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Should You Go to College or Start a Business?

It’s been almost four years since former PayPal Chairman and CEO Peter Thiel started the 20 Under 20 program—the controversial initiative that paid 20 college students up to $100,000 to drop out of school. Basically, Thiel’s initiative hoped to show that the best path to success is not necessarily through education (and its attendant debt […]

Pillars of Small Business Finances

Small Business Finances: The Key Financial Pillars of Building a Start-Up

Here’s a note from a reader: “…thank you for the information you provided on Entrepreneurship on Fire. I was deeply encouraged and felt led to contact you. I am a 24 year old entrepreneur, economics and finance major, former athlete. Recently I quit my IT sales job to focus on my a project I have […]

Time Management for Part Time Entrepreneurs

Time Management for Part-Time Entrepreneurs

Part-time entrepreneurs have the best and worst of both worlds. While they face less financial risk by keeping their full-time jobs while growing their business, they run up against the problem of time management. How do you find the time to grow your business when so much of your time is already spoken for? The […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Elite World MasterCard Review – 35,000 Bonus Miles

If I were to ask you to pick one state you would want to vacation in, which would you choose?  Sure, some might say Florida, California, even South Dakota if you’re a “I love monuments” kind of guy; but I think the overwhelming majority would exclaim HAWAII. Hawaiian Airlines has 29 different locations within the […]

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Don’t be a Fool: Setup a Fee-Free Financial System

Did you get fooled this April Fool’s day? If you did, now is your chance to redeem yourself. Today I’m going to show you how to set up a fee-free financial system. Getting dinged with an unexpected fee can make you feel like a fool. And paying for something when there’s an equal and free […]

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The Evolving Part-time Job

Best and Worst Jobs of 2013

Know someone graduating from high school soon? Looking for a career change? Check it out…the latest list of best and worst jobs is up. Sorry, Newspaper Reporters Topping the list of worst jobs is newspaper reporter. The reasons for the low rating are low pay, long hours, high stress, and of course a shrinking industry. […]

QuickBooks Online Versions

My Accountant Reviews QuickBooks Online vs Desktop

Editor’s note: I use QuickBooks Online to handle the accounting for my blog and conference business. I’ll be honest though – I don’t know much about it or how it compares to the desktop version. I turned to my accountant, who uses it everyday on my behalf, to provide a quick review for anyone interested […]

Scale a Business

How to Find Business Ideas that Work – Focus on Scale

As a blogger, I stumbled into a business idea that scales pretty efficiently. I can reach thousands of people each day with my words using the power of the Internet and search. When I say, “scales” efficiently, I mean my product/service (in my case, blog posts) can be served up to exponentially more and more […]

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Top 10 Paying Freelance Jobs

Freelance jobs are becoming more and more common in today’s economy for a couple of reasons: First, people who have lost full-time jobs during the recession are increasingly trying to make it on their own by freelancing in their chosen field. Second, companies facing a money crunch are turning to freelancers because they save on […]



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130,000 Points for the Win: Results of My Second Credit Card App Party

When the new year rolled around and my reward point balances started to dwindle I knew it was time to once again think about doing a credit card app party (see the results of year one). An app (application) party is when you sign up with several credit cards all at once to maximize your […]

Our Recent Points Trip “Babycation” to Tucson’s J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort

Mrs. PT does a fantastic job taking care of our family – the two girls and I – day in and day out. Since we’re about to bring a new member of the family into the world, we figured it was time for a babymoon getaway (i.e. a little pre-”babycation”). Or, as Mrs. PT and […]

Citi ThankYou Premier Card Review

There was a time not too long ago where a bonus like the one Citi has just launched would be accompanied by similar ones from other issuers.  However in the last six months; not a single credit card issuer has come forward with an up-front bonus of this magnitude, thus making the 50,000 bonus ThankYou […]

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Stephanie Taylor Christensen - WAHM and Freelance Writer

PTM 009 – Making Extra Money as a Freelance Writer and Work At Home Mom with Stephanie Christensen of WellnessOnLess.com

