What does it really take to be an Independent Woman?

Over the past couple of months, I have been on tour for my Future of Accounting podcast. I partnered with Avalara, a sales tax compliance technology, to host eleven shows in seven cities. The attendees are primarily financial professionals ranging from CPAs to bookkeepers to investment advisors. It has been a dream come true to be able to travel, share my ideas and message to large groups of people and connect with folks from various walks of life. It’s inspiring to hear the attendees stories of launching their own businesses and their success journeys.

After I present, I try to stay in the city for another day to check out their culture and connect with the locals. Naturally, the best place to strike up a conversation is at the bar. Whether I’m at the Roaring Fork in Austin or the Aluel Cellars in Seattle, it’s inevitable that I’ll find someone to talk to…specifically about money and their relationship with it.

Take Katie* for instance. She sat down next to me at a fabulous bar in Seattle. I was sipping on a pineapple mimosa, naturally, while she ordered a Chardonnay. Her outfit was impeccable! Valentino pumps, a Marc Jacobs bag, a crisp white Karina Grimaldi jumpsuit and beautiful dangle earrings. Her nails were polished a light bubblegum pink and she rocked a ginormous (!) wedding ring. We exchanged smiles and started chatting.

She shared that she was originally from Walnut Creek, a posh neighborhood in the affluent Bay Area of California, and had relocated to Seattle to live with her then boyfriend, now husband. After talking about all the fun sites in Seattle, the conversation switched to our careers.

“I’m a blogger. I blog about money.” - I said.

Whenever I share that I’m a money blogger, the conversation goes one of two ways. Either it ends abruptly. Or, the other person is intrigued and wants to chat all things money.

Thankfully Katie fell into the latter group

She confided that she had been laid off from her job in tech a couple of weeks ago and was nervous about her finances. She had been the breadwinner for her family and they were planning on purchasing a home and starting a family soon. Since she had been working in the tech industry and had been earning around $170,000 per year, she had fallen into the habit of spending however much she wanted, whenever she needed. Giving little thought to budgeting or being mindful about her spending. And although her husband was very supportive, they had ample savings and her parents to fall back on, Katie was feeling extremely stressed, anxious and unsure of her future.

When I asked her how much the main household expenses were, she had no clue. Then I asked her what she wanted to do with her next step. She shared that a lot of her friends had suggested that she start her own consulting practice or some sort of business, but she had no idea how to get started. And she was concerned that she wasn’t in a financial position to take a leap of faith to start business.

“I’d love to do my own thing. I want to be independent, call the shots, choose who I work with and who I don’t, but I don’t even know where to start. And I’d want to have a nest egg built up before I take that risky leap.”

Katie is one of countless women I’ve met in this same position. Raised wealthy, very career driven and successful, with everything running smoothly in their life.

Until, an unexpected and unfortunate situation happens. And then they are confronted with the harsh reality that they do not have the skills or confidence they need to be financially independent.

Here’s the thing. While not everyone should start and run their own business full-time, relying solely on your job (or spouse) as the one source of income is more risky than starting a business. Especially when you don’t have the tools and confidence to pick up the pieces in the event that the company lays you off or downsizes.

Being financially independent is not a specific number and it does not mean that you are jet-setting to the Caribbean every weekend. Financial independence means that you are in control of your destiny, you have the ability to generate the income you need to live life exactly as you please.

  1. It takes confidence and mad money skills to be financially independent. I told Katie that a great place to start would be  to calculate how much she needed each month to live her life. Include nail and hair appointments, gym membership, happy hour, and the essentials like rent/mortgage, car payment, groceries, etc. Knowledge is power. And when you know your number, you can start to plan accordingly.
  2. Aim to save three to six months of living expenses. Take the number you just calculated, times it by three and set a goal to have that saved by a certain date. Then, multiply that number by six and set a goal to have that saved by a later date. I am a huge fan of the high-yield savings account from Radius Bank. The bank is completely virtual and currently has one of the highest interest rates on the market.
  3. Write down five to ten ways you could make an extra $1,000 this month. Could you sell clothes? Offer graphic design services on the side or do photography? If you practice making money when you don’t need to, you won’t feel blindsided if you find yourself in a situation when you have to make money.
  4. Start jotting down positive affirmations about yourself in your journal and why you are resourceful, resilient and an INDEPENDENT WOMAN because...
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The biggest key to being financially independent is nurturing your confidence and believing that you can take care of yourself.

 

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Making your passion your paycheck

Imagine waking up every morning, excited to jump out of bed and greet the day ahead. A day full of everything you want to do. Reading your favorite blogs, writing, catching up on the latest Hollywood news, grabbing a mid-morning tea with a girlfriend before heading to yoga.

Then getting your BOSS on with meetings and socialite events. Maybe there’s even a photoshoot thrown in the mix before you head home to wrap up emails and plan for the following day.

Whatever your passion is, there is a way to make it a part of your life. In fact, it is a necessity. Whether you’re doing it just for fun, or want to get paid, giving yourself permission to follow your passion is an important step in feeling fulfilled.

We, of course, are big fans of you getting paid to pursue your passion. Because money is a tool for you to be able to further express your creative talents and experience all that life has to offer. If you haven’t already, be sure to read our 14 reasons why you need to launch your side hustle, NOW. Once you’re done reading it, let’s get to work and make your passion your paycheck.

Here are the ten steps to take to make your dream life, a reality:

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  1. Visualize. Spend fifteen minutes daydreaming about the life you wish to create. What are the activities you’re doing, who are you hanging out with, what feelings are you experiencing, foods you are eating...the more detailed you are, the better!

  2. Choose a focus. If you are like most creatives, you have a lot of ideas that you wish to pursue. In the beginning, it is ok to try different tasks but always have one task as your guiding light. And make sure that all of the other tasks support that guiding light.

  3. Set financial goals. One year from now, how much money do you wish to add to your savings account? How many trips do you want to take and how much will they cost? Think through all of the experiences you wish to have and how much it will cost.

  4. Write down your goals. Gaining clarity on what you want accomplish is a HUGE step in achieving it. Spend a few minutes writing down your financial and life goals. Then, set a deadline to achieve it.

  5. Write a one-page business plan. Include all of your marketing activities that you will do to achieve your goals. If you are a blogger or vlogger, how many pieces of content will you create each week? How often will you post on social media? How many prospective clients or sponsors will you reach out to each week? Write it down.

  6. Create a financial foundation. Open up a bank account that is dedicated to supporting your goal of making your passion your paycheck. This account will be used to deposit any earnings you have, and cover any expenses. Not sure which account to use? We love the hybrid-checking account from Radius Bank. It’s perfect for tech-savvy, creatives like yourself.

  7. Find a money buddy. We all get discouraged or distracted, and having an accountability partner will help you stay on task. Check out our tips on how to choose the right money buddy for you!

  8. Create a daily checklist. Write down one thing you will do everyday to make your dreams a reality.

  9. Write down your gifts. Many of us work towards goals, reach them, and then quickly work towards the next one without stopping to congratulate ourselves. Next to your goals, write down the gifts you will treat yourself to once you achieve them. It can be a walk around the park on a Tuesday afternoon or a spa day treatment.

  10. Schedule a money date. Set aside 15 minutes every week to do your #MoneyandMimosas date. This is where you review your finances and note your progress. Once you’re done, be sure treat yourself to a mimosa.

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How much should you spend on clothes each month?

