Should You Go to College or Start a Business?

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 […]

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

Pillars of Small Business Finances

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 […]

5 Lessons from an Etsy Entrepreneur

Kim Palmer

The following article from Kimberly Palmer is based on her new book, “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life.” When I first got the idea to launch my own Etsy shop back in 2011, I thought it was going to be pretty easy. I’d read success stories on blogs before, […]

Join Me in St. Louis this October for #FinCon13


Have you ever wanted to start an online business? When I first created FinCon, I never envisioned it would become something that I could invite PT Money readers to. Other than my post-conference wrap-ups, you guys haven’t heard much about it here. But as the conference and my blog have evolved I think they are […]

The Secret to Running a Successful Kickstarter Campaign


Kickstarter, and other crowd based funding programs, are gaining popularity. What was once a small tool to raise capital in an unconventional way is quickly becoming a method for artists, creatives and even celebrities to jumpstart their business or product idea. According to Kickstarter’s stats, there have been over 107,000 projects launched on their website, […]

10 Simple Tactics Business Owners Can Use to Increase Revenue

Increase Revenue

All business owners want to make more money in less time. But how? There’s so much to do and so little time to do it. No matter how you look at it, you will almost always have to trade some of your time for money. But that’s the key — making sure you spend your […]

How to Make Six Figures a Year as a Freelancer

Six Figure Freelancer

One of the strangest beliefs about freelancing is that it either makes you a ton of money or nothing at all. I’m not the only one who used to think this.  A lot of people have this misconception that “making money on the internet” is either scammy or completely impossible. So naturally, when I quit […]

70% of American Workforce “Not Engaged” at Work Says Gallup

Peter Office Space

Gallup recently released their annual State of the American Workplace report which informs us that 70% of the American workforce is at least “not engaged” at work. Making up that 70% number are 52% who are “not engaged” and 18% who are “actively disengaged”. Maybe these less than engaged employees should have asked these 5 […]

11 Totally Weird Kickstarter Campaigns That Somehow Hit Their Goal

weird kickstarter campaigns

Kickstarter projects are funded on a simple premise: Create a product idea and reward backers for pledging money. Funding is all or nothing. If you don’t hit your goal, you don’t get any of the money pledged. While many Kickstarters seem destined to succeed, like an Amanda Palmer album or Veronica Mars movie, other wacky ideas have […]

How To Sell On Amazon Using Retail Arbitrage

Retail Arbitrage

Have you ever been “showrooming” at a store, comparing prices at the brick and mortar location with Amazon’s prices online? Have you ever found that your local store is actually cheaper than the online leader for once? Maybe you have found a great deal thanks to coupons or clearance sales that you just can’t find online. […]

How to Get Started Freelancing

How to Get Started Freelancing

Making money online isn’t easy but it can pay off big if you apply the right strategy and stick with it — much like anything else in life. As someone who recently quit my day job to freelance full-time, I understand how to get started freelancing for extra money. This type of work — creating […]