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...]

How to Make Money as a Social Media Consultant

I'm a freelance writer, and I enjoy my work, but I often wonder what it would be like to perform different services in my space. One online side hustle that seems interesting to me is social media consulting. I know of several people who are making significant part-time money by being a social media consultant for businesses and blogs. And some have even turned their social media gigs into full-time jobs. To make money as a … [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...]

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...]

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...]

30 of the Best Paying Freelance Jobs and How to Find One

Freelance jobs have many benefits and opportunities. Freelancing allows you to set your own rates and have more flexibility and control over your time. As you get more established, you can control who you work for and exactly what kind of work you do. That sort of freedom is not found in many W-2 jobs. It's no surprise that more and more people are turning towards freelancing. In 2017, there were 57.3 million freelancers, 25% of … [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...]

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...]

TaxSlayer Review for 2019: Easy to Use and Fast Refund

  It’s true--most people don’t enjoy doing their taxes. But with the right tax filing software, it can at least be quick and straightforward. If you’re searching for an accurate and inexpensive solution, TaxSlayer is a good option. If you've thought about doing your own taxes this year, you’ve probably looked at different tax preparation software. Before deciding on how you will file your taxes, it’s good to take a look at … [Read more...]

ABLEnow: Accounts for People with Disabilities

Several years ago, 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 … [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...]