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Gaining Financial Independence After Divorce

Paying for a divorce isn’t cheap. You pay to hire a lawyer. You pay every time you talk to that lawyer. You pay for mediation. You pay to file the papers. You pay for a new place. You pay for therapy. If you’re a college student like me, you don’t get pell grants from the government anymore, so you pay for school.

I was a young college student going through a divorce. I was working part-time and going to school full-time. I paid for the divorce, but I just couldn’t keep up with the rest of the bills. In the end I had to rely on my parents to help me out financially while I got settled.

When I was filling out scholarship applications for my college, I told them a little bit of my story and I miraculously got enough to pay for a whole semester, including books. But I had two semesters left until I graduated and no way to pay for the last semester, even though I had been working part-time nonstop.

I had always sworn that I wouldn’t go into debt if I could help it, but I ended up taking out a loan to pay for my last semester. And I hated every second of it. I hated having my student loans weighing over my head, so I worked as much as I was allowed at my part-time job, which was 20 hours a week. But the legal proceedings had drained my account. I was in debt and barely making it from paycheck to paycheck.

Then I decided to take a chance and take my financial situation into my own hands. I applied for an internship with ZipBooks, an online accounting software company. I knew absolutely nothing about accounting or taxes or software at all, but I knew how to write and hoped that would be enough. They took a chance and hired me as a writer and an editor. Now I’m getting paid, getting professional experience writing for a great company, and learning a little bit about how to manage accounts, budget, and handle taxes, among many other things. ZipBooks lets me pick my hours and work from home, which means I can work as much as I want and go to school full-time.

I still have to budget and I have a lot more to learn about accounting and financial management. It has been a pretty long road, but I am slowly working toward being completely financially independent.

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