Back in 2016, I made a leap of faith and decided to leave my job to work from home. My ultimate goal was to be a full-time writer. At first, I sold clothes and antiques on eBay and Etsy while I occasionally got paid for an article or two. Now, I am happy to say that in 2019, I have achieved a full-time living with 100% of my income coming from writing.
Through trial and error, I purchased things I thought I needed, but were actually a waste of money. Over the past three years, I figured out the bare essentials of what’s truly necessary, so you don’t have to.
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One of the most intimidating parts about leaving a job and going on your own is figuring out how to pay your taxes. All my life, I had a boss who withdrew taxes from my paychecks for me, and I just needed to wait for my W-2 to come in the mail at the beginning of each year. Once I became self-employed, Intuit Quickbooks Self-Employed was a life saver. I have been using this for the past three years, and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it. (Probably hire an accountant.)
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