Do you have a budget? We’ve been surprised by how much variance there is among the city’s most successful entrepreneurs and artists and creatives. Some budget, some don’t. Some track every penny, others are less rigorous. We’ve shared some thoughtful responses from the community below.

T. Hollie | iPhotographer – Personal Assistant – Entrepreneur

I’m a South Jersey Girl, from Cumberland County, now in the South. My hometowns culture is the exact entity on why I am the way I am. Humans are very observant, me being one of them, I always found a way to learn from others and then perfect it for myself. The lessons Ive learned from my hometown have helped me mature, be open minded, and see the world for what it really is. Read more>>

Sierra Bivins | Virtual Assistant & Online Business Manager

Yes, I definitely have a budget. Being a single mother of two sons, I have to budget my personal finances. Even if I didn’t have any children, I would still budget my personal finances. I make my lifestyle and spending decisions pretty simply…I don’t live outside my means. The needs of my children and household come first, all leisure things come second. I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth and through both childhood and adulthood, I’ve learned that money doesn’t grow on trees. Read more>>

Tashawnie Hunter | Actress & Content Creator

Yes. Budgeting is so important and it’s what keeps me balanced with my everyday life. What helps me stay organized and more responsible is a finance book/log. Personal financing is a good way to watch over your money . I always think it’s wise too carry around a planner or consider having a financial advisor. I know that life can be hectic sometimes and that’s why I always have it. Also , I think it helps me stay ahead of my task because I’m always on the move. I think everyone should have a personal advisor or learn more about investing. It’s what makes your life so much easier. Read more>>