How to Invest in Yourself: 10 Life-Changing Ways to See Big Returns

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Do you know what isn’t fun? Budgeting. Saving. Investing. But these are proven ways to build wealth and reach financial freedom. I mean, who wants to sacrifice everything you want right now, and delay gratification until later? Me either! However, these are the things that take time to understand, perfect and turn into consistent habits. I promise that by the time you’re done reading this you will actually be excited about investing! Wby? Because there’s a simple investment that you will actually enjoy and see big returns. What is it? Yourself! The best investment you can make, is in YOU. Here are ten ways to… Read Entire Story

Bring Back the Spark: 12 Powerful Ways to Breathe Life Into Your Business

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Throughout this month I’ve been talking a lot about business burnout. I opened up about how to find your passion when you feel lost and unmotivated. Then I shared how to reduce stress and overcome feelings of burnout successfully. Finally, I explained the one true tactic I use to solve every single problem I have. But I’m not stopping there! Recognizing business burnout and going through the recovering process is important. But what’s the next step? What do you do when you feel like burnout is under control? How do you move forward and bring back the spark to your business? In 2014 I entered a period of … Read Entire Story

How to Host a Cheap Summer Party for Less Than $150

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Summer brings the heat, pools, and barbecue’s, but it also brings the parties! With 4th of July, back to school sales, and lots of other fun days, a cheap summer party is a great way to get everyone together before summer ends. But how do you throw a party for less than $150?This post was written by the ever-talented Kimberly Studdard.Keep Invites Minimal This pertains to both the invites themselves, and who you choose to invite to the party. Are you friends on Facebook with all of the people you want to invite? Create an event and invite … Read Entire Story

How to Reduce Stress and Recover From Business Burnout

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Learning how to reduce stress so you can recover from business burnout is key to long-term career success. The only problem is that this solution is easier said than done. While trying to manage my full-time job and my freelance business, I ended up to working about 80 hours per week. A typical day had me working either at my day job or on my own projects from the time I wake up and roll out of bed to the moment when I finally crawl back in and pass out. I’ve tried to keep the complaints to a minimum; after all, this is exactly what I wanted, right? A… Read Entire Story

Wave Accounting Review: Free Accounting Software for Your Small Business

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When I first started my freelance business, I didn’t have money to hire an accountant. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money to buy accounting software like QuickBooks. I was looking for free accounting software for small businesses. What I needed was a comprehensive tool that could help me manage expenses and income, and help keep my finances tidy for tax time. Plus, it needed to come at no cost — and that’s what Wave Accounting provides! If you’re just starting out, or looking for ways to cut back on business expenses, Wave is free accounting software you need to check out. It’s perfect for small businesses who want… Read Entire Story

How to Rise Above Financial Jealousy

Financial jealousy usually comes from judging a book by its cover, and seeing only one side of the story. You see a successful person driving a fancy sports car and the envy monster comes out. Or, you have a co-worker who is always wearing new clothes, new accessories, and carrying the latest… Read Entire Story

7 Tips to Save Up Cash for Your Next Rental Purchase

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Want to buy a rental property? I always recommend doing it with cash.And then of course I hear this…“Derek, you must live in some kind of fairy tale if you think people can save up enough cash to buy a property outright. Most can barely do it with a loan!”Well, I’m not most people, and you shouldn’t be either…because most people are broke and have constant setbacks from their continual poor choices!Instead of living in the land of “most people”, let’s first discover the major benefits of buying a house with cash:Never pay interest to the bank – this alone is hundreds of… Read Entire Story

How to Be a Critical Thinker and Conquer All Your Money Problems

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Learning how to be a critical thinker takes time and a lot of patience. But in the end it’s the key to solving any problem that life throws at you. Life is full of obstacles, whether they’re financial issues, mental problems or physical setbacks. But in order to be a successful business owner and manage money on your terms, you have to learn how to overcome them with critical thinking. In my life, I’ve encountered quite a few obstacles; from losing my mother to breast … Read Entire Story

Pros And Cons Of Getting A Big Tax Refund

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In 2016, the average tax return was $2,860. Most people would never consider a large tax return to be a con. It’s certainly better than having to pay the taxman a huge chunk of change, but there can be drawbacks for some people. Making smart decisions with your money includes paying taxes strategically. The Salt Lake City accountants at Anderson Bradshaw PLLC specialize in tax preparation and planning. They point out to clients that in some situations it may be best to plan taxes so that you pay less throughout the year and receive a … Read Entire Story

Are You Eating Your Lunch? Or is Your Lunch Eating You?

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Have you ever started talking with someone about money and thought, “This person really has it all together”? …and then later realized they waste their money by going out to lunch every. single. day. ?Is Your Lunch Eating You?It’s innocent enough, right? You manage your money well by driving a 10 year-old car and you live in a modest house, which saves you hundreds of dollars a month compared to your frivolous friends, so why not treat yourself a little bit for lunch? After all, it can’t make that … Read Entire Story

Why I Quit Selling Online Courses (Even Though I Made $12,000 a Year)

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If you’ve been reading the blog or following me on social media, you know I’ve been struggling with business burnout. Not in a major way, but in small areas of my life and business. I just need to take a break and do some pruning! So I’m doing something crazy to stop the burnout and start finding my passion again. On June 12th I retired all of my online courses. Yep, I made them unavailable to the public and will no longer be promoting my digital products. I took down all the links and removed the buy buttons. I also deleted all the email sequences … Read Entire Story

How Single Parents Can Juggle Retirement Savings, Too

Being a single parent is hard work. It’s also expensive, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reporting that the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610. That comes out to nearly $14,000 a year. If you’re a single parent with one income, paying for your… Read Entire Story