05.24.16
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Eight Jobs Where You Determine Your Salary

Working for someone else can be a drag. Not only do you have to please your boss and toe the company line, but you have

05.18.16
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Commuting by Car, Uber, Train, Bike, or on Foot: Which Saves the Most Time and Money?

When I moved to San Francisco, I sold my car. I knew I’d be living in a walkable city, and the high cost of ownership

05.11.16
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What to Do When Your Spouse Fails Miserably at a New Job

When my husband grew tired of his mortuary job in 2013, I wasn’t all that surprised. After all, working as a mortician means working in

05.09.16
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Eight Seasonal Side Hustles to Make Bank This Summer

While the cost of living keeps going up, most wages have remained fairly stagnant, confirms a 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The

05.08.16
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Six Things Every College Graduate Needs to Know About Money

Beyond the relative safety of college sits the stressful and sometimes messy world of adulthood. Where responsibilities were once limited to attending class, studying, showing

04.27.16
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Why Taking a Pay Cut Was the Best Career Move I Ever Made

When it comes to job offers, most of us are encouraged and conditioned to follow the money. And why wouldn’t we? Adding even a few hundred

04.20.16
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The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Jobs, Getting Paid, and Getting Ahead

Freelancers, listen up. How many of you know how to legally establish a business, set a fair rate for yourself, get your taxes right, and

04.09.16
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Deep Work and Deep Learning for Your Career and Your Life

Recently, I had the opportunity to read the wonderful book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. This book

04.07.16
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Eight Reasons Everyone Should Work in Food Service at Least Once

When my husband and I got married in 2005, we made a pact that certain things would (or wouldn’t ever) happen again. None of it

03.31.16
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Two-Sided Coin: Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the first in a series of posts called the “Two-Sided Coin,” where TSD’s Jon Gorey and Holly Johnson take opposing viewpoints on a number of personal

03.15.16
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‘My Job Is Killing Me’

When I was in the process of deciding whether or not to walk away from my previous career, I made a balance sheet of “pros”

03.10.16
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How to Turn Your Passion Into an Income Stream

Today, I’m going to talk about professional wrestling. In truth, professional wrestling is just a substitute for anything a person might be passionate about, but

03.08.16
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Working Through the ‘Two-Body Problem’

During my previous career, I had the opportunity to get to know a large variety of working professionals, some in academia and some in private

02.29.16
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Good Investing Goes Beyond the Stock Market

When people talk about investing, they almost always talk about the stock market. Heck, if you check out my archives here at The Simple Dollar,

02.21.16
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Outdated Financial Advice

By now, you may have heard about the famed “Good Wife’s Guide” – a list of 10 steps that 1950’s women could embrace to become the

02.20.16
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The Ins and Outs of Self-Employment and Working from Home

In Monday’s reader mailbag, I answered a question from Tammy on the drawbacks of self-employment. In my answer, I said that this could honestly be

02.10.16
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The Value of Proving Yourself

A few days ago, I found myself reading an older article from The Atlantic by Joseph Williams, entitled My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty,

02.09.16
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You Already Have All The Skills You Need to Succeed

At my first job after college, I wound up working on a data organization project. Originally, this was to be at least a three-person project,

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