About Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken is a former English teacher and respected personal finance blogger. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her engineer husband and two high-energy little boys. She has written four books: The Five Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work For You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily's thoughts on parenting and life in general are found at The SAHMnambulist.

New Personal Finance App for Couples: Our Zeta Review

  Feeling frustrated when it comes to money in your relationship? Often, it's easier to sweep things under the rug than have those tough financial discussions with your partner. Or maybe the talks themselves aren't difficult, but it's tough to keep track of all the little details that make up your financial life. You'd rather be enjoying your time with your loved ones, not checking to make sure the bills are paid or nagging … [Read more...]

Skratch.co Review: An App to Help Teens Find Work

Scott Bennett and Ronen Akiva founded Skratch.co with the understanding of how important income and work are for teens. When they were growing up, both Bennett and Akiva learned the value of work and the joy of earning their own money. They wanted to provide a way for modern teens to learn those lessons, even if traditional part-time work is hard to come by. After seeing how tough it can be for teens to find their first work, … [Read more...]

Get Free Personal and Business Credit Scores at Nav.com

  Learning more about your business credit is not as simple as it is for your personal credit. It's a totally different system for business credit and there are fewer services available for checking it. Thankfully, Nav.com If you click this link and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no additional cost … [Read more...]

ABLEnow: Accounts for People with Disabilities

In 2005, my best friend Erika gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy she and her husband named Isaac. Fifteen months later, Isaac was diagnosed with autism. While the diagnosis offered the family some reassuring context for why Isaac reacted to the world the way he did, it was also a difficult time. It was clear that this baby's future would be different from what the family had hoped for him. Isaac is a teenager now. As a family … [Read more...]

Bestow Review: Term Life Insurance in Minutes

  If you've ever gone through the traditional route for finding life insurance, you know the headaches built into the process. Things like high-pressure sales, struggling to compare apples to apples among products, a mandatory physical exam, and excessive paperwork. Online life insurance brokers have made it easier to shop for quotes, compare rates, and avoid hard-selling insurance agents. But they haven't been able to … [Read more...]

7 Things to Do Before You Quit Your Day Job

  This post is brought to you by Bestow. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Is it your ultimate dream to quit the rat race and open up a small business? Maybe you have a side hustle already and you're thinking it's time to make the leap to do that full-time? Not only would you get to be your own boss and set your own hours, but you could also build something meaningful … [Read more...]

How to Find the Most Profitable Service-Based Small Business for YOU (+8 Ideas to Get Started)

The success of a business depends largely on its owner. The owner's strengths and weaknesses will translate into the business. Finding a successful business means finding a successful business for you. Something that uses your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. No single business is right for everyone. But I strongly believe that anyone who wants to own their own business can find a business where they can thrive. You can jump right to our business ideas … [Read more...]

How to Build Passive Income with Equity Crowdfunding

Passive income is the holy grail of personal finance. Earning money without having to hustle for it sounds like a pretty good deal. However, you might assume that passive income is only available to people higher up on the socio-economic ladder than you. If you're not in the financial position to become venture capitalist, you might think that you're going to have to toil for every dollar forever. In the past, it may have been … [Read more...]

3 Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites to Add to Your Investing Portfolio

  As many wealthy investors can tell you, real estate is a solid investment that can provide annual income as well as long-term growth. Unfortunately, buying real estate also requires quite a bit of upfront capital, as well as time, energy, and money for maintenance. Plus there is the risk of finding and keeping good tenants. Thankfully, individual investors no longer have to save up hundreds of thousands of dollars or … [Read more...]

Investing in Fine Art with Masterworks (Our Review)

My mother owned an art gallery for nearly 40 years, and I literally grew up surrounded by art. Because of my background in the art world, I was both intrigued and a little wary of this new investment platform. Masterworks allows regular joes to buy shares of art masterpieces as an investment. My personal finance side is excited to see a platform open up an asset class that is generally out of reach of the average investor. … [Read more...]

13 Ways to Make Extra Cash Renting Out Your Stuff

If you're like me, you probably own plenty of things that you only use every once in a while. Whether you've got an empty bedroom, a collection of cocktail dresses, assorted athletic equipment, or a car that you only drive once or twice a week, you could be putting your stuff to work for you. Renting your stuff is a great way to make extra money. Renting out your stuff is a no-muss, no-fuss way of earning some part-time money … [Read more...]

37 Most Trusted Money Making Websites (No Investment Needed)

Today I want to explore the best money making websites. There are very few of us who feel like we make enough money. Earning more can help you pay off debt, get on track for retirement, or you simply diversify your income sources. Luckily, making a little extra money has gotten much easier in the modern age. These days, there are tons of apps and websites where you can start earning part-time money. But who do you trust? Let's look … [Read more...]