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,

01.28.16
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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

02.27.17
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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

12.09.15
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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

01.05.17
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10 Real Work-From-Home Jobs for 2017

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)

01.31.17
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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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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

04.05.16
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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

10.01.15
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10 Underrated Perks of Working for Someone Else

The appeal of entrepreneurship is undeniable, but you give up a lot of perks when you leave the corporate nest – including office holiday parties.

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Build Things That People Want

Creating something you’re passionate about – and that other people find enjoyable or useful – is a great way to invest your spare time, and

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Why Self-Employment and Early Retirement Go Hand in Hand

Being your own boss comes with certain risks, but also plenty of freedoms — including the ability to sock away more tax-deferred money for retirement.

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How to Make Money Dog Sitting With Rover

If you enjoy taking care of animals, you could easily earn an extra few hundred dollars each month dog sitting through Rover.com. Photo: Rover.com via

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When to Use an SEP IRA

For freelancers, small business owners, and other self-employed workers, an SEP IRA is often the best way to save for retirement. Just a few decades

01.30.17
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Best Web Hosting Providers for 2017

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

Want to earn some extra income to pay down those student loans? Selling handmade items on Etsy, walking dogs, or driving for Lyft or Uber are

10.19.17
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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