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    Catching Up…

    I know I said I was going to start posting to the site on a regular basis again, but as you guessed, it didn’t happen. I’ve been thinking about the direction I want to take this site. When I started it back in 2005, there were only a handful of other money minded blogs. These days just about everyone has a money blog. I’d like to do something completely different. Over the summer, I even thought about selling the domain name and site but something deep in my heart couldn’t let it go. Budgetsmartgirl will always be my baby. With that in mind, I’m going to keep it up and…

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    Get Paid What Your Worth…and for everything

    It’s all too easy to think that stuff we find fun isn’t work or doesn’t have a price tag on it. Here’s what happened to me about twenty years ago. When I had to quit my job and started doing freelance PR work. I shortchanged myself not just a little, but a lot. I’d have potential clients call me and we’d chat and then set up a meeting where I’d go through everything I’d do to help them and their business get noticed. Most of the time, we’d meet in a café or coffee shop and yes, I’d even pay for the drinks or meal. I’d spend an hour, sometimes…

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    Goals-Keys to Success

    I’m a firm believer that by setting goals you’re half way along the road to success. I’ve set goals for saving money, writing books, losing weight and exercising, and even for projects that need tackling around the house. Think about the business you want to start or the way you want to start making money. Brainstorm for five minutes about all the tasks you’ll need to do to get where you want to go. Then start breaking them down into baby steps. For example, overall goal, launching a new graphic design business. Baby steps might include-getting a web site set up. Getting business cards made. Joining your local chamber of…

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    February Ramblings

    Over at my writing site, I do a weekly round up of things I’ve been up to and it’s known at Friday Ramblings From An Author. I thought I’d try that on this site too, well, a month by month Ramblings to begin with just to give it a test run. So here’s what I got up to this cold and snowy February. This year I knew I had to get more organized about what had to be done, what should be done, and what wasn’t worth bothering with. In January, on  I created a file on my laptop with the name of the month and the words to do. Inside I added…

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    Do You Know How You’re Going To Make Money?

    My post the other day was centered on finding your passion? The next thing you need to figure out is how you’re going to channel it into something that makes you money. Are you working a full time job and thinking about taking a side gig? Or do you want to quit your job and take the plunge and launch your own business? Maybe it’s a bit of both things, you’ll continue to work at your job and launch your own business that you’ll pursue in the evening and at weekends. Are you going to put a hobby to good use. Maybe you make sweaters or clothes that you can…

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    What’s Your Passion?

    Let’s kick off the making money journey with a question. What’s your passion? If you had to explain it in one sentence what would it be? I’m a firm believer in when you choose a business or a side gig, it’s best to go with something that you’re passionate about. Sure, you can choose the hot trend of the year, something that you know others are making thousands of dollars doing, but if it’s not something that you’re passionate about, it’s not going to last…you’re not going to last. When you work for yourself, you’ve got no one telling you what to do next, no boss watching over your shoulder making sure…

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    An Honest Review of PDFelment

    Here’s a review of some software I did for my writing site, This Writer’s Life www.thiswriterslife.com and thought the product might be a good fit for BSG too as we’re now focusing on launching a business and I think this software could be helpful. I’ve never reviewed products here at TWL before but I was recently approached by a company to do just that. So disclaimer up front, I received the product in exchange for an honest review. What is the product and why did I agree to review it and share it with you? It a software program called PDFelement and it’s made by Wondershare Software LLC. At first,…

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    New Beginnings

    I’ve been telling you about the overhaul for BSG for a few weeks, and today it kicks into gear. No longer will you find post on clipping coupons, pantry makeovers or anything you’ve seen before. This site is now geared toward ways to start a business, put a business you already run into high gear, or even just ways to make some extra income. It will be focused on freedom and finding a way to live the life you dream about. I’ve been working for myself for close to 20 years. It’s not something I set out to do. My last outside employer type job was as a publicist. I loved it…

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    Budget Smart Girl is Changing

    I told you a few weeks ago that I was thinking of rebranding this site. After much brainstorming, I’ve decided that instead of focusing on saving money, it’s new theme should be making money. You can learn how to save at the store or whatever just about any where these days so I want to give you something different. The site will show you ways to make money, be it a side gig, starting your own business, selling your arts and crafts…you get the picture. While there still might be the odd post or two about ways to save time, and yes, recipes you can easily make while you’re busy building your empire,…

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