The Make Money Marketing Course Is A Blogger’s Side Hustle Dream Course

Note: Those links in here? I may make a little bit of money if you sign up using them. That money helps me keep the site running. For more information, please read my disclaimer. One of my goals in 2018 is to start to earn some extra money from side hustles. My target amount is a pretty reasonable $500 a month on average. While $500 isn’t going to let Kristin or I leave our jobs or retire early, it’s a nice chunk of change to pad our savings. I think many bloggers go through this period of aspiration where we dream about what it’d be like to quit the corporate world and blog full time. The reality is that few […]

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Why I Walked Away From $25k In Company Stock

Sometimes you've got to walk away without knowing what lies ahead

In 2016, I made a decision. Actually, I made quite a few, and not just small ones – I’m talking about big, life-changing decisions. In general, those decisions panned out fantastically – like asking Kristin to marry me – but it all hinged on one key decision. I made a tough call and walked away from about $25,000 in company stock. Where I Was In 2016 Let me set the stage by backing up to where I was in January 2016 in my life. Three years earlier, in 2013, I had moved out to California with nothing except what I could fit in my Sonata. I’d kept my job, and was working with offices in the Los Angeles and San […]

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Financial Fridays: Update Your Professional Online Presence

Updating your online presence can be the first step to a job offer

Note: Those links in here? I may make a little bit of money if you sign up using them. That money helps me keep the site running. For more information, please read my disclaimer. Welcome to Financial Fridays #6! Over the past several weeks I’ve shared posts that will help you paint a picture of your financial life today and set you up for a prosperous 2018. I touched on topics ranging from income and expenses to net worth, debt, and just generally getting your financial life in order. These are some of the steps Kristin and I have taken to help set ourselves up to be able to afford our dream wedding, dream house, and plan for early retirement. […]

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I Just Out-Performed Bitcoin by Working Remotely

Working remotely returned more on my investment than bitcoin in 2017

Have you ever done something a little bit on a whim that ended up paying huge dividends? I had one of these experiences this week. No, I didn’t start my own cryptocurrency or anything like that. After thinking about our semi-crappy one-car situation and getting frustrated over the past few weeks about our schedules, I decided that Monday was as good a day as any to ask my boss about the possibility of working remotely one day a week. To my delight, she was super on board with it. I probably should have expected as much – in addition to receiving pretty great feedback in general, I knew she was open to working remotely. She works from home semi-frequently, and […]

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3 Things I Loved About Working From Home (and 3 Things I Hated)

Working from home lets you drink your coffee in a real cup!

For us mere mortals who still have to slave away at work – instead of living off of our investments – the idea of working from home can be incredibly enticing. You get to relax, hang out, do things around the house. Nobody’s looking over your shoulder asking you about TPS reports. You don’t have to pretend to care about office gossip. Pajamas are semi-acceptable attire for the first few hours of the day. But the truth is, working at home is seldom as glamorous as it may seem. For some people, it’s an awesome arrangement. For others, it’s a fast path to failure. Where you land on the spectrum will depend on a ton of different factors. How I […]

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Harness Your Purple Squirrel

Harness your purple squirrel

Earlier this week, I was meeting with a coworker to review some of the work I’ve been doing the past few months at my job. He was brought in a few weeks ago as a senior member of the project team, and will be working closely with me on a few things. At the end of our meeting, he said to me something that I didn’t quite understand. After wrapping everything up, he looked back at me and said: “You know what they call you? A purple squirrel.” I was perplexed. I had never heard the phrase purple squirrel before and I didn’t know what it meant. Off to Google/Wikipedia I went! Purple squirrel is a term used by employment recruiters to […]

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Get An MIT Education For Free

Have you ever wanted to get an MIT education, but don’t have $70k a year to do it? What options might you have? Of course student loans are available (for those who want to be a quarter million dollars in debt when they graduate). Scholarships and grants are another good step to research, but chances are most of us won’t get enough in those to cover tuition. So, what’s a hopeful learner to do? Go to MIT for free, of course! The Real Deal No, this isn’t a gimmick. For anybody wishing to learn about basically anything MIT offers most of its course material online, 100% free of charge. It’s called MIT OpenCourseWare and it’s an incredible resource for anybody looking for […]

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Is Traditional Full Time Employment Overrated?

This is the age of millennials pursuing financial independence and the digital nomad lifestyle (even if I am not). More than ever, the younger generation is bucking the trend of finding a company to work at for 45 years. What worked for our parents’ generation just doesn’t cut it anymore.  Is full time employment overrated? Traditional full-time positions seem to be viewed as less and less attractive. Full time employment has some undeniable drawbacks if you’re pursing a life of travel and leisure. However, for all their drawbacks, there are a few things that make these jobs a potentially lucrative option. They shouldn’t be overlooked, no matter what lifestyle you are trying to build. In Favor of Full Time The […]

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When a Dollar isn’t a Dollar: The Case for Cutting Costs

We’re on Twitter! I’m just getting the Twitter account set up now, and admittedly I have never used Twitter before. Like…ever. I’d appreciate a Follow, and any tips or tricks would be great! Also if we could avoid telling my dad that I am finally ‘tweeting’ that’d be great. He prides himself on being the only one in the family who does! What if I were to tell you that a dollar isn’t really a dollar? You’d certainly look at me like I was crazy, right? Of course you would. But it turns out that most of the time when we think about spending or earning a dollar, it really ISN’T a dollar at all. At least, they aren’t the […]

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What The Hell Is An ESPP?

When I first saw the abbreviation ESPP, I didn’t even know what it was. Chances are if you haven’t run into one before, you probably don’t either. Yet it’s something that lots of folks have access to, even if they’re a bit uneducated about it. I’ve had about a dozen coworkers at previous companies ask about ESPP’s, and if it makes sense for them. Let’s clear a few things up, then see if it’s something you’re interested in. What is an ESPP? ESPP stands for Employee Stock Purchase Plan. There are a few different ways they can be structured, but most typical is allowing you to use post-tax money to buy company stock, typically at a discount. These are called Qualified ESPP’s. […]

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