Careers

10 College Degrees That Could Pay Off in 2015

Recent news about the rising costs of college has been nothing short of dark and dreary. By all accounts, the price tag of higher education has been skyrocketing — and student bank accounts simply cannot keep up. Government data show that college costs for the 2011–12 academic year were approximately $14,300 at public institutions and …

Categories: Careers, Education, Loans

The Value Line: Building More Skills for a Better Life

My father was always a “jack of all trades” kind of guy. He was an absolute stellar gardener. He was a very good small-scale commercial fisherman, able to catch hundreds of pounds of fish in a single day. He held down a fairly technical job at a factory that involved computer operation and diagnosing problems …

Choosing Your Personal Financial Focus

When I first started my professional life, my main financial focus was on my career. I tried really hard to establish a great professional foundation and took on a number of hard projects, presentations, certifications, public speaking opportunities, and other challenges in order to cement a positive reputation and resume. During that time, I didn’t …

How to Write a Thank-You Note

With graduation and wedding season upon us, you may be faced with the arduous task of finding the proper way to thank others for their generosity. In some ways, it can be difficult to be on the receiving end: Not only do you have to accept your gift graciously, you also have to make sure your loved …

10 Best Entry-Level Jobs With Long-Term Potential

If you’re fresh out of school without much experience, you’ll probably have to take an entry-level job — but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in that position forever. Even when you’re starting at the bottom of the pack, you may have the opportunity to work your way up if you’re able to prove your work …

Categories: Careers

Nine Steps to Prepare for an Upcoming Job Loss

At my previous job, I was employed for a while on a series of annual contracts that were renewed each May. The money that funded those contracts came from a series of research grants, as most of my job was oriented around helping process, organize, and distribute enormous piles of data. This meant that for …

Categories: Careers

10 Booming, Mostly Blood-Free Healthcare Jobs for the Squeamish

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a rewarding career in healthcare. What do you see? Chances are, you picture yourself performing a whirlwind of procedures, providing the hands-on care that not only keeps patients comfortable, but also saves lives. Meanwhile, you might also imagine a job that involves a lot of blood, guts, and …

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10 Apps I Use Every Day to Help My Productivity

For me, every day is filled with personal and professional tasks that require the use of a computer and/or a smartphone. I have articles to write. I have emails to send. I have research to do. I have a book draft to work on. I have images to edit. I have videos to edit. I …

Choosing a College Major? Check the Stats First

If you’re on the verge of choosing a college major, there are a number of factors you should consider. Not only do you need to think about what inspires you, what you’re good at, and how long it will take to earn a particular degree, but you’ll also want to think long and hard about what kind …

Categories: Careers, Education

50 Small Businesses You Can Start on Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: It fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. But that was 2007, and …

The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a brothel was never part of Debbie Miller’s plan. But 25 years ago, in rural Ohio, there were few people who understood the distinction between a luxury bed and breakfast and a house of prostitution. “The local county commissioners had no idea what a bed and breakfast was,” says Miller. “And because it was a rarity …

10 Steps to Protect Yourself Against an Unexpected Job Loss

One of the biggest financial fears that many people have is that they’ll unexpectedly lose their job, which will lead to a downward spiral of financial trouble. For many families, particularly those with children who are also living paycheck to paycheck, that downward spiral will happen very quickly. It’s a fear that I personally had …

Categories: Careers

Four Businesses Kids Can Start Themselves

The Internet was buzzing recently about a 15-year-old New Yorker who rakes in $300,000 a year with her babysitting agency, Nannies by Noa. Noa Mintz saw a need for matching parents with suitable babysitters. She now oversees 25 nannies and 50 babysitters, and she receives 15% of their initial gross salary. While a nanny service …

Why You Should Consider Trade School Instead of College

For a lot of people, going to a four-year college seems like an automatic choice when they graduate from high school. The reason is obvious – higher income. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a bachelor’s degree accounted for an average of $16,900 in additional income per year compared to a high school …

Categories: Careers, Education

Five Reasons It Pays to Become a Work-at-Home Mom

After years of decline, a new look at government data shows that the number of stay-at-home moms is finally on the rise. This news comes courtesy of Pew Research Center analysis from 2014. According to the research, the percentage of mothers who don’t work outside the home surged to 29% in 2012, up from only 23% …

Categories: Careers, Family

Tips for Landing a Job After College

Buckle up. You’ve done the work, and you’ve got the debt to prove it, but you’re finally finishing college and ready to start looking for a job. Piece of cake, right? Not to scare you, but the unemployment rate for recent college graduates is at 8.5%, and the underemployment rate is at 16.8%. That doesn’t mean …

Categories: Careers, Education

Financial Independence and Career Choices

At dinner a few days ago, I was discussing the concept of financial independence to a friend of mine who had really never heard of the concept. He and his wife are actively saving for retirement, but they fully expect to retire between the ages of 62 and 65, not earlier, so the idea of …

The Graceful Way to Quit a Job You Hate

Do you hate your job? Go on, you can tell us. If so, you’re not alone. In fact, I find that the vast majority of people don’t like their work and wish they could be doing something different. They dream of being able to work for themselves or work from wherever they want. Sometimes, they …

Categories: Careers

Five Side Hustles Even Your Grandma Could Try

Spending less than you earn is the No. 1 rule of personal finance, so increasing your earnings can immediately improve your financial picture. But depending on your job, it can be difficult to boost your weekly or monthly income. If you’re paid hourly, for example, you might be able to secure some overtime. But if you’re paid …

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