Personal Finance for Writers with Nicole Dieker

Writing takes time — and time, as is often said, is money. The more you know about how to manage your personal finances, the better prepared you’ll be to build your writing career while working a day job, balance freelancing and fiction writing, and reconcile (pun intended!) the work you do for money and the work you do for love.

Join HappyWriter instructor Nicole Dieker as she discusses personal finance as it applies to the writer’s life, from the perspective of a writer and author who has ten years of freelancing experience and three years of six-figure writing income. Topics to include:

  • How much you can expect to earn at each level of freelancing (entry-level, mid-level, expert-level)
  • How much you can expect to earn from writing fiction, whether you self-publish or go the traditional publication route
  • How to budget when your income is irregular and/or unpredictable
  • How to deal with taxes, business licenses and all of that legal stuff
  • How Nicole increased her freelance income by $20K each year (and how you can use similar data tracking tools to increase your own earnings)

This class is a lunch-and-learn, so feel free to eat while you Zoom! Bring your questions, and be ready to take notes.

This course is for:

  • Freelance writers who want to increase their income while decreasing their workload
  • Aspiring freelancers and/or authors who want to learn how much money they can realistically expect to earn from their writing
  • People who have the “earning money from their writing” part under control but want to learn more about budgeting, tax planning and long-term financial strategies

About Nicole

Nicole Dieker has been a full-time freelance writer since 2012. Her work regularly appears at Bankrate, Vox, Haven Life, and; previously, she’s written for Lifehacker, Popular Science, The Penny Hoarder, The Write Life, NBC News, Unbounce, and KlientBoost. Dieker spent five years as a writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Dieker also teaches writing, freelancing, and publishing classes (including online classes), and work one-on-one with freelancers and authors as a writing coach, developmental editor and career adviser.

Her debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People, is a Millennial-era Little Women that follows three sisters from childhood to adulthood. Kirkus Reviews described it as “a shrewdly unique portrait of everyday America.”

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Course Includes

  • 2 Lessons