Happy Saturday, and Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating Hanukkah! This is the last weekend before Christmas, which means everyone and their families are out at the malls today.
This is great for me, because I had to take my car in for an oil change and maintenance (100k miles! My poor old car, not even close to 10 years old yet!), and no one was there. Score for getting essential errands done while everyone else is distracted by shopping!
Hey – crowdsourcing question! For all your freelancers out there, what invoicing/tracking software or programs do you use? I’m getting started in freelancing (more on that exciting news later!) but it would be great to a) avoid PayPal’s fees as much as possible and b) help track what I will owe in quarterly taxes. Any ideas? I’ve looked into Freshbooks and GoDaddy Bookkeeping so far, and they seem all right, although they do two different things (invoicing and estimating taxes, respectively). It would be great to get a 2-in-1!
The Week in Sunburnt Saver
On Tuesday, we discussed the SHOW Formula, a super helpful technique to help you ace interview questions and wrap up your interview thoughts succinctly. One of the things I’ve noticed when people interview is they tend to ramble. Using the SHOW Formula will help you summarize why you’re the best candidate for the job, and it will help you curtail your rambling.
I also posted over at Young Finances on the intangibles of interviewing, like mirroring your interview panel and discussing why you’re also a great fit for the city in which you’re interviewing. Your interviewers want to hire a solid candidate, but they also want to like you, which is why it’s important to focus on these intangibles.
I’d really like to continue writing for Young Finances when/if LaTisha looks to hire writers in February, so if you could go over and visit my post, share it or comment, I would totally love you!! 🙂
On Thursday, I talked about how to brainstorm effectively. With the rush of the holiday season, and daily life requirements, sometimes it can be hard to sit down and get some you time to think about what you want: in your career, life, and personal development. Check out the post to see how you can reclaim your time and focus on your goals for 2015!
Best of the PF Web
On to even more fun! The best of the personal finance web this week:
1. Once you’ve figured out some personal goals for yourself, check out Erin’s post on Young Adult Money about budgeting your time like you budget your money. You’re careful about budgeting your money, so why not put that care towards budgeting your time?
2. Will at First Quarter Finance wrote a great post about enhancing your willpower. I really liked his example of thinking of yourself like an avatar – if you wouldn’t let your Sims avatar slack off, why would you let yourself slack off? And yes, I know we’re not Sims (although I’d love to have a cheat code to get more money… haha), but humor us here. 🙂
3. Michelle at Making Sense of Cents did a 2014 financial wrap up – her first year self-employed! Check out how she did this year and her upcoming plans for 2015!
4. Tonya at Budget and the Beach had a terrific post about not necessarily having everything she wants, but having everything she needs. This is a really great reminder to think about what’s important to you: is having a long commute, but in a town and house you love, worth it? Or would you rather live in a run down place that’s close to a beach, or city life, or whatever it is that gets you excited? I really liked the post, because I know there are things in life I’d be willing to give up in order to have a better quality of life!
5. Last but not least, Mel from BrokeGIRLRich reviewed Acorns, a rounding-up investment app. It seems super neat, and it looks like you can invest easily without much thought. I know that might not appeal to people who like to be hyper-aware of their investments, but I think it’s a great tool to help people automatically invest. Check it out!
Okay, well I actually had worked to take home this weekend, so I better get to it while my willpower is still up! 🙂 Have a great Saturday!