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Maternity Leave: What It’s Like When You Work From Home

Maternity Leave: What It's Like When You Work From HomeBy Anum Yoon

Being self-employed can be incredibly liberating. You are allowed to follow your passions and make your own rules. Being self-employed can also be incredibly burdensome. If you aren’t working, you aren’t making money.

When it comes to taking long periods of time off work, like maternity leave, self-employed women must be more prepared than women who get employer-paid time off. It’s not impossible, but it does take some careful consideration.

Here’s how to make the best of your maternity leave when you work from home.

Save, Save, Save 

Some states offer paid family leave for self-employed women, but most don’t. If you don’t live in a state that offers this kind of disability insurance, it will be up to you to save money prior to your leave. Decide how much time you’d like to take away from work then plan your savings accordingly. Also consider your future medical bills.

Everyone has heard the old adage a penny saved is a penny earned, but I’ve got a new one for you: a penny gifted is a penny saved. In other words, be smart about your baby shower registry. Yes, those frilly dresses and miniature tuxedos are adorable, but they are not practical or necessary. Ask friends and relatives for baby items that require a constant supply – diapers, wipes and creams. The less money you have to shell out for daily expenses, the further your saved dollars will stretch. (more…)

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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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Something More Important Than How Much You Are Paid . . . and Seven Ways to Improve it

Something More Important Than How Much You Are Paid . . . and Seven Ways to Improve itBy Diana Schneidman

What is more important than how much you are paid for your freelance, work-at-home assignments?

Many people would say “nothing.” After all, for a person trying to make a living, what you are paid is darned important.

Some would give a more spiritual answer. Perhaps self-fulfillment is more important. Doing work you love. Making the world a better place to live in.

I can’t argue against those values. Work is about more than money. But for the purpose of this article, I’m going back to the financial side of it.

So here is my answer as to what is more important than how much you are paid. It’s how quickly you are paid.

Sadly, the waiting time for corporate payment to self-employed, work-at-home freelancers is often much longer than it used to be. Payment far too often stretches out for interminable periods . . . or at least what seems far too long if we need the money for food, rent, and other necessities of life. Sometimes payment never shows up. As time extends and the funds never appear, we suspect we will never get paid. (more…)

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full Time

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full TimeBy Sarah Ratliff

I was raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression. My father was born in 1923, before it began, and my mother was born in 1933, as it was well underway. In both instances only their mothers were able to hold on to their jobs. My paternal grandmother was a schoolteacher and my maternal grandmother worked as a domestic (today we’d call this a combination chef and housekeeper) to a wealthy family.

Both had job security.

Having lived through such extreme economic uncertainty, my parents, along with many others from that era, believed the only way to all but guarantee financial security was to get an advanced education, followed by a job in a financially stable company—ideally a Fortune 500 one. (more…)

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How to Be Fairly Paid as a Freelancer

How to Be Fairly Paid as a FreelancerBy Yohana Petrovic

Has the siren call of the flexibility and autonomy of a freelancer’s life gotten to you? If it has, and if you have already ventured into those rough but exciting waters that make up a freelancer’s journey, you now know how easy it is to underbid yourself just so that you can get a contract – just so that you can make that next small paycheck. More often than not this feels like the only way. After all, the market is competitive. There are probably ten other people out there that look just as attractive to potential clients/employers on paper as you do. If you are just now looking into becoming a freelance writer you might think that the best way to break into the market and establish a reputation for yourself is by underbidding everyone else so that you can get a contract or win over a client.

Please don’t sell yourself short! Just don’t do it! It really isn’t worth it. When you try to sell your services for less than what everyone else is selling theirs for, you are just shooting yourself in the foot. How, you might ask? After all, you could get the contract, right? Isn’t that all you want? No. Absolutely not. You do want to get a contract (or a client), yes, but you only want to get a client (or contract, or project) that will be beneficial for you. (more…)

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