Sun’s out and if you’re like us, we know you are all about the summer parties. BBQs, lounging by the pool, brunch dates with the girls...and every get together needs a bougie outfit to go along with it. Because life is too short to wear boring clothes. Right?!

And unlike other money blogs, we are not going to be the ones to tell you to create a budget and eliminate your shopping sprees. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Yes, honey, there’s nothing like having a closet full of gorgeous clothes to declare that you are living your best life.

However, spending frivolously is a fast track to wallet depression, frustration and unnecessary stress that causes permanent wrinkles. And ain’t nobody got time for that.

Whether you shop Gap or Gucci, you need money to support your purchases and the occasional shopping spree.

Creating a monthly allowance for clothes is a great practice to develop. Every month you know that you have money set aside just for your closet needs. And in doing so, you won’t feel guilty about shopping because you won’t be going into further debt.

So if you’ve got a passion for fashion, but you feel like your wallet is suffering because of it, take these money steps so you can continue to live your best life.

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  1. Review the last three months clothes expenses. How much do you normally spend on clothes each month? This will help you better understand your money habits.

  2. Determine your monthly take-home pay and calculate 5% of it. For example, if you earn $3,000 per month (after taxes), then $150 equals 5%.

  3. Use this total as your clothing budget. You can scale up or down as needed, but 5% is a great baseline.

  4. Open up a separate account to store your clothing monies. We recommend using Radius Bank’s Hybrid Checking Account. You actually earn interest on your balance- how cool is that!

  5. Set aside money each week or month. Every time you get paid, transfer money to your clothing account. We recommend doing this during your weekly Money & Mimosas date. When you’re done, treat yo’self to a mimosa. You deserve it!

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Five steps to Get Financially Fit

You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You betta…

Get financially fit. And there is no getting around it. Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, if you dream of living the rich and famous lifestyle you will have to learn how to make, manage and grow your money.

And even if you have been raised with access to a lot of resources, becoming savvy with your finances will help you boost your sense of self-worth and give you the confidence you need to achieve all of the dreams you have in life.

Mastering your money is the gateway to personal freedom. Once you have the confidence in your ability to manage your finances and the skills you need to increase your net-worth, a world of possibilities will open to you. It may mean the ability to travel the world, spend quality time with friends, feeling a sense of accomplishment that you can stand on your own two feet.

Whatever success looks like to you, money will play a role within it. Commiting to your financial fitness is demonstrating a commitment to the dreams you have for your life.

Here are the five steps you need to do to get financially fit:

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  1. Get clear on your money story. A lot of our financial habits stem from our upbringing, culture and beliefs about money. Take ten to fifteen minutes and think about your money story. To get you started, you can ask yourself: what did I learn about money from my parents and how I view money today as a adult?

  2. Find a money buddy.  There’s nothing like having an accountability partner to help you stick to the goal you set for yourself, whether it’s fitness or finances. So, the next step to getting financially fit is to find someone to help you stay accountable. This is a person that you can trust, you know has your best interest at heart and is someone that is not afraid to tell you the truth. Check out this post for more tips on how to choose your money buddy.

  3. Weekly date. With your money buddy, schedule a weekly time to chat about money. At Money & Mimosas, we call this your money date. During this time, you want to review your expenses, income and share your goals. And the best part- is when you’re done, we say treat yo’self to a mimosa.

  4. Bank account. Choosing where you store your money is a HUGE step in getting financially fit. Because, this will determine if you make, or lose, money while it’s sitting in a bank account. With inflation, most checking accounts are set up for you to lose money because you don’t earn any interest on the balance. But, with Radius Bank Hybrid Checking Account, you earn money on your money. Cha-ching!

  5. Pick up a side hustle or additional income stream. Having multiple income streams is the best way to ensure that you financially fit and secure. When you rely on one source, you can place yourself in a vulnerable position if it disappears all of sudden. Beyond preventing a financial crisis, a side hustle also offers an opportunity to explore your creative side. For more reasons to pick up a side hustle, check out 14 Reasons Why You Need a Side Hustle, Now.

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6 Steps To Get Out Of A Money Rut

As a creative, it can feel limiting to have to think about money. Sometimes the impulses and insights you have do not seem practical on the surface. Or you may even wonder how in the world your random passion is going to make you money and allow you to support yourself. We totally get it!

As you embark on your creative entrepreneurial journey, there will undoubtedly be times when money is not flowing as easily as you would like it to be. You may even feel stressed about bills that you can’t pay or anxious about how to make your business a legit endeavor.

We’ve all been there. We’ve all questioned whether or not we should continue our dream and hang up the “Closed for Good” sign. It’s part of earning your stripes as an entrepreneur. These experiences will allow you to build your resilience and strengthen your creative muscles.

And if you decide to stick it out through these tough times- you will come out stronger, wiser, and more nimble than ever before.

Money ruts are just like writer’s block. When you find yourself in a money rut, it takes a combination of patience and action to get out of it.  While everyone’s process is different, here are six steps you can try that will help you get out of your money rut.

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  1. Get moving. Literally. Go take a dance class, go on a walk, do a workout video through YouTube, whatever is your flavor - just get sweating. As humans, we tend to hold anxiety and stress in our bodies. The more we have of it, the less clear we think and respond. By physically working the stress out of your body, you can regain clarity and focus.

  2. Practice gratitude for the things money can’t buy. There are plenty of people with lots of money, who are miserable. Consider all of the things in your life that give you joy and fulfillment. Friendships, romance, a healthy body, a clear mind, a sunny day, the smell of lavender in the trees, your eyesight, hearing the giggles of a toddler, swinging in the park. Take a moment to appreciate all of these invaluable gifts of life.

  3. Practice gratitude for the opportunities you do have. Write down a list of all things you can currently afford with your money and say thank you for it. Maybe it’s a delicious energy bar or a bouquet of flowers for yourself. Only have $20 in your pocket? Well, guess what? You can open a savings account that has one of the highest interest rates on the market. With only $100, you can start investing towards your future by using Radius Bank’s high-yield savings account. By developing your savings habits when you feel like you’re in a rut, is just like putting on a fancy pair of clothes when you feel extra sluggish. It immediately lifts your mood and attracts positivity towards you.

  4. Take out a blank sheet of paper and write down your monthly expenses. What is the number you need to cover each month? Often times, it is much less than we think and this exercise will help your current situation feel less daunting.

  5. Flip over the sheet of paper and brainstorm all the ways you can make money. Selling clothes or books to the local second-hand store? Babysitting? Teaching dance on the side (if that’s not already your entrepreneurial gig, of course. If it is, can you pick up a few more classes to teach or sub for others). Then brainstorm ways you can create more money from your business. List five people that can be potential clients. Can you offer them a new service? Let those creative juices flow.

  6. Take action. The fastest way to get out of a rut is to start doing something to change it. Call those five people on your list. Pack your clothes and books and walk to the secondhand store to sell them. Open up a savings account. Place items on CraigsList. Create your own momentum and you will see the money tide flowing back your way in no time.

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14 reasons why you need to start that side hustle, NOW

One of the lessons that many of us learn at some point in our career, is that we should not assume that our current situation will last forever. Some of our Money & Mimosas readers write in to us to share that they have recently been laid off and are trying to figure out how to financially maintain their lifestyle.

