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It’s published! Yay!

The Freelancer Financial Freakout – How to avoid it and start building wealth is my latest course, now converted into book format – eBook and Print on Demand versions – available from Amazon. It's a quick, beginner guide to achieving financial well being.

Find it at the links below, or from outside Canada and the US, search by title.

Kindle version on amazon.ca and amazon.com
Print-on-demand version on amazon.ca and amazon.com

“Great, easy to understand advice for anybody who wants to take financial control of their life, but is intimidated by the process.”
– Don DeWolfe CPA, CGA

“Really well written – great advice delivered in a funny, easy to follow format. It reminds me a bit of The Wealthy Barber, but for freelancers.”
– Jacqueline Brown, teacher


When you don’t have a regular pay check, it can be tricky to know what to expect financially. How do you plan a vacation? Can you afford to rent a studio? Will your bills get paid? When can you stop stressing?

This quick guide for beginners is designed for freelancers who have a few clients under their belt, are getting paid, but still feel anxious about paying bills every month. Anyone without a regular pay check will benefit from reading this book. It will give you the knowledge to feel financially secure, make better purchase decisions, and get you on track to building wealth. Finally, you’ll find out how to work smarter, not harder.

Start by identifying and crushing the subconscious limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Then take action steps to move from financially stressed to secure and confident.

We’ll go through...
Mindset – common blockers that can stop your success.
Net worth – focus on numbers that will give you real insight.
Debt – we’ll look at a motivating approach to being debt-free.
Budget – knowing your numbers can make a massive difference.
Passive income – what it is, how to get it, and what to expect.
Investing – the first steps laid out for absolute beginners.

This easy and empathetic read will help set you on a course to stress-free, financial security.



Hello! I'm Yvonne Lines, the Mindset Mentor behind SmartLife.tips. Here’s a bit about me...

I used to go home, flip on the ’toob, watch hours of mindless tv, go to bed, get up, go to work, repeat. Finally, I got sick of it to the point that I decided to do something...

I read every leadership, finance, and development book I could grab. After 236 books, my mindset had changed so much, I was able to leave my steady job, build my own business, and still avoid an all-ramen diet. Now, I can finally call myself a business owner, a surfer, and a motorbike adventurer.

I’m loving life and want to share what I’ve learned, so that you can live your best life too.

I hope to e-meet you soon.
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Why I do what I do...

I want to live an inspired life, surrounded by high-quality, happy people. I believe that the more useful knowledge I can spread, the more I can contribute to enhancing people’s lives, and then we’ll all be growing together, in a positive direction.


Mission (aka: “the what”)...

I help people be more fulfilled in their work lives, by sharing mindset strategies for better decision making.

I'm an advocate of knowing and living by your values and letting them be a guide for your choices. Often that means choosing what lifestyle you deeply desire, and figuring out how to make your career work with it, instead of trying to fit your life around your work. This perspective may seem counter-intuitive to how you’ve grown up. Mindset strategies often twist how we look at our lives so that we can open up greater opportunities for ourselves. I'm also a big advocate of brainstorming and experimenting, because more options lead to better options, and trying out ideas can either help cross thoughts off our list quickly, or lead to opportunities we could not have seen coming.


How it comes to life...

I've been reading intensely for years, as well as listening to podcasts, watching videos, and going to conferences, having one-on-one conversations, etc., all around leadership, finance, and self development. I take the interesting nuggets of wisdom I learn, give them a test drive in my own life, and if I find them useful, I’ll share them. You can find the mindset strategies on my blog, on YouTube, have them set to your inbox, or if you want to zoom in a subject, I've created the video courses you'll find at the top top of this page. I’m also available for talks, workshops, and coaching.






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