04.20.16
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The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Jobs, Getting Paid, and Getting Ahead

Freelancers, listen up. How many of you know how to legally establish a business, set a fair rate for yourself, get your taxes right, and

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Six Ways Parenting Preps You for Entrepreneurship

Becoming a parent changes your life in ways that you can’t even begin to imagine. There are the negatives, like never having a quiet moment to

03.10.16
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How to Turn Your Passion Into an Income Stream

Today, I’m going to talk about professional wrestling. In truth, professional wrestling is just a substitute for anything a person might be passionate about, but

02.29.16
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Good Investing Goes Beyond the Stock Market

When people talk about investing, they almost always talk about the stock market. Heck, if you check out my archives here at The Simple Dollar,

01.29.16
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Spare Time: Higher Earnings or Lower Spending?

Sarah (no, not my wife) wrote in with a really good question: Let’s say I have a free weekend. Am I better off spending that

12.29.15
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Nine Strategies to Earn More Money in the Coming Year

I’ve always thought that all of the key parts of personal finance were bound up in the single phrase, “Spend less than you earn.” In

12.28.15
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The Working-Class Reality of Your Superstar Dreams

Whenever I’d meet new people during my three-year tenure as a professional basketball player in Israel, they’d be skeptical. They’d look me up and down

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
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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

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Nine Keys to Budgeting on a Fluctuating Income

Freelancers, the self-employed, and salespeople have one thing in common: They struggle to budget given their fluctuating, and sometimes unpredictable, incomes. Imagine planning your monthly spending plan without a)

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.

11.11.15
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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

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

10.06.15
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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

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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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