We truly believe in the importance of a side hustle. Even if your job is 99.99999% secure, having an additional income stream is empowering because you know that you have the skills to support yourself. And having a side hustle does not have to mean that you turn it into a full-time business. For example, you can love your job as a full-time marketing analyst and use those same skills to develop your blog on the side. Your blog may also help you sharpen your skills that will help you in your current position.

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Here are fourteen reasons why you need a side-hustle.

  1. Extra money for those shopping sprees and investing. It goes without saying that having a side hustle helps you make more money. This additional money can go towards your indulgences and/or your investing accounts so you can start living like a BOSS. The extra dolla bills you have can go towards building up a high-yield savings account. This is an account that has a higher interest rate than most savings account. We really dig Radius Bank’s high yield savings account that has a 1.86% APY.

  2. It provides a cushion in case you suddenly lose your job. None of us like to think about the negative side, but there is a chance that your company could go through a series of layoffs. One our members worked as a staff accountant and the company went through a terrible downturn. She was asked to cut her pay by 20%. That is a huge pay cut! But, because she was teaching Zumba on the side, she was able to make up those lost wages.

  3. Opportunity to write off expenses on your taxes. Most of the things you buy to support your side hustle, can be a tax deduction. Yay!

  4. Creative outlet. We all need to express ourselves creatively, and sometimes our job doesn’t provide the opportunity to do that. Having a side hustle will allow you to let your creative juices flow while still holding down that 9 to 5 J-O-B.

  5. New experiences. Wow, you never know what life has to offer until you put yourself out there. Having a side hustle forces you to get out of your comfort zone and can lead to opportunities that you never knew existed.

  6. Learn additional skills that can translate to your career. Writing, photography, marketing, sales - these are just some of the skills that you will pick up from your side hustle. And all of these skills will be helpful to you regardless of the career you have.

  7. Your success can be used to negotiate a higher salary. Did you grow your email list by 150%? Or snag a huge press mention? Or build a loyal following and host sold-out events? Depending on your role at work, you can mention these wins as a way to demonstrate your advanced skill-set and ask for higher pay.

  8. Live life on your own terms. If you are out of PTO you can still generate income while taking time off. Have you already used all of your vacation time, but, want to take another 2-day trip? Well, your side hustle can make up for the missed pay. Go ‘head and live your life, girl.

  9. Meet new friends outside of work. Sure, you love your colleagues. But sometimes it’s fun to connect with different kinds of folks. Having a side hustle will encourage you to attend events that are outside of your comfort and meet new people.

  10. Free products. This is especially true if you blog and/or have a social media presence. Brands love to send their products for people to try. And who doesn’t like free gifts.

  11. Discover new passions. Having a side hustle may introduce you to fun activities that you may have not discovered, otherwise. Like painting, underwater photography or snorkeling. You never know what life has to offer until you put yourself out there!

  12. Reduce feelings of burnout at work. Feeling uninspired at work? Even if you love your job, we need a creative outlet. Having a side hustle can help reinvigorate the once burning passion you had for your job.

  13. Create more structure in your life. When you pick up a creative gig, your time becomes even more precious to you. If you feel like you are all over the place and unsure of what you want to do with life, a side hustle may help give you the clarity you’ve been craving.

  14. More opportunities to give back and be a part of the community. Looking for ways to be more involved? With your side hustle, you can collaborate with local non-profits and organizations that align with your values.

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*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 05/30/18. Minimum amount to open account is $100.00. Rate tiers are as follows: 0.00% APY applies to balances of $0.01—$9.99, 0.05% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $10.00—$2,499.99, and 1.50% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $2,500- $24,999.99. 1.86% APY applies to entire balance on balances of $25,000 or more. Rates may change after account is opened. Fees may reduce earnings.

What to do during your weekly money date

Have you been noticing the #MoneyandMimosas on Instagram and all your friends posting about mimosas? We hope so! Because that would make our champagne glasses bubble over with joy.

Every Friday, we encourage our readers and community to post a photo of themselves with a mimosa, a caption sharing a win from the week and the hashtag, #MoneyandMimosas. When you do that, you will be featured and entered into a drawing for our monthly giveaway.

But before you take a sip of that oh so tasty mimosa, we want you to have a money date.

It’ll only take fifteen to thirty minutes! Promise. Spending a mere fifteen to thirty minutes a week with your finances will completely shift your world and get you that much closer to living your BOSS life.

Here are the seven steps to cover during your money date. Print this off and keep it by your desk as a physical checklist.

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  1. Check your savings account. How much is in it? How far are you from your yearly and monthly goal? In the Money & Mimosas BOSS club, we challenge our members to add $10K to their savings within a 12-month timespan.

  2. Review your checkings account. Make note of the current balance. If you want to make sure your money is working for you while it sits in the checkings, check out our friends at Radius Bank. Their hybrid checking account actually lets you earn interest on your balance. Sweet!

  3. Pay yourself, first.  While you’re in your checking account(s), total how much income was deposited this week. Take a percentage of it, anything from 10% and up, and transfer to your savings account or investment account. This is the most important step because you are declaring that your financial wellness is top priority.

  4. Review your last week’s personal expenses. You can use a tool like Personal Capital or Mint to quickly review your categories. Make note of how much you spent on groceries, dining out, shopping. Did any of these totals surprise you or were they about what you expected?  

  5. Bookkeeping and review outstanding invoices. For all the bloggers and entrepreneurs, reconcile (aka categorize) your business expenses. Not only is this important for taxes, but it will help you plan for hiring, photoshoots, clothes, makeup and everything related to growing your brand. Do you have any clients that owe you? Are they overdue and need a reminder? Make note of how much money you are waiting for and how you plan on allocating it.

  6. Pay bills. You can either choose to do this once per month or every Friday. Make payments on any credit card balance or bills that are due the following week.

  7. Drink a mimosa. This is the most important step. Cheers to you for a week well done and spending quality time with your dolla dolla bills.

Wanna join the #MoneyandMimosas party? We're doing a monthly giveaway where one of you will win a self-love package!

To enter our monthly giveaway, take a pic of yourself with a mimosa, use the hashtag #MoneyandMimosas and share one win from this week on Instagram. Cheers!

 

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How to choose the right business bank account

Do you need a business bank account as a blogger and entrepreneur? If you are a sole proprietor, you are not legally required to have a business bank account in order to own and run your business. (This is according to U.S. law for sole proprietors. To be safe, do some homework and check your state’s regulations on this topic.)

However, it is helpful from a clarity and an organizational standpoint to separate your business finances from your personal money.

If you want the money in your business to grow, you must give it a safe place to do so. 

Having a separate account for your business finances, allows you to be able to quickly monitor whether your money is growing or depleting. Not to mention that makes tax filing easier - and the audit process, if that were to ever happen.

Everyone mixes up their money from time to time, but get the sooner you begin the practice of keeping them separate, the sooner you will have a sense of clarity around the money in your business.

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Some banks do charge a fee to open a business account or require a minimum deposit amount. If either is not feasible for you, and you are a sole proprietor,  you can choose to use two regular checking accounts. Dedicate one for your business expenses and the other for your personal funds. We are a big fan of the hybrid-checking account with Radius Bank because they actually earn interest on the money in your checkings.

When it comes to choosing a business bank account, use the following questions to guide your decision process.

  1. How many ATMs do they have? (If you travel a lot, you may need more ATM locations.)

  2. Does your current personal bank offer a business account option? If so, what deals can they offer you?

  3. Does the bank support your local community? (A smaller bank or credit union may be the best fit. if this is important to you.)

