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Escaping the 9 to 5 Grind

Escaping the 9 to 5 GrindTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

I graduated from Penn State last year with degrees in Marketing & PR. Two weeks after graduation, I started my career. It was a pretty traditional job with a marketing company, which was great – but wasn’t making me happy. I wasn’t being challenged and didn’t see myself growing as a professional, and I went looking for something that could fix that.

The whole search for career happiness thing is what inspired me to start Punched Clocks. From there, I started freelancing and have loved every bit of it since!

Outside of being a huge PSU fan, a marketer, and a writer, I’m also:

  1. ENGAGED, and planning a wedding to my wonderful fiancé! (Can you tell I’m still super excited?!)
  2. A proud mama to two beautiful dogs. One boxer, Bella, who actually helped us announce our engagement! And more recently, we adopted a boston terrier named Ruby.
  3. Part of a huge, close-knit family from which I’ve gained infinite wit and wisdom, hand-me-downs, and an extremely loud voice.
  4. A lover of all things health, DIY, wedding, style, and marketing related.
  5. A busy, busy woman with a short attention span and a need to be moving at all times.


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How Teens Can Make Money Blogging

How Teens Can Make Money BloggingTell us a little bit about yourself and your blogging journey.

My mom requires each of us to do a project for high school. Something that will help us develop real life skills and make a difference in the world. I decided to do a website, but I wasn’t sure of my topic. After listening to “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey with my mom in the car every afternoon, I started doing some research. I found so many great resources for adults to get themselves out of debt, but nothing for teens (by a teen) that would help them not make those mistakes in the first place. I started TeensGotCents in January of 2013.

How are you currently growing your blog?

Most of my growth is through other personal finance bloggers telling their readers about me or through the interviews I do on local television every couple of months. I have all the normal social media stuff, but don’t have an advertising budget at this point so the growth I have seen has been slow but steady and almost all organic.

What’s your number one source of blog traffic?

Google and Facebook are right up there.

How are you monetizing your blog?

I have a corporate sponsor, 121 Financial Credit Union, and I occasionally do sponsored posts IF the topic is something I would write about on my own anyway. I also teach personal finance classes to teens in my local community.

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How to Make $4,000 a Month as a Freelance Writer

How to Make $4,000 a Month as a Freelance WriterTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

My husband and I were just like any other couple working full-time in Corporate America two years ago. We started our family, realized that’s not how we wanted our life to be and started making changes.

We had already been paying down debt, which helped. We then cut out everything we could in our budget, so my husband could quit his job and start staying home with our kids (currently ages two and three).

After a decade-long career as a financial advisor, I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do “for the rest of my life” and I started looking into freelance writing last April. I was able to build up my business from $0 to $4k/m in six months, which gave me the opportunity to make a big career change at the end of last year by quitting my own job and becoming a full-time freelancer.

Do you have any special training?

Not as a writer. My degree is in Psychology and of course I had the proper investment/insurance licensing in place in order to operate as an advisor.

I’ve always loved to write and have written a couple of first drafts of chick lit fiction novels in the past. It wasn’t until last year that I realized what a market there was for non-fiction writing on the web. (more…)

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How to Make Money as a Retiree – Interview with Carolyn Wainscott

How to Make Money as a Retiree - Interview with Carolyn WainscottTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I am a 75 year old widow of 3 years after 55 years of marriage whose main focus in life has been my family and homemaking. I love designing, creating, and repurposing. I was very involved with my children and their activities, then my grandchildren, and now with my great grandchildren.

I count everything as a learning experience whether a success or not – from making my kid’s Halloween costumes to covering and upholstering our furniture, to designing my first quilt to send to my grandson who was in Hawaii. That was over 30 years ago and that design is now one of the patterns I’ve converted and sold online. I designed costumes and praise banners for our church’s Easter and Christmas productions – some of those will soon be making their way into pattern form too.

I jumped into online marketing on eBay – writing descriptions to catch customers’ interest, taking attractive photos, setting up my PayPal account, and dealing with customers via the Internet. Having to adhere to eBay’s strict customer satisfaction rating was a great experience and I still have a 100% approval rate. I’ve sold handmade items and vintage things I picked up at auctions. I loved it for a while, but have the attention span of a 2 year old and got tired of the packing, wrapping, and hassle of shipping.

In the late 80s while flipping through TV channels, an announcement came across the screen on one of the public access channels on learning to produce your own TV show and since that was something I hadn’t done, decided to call and give it a try. (more…)

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How to Become an Event Planner – Interview with Candice Coppola

How to Become an Event PlannerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

My name is Candice Coppola and I am the creative force behind Jubilee Events. When I opened this company in 2007 I had two objectives: to give my clients an unforgettable experience while planning their parties and to create beautiful, innovative events that clients and their guests would never forget. I have the amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with extraordinary people as they host a monumental occasion.

I gained my experience in design from studying art and art history at Central Connecticut State University. In 2007, Jubilee Events was created after discovering that the area was missing a fresh, young, and unique perspective on event design and planning. We launched our destination brand in 2014 after working with several clients across the world on their unique weddings. I moved to Barbados permanently after living on this beautiful island off and on since 2012.

At Jubilee Events, we provide an unparalleled level of service to each of our clients with our unique and fun planning experience. Our primary focus is bringing to life your incredible love story and vision through design, organization, and planning.

Our work and voice can be seen in many publications, but most recently and most notably in a new inspirational coffee table book I co-authored entitled, The White Dress: in Color — Inspirations for the Modern Bride. (more…)

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