full-time job.  Once that happened, I was finally able to break free from the chains of regular employment.  #SeeYouBye

Since then I’ve always met or exceeded my monthly income goal of $4,000, with most months earnings coming in somewhere between $5,000 and $6,000.  As someone who never dreamed I could work out of the comfort of my own home, I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone.  Being self-employed isn’t perfect, but it sure beats wearing a monkey suit and staring at the clock all day.  No thank you. [Read more…]