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Caroline Stokes is the CEO of talent agency and executive search firm FORWARD, and an expert on growing your career in management consulting.

MAKING BIG MONEY: The ultimate guides to breaking into careers with 6-figure salaries

Whether you want to go freelance or land a high-paying, full-time job, experts share how to break into various careers with six-digit incomes.
Sam Schnitzler.

PRESENTING: Read the emails a freelance web designer who makes over $200,000 a year sends to other businesses to get referrals

Sam Schnitzler built his wealth by strategically partnering with other businesses. These are the emails he sends to attract companies and clients.
Lindsay Patton-Carson credits freelancing with significantly improving her mental health.

Going freelance was one of the best decisions I’ve made for my health — here’s why

When Lindsay Patton-Carson was fired from her job, she realized that she could become a full-time freelancer — and it's been great for her health.
James R.

A semi-retiree who works part-time from home found there’s such thing as too much alone time — even for an introvert

A college professor who retired about five years ago works part-time from home — but found it's much quieter than his university office.
Kelly Burch.

After years of trying to buy back our time, my husband became a stay-at-home parent — and it’s worth the hit to our income

I thought I would be a stay-at-home mom while writing for a bit of extra money, but my freelance career took off, and my husband stayed home instead.
Kelly Burch.

5 years ago I made $6,400 working for myself. This year, I’m on track to break $100,000 thanks to a few smart choices.

While some of the growth of my freelance writing business is thanks to luck and privilege, some is due to smart choices that made a big difference.
The author in her home office.

I’ve been self-employed for 7 years and make double my husband’s salary, yet I still can’t get a mortgage as easily as he can

Even after years of successful self-employment, I had to turn over seven years of tax returns to get a mortgage.
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I struggled to manage my cash flow as a freelancer until I embraced an obvious tool: credit cards

Credit cards allow me to better control my outgoing expenses, and manage the highs and lows of self-employment.
Clint and Kendall Proctor and their two boys.

I quit my day job 4 months ago to become a freelance writer. Here’s what my family of 4 spends in a typical week.

Clint Proctor lives with his wife and sons in Daytona Beach, Florida. This week, they spent $1,175 on their mortgage, food, and business expenses.
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When I started working for myself I never thought about disability insurance, but I’ve come to realize it couldn’t be more important

I didn't anticipate looking into disability insurance when I started freelancing. It never crossed my mind what would happen if I couldn't work.