Introducing Vidzuno, aka How to Start a Video Production Company

I recently started a third business: FinVid, LLC (doing business as Vidzuno currently). 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 … [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 become … [Read more...]

Christian Healthcare Ministries Review: Save Thousands Per Year on Healthcare

Christian Healthcare Ministries is a healthcare sharing ministry in which members can share medical costs while staying faithful to Christian beliefs and biblical principles. Although companies such as CHM have been around for decades, these companies are less-known because traditional health insurance is standard in the United States. Here are the joining requirements for Christian Healthcare Ministries, monthly cost and coverage … [Read more...]

35 of the Best Passive Income Apps for 2019

One of the best forms of income is passive income. That's because it flows in while you're busy doing other things. It can provide a valuable second income, that you can use to fund your retirement plan, get out of debt, or save up for your next vacation. Fortunately, there are dozens of passive income apps available. You can find one for just about any income venture you can think of. Some are truly passive--you invest money 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...]

Betterment vs. Wealthfront: Which is the Better Robo-Advisor?

Betterment vs Wealthfront, these are the two largest and best known independent providers in the robo-advisor space. They’re also two of the earliest entries to the field. Because of that, they've evolved to the point where they have far more services than what is offered by the typical robo-advisor. Betterment and Wealthfront are often taken together when the topic is robo-advisors, and there are good reasons for that. The two … [Read more...]

How 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...]

M1 Finance Review: The Free Robo Advisor YOU Control

  If you've been fascinated with the idea of robo-advisors, but still prefer to go the do-it-yourself route, you need to check out M1 Finance. It’s a robo-advisor for sure, but one with a unique twist: you choose your own investments. That's the self-directed part. But once you choose your investments, you get all the benefits of a robo-advisor. M1 Finance then manages your portfolio for you, including periodic rebalancing and … [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...]

The Top 40 Personal Finance Podcasts (Listen & Win the Money Game)

Do you have a long commute to work? It's hard to not feel like you are wasting valuable time going back and forth from work. But you can make the time fly by and improve your finances by listening to the top personal finance podcasts. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute each day I know how draining and stressful it can be. That said, since discovering podcasts I often look … [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...]

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...]

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...]