Will You Become a Friend of The Simple Dollar?

Over the years, many of you who read The Simple Dollar have come through time and time again when I’ve asked for a little bit of help. For that, I thank you very, very much – I really appreciate when you guys step up to the plate and offer a bit of a helping hand for tasks I can’t quite pull off myself and provide input when I need it. It’s really appreciated.

The only problem is that when I ask for such help, it clutters up the site a bit. Instead of posting about something interesting and useful to everyone, I wind up filling up site space with such requests. Most people don’t mind, but for people new to the site, that’s not really interesting. They’ve come to The Simple Dollar to learn more about their finances and their life, not to fill out a survey or do some other little thing that I need help with.

So, I’ve come up with a solution. Friends of The Simple Dollar.

Here’s how it works. “Friends of The Simple Dollar” is an email list that I’ve set up privately – I won’t share a single email address with anyone else.. Roughly once a month or so (or maybe a bit more often when I release a book or something similar), I’ll send out an email to everyone who has signed up for that list asking for help on something small – filling out a survey, helping me a bit with book promotion, or sharing something of interest. It shouldn’t take someone more than five minutes or so to do the little things I might ask. On occasion, I might send out something special to the list to show my appreciation for your help, too.

So, if you’re willing to give up five or ten minutes once a month to help out The Simple Dollar with such simple things, please sign up to be a “Friend of The Simple Dollar”.

If this isn’t your thing, no big deal – don’t sweat it. I won’t be sending out unique content to the list, just occasional requests for help. I’m just looking for people who enjoy the site, think it provides value, and are willing to offer a bit of a helping hand on occasion.

As always, thanks for your time and consideration!

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21 thoughts on “Will You Become a Friend of The Simple Dollar?

  1. Jenni says:

    FYI, the check boxes on the form get cut off.

  2. I’d love to participate but I get enough emails as it is.

    I’ll point out though to be careful with surveys if you’re trying to gain accurate readings from your audience. You’ll only survey those readers that are loyal enough to get your newsletter. I’m a regular reader but not loyal enough for a newsletter. My opinions may differ greatly based on that fact.

    Okay I’m a stats nerd, forgive me. This is a good idea though and I would encourage others to sign up.

  3. A genius idea. Mind if I borrow it?

  4. Matt Jabs says:

    I am interested in helping if I can… consider me on the list.

  5. Trent says:

    “I’ll point out though to be careful with surveys if you’re trying to gain accurate readings from your audience. You’ll only survey those readers that are loyal enough to get your newsletter. I’m a regular reader but not loyal enough for a newsletter. My opinions may differ greatly based on that fact.”

    I’m aware of that. The type of surveying I’d be doing is sending out mockups of different book covers, for example, to see which one has the most appeal.

  6. Gwen says:

    Good idea. As a loyal reader, I joined your list.

  7. Leah says:

    Hi Trent, delighted to help someone who has helped so many of us!

    I signed up and confirmed, but since it’s a Blackberry I’m not sure I got through. Please let me know if I need to sign up again :)

  8. Donny Gamble says:

    I would love to be a friend of The Simple Dollar. I need you to help me out with something as well. It is nothing big, I am just looking for a couple JV’s

  9. Joan says:

    I tried to sign up, but it didn’t give me any kind of confirmation, so I either signed up about six times or not at all. Feel free to let me know, because I’m really interested!

  10. Meg says:

    Count me in.

  11. spaces says:

    Signing up seems to have gone flawlessly.

  12. Elderly librarian says:

    Didn’t work for some reason. I tried. You have my email, so just send me an email. I will send you one.

  13. PHOENIX says:

    I came across this site while doing a ‘work at home’ search. Within minutes I signed up as a ‘Friend’, & for the newsletter.

  14. andi says:

    I’ve been subscribed to your daily email for a while now (maybe a month?) and I’ve been an off and on reader for probably 4x as long (Woo! 4 months!). I just noticed this, and as I have taken a real interest in blogging, I would love to help you (in this limited capacity — it doesn’t really seem like much in return for someone who has given me so much inspiration!). Thanks for the opportunity. Going to sign up now.

  15. Susan says:

    I am interested in assisting you with this. It is the least I can do considering all the good reading, information, and entertainment I get from your blog.

  16. Sign me up Trent. I have been using your site for months, ever since I started my financial commentary blog. If I can help you I will. It could be good for both of us.

    John DeFlumeri Jr.

  17. littlepitcher says:

    Sign me on as a friend. I can’t help with social network accounts, since I don’t have any, but will be willing to assist with anything else.

  18. Fidget says:

    Would’ve just signed on without leaving a comment, since I haven’t left any before, but I wanted to add that I probably would have passed this up were it not for your articles on non-skeevy networking :)

  19. Cathy says:

    Hey, Trent! Thanks for your good info! I read it all the time and forward to my kids as they appreciate it too!

    Happy to become a fan on Facebook! Take care!

    Cathy

  20. nancy moree says:

    if you are still taking volunteers, count me in. thanks nancy

  21. Jessica says:

    I am signing up now.

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