This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Intuit QuickBooks and #WeAllGrow Latina Network.
I love what I do. Creatively, I have the freedom to work with brands while freely expressing myself. I get to do and go places I never thought I would. I get to meet and sit at tables I never thought I would. On the surface, life is amazing. However, I fall short in the actual business aspect of it all. There was a time that I would create invoices, email them, and since payment terms were so far out, I would genuinely forget thus payment would be delay almost twice as long. There was no method to my madness and the more I grew, the harder it was to keep track of, something I was painfully reminded of every year come tax time. The more I grew and tried to expand, the harder it was to manage and I started to lose the love for an industry I was so passionate about. After all these years, I learned the biggest lesson to grow and maintain the freelance lifestyle. Delegate. Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury to hiring a bookkeeper and/or an accountant so I needed to find an easier solution to my problem. So I’ve partnered with Intuit QuickBOOKS to make my life easier and thus learning to fall in love with my work again. Here’s how easy it can be now.
I now can create my invoices online and send them to clients all while Intuit QuickBooks gives me the resources to get paid not only on time but faster than the usual 45-60 day period, a freelancer’s dream.
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I love nothing more than an office full of pretty planners, stationary, gold pens but that isn’t really necessary in my line of work, simply Instagram-worthy and wasteful. It would be easy to get lost in the glitz of it all and start spending more than you are receiving. I know, I’ve come seriously close to complete ruin and grateful to have lived with someone that deals in finance to assist and advise me but these days, Intuit QuickBooks has provided the template and the resources I need to track these things. I no longer have the pretty stationary (I mean, I do but it is not crazy stacked), and looking at my statements allows for more control. I now am able to actually pay myself and invest into my business things I actually need.
I never had a plan. I just would write, pitch, get paid, start over. It worked while I was busy raising my kids but they are getting bigger and I have to think of the bigger picture. Shortly after my father’s death, I felt lost in my career and the craziness of it all finally hit me. I was asked, “what’s next?” I honestly wasn’t sure and spent the rest of the year pondering that question. After thinking long and hard about what is next for this “freelancer”, I sat down and started writing a plan. Thankfully, Intuit QuickBooks has templates that help not only write the perfect plan but assists me in areas I may not be very strong in. I’m happy to say, I know what is next. I wrote it down.
The QuickBooks Resource center is not just for small/medium businesses, but also for the self-employed, freelancers, creatives, just like me.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Intuit QuickBooks and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.