About Philip Taylor, CPA

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, blogger, podcaster, husband, and father of three. PT is also the founder and CEO of the personal finance industry conference and trade show, FinCon. He created this website back in 2007 to share his advice on money, hold himself accountable (while paying off over $75k in debt), and to meet others passionate about moving toward financial independence. He uses Personal Capital to track his wealth. All the content on this blog is original and created or edited by PT.

How to Set Savings Goals – Plus Our Savings Goals (2007-2020)

One of the best goals you can make for your financial life is to save more. More savings can do a lot for you: create more security and provide more opportunities. And more savings - if invested properly - can lead to the creation of income-producing assets, setting you and your family up for a lifetime of financial success. Each year I jot down our personal savings goals and share them here with you. This helps to hold me … [Read more...]

Participate in Research Studies for $100+ an Hour: Respondent.io Review

Taking surveys is a popular side hustle. I recently came across a site that takes surveys to the next level. I decided to try it out and provide a quick review. Respondent is a website that matches companies looking to perform research studies with qualified participants. Respondent claims (and others have reported) you can earn $140 per hour. Note, the companies doing the studies are looking for a certain set of people. This can … [Read more...]

Protected: Improve Your Credit Score with Our Ultimate Guide to Credit

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5 Tips for Making Extra Money

Are you always wishing you could find a way to make extra money? When your budget is tight, and it's harder to stretch just for essentials, making extra money can feel like a pipe dream. Where do you find the time and opportunity? Seriously, how can you really go about making extra money? A lot of people would say "Get a second job"--but that means more hours away from your family and hobbies, and besides, it can be hard if your … [Read more...]

How to Find Virtual Assistant Jobs You Can Do From Home

If you're a good fit for the work style, and know where to find the best jobs, being a virtual assistant has plenty of benefits, including great pay. There are now more than 4 million administrative assistants in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those are now virtual assistants at home. The outlook is good for the profession and the barrier to entry is low. A virtual assistant typically works … [Read more...]

18 Frugal Living Tips Plus How to Beat Frugality Fatigue

It's important to live a frugal life. Why? Because we can always find a way to spend the money we earn or save. Unless we make a lifestyle change and start implementing some frugal living tips we are ultimately going to miss the mark. Remember, Michael Jackson? The poor guy owned the Beatles' collection and still had financial trouble. Living frugally means making intentional choices with your everyday spending. Decide your own … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids About Money [The Complete Guide]

If you're like me, you want to teach your kids about money so that they can create a life of freedom and independence for themselves. Maybe you struggled with money a bit when you were younger, like me, and you don't want them to have to go through the same problems (credit card debt, not getting ahead, etc.). Here's the thing. You have the ability to help your kids succeed. By learning about money yourself, you're giving your … [Read more...]

What You Can Expect from a Financial Planner [Plus How Much They Cost]

The world of investing and financial planning can be confusing. If you've heard about certified financial advisors, you may be wondering exactly what do they do and whether or not you need one. Even as a CPA myself, I've found this world a bit confusing. But I spoke with some friends who are advisors, did my own research with an advisor session, and I'm here to share what I learned with you. A financial planner can do anything … [Read more...]

Should You Participate in Your Company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan?

A few years ago I was given the opportunity to participate in my company's employee stock purchase plan (ESPP). After some research, I discovered these plans can be a huge benefit if you do them right. Most people who have access to an Employee Stock Purchase Plan should definitely use it, max it out, and flip it immediately. Doing so will almost guarantee an almost 30% annual return on your money. Are you considering your … [Read more...]

The Complete Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

  Have you been thinking about saving for your child's future college expenses? Are you curious if you should get started with a 529 college savings plan? It took me three years from the time I started thinking about setting up a 529 college savings plan to actually open one up. It's one of those big financial check-offs that just seems to elude us...till it's too late. If you're like me, you're probably wrestling with … [Read more...]

How to Make Money from Home with a Bookkeeping Business

  If you’re good at organizing financial information for business owners, consider starting a bookkeeping business. Bookkeepers build a business’ financial foundation, helping entrepreneurs make decisions about the future success of their business. Good bookkeepers are always in demand since many business owners don’t have the time or inclination to run this side of their business. Learning how to start a bookkeeping business … [Read more...]

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...]