  4. Are there any annual fees?

  5. Is there a minimum account balance that you need to maintain? If so, what are the fees if you fall below the minimum balance?

  6. Does the bank offer SBA loans or other funding opportunities for small business owners?

  7. Do they link to any bookkeeping programs? If so, which ones?

Opening a business bank account is a big step in your entrepreneurial journey! Have you opened one or thinking about it? Let us know in the comments, below!

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Is it time to hire someone?

It’s common for entrepreneurs to bootstrap during the first few years of business. But eventually, you'll start asking yourself "am I ready to hire someone?"  After all, you’re the sales and marketing team, the bookkeeper, the janitor, IT, the negotiator, the president and the assistant, the graphic designer, the publicist, the agent… 

Oooo weee. When you can you sit down and take a break?

Hopefully sooner rather than later, you’ll be able to outsource some tasks to other professionals. It’s a wonderful feeling when you’re able to take a load off your plate and at the same time, help support another person’s financial goals..

So, when is the right time to outsource?

Here are the five key considerations to help you make the decision.

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  1. Am I financially prepared to hire someone? Look at this on a monthly basis and make sure it’s something that you can incorporate, knowing the income that will be coming in. For your first few hires, aim to bring someone on as a independent contract on a per project basis. This will help you keep your costs low and learn how to articulate clear deliverables. Sometimes, business owners take out a loan to help with cash flow if they need to hire folks before the expected revenue makes it to the bank account. If you are considering taking out a loan, check out Radius Bank. They are a preferred SBA lender, loans that are focused specifically on the small business owner’s needs.

  2. Is the task you’re hiring out for something that takes a lot of time? If something takes you 10 hours, versus it getting done in 2 hours by a professional (example: graphic design), the cost is probably worth it. Those 10 hours would be better spent selling or servicing your clients.

  3. Will the work enhance your business? Sometimes it may feel like hiring a graphic designer or copy editor isn’t worth the money because it isn’t directly affecting your sales process. But investing in your business is a sure-fire way to up your entrepreneurial game and attract more paying clientele.

  4. Does the person understand your vision? The more people you surround yourself with and allow to be a part of your business journey who believe what you believe, the more aligned you will be to your mission and goal.

  5. Are they connected to any business owners that could use your services? This is an easy place to get referrals that is usually overlooked. Often times we ask clients for referrals, but what about the people we pay? By helping you make more money, they are increasing the likelihood that you will hire them again and again.

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17 of your biggest money questions, answered!

One of our favorite things to do at Money & Mimosas is to listen your questions about money and help you find the answer to them. Here are eighteen of the most asked questions we had from you about managing your finances as an entrepreneur.

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  1. What kind of money goals do should I set? There are five categories for financial goal-setting.  Earning, Saving, Investing, Spending and Giving. Ask yourself how much do you want to earn and by when; how much of your earnings do you want to save and invest; what do you want to spend your money on (and yes, a brand new wardrobe is a great goal); and how will you use your earnings to give back to the causes you care about.

  2. What is the first step in setting money goals? The first step is to get clear on your priorities. Want to buy a home? Increase your investments? Redo your wardrobe? Launch a business? Is this in the next year? Or five years from now? Figure out where you want to spend your money, and calculate how much you want to spend in each area and in what timeframe. The total will be your money goal.

  3. How often should I set money goals? I recommend setting one goal for the year. And three-month money goals throughout the year.

  4. It's really hard for me to save money.  How do I get better at saving? Most of us have trouble with this! Automate and use a separate savings account. During your weekly money date, commit to transfer a fixed percentage of your earnings into your savings.

  5. I'm really good at setting money goals, but it's hard for me to keep them. How do I stay on track?  Find a money friend aka accountability partner.  This could be a spouse, friend or colleague. If that doesn't feel comfortable to you, check out money groups, such as the Money & Mimosas BOSS club,  to find other people that are passionate about reaching their financial goals. Once you find your money buddy, have a weekly date to chat about goals & challenges. We all need support.

  6. I am self-employed. How much should I pay in taxes? This completely depends upon your business structure and a lot of other factors. Generally speaking, if you live in the United States, aim to save 25-30% of your earnings for potential tax payments.

  7. What tools do you recommend for tracking my finances? Personal Capital and Mint are two of our faves for tracking personal finances. Xero, Quickbooks and Freshbooks are our faves for business finances.

  8. Is there a bank that you recommend? There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a bank account. One account that we really love for personal use, is the Radius Hybrid-Checking account. They offer you the ability to earn interest* from your checking account - which is unheard of!

  9. What is bookkeeping? Bookkeeping is the process of categorizing your business transactions.

  10. What is the difference between bookkeeping and accounting? Accounting is the process of analyzing your business transactions to make decisions. Bookkeeping can be completed without accounting. Accounting can not be completed without bookkeeping.

  11. Do I have to hire someone to do my bookkeeping? No. We recommend waiting until your business reaches at least $250,000 in annual revenue before outsourcing your bookkeeping. Why? Because you have to understand how the cash flows in and out of your business, before you can expect someone else to be able to do so. Remember, no one cares more about your money than you do.

  12. Do I need to use a bookkeeping program or can I use pen and paper? There is no legal requirement to use a bookkeeping program. Use whichever method makes most intuitive sense to you- an internet program, pen and paper, Excel or a shoebox. The key is to be consistent. However, using an internet program will save you time and money when analyzing your financial statements and filing your taxes.

  13. Is bookkeeping only important for filing taxes? No. Bookkeeping is necessary in order to file taxes. However, managing your finances is one of your #1 tasks as a business owner. Bookkeeping allows you to stay on top of your money throughout the year.

  14. How does bookkeeping help my business? Bookkeeping allows you to determine when it is time to hire someone, expand your business and make strategic tax filing decisions.

  15. I don't have an accounting background. Will I mess up my books? It's ok if you don't have an accounting background. As the boss of your business, you can easily learn how to manage your books. The key is to find a bookkeeping program that works for you (refer to question #4) and use it consistently.

  16. When should I hire an accountant? This is a personal decision. We recommend working with a tax accountant as soon as possible. Keep in mind, not all accountants file taxes. And most tax accountants do not offer strategy services. You should hire a someone to help with your bookkeeping and/or with financial strategy, once you reach a minimum of $250,000 in annual revenue or feel that you have a good understanding of your books.

  17. Should I write off as much as I can in business at the end of the year? Your tax filing strategy is a personal decision. While most business owners want to write off a lot of expenses at the end of the year, remember to consider your future goals. For example, if you plan on purchasing a home next year, you will want to show a healthy profit in your business as opposed to writing off a lot of expenses. You may also want to consider your retirement planning before spending your money on other business expenses.

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This post was in partnership with Radius Bank.

*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 05/2/2018. Minimum amount to open account is $10.00. Rate tiers are as follows: 0.00% APY applies to balances of $0.01-$2,499.99, and 0.85% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $2,500 or more. Rates may change after account is opened. Fees may reduce earnings.

Ready to quit your job and do your blog full-time? Read this first.

We’ve all had days that we’d rather be outside than sitting in our cubicle. But, for some of us those days turn into a weeks, and a nagging feeling that you are not doing what you are meant to be doing.

