The 1099s are rolling in, and it’s time to face the taxman. Taxwoman. Taxperson. I still haven’t figured out how best to navigate taxes when it comes to self-employment income that rivals my W2 salary, but I’m getting there. At any rate, several years ago, I thought, “if I could just make an extra ten… Continue reading How I made almost $50K freelancing in 2019
It’s tax time! Last year, we ended up owing almost $6,000. I try to frame this not as “OH SHIT WHAT THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO DO” but “wow I’m so grateful to have so much extra work.” It’s…a hard sell. Freelance Company 1 does not send 1099s, so I self-report: for 2018, I… Continue reading How I made almost $50K in side hustles last year
These net worth posts always make my stomach turn up in knots when I start writing them. I actually had a conversation with my husband last night where I insisted, over and over, that comparison is the thief of joy, and seeing other people’s successes doesn’t make our situation better or worse. That last year… Continue reading ENW February 2020: $50,900.
Sonya has been asking to go to California for a few years now. I think it’s because she expects the state to be dripping with YouTube stars, but the truth is, my kids haven’t seen the western part of the U.S., and a dear friend of mine from grad school lives out there, and my… Continue reading Mom, I really want to go to California
I need to get this off my chest from the get-go: I have been working for this company for over two years now, I’ve made something like $80,000 with them, and I have no idea what the difference is between Cactus Communications and Editage. My guess is that Editage is a part of Cactus? The… Continue reading Is Cactus Communications (Editage) legit? A review
I’ve been thinking about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness plan quite a bit lately. Did I say lately? I mean every minute of every day for the past six years. At any rate, a few things have come up lately. First, it’s time for my annual employment recertification. Actually, it was time for that several… Continue reading Public Service Loan Forgiveness – am I making too much money?
Yesterday, I paid off another low-payment loan – it was one part of the loans for the solar panels. This is good, it frees up $150 a month to go toward the 0% credit cards we have. I am overjoyed to be rid of it, even though our monthly budget does not change at all,… Continue reading Another day, another dollar
In January, I set what seemed to be a totally reasonable, useful freelancing goal: $2000 a month, on average, including both major companies. Company B, which doesn’t even feel like work, typically has a project worth about $500 (usually more, but I plan on $500). That leaves $50 a day or so for Company A,… Continue reading Freelancing my life away
Once upon a time, outside of a Red Lobster that we didn’t have the money to go to but I just couldn’t consider cooking dinner after the preliminary news from the specialist, my primary care physician told me over the phone that the brain tumor in my head might actually kill me that night. I… Continue reading Oops I blew my budget
When Sonya was a baby, a friend of mine was talking about wanting another child. At the time, I was in graduate school, getting a stipend for teaching while also working at Starbucks (side note: I loved that job), and my husband was working at Radio Shack not quite full time. I think our combined… Continue reading On what salary can you comfortably raise children?