12.08.15
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Nine Strategies for Investing in Yourself Without Major Financial Expense

Spend less than you earn. That’s what I consider to be the fundamental rule of personal finance. Everything really comes down to that – frugality,

12.07.15
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Direct Sales in the Age of Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugh

If you’re anything like me, your friends are selling stuff. A lot of stuff. And while we used to expect the occasional doorstep pitch for

12.01.15
Home office in backyard

10 Work-From-Home Jobs for 2016

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

11.24.15
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Spending Your Life

Recently, I had the great pleasure of reading an excellent article from Wait But Why entitled Your Life in Weeks. The premise of the article

11.24.15
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How to Escape a Job You Hate

Feeling disengaged and uninspired at work? If so, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that only 31.5% of American employees felt engaged at

11.20.15
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How to Start a Blog: A Tutorial

If you’re passionate about writing and comfortable with technology, starting a blog is one way to share your personal experiences and insights with the world.

11.20.15
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Making a ‘Future Self Friday’

A few months ago, I made a key change to my work schedule. I was feeling frustrated that I never felt as though I had

11.12.15
Tech Cocktail networking event in Chicago

12 Strategies for Saving Money on Convention or Conference Trips

Back when I worked in an office environment, I attended two or three professional conferences per year. I often presented at these events and, for

11.06.15
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The Secret of the Launchpad

One of the most important things I ever did with regards to launching The Simple Dollar and making it successful was to adopt a pretty

11.01.15
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I Left the Coast for a Simpler Life in the Midwest – and You Can, Too

After graduating from college in 2009, I played professional basketball in Israel for three years. When I finished, I moved back to my hometown of

10.28.15
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Why Freelancing Can Be Safer Than a 9-to-5 Job

By all accounts, the way we work is changing. A recent study of workplace trends by work-for-hire site Upwork showed that, over the last two decades, Americans

10.12.15
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The Simple Dollar and Soda Are Hiring

When Trent Hamm penned his first words on The Simple Dollar, he gave the world a unique window into one man’s struggle between his future

10.06.15
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10 Underrated Perks of Working for Someone Else

In the personal finance world, finding a way to be your own boss is a common aspiration. The many benefits of entrepreneurship  — such as flexible hours, unlimited

09.23.15
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How Bad Credit Can Cost You Your Dream Job

With a good credit score and an established credit history, life gets much easier. Just ask anyone who has ever been denied a home loan,

08.22.15
Informative Guide to Blogging

A Detailed Guide for Writing Informative and Entertaining Blog Content

Over the last few years, a handful of readers who contact me regularly have asked for me to write a post about the actual nuts

08.16.15
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10 Hot Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

There is no simple answer to the question, “Is college worth it?” Simply put, there are too many variables to consider. But the debate over higher

08.11.15
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If You Want Different Results, You Have to Try Different Approaches

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” While

08.02.15
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Should Your Parents Have a Say in Your College Major?

When my husband chose to pursue his first bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, his parents were less than thrilled. They wanted him to be happy,

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