I'm Miranda and I'm a freelance financial journalist and money expert. My specialties are investing, small business/entrepreneurship and personal finance. The journey to business success and financial freedom is best undertaken with fellow travelers.

The year closed out with a wild ride for Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency surged to $20,000 and then fell by about 40% before rebounding to some degree. But Bitcoin isn’t the be all and end all of blockchain technology. Indeed, blockchain payments are seeing more interest. So, as a new year gets underway, what can we […]

Happy New Year

I’m not a huge fan of new year resolutions. While I think this time of year is a great time to reflect and prepare for what’s next, I feel resolutions are over-rated. Instead, I like to think about themes for the year, and set goals around those themes. For 2017, my business theme was “grow.” […]

life of a programmer

It’s easy to get caught up in terms like work life balance. We talk about it at work. We talk about it as entrepreneurs. Everyone wants to find a way to achieve it. But what is work life balance, really? And does it mean you really have to compartmentalize your work away from your life? […]

workout motivation

One of the most important traits of a good business leader is a strong work ethic. Your work ethic can help you build a good reputation in the business. When you make mistakes (and you will), your solid work ethic can go a long way toward helping others give you a second chance. As you […]

where to travel for holiday vacation

One of my favorite days of the year is Christmas Day. It’s a day I don’t do any work. Instead, I read a book and eat chocolate. On many other holidays, though, I still do some work — even if I don’t need to. A good company holiday policy is an important part of making […]

time tracking 247

When I think of my most valuable resource, I think of time. As you know, being your own boss means that sometimes you work more than you ever did as an employee. At some point, though, you need to recapture your time. You can’t get time back once it’s passed. You can’t get back missed […]

You’ve made your list and checked it twice — and realized that you didn’t remember to get gifts for your team members. Now you’re scrambling, trying to figure out what to get on short notice. The good news is that are ways to save face and show your team appreciation. Here are a few last-minute […]

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