In this episode of the Part-Time Money podcast, we talk with Stephanie Taylor Christensen. Stephanie is a work at home mom who runs her own freelance writing business. Stephanie left a corporate career when her son was born and has since been pursuing a freelance writing career in her spare time. She also teaches yoga […]

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Not a Travel Hacker? Vacation Where and When Your Dollar Goes the Furthest

Do you love to travel? I do. I’ve had the luxury of traveling a lot in my former work career. I really enjoyed getting to see the world on someone else’s dime. Now that I’ve changed career paths, I don’t get that benefit. I’ve recently jumped head first into the travel hacking scene. But I […]

ATM Robbery Prank

Fake ATM Robbery Gone Wrong, Plus Card and ATM Safety Tips

Did you catch this ATM robbery prank-gone-wrong over the weekend? A group of young Australian guys calling themselves Reckless Youth on their YouTube channel filmed themselves faking ATM robberies. Innocent bystanders quickly run to the aid of the “victim”, and in the prank’s final round, the prankster thief gets a new nose job (not for […]

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Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2014

The 2014 IRA contribution limits remained stagnant from last year to this year. Traditional IRA and Roth IRA These Individual Retirement Arrangements or Accounts (IRAs) were created to provide a tax incentive to save for your own retirement. They are both excellent tools to help you in your efforts to secure a comfortable retirement. I have […]

ADEP Part 2

Signal Speculator Portfolio Update (-0.7%) ADEP Flatlines [Grow Your Dough Throwdown Part 2]

Well, two months have come and gone and I haven’t made a dime in my attempt at stock speculation. Cue the sad piano. I’ve been participating in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown with some other bloggers. Read Part 1. This contest has us each investing in the assets of our choice (stocks, funds, gold, businesses, […]

Tax Deductions

10 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions for 2014

Are you doing your own taxes this year?  Do you review your tax return even if you have it prepared by a CPA, friend, TaxACT or H&R Block? Probably not a bad idea to give it a once over. If you do, consider some of these tax deductions (as noted by Kiplinger.com) and make sure you […]

Borro Review

borro Review: Quick Cash for Your Luxury Items

Do you have a Kandinsky hanging in your home or an extra Bugatti in your driveway? What about an Hermes handbag or an Omega watch? If so, you could have them appraised and borrow against them through borro.com. Okay, so admittedly, most of us don’t have luxury items like those, but there are other items […]

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130,000 Points for the Win: Results of My Second Credit Card App Party

When the new year rolled around and my reward point balances started to dwindle I knew it was time to once again think about doing a credit card app party (see the results of year one). An app (application) party is when you sign up with several credit cards all at once to maximize your […]

File Your Taxes for Free

3 Ways To File Your Taxes For FREE

It’s tax time!  You should have received your W2s by now so you should be ready to file your taxes.  April 15th, the last day to file taxes this year, will be here before you know it. So get going.  Luckily, if you meet certain criteria, you may just be able to file your federal […]

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Don’t Forget to Max Out Your Health Savings Account: Annual HSA Contribution Limits

I’ll be writing a couple of checks out in the next few weeks to my credit union.  This will bring our HSA contributions for last year and this year up to the maximum limits for each year.  The process is pretty painless (good people at that credit union), and I know I’ll leave with a […]

Tucson Starr Pass Resort

Our Recent Points Trip “Babycation” to Tucson’s J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort

Mrs. PT does a fantastic job taking care of our family – the two girls and I – day in and day out. Since we’re about to bring a new member of the family into the world, we figured it was time for a babymoon getaway (i.e. a little pre-”babycation”). Or, as Mrs. PT and […]

Tax Day April 15th

Tax Calendar and Last Day to File Taxes in 2014

No big surprises this year. The last day to file taxes in 2014, for the 2013 tax year, is April 15, 2014. In the past it’s been pushed back a day this because of the way the weekend falls and because of a holiday. For instance, three years ago Emancipation Day got in the way of […]

Generation Like

Frontline’s Generation Like: The Connection Between Social Media and Your Money

The latest Frontline is titled Generation Like. It’s about the intersection of social media and the marketing of consumer goods. It’s mostly just a snapshot of where things are with online marketing. It covers a lot of familiar ground: “likes” are currency, brands want to work with the most connected, social networks use your information […]