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The "zero-sum budget"

An emergency savings fund buffer is vital for freelancers. It will help you to keep your head above water when your income fluctuates.

A zero-sum budget means living off last month's income alone. This can be done in the following way:

  • Start building a budget by assigning every dollar to a particular monthly expense.
  • Write down your bills, including rent and insurance.
  • Make a list of any debt payments and savings goals, and assign dollar amounts to each. As your income fluctuates, so will the dollars assigned to savings and debt repayment.

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Set specific and realistic goals for an emergency fund

An emergency buffer consists of a specific metric you're trying to reach based on what you reasonably will need during a dry month.

Some have a checking account with two month's worth of bills saved. It covers rent, utilities, insurance and cell-hone bills. In addition, the...

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Create an emergency fund

Create an emergency fund

Despite all the benefits that come from working as a freelancer, there may be months in the year where you may desire a steady income to feel you can pay the bills.

Establishing an emergency saving fund can help you overcome the fear of a dry month.

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Save 45 percent of every paycheck

Assigning 45 percent of your income to savings is essential if you're serious about building savings and have the ability to pay quarterly estimated taxes.

  • Allocate 30 per cent of your income towards taxes
  • 5 per cent for reinvesting in your business
  • 10 percent to build ...

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The 50/15/5 rule for multiple financial goals

The 50/15/5 rule for multiple financial goals

  • 50% of your income goes toward essential expenses: rent, bills, minimum debt payments.
  • 15% percent goes to retirement savings. They also suggest you increase this by 1% each year.
  • 5% goes toward unexpected monthly expenses or building an emergency...

Needs, wants and savings

  • Needs: these are those bills that you absolutely must pay and are the things necessary for survival (rent or mortgage payments, car payments, groceries, insurance, health care, minimum debt payment, and utilities).
  • Wants: these include all the things you spend money ...

Building a budget

  • The traditional budget starts with tracking expenses, getting rid of debt, and then building an emergency fund.
  • But you can speed up the process by building a partial emergency fund. It will act as a buffer to replace the use of a credit card for e...

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