Bullish Q&A: Stay Motivated When a Gentlewomanly Life Seems Far Away

I discovered Bullish as an underpaid, bored Administrative Assistant. I realized I needed to change things but I was stuck in an idleness trap. Bullish entered my life just when I needed it. Now I’m in the process of applying to graduate school and I’m feeling all kinds of warm fuzzy excited feelings. But grad school is a long process…

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Bullish Q&A: Should I Do My Own Taxes?

I’m freelancing in the US for the first time and the tax system seems so complicated compared to the UK, I am reluctant to hire an accountant as I’ve always managed myself before, but am I wrong that it’s more complicated here? Thanks…   I don’t know anything about the UK’s tax system, so I can’t speak to that, but…

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Bullish Q&A: Pay Off Debt Bullishly

Alright, Jen, here we go. What are your tips for paying off Credit Card debt BULLISHLY? (Sorry, had the urge to yell that because I love Bullish so much.) I have about 10k in credit card debt, but I also have a cushy emergency fund, and a good job.   Great question! I think it’s sort of boring to responsibly…

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Bullish Q&A: I Keep Interviewing for Jobs I Don’t Really Want

I was laid off in June. Since, I’ve been working 40+ hours a week in a restaurant while networking (i.e. drinking a lot of coffee and beer with other engineers), applying, and interviewing for jobs. “Doing everything right” is exhausting in it’s own right, but more frustrating is sitting in interviews and realizing mid-way that I have no desire to…

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Interview with #BullCon15 speaker and bad@$$ Tonya Rapley

Hi Tonya! First, I’d like to say we’re delighted to welcome you as a speaker at #BullCon15. I first discovered you on Twitter (ladybusiness is 100% happening on Twitter!) when you were giving advice in a web chat. I checked you out and saw that you has been on the cover of Black Enterprise magazine, and were helping a lot of…

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Bullish Q&A: How to Negotiate a Noncompete

Has anyone dealt with non-compete agreements as an employee? Have you negotiated or refused to sign? Extensively! I once managed to get one negotiated down from “You can’t teach, write education manuals, design curricula, or otherwise work in education, anywhere, for two years” to “You won’t compete directly with us while still employed here and for 30 days after.” But…

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Bullish Q&A: How To Naturally (And Comfortably!) Talk About Money

I’m feeling really intimidated by the prospect of negotiating pay. I went to a talk aimed at women and under represented groups in tech and the lowest a junior dev should apparently take is twice what my mum makes in a year! I feel being intimidated and strange about money is an ongoing theme for me; I get panicky about…

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Bullish Q&A: How Do I Determine How Much I Can Charge For My Expertise?

Hi Jen! I’ve been asked to teach a 1-3 day interactive “creativity/design thinking” workshop for corporate executives in Dubai! I teach design in uni and this is, in fact, my expertise, but: how do I determine how much I can charge? My flight and lodging will be covered, but research I have done has yielded FAR different numbers for speaking…

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