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The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs Paperback – March 2, 2010
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“‘The Money Book’ lays out the key issues for workers who don't have benefits. It hits on the major themes of saving regularly, planning for retirement, and managing your taxes when you, the worker, are ultimately responsible. Its conversational tone makes it easily accessible for readers who aren't inclined to read about how to crunch numbers and budget.”
"The Money Book" is an indispensable survival guide that belongs on the desk of every independent worker who is willing do whatever it takes to achieve success.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Through trial and error, veteran freelancers D'Agnese and Kiernan worked out a money-management system that allowed them to save for emergencies and retirement, pay off debt, buy benefits, cover their taxes and survive the droughts in business that seem an inevitable part of working for yourself.
They convey all this in a book that's irreverent and hugely entertaining.”
“Developed from the personal experiences of the authors, this book is fun and relevant, with no other recent work quite comparable. Recommended for anyone who is self-employed now or is facing a new work-life situation.”
About the Author
Joseph D'Agnese is a freelance writer who has written forThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, This Old House, and many other magazines and newspapers. He has been published extensively in Discover, and also in Seedand Wired, and was twice named to the annual anthology,Best American Science Writing. He's the author of a children's picture book, Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci.
Denise Kiernan has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Saveur, Discover, Ms., New York Daily News, and many other publications. She was head writer of ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" during its Emmy award-winning first season, and is the author of a number of books for adults and children.
Top customer reviews
I like the book because it makes finances fool proof. Just follow the steps listed in the book. I also like the book because it's not easy. This is not a get rich quick guide. They're advice is more like going to the dentist. Painful but needed. It involves pulling out old receipts, looking at previous earnings, and figuring out your cost of living. It's a system that'll make you sweat and curse at yourself, but by the end you'll feel a lot better about your finances.
I have been using their system for several paychecks now, putting aside money as they suggested. I save a lot of money each paycheck, up to 80%, because now I know for a fact how much I need to spend and how much I need to save. Even when I got a new credit card and foolishly went on a spending spree, their system gave me a cushion to pay off that debt. I managed to pay it off before the interest hit and still save 30% of my paycheck. That's not something I would have been able to do in the past.
This book really helps. It's meant for average people who don't get finances and it's fool-proof.
The book is in a very conversational and easy to understand format, not full of jargon and eye-glazing financial terms that other self-help books use, making this perfect for folks like me who want to better their situation without spending a lot of time on it.
Being freelancers themselves, the authors understand how mind-numbing a lot of these subjects can be, but offer simple solutions that are easy to begin TODAY so you can be on your path to financial stability with an unstable paycheck, no waiting. You can start the process as you read the book and develop better habits without radical life changes.
Would recommend for anyone in the freelancing world, from novices to pros who might just need a few reminders of how to manage their time and money for a better future.
1) The reader is already freelancing/part-time...
2) The reader doesn't really know how to handle money
3) The reader is in debt and doesn't know how to get out of debt.
None of those assumptions apply to me, so now I have to figure what parts of the book DO/will actually apply to my situation... if you are already freelancing and have debt - this is the book for you. I was looking for help getting started - there was enough of that content that the book did help me.