Navigation Tips for the Road to Independence

Nobody ever said starting a new chapter was going to be easy. Whether you're making changes in your personal or professional life, these smart tips can help you rewrite your story. Read on for ways to navigate the road to independence.

Be a Financial Pro

Need help managing your money and your budget? From the makers of Turbotax and Quicken, Intuit’s Mint app can help you with money management, bill pay, budgeting and more. The tool even allows you to effortlessly monitor your credit score from your personal devices or smartphone. This free app is easy to set up, and most importantly, it’s secure because it uses the same encryption protection that banks use, ensuring that your financial data is protected. Create a budget and stick to it with Mint.

Drive Off with a Deal

Having your own set of wheels can open new doors to independence, so don't let car buying scare you off. The people at DriveTime have made it easy for anyone to drive off the lot in a "new" used car. Even if you have less-than-perfect credit, DriveTime has you covered. Over 2.5 million people have been approved to buy online. Don’t let the car-buying process stop you. You can also use DriveTime to compare the values of used cars in your area to those in a major metropolitan area like Phoenix. Owning your own car is one of the huge steps toward independence.

Figure out Your Career

Maybe what you studied in college is no longer something you want to pursue. Or perhaps you want to change fields after a year or two in the same industry. Career moves are big, but there are helpful and friendly resources just waiting for you to join their communities.

One such community is Levo. Levo specializes in helping women find a career path by offering advice, helpful webinars, tips and articles. Create a Levo profile with a quick bio, education and your work experience, and start connecting with other members right away. Levo offers workshops and communities in many major cities across the U.S. Find out if Levo is in your city by searching its website.

Turn a New Key

Thinking about renting your own space? Or maybe you’ve decided it's time to buy a home. The helpful online resource Zillow can connect you to experienced real estate agents and home value numbers. You can also search through available apartment and home listings, all from your smartphone or computer. Simply enter your desired zip code, select "buy" or "rent," and let the results flood in. Zillow is great for busy women who don’t have time to run around town looking at listings. If you’re ready to make your next move, check out Zillow.

independenceLearn Something New

It’s important to always be learning new skills. If you’re thinking, "I don’t have the time to go back to school," you’re right. But you don’t have to go back to college with the online learning platform Udemy. You can learn on your time, anytime and anywhere. Choose from over 40,000 courses and learn at your own pace on your own device. From learning to code or mastering Photoshop, you can do it all online with the help of Udemy.