Just remember that being self_employed means that you must also pay the self_employment tax, so include this in your calculations. The self_employment tax is double what you would pay in Medicare and Social Security taxes if you were employed.
Get Your Budget on Track. You're not going to get ahead financially until you develop a reasonable budget _ one that allows for both some indulgences and for emergencies _ and then stick to that budget. Budgeting your money is the cornerstone of a sound financial plan. You might scoff at the idea of creating a budget _ after all, you pretty much know what you spend every month, especially on big_ticket items like rent/mortgage or car payment.