Careers

Time For A Change: Seven Things To Consider When Choosing A New Career Path

When I was in college, I believed that the biggest factor to choosing a career was whether or not the topic was interesting or not. As time went on, I actually found that just using this one criteria as a primary career consideration wasn’t the brightest idea and I eventually had to go in a …

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Looking For A Way Out: “Can’t Quit” Syndrome, The Value of Job Happiness, And How To Escape

I received a very long email from “Tony,” a long time reader, who had this to say (among many other things): I absolutely hate my job but it pays so well that I can’t quit. So I go into work each day dreading it and when I get home at night I am just drained …

The Financial Implications Of Living With Mom And Dad

Recently, “Joel” wrote in with the following question about living with his parents after college: Currently I’m a 22 years old and fresh out of college with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. I have secured a job which puts in me in a great financial situation – I will be bringing home $50,000 a …

Categories: Careers, Family

Review: Brazen Careerist

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. I picked up a copy of Brazen Careerist after stumbling upon Penelope’s blog of the same name, reading through the archives, and thinking to myself that this is something like a What Color Is Your Parachute? (read my review) focusing on twenty- …

Seven Ways To Overcome Social Awkwardness That You Can Practice Anytime

I’ve spent most of my adult life working hard to overcome many levels of social awkwardness, from the very basics of having enough courage to talk and knowing what to say to start a conversation to understanding how to read people. From the vantage point of today, I now see how this social awkwardness has …

How To Become Self-Employed: A Detailed Guide

For many, the demanding grind of a day-to-day job is manageable, but it becomes a psychological grind over time. You find yourself dreaming of something else and wondering how it can be done. Don’t worry, you’re not alone – anyone who even glances at mass media for long sees an incredible assortment of advertisements touting …

Making All The Right Moves, Yet Still Unhappy

After my recent article about personal finance and happiness, I received the following email from a reader named “Constance”: I’ve always been pretty responsible with my money and lived a frugal life, especially over the last few years with my husband in school full-time. But what would you say to someone like me who doesn’t …

The Simple Dollar Convinces Someone To Quit Their Job

This is a really interesting story that I thought I would share with all of you. I do have a few comments below, but I thought I would let Kelly tell her story (I edited this email a bit to eliminate some privacy concerns and polish a few tiny grammar issues): I wanted to write …

Defining The Middle Class Through Statistics: Upward And Downward Mobility

Today, I stumbled across a very interesting tool at the New York Times website that attempts to place you in one of five socioeconomic groups (upper fifth, upper middle class, middle class, lower middle class, bottom fifth) based on a number of factors (occupation, education, income, and wealth). I’m quite happy to share my results …

Figuring Out Exactly How Much Your Time Is Worth

A couple of days ago, I made an offhand mention of the value of knowing what your time is worth so you can quickly determine whether or not it’s worth your time to do a task yourself, pay someone else to do it, or simply not do it at all. This resulted in several emails …

15 More Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Your Career

A few months ago, I published a very popular article entitled 15 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Your Career. Here’s the fifteen tips in summary (though the original article fleshes them out): 1. Make a list of all of the things you did today/this week/this month to help your organization, and file …

Money Versus Job Satisfaction

Over at Get Rich Slowly, J.D. wrote an interesting article about the relative importance of money and job satisfaction, which was itself a continuation of a pretty large online discussion on the topic: – The Brazen Careerist gives five reasons not to change careers – Paul Graham talks about how to do what you love …

Don’t Fear The Higher Tax Bracket

One of my readers, Annie, writes: I am up for a promotion at work, but a coworker says that I shouldn’t try to get the job because it will put me in a higher tax bracket. Is this something I should worry about? Would I actually make less money after getting a raise? Don’t sweat …

Categories: Careers, Taxes

Detailing My Computer Consulting Business From A To Z: Getting Started, Advertising, Networking, And So On

A small cavalcade of readers wanted to know more about my side computer consulting business, including how I got started, how I advertised for and promoted it, and how I built up the business from scratch. While I don’t advocate this as a recipe for how to build up your own local computer consulting side …

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Here’s My Experience With A Side Business. What’s Yours?

Recently, a reader wrote to me asking the following: I would love to know how many of your readers supplement their incomes with side work, especially things like computer support, tutoring or even substitute teaching: intermittent work, where the “product” is their time, and where they have to go out and find customers. Of course, …

My Company Just Announced Huge Layoffs And I’m Afraid My Position Will Disappear: Seven Things You Need To Do Right Now

A friend of mine works for CitiGroup in South Dakota, which is about to experience some massive layoffs. He’s a bit worried about what’s coming down the pike, and so he asked me what I thought he should do. Here’s my advice to him, as well as anyone else who is facing a potential layoff …

Overcoming The Social Obligation To Keep Up With The Joneses

I received a very heartfelt email from a reader that I’m going to reprint below (with some grammatical fixes). It was written to me in response to my earlier post concerning when frugality finally pays off. I’ve been debt free for five years, I own my own home, and I have almost 200K in investments …

Nine Social Skills To Practice – Even For The Socially Unskilled Like Myself

This morning, I got a first hand glimpse of how good social skills make all the difference in the world. I watched an individual who looked tired and angry (but other than that was attractive) get told that the coffee machine at a local gas station was out of order, then less than five minutes …

Five Ways To Improve Your Career On The Commute (Without Your Cell Phone)

For many people, the morning and evening commute is time spent stuck in traffic, listening to the radio, or calling their sister-in-law on the cell phone. The truth is that the commute is a great time to actually improve your career. How? Here are five things you can do on the way to or from …

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