How to Invest When You Don’t Have a 401(k)

At 24, I had no clue how investing worked. I didn’t know a stock from a bond. Index fund? What’s that? My idea of investing was the hope that my childhood Beanie Baby collection might be worth money someday. However, despite my lack of even basic knowledge...

The Case for Being Unproductive

Yesterday I took a three-hour lunch. Which sounds excessive and luxurious (and not to say it wasn’t), but I’ve also worked an average of 50 hours a week for the past three months. I’ve worked every weekend, hunched over my laptop, forking oatmeal into my mouth,...

How I Budget With a Variable Income

Freelancing is great, but there are some things I miss about full-time employment: Free coffee Mingling with coworkers Cheaper health insurance And a steady paycheck. For the most part, my income doesn’t vary too much from month to month, but it does vary. Even...

How to Stay in Vacation Mode Once It’s Over

In one of my favorite episodes of Frasier, Niles is so reinvigorated after a trip to Belize that he develops a persona when he returns to day-to-day life: Island Niles. Unlike day-to-day Niles, “Island Niles” is carefree, non-judgemental, and relaxed. He...

Let’s Bust Some Freelancing Writing Myths

There’s a reason freelance writers rarely introduce themselves as such when asked, “what do you do?” It usually shuts down the conversation. People have their own assumptions about what it means to be a freelancer and those assumptions are rarely positive. As my...