If you are feeling uninspired and unchallenged in your current position, it may be a sign that you need to work for yourself. However, keep in mind that becoming a full-time blogger and entrepreneur is not for everyone. It is one of the most stressful, financially challenging, soul wrenching experiences you can put yourself through. But, for those of us that have a high tolerance for pain and truly believe that the vision of your life can only come to fruition through pursuing your passion as a full-time career, then taking the leap of faith on yourself will be the most rewarding experience. EVER.

If you are one of those people and you are ready to say deuces to your job, here are some tips that we hope serve as a guiding light. There is no right or wrong way to go about quitting your job to do your blog full-time. Some people quit with no back up plan and very little savings. Others slowly build up their financial cushion and courage before they take the leap of faith. And many people are somewhere in between, holding down a ton of side gigs while they build their thing on the side.

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Only you can determine your risk tolerance and what makes the most sense for you during this season of your life. Here are five steps to consider while you preparing for the transition.

  1. Create a gameplan for when you are ready to go full-time. Maybe it’s 12 months from now. Or 3 months. Whatever it is, set a deadline and a plan for yourself. As some famous person said, a goal without a deadline is just a wish

  2. Determine your income sources. As a blogger and entrepreneur, you need to have an idea for how you are going to make money. In the beginning, it’s wise to try multiple sources as you figure out what works best for you.

  3. Calculate how much money you need to make each month. You need to know the total of your monthly expenses for the basic necessities (such as rent or mortgage, food, utilities, etc) and a little extra for entertainment so you don’t go crazy. Also, don’t forget to factor in the cost of insurance, savings and investing for the future.

  4. Build up a financial cushion. The amount of money you will need in your savings account will depend on how much your monthly expenses are and the level of security you feel you need. If you have responsibilities outside of your individual self, such as children, then your cushion will need to be higher. Definitely check out the Radius Bank high-yield savings account. It has one of the highest APY rates* for savings accounts, which means you will earn more money on the cash you stash.

  5. Turn your employer into a client. Depending on your service offerings, your employer could be your first client. If your current job is similar to what you will be providing as a business owner, talk to your manager about becoming an independent contractor and billing the company as a client. They win because they won’t have to spend the time and money to train a new person. And you win because you are still bringing in an income and able to pursue your business.

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*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 4/25/2018 Minimum amount to open account is $10.00. 1.50% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $2,500 or more. Rates may change after account is opened. Fees may reduce earnings,


 

Spring cleaning your finances

It’s springtime. After months of gray skies, the sun is peering through the clouds and the flowers are blooming. Spring is the best time to get re-energized about your money goals and take big steps to achieve them.

There’s a reason why spring cleaning is something that your grandmother and mother practiced religiously every year. The season is the perfect time to let go of the old and make space for the new. When it comes to money, this is the time re-evaluate what is working and release patterns that no longer serve you in order to invite abundance.

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Ready to do some major spring cleaning on your finances? Here are 10 steps to take.

  1. Clean out your closet. Nothing says you are ready for an upgrade in your life than getting rid of clothes. Go through your closet and pack up the articles that no longer fit or just don’t inspire you. You can donate them or, with the gently used items, send them off to thredUP so you can get paid!

  2. Review your money goals for 2018. Take a look at the goals you set back on New Year’s Day and reflect on your progress. Is there anything that needs to change or be updated? If you realize that some goals may have been overly ambitious - that is ok!  Life happens. Now you can adjust them to something that is more attainable. Otherwise, keep going for that big, bold, audacious goals.

  3. Set goals for this quarter. If you are a blogger and business owner, how many pieces of content do you want to create? How many brands do you want to work with and how many clients do you want to sign up? When you write down your goals, don’t forget to include your savings and investing accounts totals. How about increasing them by 25% this quarter? You can do it!

  4. Review your bank accounts. Check the fees you’re paying on your various accounts and if you are maximizing your earning potential. One account that most people overlook is their checkings account. Many banks charge a fee to hold an account or do not offer an opportunity to earn interest. With a Radius Bank’s hybrid checkings account, you can earn 0.85% APY* on your balance. It’s an incredible product and an easy way for you to make money on that money. Get it, girl!

  5. Tidy up your bookkeeping. Like a clean closet for your clothes, your bookkeeping is the closet for your money. And nothing says you care more about your money than a fresh set of books. Whether you use Excel, pen & paper, or a digital bookkeeping program (we highly recommend going with an app!), make sure everything is up to date and in order.

  6. Re-evaluate your life. This may seem a little dramatic, but we all have a little drama queen in us. And it’s necessary. Take note of how you are spending your time, who you are spending it with and if it is in alignment with the vision you have for this season of your life. It may be time to let some people go or remove activities that are not getting you to where you want to be, financially.

  7. Calculate your net-worth. Your net-worth is your assets minus liabilities. We talk a lot about this at Money & Mimosas because it is the true indicator of your personal wealth. Compare it to your net worth from three months ago, and set a goal for this quarter.

  8. Review your business and make adjustments. Are you happy with all of the services you provide? Is it time to let go of clients or proactively seek out new ones? Listen to your intuition and make the changes you need to make.

  9. Clear your money energy. As Erykah Badu says, you gonna hurt your back carrying all them bags. Many of us are holding on to resentment and anger against ourselves for past money mistakes. Practice some self-forgiveness and self-compassion exercises to let that ish go.

  10. Refresh your money mindset. After you’ve cleared the air, now you can dream. Take 10-15 minutes to imagine the grandest life possible for yourself. Who are you hanging out with? What are you wearing? What are the sights and sounds you are experiencing? The types of food you are eating? Hold on to that vision of yourself and operate from it during this beautiful spring season.

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*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 04/18/2018. Minimum amount to open account is $10.00. Rate tiers are as follows: 0.00% APY applies to balances of $0.01-$2,499.99, and 0.85% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $2,500 or more. Rates may change after account is opened. Fees may reduce earnings.

Five common money beliefs that are holding you back from success

If you want to be the BOSS of your life and live on your terms, learning how to build wealth needs to be at the top of your priority list. Unfortunately, there are five common money beliefs that may be holding you back from success.

How do you know how much wealth you have? Your net worth.

Net worth is calculated by subtracting your liabilities from your assets. The remaining total is your net worth. In some instances someone with a high income, can have a low net worth if they have a lot of debt. The opposite holds true as well. Individuals may have a lower salary, but have a high net worth because they’ve invested in successful vehicles. That’s why income is only a part of the equation.

Women are lagging in the wealth game because of their lower incomes, but ALSO because many do not invest and grow their assets. On average, women tend to hold their cash in savings accounts. While I fully support having an ample amount of cash in savings, there comes a point when it is time to diversify and take the next step in your money journey.

If you want to be able to take 4-day weekend on a whim or escape to an exotic island for three weeks without getting permission or just live life on your own terms, then learning how to build wealth is the skill you need to develop.

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Here are 5 common money beliefs that are holding you back from success.

  1. You need a lot of money to invest. You can start with as little as $10! When you first start investing, I recommend keeping 10% of your savings in a liquid account that earns a decent interest rate. One of my favorites is Radius Bank’s high-yield savings account, which has a 1.30% APY.*  

  2. You need to know everything about investing. As women, we are the queens of research. Which actually makes us the better investor, because we are more informed (go figure!). But, analysis paralysis is holding us back. The longer you wait, the longer you are missing out on the magic of compound interest (where you earn money on money on money). Here’s the thing- you and I will never know everything there is to know about investing. It’s like having a kid or starting a business. You’ll learn as you go. 

