How to Make Money on Etsy

One of the more popular side hustles right now is selling products on Etsy. It’s an online platform for selling unique goods. These could be handmade items, craft supplies, vintage items, and digital goods. Etsy stores are run by independent sellers, not large companies. Almost anyone can open an Etsy store and start selling today.  Making money on Etsy involves coming up with a profitable idea, selling enough to cover your … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Invest in Real Estate (from $10 to $100,000)

[PT's note: This comprehensive article was contributed by Eric Bowlin from IdealREI.com. I first heard Eric on this Bigger Pockets episode. He lives here in Texas with me now and we regularly get together for lunch and talk real estate and business. Here's Eric....] It’s remarkable to see how real estate investing can create so much wealth. You see it everywhere--TV, the web, or your friend who randomly decided to flip a house, it … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Teach Your Kid Entrepreneurship (No Lemonade Stand Required)

PT's Note: I have three kids and teaching them to have the confidence to run their own business one day is definitely one of my life's goals. Here's my friend Amanda L. Grossman from MoneyProdigy.com to share some excellent advice for us on this subject... I grew up on a dairy farm, in the middle of Amish country. There were cows. There was a heck of a lot of manure. And the work was relentless – small family dairy farms have that … [Read more...]

The Best Credit Cards in Canada for 2019 [By Card Type]

There’s no universal answer to the question, "What is the best credit card?" Much in the same way the best convertible coupe would be ill-suited for a family of four, the best travel rewards credit card would make little sense for someone who rarely travels abroad. Simply put, categories matter and selecting the best credit card for you comes down to a number of factors - from your personal spending habits to what type of rewards … [Read more...]

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 in using it. Running your successful business can be very challenging. Making the sale, providing the service, and/or … [Read more...]

Why Laddering Your Life Insurance Policy Over Time Makes Good Financial Sense

Editor's note: Hey, this is PT. You know I'm a huge fan of term life insurance for those young and married with kids like me. These days it's easier than ever to get signed up for life insurance and protect your family. Do it! Of course, I'm also a fan of self-insuring as much as possible and we're happily heading that direction - getting rid of debt and saving up for our retirement. But I've often thought about changing my life insurance strategy mid-stream - … [Read more...]

What is Private Mortgage Insurance and How Can You Avoid It?

Editor's note: Here's an excellent contribution on the subject of PMI from my friend Ben Feldman. I recently reached that time in life where I’m starting to think about buying a home. I’m ready to settle down, and I like the idea of owning my own place. As I’ve begun to do my research, I’ve also realized how overwhelming the whole process can feel. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a home -- from which neighborhood you want to live in, to how big … [Read more...]

15 Mother’s Day Gifts and Activities that Won’t Blow Your Budget

Mother's Day will soon be here! The good news is that the nature of Mother's Day isn't about buying expensive trinkets or wowing Mom with an over the top production. Mother's Day is about family and togetherness. These ideas are just a few of the many ways you can show Mom you love her without blowing the budget. 15 Cheap Mothers Day Gifts and Activities to Show Mom You Care 1. Take a family outing. One of the best things … [Read more...]

My Mystery Shopping Experience: Such a Thing as Free Lunch?

Editor's Note: I love it when people do experiments with their time and money. Especially in areas where the truth needs to come out. Here's Katie Turner sharing her mystery shopping experience. A few months ago, a friend started asking me to join her for lunch. She’d always pick up the tab! As it turns out, she was secretly reviewing the restaurant as a mystery shopper. So, the lunches were free! After some very yummy and fun lunches, I decided to check … [Read more...]

3 Advanced-Level Travel Hacking Tips We Learned at Frequent Traveler University

Wow. My head is still spinning after spending last weekend with those that are truly miles and points obsessed. I had the privilege of attending my first Frequent Traveler University (FTU) this weekend at the Hyatt Regency DFW. I have been "playing" the loyalty game for over four years now. So, it was an awesome experience to finally hobnob with some of the biggest bloggers in the community and also socialize with others who are as passionate as I am about reward … [Read more...]

How to Balance Your Freelance Career With a Full-Time Job

Editor's Note: Here's an excellent contribution from Ben Luthi, freelance writer, and blogger. Let's face it. Living the life of a corporate cog isn't everyone's cup of tea. But the thought of trying to escape into the world of freelancing can be daunting. Building a successful freelance career is time-consuming and requires a lot of work and organization. I've been able to earn some considerable income in my first year since I … [Read more...]

15 Tips for Saving Money on Your Business Expenses Without Working Harder

As entrepreneurs, we all like to see our revenue grow, right? If you’ve ever started your own business you know that increasing revenue doesn’t come without an investment of hard work; and burning the candle at both ends of the stick from time-to-time! Every business requires working hard to get it up and running, even if the objective is to eventually produce passive income. You can find many articles, books, and publications about how to run a business. … [Read more...]