"Don't be cheap!" was the advice of a marketing specialist to new marketers in an interview I just read. The marketer suggested spending money on good resources (books, software, etc.), even if they are expensive--because you get what you pay for.
I believe there is a lot of truth in that. I used to cut corners on everything, signing up only for freebies or just buying the basic packages. In some instances I still do, but in regards to my career and passion (writing) I am no longer cheap.
In my first AMWA conference, for example, I only attended open sessions (which are included in the registration fee) but no workshops (which you have to pay for above the registration fee). The next year I tried a workshop and realized how much I was missing.
Oh, and don't ask me how much I spend in writing books every month! I can only tell you that my Border Rewards account looks like a bank account. I try to get the most out of all those books, taking notes and putting words into practice on any project I am working on at the time.
What about you? How can you invest in your career to be a better writer or editor (or even get more money)?
Perhaps you need more clients for your freelance writing business--buy some books on marketing freelance services. Or maybe you need to keep better track of your clients' payments--invest in a solid financial software.
And please, above all, don't be cheap!