Careers

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 …

Categories: Careers, Education

Maternity Leave for Women Entrepreneurs

In addition to the steady paycheck, another big perk of working in the corporate world is often the benefits package. For some, that includes six to 12 weeks of maternity leave. When you become an entrepreneur, the safety net quickly vanishes, and you’re left all alone to find your way. For this reason, many female business owners barely take a break …

Online Learning: College Without the Degree (or the Cost)

Online learning is revolutionizing education. Most of us take for granted that we have access to an incredible array of learning resources right at our fingertips. But what’s the point? Unfortunately, we live with a slightly distorted view of what education is and how it works. We go to college not to learn, but to get a …

10 Worst College Degrees to Earn in 2015

Before you decide to go to college — or, more specifically, before you agree to take on a mountain of debt to pay for it — you might want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth from the experience. Most people go to college to learn, better themselves, and prepare for a career, and many students accomplish that goal. …

11 Lucrative Freelance Jobs That Are Still Growing

Building wealth boils down to a pretty simple equation: Either spend less money, or earn more of it. We offer plenty of ways to tighten up your spending and keep more money in your pocket, but at some point, there are no cuts left to make. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent looking for work you can fit …

11 Money Moves to Make Before Becoming a Mommy-Preneur

For years, I sat behind a desk crunching numbers, analyzing spending trends, validating financial transactions and generating reports. (Sound exciting?) Although the day-to-day routine bored me out of my mind, I did what most logical people would do and sucked it up. After all, the money was good and I worked with a decent group …

Student Loan Forgiveness: Joining the Military

Dealing with student loan debt can seem unbearable and overwhelming. As I mentioned in 15 Ways To Deal with Student Loan Debt, the average student owes a whopping $40,000 after graduation — but almost one in five students owes $50,000 or more, and 5.6 percent owe over $100,000. Maybe you worked hard to save money in college, diligently …

10 College Degrees That Could Pay Off in 2015

Recent news about the rising costs of college has been nothing short of dark and dreary. By all accounts, the price tag of higher education has been skyrocketing — and student bank accounts simply cannot keep up. Government data show that college costs for the 2011–12 academic year were approximately $14,300 at public institutions and …

Categories: Careers, Education, Loans

Student Loan Forgiveness: Jobs That Pay Off Your Debt

Dealing with student loan debt can seem unbearable and overwhelming. As mentioned in 15 Ways To Deal with Student Loan Debt, the average student owes a whopping $40,000 after graduation — but almost one in five students owes $50,000 or more, and 5.6 percent owe over $100,000. Maybe you worked hard to save money in college, diligently keeping your …

Some Thoughts on Following Passion

A few weeks ago, Mike Rowe (perhaps best known as the host of the Discovery Channel television series Dirty Jobs) posted an interesting essay on the subject of following your passion. In fact, it was interesting enough that it popped up all over the place on social media sites. His central point is that passion …

Unhappy With Being “Locked In”? Here’s a Strategy for Building a New Career Path

Recently, one of my family members gave me a copy of the wonderful book The Nighttime Novelist. It was a little more than an obvious hint – this family member really believes that I have some interesting novels inside of me and she wants to read them. While the book has a lot of good …

Categories: Careers

Fourteen Strategies for Increasing Your Compensation at Work

Several weeks ago, I wrote an article outlining twelve tactics for shoring up your career during work downtime. Those suggestions are perfect if you’re looking to “shore up” your career – in other words, your focus is on improving your job security and maximizing your chance to find another job should this one go away. …

Categories: Careers

“Lock In” and Escaping the Trap

Over the course of my career, my single biggest fear – and obstacle – has been “lock in.” What’s “lock in”? It’s probably easiest to explain it with a story. Early on in my career, I found myself working at a pretty nice job. I enjoyed the work and enjoyed going into the office almost …

Categories: Careers

Twelve Career Development Tricks For Work Downtime

Career development is often a tricky subject, especially when we get busy. When I used to work in an office environment, my days consisted of working on little projects and tasks that would fill half an hour or an hour or so, then I’d have a bit of downtime. I would either be doing some …

Categories: Careers

How to Ask for Truly Useful Career Advice

During my long and winding career path, I’ve been stuck at many difficult points, uncertain as to what to do next. In those times, I’ve relied on the advice of others to help guide me down the right path. Most of the time, choosing to accept the advice of others has turned out well. At …

How To Maintain Your Professional Networking Relationships

Unexpected twists and turns happen all of the time in our professional lives, having a solid professional network can act as a safety net. Why Your Network Matters A child is born, causing a parent to start staying at home. A side business takes off. A spectacular job offer appears out of the blue. A …

Categories: Careers

How Much Time Do You Invest in Your Job?

When I first started The Simple Dollar, I was employed full time in a research environment. My job mostly involved handling and sharing significant quantities of data – I did a bit of data mining and a lot of software development, among other things. One of the first big realizations I made during the process …

The Cost of Decompression

If you work for a living, you know the feeling. You finish a day of earning money. You’re tired – mentally and/or physically and/or spiritually and/or socially exhausted. You go home, drop your stuff by the door, and just head to the couch for a while. You sit there in a daze, watching a television …

Projection and the Spotlight Effect

All of us want to be socially accepted. We want to have people respect and like us in the community and we also want to avoid easy criticism. For many of us, the solution to that challenge is to “project.” We spend time thinking about how we appear to others and then look for ways …

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