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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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Make the Most of a College Job Fair

If your main goal after college is to land a job, attending a college career fair has to feel somewhat like visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Maybe not quite that cool. But it’s a great way to land or line up a job after graduation. The U.S. Department of Labor says that approximately 18% of …

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10 Work-From-Home Jobs for 2015

Just a few decades ago, the vast majority of work-at-home job opportunities were far from profitable. And before the dawn of the Internet, it was much harder to sort through the scams and the real opportunities. Some of the “gotcha” job offers from the past include check-cashing schemes, mystery shopping, medical billing “jobs” that require …

How to Stay Productive When Working at Home

The phone keeps ringing. The kitchen sink is full of dishes. The dog has been snoring for 30 minutes and you desperately need to write out your monthly budget and pay your bills. But those things have to wait, and it’s not always by choice. When you work at home, you have to ignore your …

Coding Boot Camps: Three Months to Six Figures?

The mention of coding boot camps may conjure images of helmets and laptops. Far from it. They’re intensive programs, nine to 12 weeks on average, that provide training in computer coding so students can land jobs as Web developers. Such programs are increasing in popularity and reportedly had 2014 tuition revenue of $59 million. They often claim to increase your …

How to Choose the Right Major

Spring semester is about to start, and if you haven’t declared a major yet, your “exploratory” or “undecided” days may be numbered. But choosing a college major is a big decision. When you pick a major, you’re not only dictating what you’ll be studying for the next few (or more) years in college, but what career opportunities you may have …

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How Will Dailey Makes a Living as a Middle-Class Musician

Will Dailey’s music career began with a spatula and a tennis racket. As a child, the Boston-area native would lead imaginary orchestras while listening to the classical music, show tunes, and Placido Domingo records his mother would play. The tennis racket was Dailey’s guitar until he got the real thing at age 12. Now 38, …

Why I’m Going Back to Grad School — Or Not

To go or not to go? That is the question. If you’re in a mental traffic jam about graduate school, this post is for you. The grad school debate has been going on for years in my own head, and in the minds of countless others. With the rapid evolution of technology, emerging sectors of commerce, and century-old …

Why a Two-Year Degree May Be Your Best Investment

Most experts agree that the economic value of a bachelor’s degree far outweighs the average cost of earning one. However, recent research has made it painfully clear that a four-year degree is not a good investment for every student. For example, a study by New York Fed researchers showed that the bottom 25th percentile of college graduates earned …

Becoming Rich Is a Matter of Mind Over Money

Mindset plays a much bigger role in reaching our financial dreams than most of us realize. The good news is, you can work on your mindset without spending a dime. Today’s post touches on a timeless book, nearly 100 years old, with some financial advice garnered from the greatest financial minds who ever lived. And …

13 Perks to Take Advantage of in College

Not to alarm you, but college is going to cost you a lot of money. Okay, so it’s no shocker that college and money go hand-in-hand. And you’ve probably already accepted that college is going to cost you a nice chunk of change. Hopefully, you’ve made it a point to search for scholarships, apply for …

Eight Ways to Prevent Entrepreneurial Exhaustion

All work, no play — at least until you meet your income goals. I used to think this was the surefire way to attain success as an entrepreneur. Little did I realize, each time I surpassed a milestone, I would push myself even harder until I reached the next level. But one day, my extreme work …

Everything You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation

Virtually every business with any employees in the United States has to address the issue of workers’ compensation coverage. We’ll look at why you need it, how it works, and how to pay less for it. Most but not all states require that workers’ compensation coverage be provided in the form of an insurance policy …

How to Build Your Resume in College

Building a resume is a tedious task, especially when you’re still in college. But a solid resume can help you score a great internship or land your dream job (and help you start paying back those student loans). Even though you might still be in school, with barely any experience to speak of, you can …

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Smart Moves Students Can Make Over Winter Break

It’s hard to believe how fast the fall semester has gone by, but winter break is rapidly approaching for many college students. And while it’s perfectly acceptable to take time to enjoy the company of family, unwind after a rough semester, and catch up with friends from home, you can do all that and something productive …

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12 Common Money Mistakes New College Graduates Make

Life after college graduation can be an overwhelming experience. Your whole world is changing. You may be both thrilled and sad to be done with your college days, excited for the new beginning, and nervous about what the future holds. College may have been the first time you were somewhat on your own financially. But now …

Year-by-Year College Financial Checklist

While there are steps you can take to ease your student loan debt at any age, you may actually have the most control over it while you’re still in school. Here’s a semester-by-semester glance at money moves you should make and milestones not to miss. Freshman Year First Semester Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as …

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