Give Yourself Permission to Suck

Lately I’ve been wanting to experiment with different things. Things I feel like I’m late to the game

Proof That Money Isn’t Everything

So when I decided to take the plunge and pursue freelancing full-time a couple years back, I did so with the intention of having time to work on some personal projects, namely a collection of short stories. Now that I’ve been getting this itch to also write a book to help artists and freelancers with

Tools for Self-Employment Folks: So…What’s Really Essential?

As a self-described minimalist freelancer, I’m really reluctant to sign up for new apps and tools to run my freelance business. That’s because I feel like there are only so many things you need. It’s far too easy to get bombarded with the latest apps or tools claiming to save you time and money and

How to Manage the “Dark Side” of Freelancing (aka Downsides)

So the other day a fellow freelancer shared this post on the dark side of the gig economy. Naturally, I was curious. What was this “dark side” of the gig economy? Were there child labor slaves working at Uber? A conglomerate comprised of side hustlers funneling water from drought-stricken areas? Nope, it turned out the post

Set Your Estimated Taxes on Autopilot

By Argel Sabillo, Levee Freelancers are all hustling to do one job: Make money. They are balancing the creative process with client expectations—the last thing on their minds is paying taxes. Consequently, many freelancers ignore the fact they are required to pay estimated taxes four times a year until tax time comes around and the

How Freelancers Can Help Each Other Make More Money

As I’ll be focusing on friendship this month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how freelancers can help each other out, particularly with raking in more moola. During my first full year of freelancing, my friends have been my bedrock. They’ve been there to commiserate about everything from assignments from hell to stressful times. We

The Conversation That Helped Me Turn Down a $96,000 a Year Job

When I was in between jobs a few years ago, I was scurrying around like a crazed rat that had lost its way in a maze. The week after I had been let go from a one-year contract job as a personal finance writer for an insurance company, I met with a bunch of different

My First Full Year in the Hustle: Freelancer Wins and Fails

This marks my first full-year as a freelancer. And while it definitely wasn’t always easy, I managed to get through it. There were times when I suffered massive anxiety and thought about getting a job at See’s Candies (my teen dream job, no joke). But the truth was, I was doing fine. I was landing

Freelancing Out of Necessity? Here’s Your Ultimate Game Plan

Freelancing can be pretty freakin’ awesome. But it can also suck hard, too. Having just hit my 15-month mark as full-time freelancer, I’ve realized how crucial it is to keep things together—and how easily things can fall apart. Freelancing is a funky hybrid of sorts. One one hand, you have have the freedom and flexibility

How Creative People Can Kick Butt at Managing Money

You just might be scratching your head. Creative people? Good with money? Let’s be clear about one thing: Just because you may put other things above making money: pursuing your personal projects, taking time off to make art, investing in classes and supplies, doesn’t automatically mean you suck at managing your money, or don’t care about

The Road to Financial Wellness Comes to L.A.

What do you normally do on a weeknight? Do you go home from work and binge watch Stranger Things, or rewatch GOT while noshing on some cronuts? Try something new for a change! Feed your mind and learn how to align your values and purpose with your money (yes, it’s possible) by checking out The

How Getting a Custom Freelancer Contract Can Help you Save or Earn Money

Attorney for freelancers Tristan Blaine, Esq., offers a low down on how creating your own freelancer contract can help save and earn you money, and what exactly to include in the agreement.

How to Maintain Your Productivity Mojo While Traveling

“Hey, do you want to watch our dog?” For the last few years my Chicagoan friends Greg and Dave had talked about me staying with them in Chicago or possibly to do a house swap.  And when they needed someone to watch their dog while they were away in June, it seemed like an opportune

Treat Your Creative Projects Like They’re Clients

Last month when I was in Chicago I attended a Creative Mornings talk with Charles Adler, one of the co-founders of KickStarter. He talked about this illustrator who created a crowdfunding campaign to fund an art project and asked for very little money. The reason why he wanted to do this was not necessarily because

Skimp or Splurge: On Opening Your Own Restaurant

When 27-year-old Jamie Woolner first opened the artisanal pizza eatery Pizza of Venice in the Los Angeles enclave of Altadena, he wanted to do food his way, and pizza was his canvas. At 23 he began creating his own concoctions, and sold his artisanal pizzas in frozen form at wholesale to a wine bar and