Careers

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 …

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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 …

Categories: Careers, Education

Seven Truths About Self-Employment

It’s three hours until closing time and you’re already counting down. Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., you are ready to race out that door and find comfort with your family – at least until tomorrow. Your morning meeting was beyond frustrating, your co-worker smacked her gum all day (again), and the entire day was …

Small Business Saturday: Mending the Music Makers

Becoming a luthier is not a good career choice, period, says Cat Fox emphatically. But just in case there’s any doubt about her point, she adds: “This is not one of those things that people should get into. Nobody makes any money doing this. You can only do this and succeed if there is nothing …

Stop Suffering From Vacation Deprivation

Americans don’t always take advantage of their paid vacation days. A recent study by Expedia.com explored the vacation habits of 7,855 employed adults from all over the world, and it showed that U.S. workers, on average, receive 15 paid vacation days but only use 14 of them. That’s better than the 12 days off we took in 2013, but more than half of Americans said …

College Electives That Will Boost Your Job Prospects

Got some room in your schedule for an elective or two? Avoid the temptation to fill that spot with an “easy A,” a course that’s rumored to be super-easy, or something you think won’t require much work. Hey, you’re investing upwards of $30,000 in your college education. Why not make the most of your experience? Because …

Categories: Careers, Education

13 Great Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Working during college is a great way to reduce your student loan debt while still in school, not to mention beef up your resume a bit. Check out these options for part-time jobs that pair well with a student’s schedule: Paid internships: If you’re lucky enough to score a paid internship, go for it. Not only …

Seven Ways to Motivate Employees

In the famous scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin is brought in as a corporate consultant from “the big boys downtown.” His condescending demeanor, crude and insulting language, and intimidating presence are meant to motivate an underperforming sales team and scare them into doing better. Among other things Baldwin does to insult the sales reps, he reveals …

The ‘Golden Handcuffs’

Your job pays you well. Quite well. You have good benefits and your paychecks are sweet. The problem is… you’re unhappy. Your job is stressful in a lot of ways. Your days are loaded with busy work and you’re not accomplishing anything that leaves you feeling fulfilled. You’re tempted to quit… but that sweet paycheck …

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