  3. Investing is hard. Think of investing as like learning how to swim or trying a new workout. At first, the moves feel awkward and you’re scared you’ll make a fool of yourself. But, the longer you stick with it, the stronger you become and the easier it gets. With investing, the terms and concepts will seem foreign at first. But, you will get the hang of it. Promise! 

  4. You have to time the stock market right. No one ever times it right, all the time. Sure, some people get lucky. But, that’s all it is - good old fashioned luck. It’s more important to be consistent. Consistency always leads to gains over a long period of time.

  5. Only stocks and bonds count as investing. Stocks and bonds are fabulous, but don’t discount your business and side hustle as an investment. As the greatest investor, Warren Buffet, says, “the best investment you can make is in yourself.” Investing in your skills and growing your blog, creates a foundation of recurring revenue. Just like dividend payouts from stocks. Continue to improve your skills and you will be on your way to financial independence in no time!  

Now I want to hear from you! Are you holding on to any of these beliefs or do you have another belief about money that is holding you back? Let me know in the comments below!

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*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 4/1/18. Minimum amount to open account is $10.00. Rate tiers are as follows: 0.00% APY applies to balances of $0.01—$9.99, 0.05% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $10.00—$2,499.99, and 1.30% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $2,500 or more. Rates may change after account is opened. Fees may reduce earnings


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5 questions you should ask yourself before investing

Ok, ladies. Here is the sad truth. We are falling behind in the wealth game. And yes, while the pay disparity does factor into this. It is also because we are not investing our hard-earned dollars.

When it comes to net worth, the true marker of wealth, women hold 32 cents on the dollar compared to men. For black women it's 8 cents. For Latinas it's 4 cents. Ouch. The fastest way to close that gap is to start making our money work for us. Also known as investing.

But, what does that actually mean? Making your money work for you? What exactly is investing? Is it safe? Why didn’t any of your professors talk about this stuff?

Or maybe they did, and you weren’t in class that day. Hmmmm. 

Whatever. There's no time like the present. So grab a pen and paper and start taking notes.  Now it’s time to grab a pen and paper and start taking some notes.

The first thing to know is that the act of investing can create an opportunity for you to earn income outside of your paycheck without you putting in hours at your desk job. It’s as close as you can get to making money while you sleep.

Freakin sweet.

But, like anything that sounds too good to be true. There are some downsides. It is very possible that you can lose money with investing. Which is why it’s important to go into this situation after you have done some research and are fully prepared to handle any potential outcomes.

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Before you get started with investing, here are five questions you should ask yourself before you do.

  1. What are my goals? Before you do anything with money, it is important to set your intention and get clear on your goals. Are you hoping to pull this cash out in a year to travel the world? Do you want to stash it away for five years then pull it out to use as a down payment for a home? Do you want to keep it in one place until you are ready to retire? Gaining clarity around your goals will help you determine which investment strategy is the best for you.

  2. Am I financially stable? Investing is a risky endeavor and you should only do it when you have your basic needs met. Before you start investing, ensure that you have a comfortable cash cushion in your savings account and you can easily generate the money you need to cover your monthly expenses. If you are living off your credit cards or if your parents are still helping you out with your rent payment, then you are not ready to start investing.

  3. What is my risk tolerance? There are many different ways you can invest your money, known as vehicles. There are savings accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, REITs, real estate and businesses. Each vehicle carries a level of risk. The riskier the vehicle, the more money you can make. It also means you can stand to lose a lot more money. The reverse is true for less risky vehicles. On the least risky side are bonds and savings accounts such as Radius Bank’s High-Yield Savings, which has a relatively high APY*. These vehicles have a low interest rate and a low rate of return, meaning you won’t make that much money from it. But, you also are guaranteed to not lose any money, either. The riskier vehicles include mutual funds, stocks and real estate. You need to determine for yourself, how much risk you are willing to take on. Generally speaking, the younger you are the more risk you can afford. But, you also have to take into account other life choices you wish to make- such as starting a family or business, and purchasing a home. Both, will require access to cash. For a general rule of thumb, subtract your age from 100. The difference is the percentage of risk you can take on. For example, if you are 30, your portfolio can be made up of 70% high-risk investment vehicles. This is only a general rule of thumb that you can use to make a decision that fits your needs. It is up to you to consult with a professional about your unique situation.

  4. Do I understand the difference between mutual funds, stocks and bonds? It’s important to be knowledgeable about investing before you jump into it. It would be like skiing down a Black Diamond slope without knowing how to ski. Sure, you could figure it out. But, more than likely you’re going to hurt yourself. You don’t have to know everything about investing - just like you don’t have to be an Olympic skier to have fun in Vail- but the more you learn, the better you’ll be at it. To help you get started, check out Radius Bank’s Money Management Academy. They have a section on investing that goes over the basic terms you should know and has some games you can play to get accustomed to investing.

  5. Who can I reach out to about investing? With anything new, it’s always nice to have people in your life that you can reach out to for advice or insight. Your parents may have tips for you. Talking about investing and your money goals with girlfriends is a great way to hold each other accountable and get a sense of what your peers are doing with their money. During the Money & Mimosas Like.A.Boss. Bootcamps, we spend time sharing our investment stories and learning from experts. Click here to stay in the loop about our next event.

And now I want to hear from you! Have you started investing or are you thinking about investing sometime soon?  


This post was in partnership with Radius Bank.

*Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 4/4/18. Minimum amount to open account is $10.00. Rate tiers are as follows: 0.00% APY applies to balances of $0.01—$9.99, 0.05% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $10.00—$2,499.99, and 1.30% APY applies to the entire balance on balances of $2,500 or more. Rates may change after account is opened. Fees may reduce earnings

7 Daily Habits of Rich Women

Remember when your mom nagged you to make the bed in the morning? If you were like me, you groaned and hated every second of it. I would think to myself, and sometimes say out loud, “why do I have to make the bed, if I’m just going to get right back into it?”

She would promptly say that discipline is a virtue. Disciplining yourself to make your bed every morning is an easy way to set your day up for success.

Want a hot, banging body? You have to develop the discipline and make working out a consistent habit. Our daily habits are what determines our success in life.

The same goes for your financial health. You have to consistently pay attention to your money and discipline yourself to develop habits that support - not sabotage - your financial success. 

If you truly want to be the BOSS of your life, financial independence is a goal that you’ll need to strive for and healthy money habits will help you achieve it. What are these habits?

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Here are the seven daily habits of rich women.

  1. Exercise. You may be wondering, what does this have to do with my bank account? Studies show that the better we feel in our body, the better we perform in our financial lives. It makes sense. If you are physically healthy, you are able to be fully present while at work or while negotiating with a client. A quick and dirty, thirty minute HIIT workout will do the trick.

  2. Practice Gratitude. As Oprah says, “If you are grateful for what you have, you will have more. If you focus on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.” The more you can practice gratitude for the people and things currently in your life, the more you will attract other awesome people and opportunities. Start by writing in a journal every morning for five minutes about the things you are grateful for- things money can buy and ones it can’t.

  3. Nurture relationships. Wealthy people understand that your net-worth is in your network. Surround yourself with people that will lift you higher and make those relationships a priority. Together, you all can help build each other build wealth.

  4. Practice self-love and self-acceptance. As I always say, financial freedom is a journey of self-love. If we are mean to ourselves, we will subconsciously sabotage our success. When you truly love yourself, you will see money as a tool that supports your well-being and the causes you care about. Every morning, look yourself in the mirror and say three reasons why you love yourself and three things you are proud of yourself for accomplishing.

