Should You Payoff Your Mortgage Early? Yep! Here Are 6 Strategies to Pull It Off!

My wife and I are 38 and 43, respectively, and we just paid off our home mortgage - a home we purchased seven years ago. It feels great to own our home outright and not have the risk of that big debt in our life. Making the decision to pay off our mortgage early is a decision we’ve gone back and forth on. We’ve wrestled with it. But, ultimately, our financial successes and inertia pushed us to go forward with the payoff. If … [Read more...]

How to Make Money Blogging [8 Important Questions Answered]

Instead of an actual interview with someone else today, I thought I'd share a bit of my own knowledge about making extra money from blogging. Blogging can be a great way to make money on the side. It’s a perfect side hustle because it’s flexible and doesn’t require much in terms of start-up costs. Once you get the hang of building a successful blog, the sky's the limit when it comes to your earnings. In fact, many turn their … [Read more...]

38 Summer Jobs for Teens and College Students [Plus What to do with the Money]

Do you (or your teen) have a job for summer yet? With summer approaching, I thought I'd share some common summer job opportunities for teenagers and college students to make extra money. I loved most of my summer jobs. Each brought me a different experience and helped to teach me about myself. What jobs are available and their pay rate will depend on where you live, the employer, your age, and other factors. Child labor laws also … [Read more...]

The Modern Day Handyman: Get Your Smart Home Devices Installed (Puls Review)

  This post is brought to you by Puls. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. I recently purchased a Ring doorbell--you know, the doorbell with a camera and speaker tied to your home WiFi--to replace my old, standard doorbell. I was excited about experiencing the benefits of the new gadget, but not so excited about installing the doorbell itself. I’ve got a long list of honey … [Read more...]

How to Start a Business with No Money

Want to improve your finances by adding more income to the mix? Start a business. Wondering how to start a business with no money? Do you think you need small business funding to kick things off? BS! Sure there are some types of businesses where full ownership will be limited if you can't come up with your own capital to fund things (e.g. a franchise). Don't think for a second that you have to possess a lot of cash to … [Read more...]

Introducing Vidzuno, aka How to Start a Video Production Company

I recently started a third business: FinVid, LLC (doing business as Vidzuno). We’re calling it a "video production company" with a mission to "help influencers and brands create amazing video." It’s admittedly broad in scope. We’re hoping to refine that this year. Today I thought I’d share my motivation for this new company and walk you through the steps I took to get it up and running. This company--and how I think about … [Read more...]

The Cash Flow Analysis for Our Rental Property (at Year End 2018)

It’s time once again to do our annual rental property cash flow analysis. To see previous years, visit the link at the bottom of the post. Twenty-eighteen was another challenging year for our rental property: 100% occupied (thankfully), new contract negotiations, and major water damage that ruined the wood floors! If you're new to my recaps, this is property is our old personal residence - a Frisco, TX townhome we purchased in … [Read more...]

The Important Things We’re Saving For (Our Savings Goals for 2019)

Each year I take a moment to consider our annual savings goals: retirement, emergency, short-term, etc. What do we want to get done with our savings in 2019 to feel like we made a solid push towards our plan for financial independence? Let's take a look. I’m a believer in being intentional and putting carrots out there for myself. So, here we are. If you want to have success with your finances and move towards financial … [Read more...]

How to Get Sideline Passes for NFL Games (Our Exclusive Team Experience with Barclaycard)

This experience was sponsored by Barclaycard. However, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Wouldn't it be cool to be on the sidelines at an NFL game? This could be a dream-come-true experience, especially for long-time or young fans. Who doesn't want to get close to their heroes down on the field? I'd love to one day bring my kid(s) down on the field. Not many people get to experience being that close to the … [Read more...]

21 Online Job Search Sites to Find Your Next Job

Looking for a job can be exhausting and frustrating. Especially if you’re underemployed or jobless, sending out hundreds of resumes without anyone calling you back is tough. Don’t let the job search bring you down. Focus your energy on online job search sites that will help you find the right position for your skills. How Do I Find a Job in My Area Online? Looking for a job in your area requires being strategic. Do some research … [Read more...]

7 Strategies to Save You Thousands Each Year in Taxes (Year-End Tax Planning)

It's time once again to start giving some thought to paying taxes. Who's excited? Okay, even though it may feel like a chore it's wise to do a little analysis at the end of the year to see if there are any year-end tax planning moves you need to make. Remember, corporate returns are due on March 15, 2019. Personal tax returns are due on Monday, April 15, 2019, the last day to file taxes. But you can file your taxes with the IRS … [Read more...]

The Minimalist Home Office: 5 Tips to Organize Your Workspace and Get More Done!

If you’re like me and run a business or side hustle from a home office (or just work remotely sometimes), then you understand the need to have a clutter-free, minimalist home office environment. Growing up, my Mom always told me, “clear space, clear mind.” That little nugget has always stuck with me. I believe it. My friend Joshua Becker just authored a new book, The Minimalist Home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, focused … [Read more...]