Careers

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Seven Strategies for Working from Home from an Experienced Telecommuter

Since early 2008, I have worked entirely from home, submitting my projects and writings via the Internet. At this point, I have more than seven years of experience doing this. Along the way, I’ve fulfilled the terms of several professional contracts without any sort of serious conflict. I know from others who work from home that …

10 Master’s Degrees That Can Actually Pay Off

Earning a college degree is usually the best way to guarantee better job prospects and higher pay. You put the work in up front, do your best, and emerge from the experience with the skills employers expect and demand. And most of the time, that investment pays off. Here’s a good example: According to Bureau …

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20 Colleges Well Worth the Money

Here’s a sobering statistic: Over 20 years, you’d earn a better return investing your college fund in the stock market than actually using it to attend most colleges in the United States. In fact, according to a just-released report from PayScale, the 20-year annualized return on investment (ROI) for both Apple (24.8%) and Microsoft (15.2%) shares …

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Four Ways to Impress Your New Boss

If you have a new boss, it’s important to start off on the right foot. After all, you want to let them know they made an excellent choice when they hired you! You probably know all the basic things not to do at work, like show up late or spend your whole day reading Facebook. …

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Is Working Worth It When You Have Kids?

When you have kids, it’s easy to question whether it makes sense for both parents to work outside the home. I know; I’ve been there. When my husband and I had our first child, I was making around $10 an hour and spending half of my take-home pay on child care. Even though we ultimately …

Categories: Careers, Home and Life

How One Social Media Mistake Can Wreck Your Financial Future

More than 100 years before Facebook was conceived in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Mark Twain, one of America’s most beloved authors, offered some words of wisdom that make a lot of sense for social media users today: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to …

Categories: Careers, Technology

Is an Unpaid Internship Worth It?

Unpaid internships are definitely a hot-button issue for college students and recent grads. Ross Perlin, author of  “Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy,” estimates that of the million or so students doing internships, half aren’t being paid for their hard work. And it’s not only students, but …

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