  5. Find a money mentor. It is important to find someone who has achieved what you hope to accomplish, in order to model their behavior. You can have many mentors - people that are in your life and you see on a regular basis, and people who you only meet through interviews. One of my biggest mentors is Marie Forleo. I religiously watch her Marie TV episodes on YouTube every Tuesday and joined her B-School program. I’ve never met her in person, but I consider her one my best mentors. 

  6. Read about money. ALOT. Studying business and wealth building strategies, will help you stay on top of trends and spark ideas for your own business. If you aren’t already on the Money & Mimosas newsletter, click here to sign up. Every Wednesday, I do a run-down of the business happenings from the week to help you stack your cash.

  7. Do one thing out of their comfort zone. Fortune favors the bold. Building wealth takes courage and you will have to become comfortable being uncomfortable. Whether it’s speaking in front of a group of people and sharing your blog with friends, do something everyday that puts yourself out there.

Bonus: Rich women track their finances and calculate their net worth regularly. Wealthy people are always minding their busine$$. Start doing a weekly money date where you review your previous week’s expenses and set goals for the following week. We call this your Money & Mimosas date, because when you’re done you get to celebrate with a mimosa. Cheers!

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The seven biggest mistakes women make with money

Money is something that is present in all of our lives. Studies show that the average person makes 5-7 financial decisions everyday. It governs where we live, where we go to school, the quality of life our children experience, the type of food we have access to and our ability to pursue the life of our dreams. Unfortunately, women continue to make big mistakes with their money that is holding them back from living the life of their dreams.

Understanding how money works and making it work for you is the most important skill anyone can learn- whether you are an entrepreneur building a blog or a tech company, or an executive working for a large corporation. For women, especially, learning how to build wealth is going to ensure that you are empowered to lead a life of fulfillment. Otherwise, you will be living on someone else’s terms - and those terms will likely not be in your favor.

Here are the seven biggest mistakes women make with their money. And more importantly, how to fix them.

  1. Not talking about it. Money is more taboo than sex and politics. And in some circles, it’s considered crass or low-brow to bring it up. How backwards is that?! Talking about the very thing that propels someone into a high social class, is considered pauper. If you want to change anything, the first step is to acknowledge it and talk about. Start chatting about money with your girlfriends. You can start with talking about shopping deals, but expand the conversation to include monthly expenses such as insurance and business costs, eventually moving to topics around high-yield savings accounts and investment vehicles. Not sure how to get the conversation started? Here is a link to talking about money with your girlfriends.

  2. Going on a budget. While budgeting isn’t a bad practice, many women start thinking of ways to cut expenses before thinking about how they can increase their income. Being able to spend below your means is ideal, but if you don’t know how to generate an extra $1,000 or $5,000 a month for yourself, you will never truly feel financially independent. Before setting a budget, jot down three or five ways you can make the same amount of money you were going to cut out.

  3. Charging low prices. When you are an independent contractor or entrepreneur, you are in charge of setting your prices. The issue that many women fall into is forgetting that their prices needs to include your fees for delivering the service and your overhead. If you sell products, your cost is not just the tangible expenses of producing the product. It also includes the retail space you are renting and staff. When setting your prices, be sure to include a buffer for taxes, health insurance, your retirement savings and overhead costs.  

  4. Not saving or investing. Ladies, this is huge! While we all know about the pay gap, women earning 80 cents on the dollar, the wealth gap is even bigger. Women have a net worth of just 32 cents on the dollar. The reason for this is, of course related to the pay gap, but also because we do not save or invest at the same rate as men. Start setting aside a fixed percentage each month that you will use to invest. Check out the Ellevest program, founded by Wall Street mogul Sallie Krawcheck to support women, that helps you identify your financial goals and create an investment strategy to reach them.

  5. Not having a side hustle or at least two income streams. This is especially important for all the corporate executives. 2008 taught us that no job is 100% secure and we all need to have a back up plan. The key is to have a back up plan before your back is up against the wall. It could be starting a blog and offering consulting services in addition to your full-time gig. Always have at least two income streams so that your livelihood is never dependent on just one source.

  6. Not trusting yourself. So many women leave the financial decisions to the men or financial professionals in their life. Whether it’s a father, husband, tax accountant, financial advisor. The reason for this ultimately boils down to a lack of self-confidence. While it is a good idea to do ask for insights from others, at the end of the day you are the best judge of what to do with your money. And research shows that women are actually better at investing and managing money than their male counterparts. Start by opening up an investment or savings account that is all your own and making decisions with it.

  7. Not “dealing” with the finances. As a follow-up to #6, many women leave the big financial decisions to other people. Many women do manage the household budgets, but when it comes to investing, purchasing property, understanding tax implications- they leave the research and decisions to others. Start by having a weekly money date where you review all of your and the family’s accounts. We like to call this your #MoneyandMimosas date, because when you’re done you should treat yourself to a mimosa.

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Hiring an accountant? Here are 15 interview questions to help you choose the right person!

Hiring an accountant is an awesome moment in any BOSS's journey. It means that you're making money, and enough of it to warrant asking for guidance on how to make the best use of it.

I know that hiring an accountant can seem intimidating, especially if you don't know what questions to ask. The important thing to remember is that it's just like hiring a Virtual Assistant or Social Media Manager or someone to handle your PR, you want to hire an accountant that understands your business and vision. And someone that you get along with!

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Most accountants are good at their job, but most of them will not be a good fit for your business. To help you figure all that out, here are 15 questions you should ask before choosing the right person for you.

Fifteen Interview Questions Before You Hire Your Accountant

  1.  What experience do you have with my industry? 
  2. Could you help me figure out how to grow my company and give advice when I'm looking to hire or expand? 
  3.  Do you file taxes? If not, do you have a recommendation?
  4. How often do you meet with your current clients? 
  5. How often may I contact you? Will I be charged each time?
  6. How do you charge your clients? Is it a flat fee, retainer or hourly? 
  7.  Which accounting tools are you familiar with?
  8. Is there a bookkeeping program that you prefer? Why do you prefer it? 
  9. What are some of the latest trends in my industry and how will they help me in my business? (i.e. If you’re a health coach, what are some changes within the way coaches are doing business that may help improve your business?) 
  10. How do you prefer to communicate with your clients? Is it via text, email, social media? 
  11. Do you have a staff member, or someone other than you, who will be accessing my file? 
  12. How much work do you need me to do to make our relationship as effective as possible? 
  13. Do you have any previous or current clients that I could reach out to? 
  14. What’s your #1 tip to me about how I can improve my business? 
  15. Why did you fall in love with accounting and working with small business owners?

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What to do when you fall behind in your bookkeeping

We’ve all been there. When we’ve gone weeks, maybe months, without organizing our bank transactions and receipts. It can be overwhelming to think of the backlog that needs to get taken care of.

I wish I could say that there was a quick fix to this situation, but there isn’t. If you’ve fallen behind in your bookkeeping and want it cleaned up correctly, you will have to put some time and effort into it.

Why is having up-to date books important? Usually the first thing we think about is taxes, which is important. The cleaner your bookkeeping is, the easier and more accurate your tax filing will be.

But, we also want to keep track of how much we’ve invested in our business and if we’re actually making a profit. Too often I speak to entrepreneurs who are super excited about breaking through six-figures, but then have no idea how much they’ve actually spent on their business. Remember…

It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep if you want to run a successful business. 

