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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.

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How to Make Money

The No. 1 rule of personal finance is to spend less than you earn. So if you want to get ahead financially, it’s important to

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What Is a Limited Liability Company, or LLC?

When my husband and I created our first WordPress blog, we did it as a hobby. But once we started earning a real income from

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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 Elance showed that, over the last two decades, Americans

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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

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Build Things That People Want

One of the best parts of building The Simple Dollar came during the periods when I actually took a break from managing the site. I

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Why Self-Employment and Early Retirement Go Hand in Hand

In 2012, I left a steady and rewarding 9-5 job to pursue my side hustle full-time. While it’s true I had gotten extremely tired of

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How to Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover

Just because someone owns a dog doesn’t mean they never want to travel again, but it’s not always practical to take the pupper on a seven-hour flight with layovers.

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When to Use an SEP IRA

Just a few decades ago, opening a simplified employee pension — otherwise known as an SEP IRA, a retirement plan for self-employed workers — wasn’t

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Best Small Business Loans for 2015

Right now could be the best time to find a small business loan since the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Better economic conditions and a big


Best Web Hosting Providers for 2015

Whether you’re an established small business or have started a blog or other website that’s gaining popularity, the best web hosting company will help you

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20+ Ways to Make Extra Money to Pay Off Your Student Loans

You graduated college, started your career, but you still don’t have enough money to make headway with those student loans. While the best option would be

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50 Small Businesses You Can Start on Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: It fills your time with something that

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The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a brothel was never part of Debbie Miller’s plan. But 25 years ago, in rural Ohio, there were few people who understood the distinction between


Four Businesses Kids Can Start Themselves

The Internet was buzzing recently about a 15-year-old New Yorker who rakes in $300,000 a year with her babysitting agency, Nannies by Noa. Noa Mintz

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Four Steps to Turn Your Idea Into a Business

What was the last great business idea you had? Do you remember it? What did you do with it? Did you write it down? If you’re like most


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

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Small Business Saturday: Snow Is Money for Plowz & Mowz

For Wills Mahoney and Andrew Englander, snow is money. And so is an untended or overgrown lawn. The two former Syracuse University roommates are the

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