This page will walk you through the exact steps you need to take in order to get your bookkeeping up to date. If you’ve already started using a bookkeeping program, begin with Step #5.

  1. Choose a bookkeeping program. Some of my favorite programs are Xero, Quickbooks, Kashoo and Freshbooks.

  2. Set up the program. Follow the program’s instructions on how to get set up. The key step is to link your related bank and credit cards.

  3. Make sure all of your transactions are included. Depending on the program you choose, when you link your bank info, it may allow you to backdate to the first day of your business transactions. If not, you will need to obtain the CSV file from your bank and upload the transactions manually.

  4. Set up your chart of accounts. These are your categories (aka “buckets”) where you’ll place different transactions.

  5. Reconcile your transactions. Depending on how many transactions you have in the backlog, I would start with the oldest and work forward. Why? Because the further away the date is, the harder it will be to remember it.

  6. Divide the transactions into week-long chunks. Do not try to reconcile them all in one sitting. For example, if you are three months or 12 weeks behind, plan to complete everything over the course of 4-8 weeks. Each week you’ll reconcile 1 or 2 week’s worth of old transactions.

  7. Reconcile the old transactions with the ongoing transactions. As you're catching up on older transactions, you are also doing the bookkeeping for the present. In this case, if you have 12 weeks to catch up on and do 2 weeks of old transactions and the current week (a total of 3 weeks), within a month and a half you’ll be all caught up!

It’s okay if you’ve fallen behind in your bookkeeping. The past is the past. Now, it’s time to take action, get caught up and establish habits so that it never happens again.

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Five tips for talking to aging parents about money

Hi sister,

Today's topic can be an emotional one. It's hard to think that one day the tables may turn, and we may be taking care of the parents who lovingly raised us. You may want to avoid talking about money with your aging parents because you don't want to face this harsh reality or you may be concerned with overstepping your bounds within the family.

However, it will be a lot easier to have this conversation now, when everyone is mentally present and capable of making mindful decisions about their finances. Rather than waiting until a medical or other crisis happens, and stress overshadows everyone's ability to make rational choices.

According to eldercare expert, Barbara McVicker, fifty percent of nursing home expenses are being paid-out-of-pocket by families, with adult children contributing on average $10,000 a year to their parent’s care. The average lifetime cost of care for an Alzheimer’s patient is $174,000, and is estimated to grow by more than 400 percent by 2050. 

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I don’t like to be a debbie downer on Money & Mimosas, and I hope that you never have to face this difficult situation. But it’s important to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. 

Here are five tips for talking to aging parents about money:

  1. Make it a date! You know I'm all about making money talks fun, so schedule a date  with your parents where you will all have thirty minutes to chat. If this is your first time talking about money with your aging parents, keep the conversation short. Many parents are concerned about being a burden on their children, and may be reluctant to discuss their finances with their children. Therefore, it’s important to give them a heads up about the conversation (no one likes to be blindsided!) and let them know that you are only asking to make sure you are financially prepared. Otherwise, they may feel that their financial decisions are being judged, which will cause them to become defensive. 
  2. Find a fun location. Maybe it's a park where you all have nostalgic memories or at the family's cabin. Keep it in a neutral location, and not at either of your homes, so everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.
  3. Ask them to bring the contact information of their financial team. For this first chat, the goal is to get their main information in one place. Ask for their financial advisor contact information, the location of their will/trust, and who they have decided will be their power of attorney (which may be you or one of your siblings). Save this information in an email to yourself, Dropbox or Google Drive so you can easily access it later.
  4. During the meeting, ask for a general sense of their monthly expenses so you have an idea of the costs that need to be covered. If the conversation is going smoothly, you may want to also go over their living preferences in case of of a medical situation. Would they like to have an in-home nurse or move to an assisted living community? Would you be willing to let them live in your home? Later, you'll want to go through the costs of their preference so you can be prepared. 
  5. Have a mimosa! Wrap up the meeting by letting them know you are  grateful for their presence in your life, everything they've done for you, and look forward to many more years together. Then, pour a mimosa and cheers to the good life.

Now, I'd love to hear from you! What are other financial topics you've covered with your parents?

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Talking money with your man

Hi gorgeous!

Happy Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ve got a boo thang, or you’re rocking the single ladies life, I hope you’re doing something special for yourself today. It could be as simple as treating yourself to a juicy mid-day break to go on a walk around the neighborhood or purchasing fine jewelry with your own money.

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If you are in committed relationship, this week's challenge to you is to proactively talk about money with your sweetheart.

Because, here's the thing ladies. Speaking up about money with your man is one of the first steps in becoming the true boss in your life.

If you truly want to own your destiny, you are going to need to learn how to articulate your values when it comes to money and how you are going to make your goals happen. 

  1. When was the last time you brought up investments and chatted with your man about your financial goals?
  2. Do you know what his and your investment portfolio contains?
  3. Are you aware of his long-term financial strategy? What is your strategy?

We all have different values, expectations and goals when it comes to money. And just like sex, you're going to have to communicate your values to your partner in order to be satisfied. Do I have your attention now?

Often times our values around money are based on our individual interests. I'll use myself as an example. While on vacation, I love to splurge on luxury hotel accommodations. Few things give me more pleasure than to wake up in a beautifully designed, spacious bedroom with heated bathroom floors, a sprawling kitchen with an island and a fabulous view from the 57th floor.

On the other hand, my beloved would much rather save that money and spend it on activities. Why? He's got an insatiable love for adventure and needs to be moving...constantly!

So, what do we do? Sometimes we compromise on the hotel to fit his budget and my needs. Or, I can choose to pick up the additional cost if I don't want to budge on what I want.

Boss ladies always get what they want. Period.

 Me and Nick on vacation in La Paz, Mexico. 

Me and Nick on vacation in La Paz, Mexico. 

 Boat ride in La Paz, Mexico.

Boat ride in La Paz, Mexico.

Whether it's traveling, household items, saving for a big purchase, wedding planning, eating out, how to decorate the home...learning about how each other views and values money is key to having open, honest conversations about money with your sweetheart. And just like sex, if you better understand each other's needs then you will both feel satisfied. 

So for this Valentine’s Day, own your BOSS status and chat money on your date with your boo.  

Not sure how to begin the money conversation?

Here are three steps to talk about money like a BOSS with your man.

 Fun times in La Paz, Mexico. The locals are so awesome and the food is AMAZING!

Fun times in La Paz, Mexico. The locals are so awesome and the food is AMAZING!

 

  1. Share your money story. What did you both experience about money. Here are some prompts for you - Did you hear your parents talk about money and what were those conversations like? When did you first start working? Were you given an allowance? How did your parents spend money?

  2. Share your dreams and personal goals. Does one of you want to own a cottage in Tahoe and the other want a condo in the Hamptons? Who wants a private jet? Who wants to do more hiking trips?  Do you want to turn your side hustle into a full-time gig? Let the conversation roll naturally. You may be surprised what you learn about each other!

  3. Ask about investments. Get caught up on each other's investment accounts and long-term financial visions. Set a time for the both of you to chat with your financial advisor and talk through the questions you will ask them during the meeting. If anything seems confusing, now is the time to ask more questions and gain clarity.

Now I’d love to hear from you! What are some ways that you and your sweetheart differ when it comes to money? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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