If you run a minority-owned small business or work in a position where you help run one, then you probably find yourself looking for new ways to grow your small business. Some of the biggest corporations in the world were … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Growing a Minority-Owned Small Business
A lot has changed in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for the fortunate who can work from home. This post explores a first-world problem that's a matter of "counting one's blessings" rather than whining about … [Read more...] about Work Life Balance in a Time of COVID
The original Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a useful lens for deciding if early retirement is a means to an end or simply an escape hatch from stress. At this point, I'll take all the help I can get to figure this riddle out. … [Read more...] about Personal Fulfillment Needs in Early Retirement
Over the years my job has fluctuated between periods of slowness and boredom and periods of mass hysteria and weekend-marathon testing calls. Part of what makes the field of software delivery so appealing is the decent pay. … [Read more...] about Do We Need to Retire, or Just Slow Down?
"I can't retire. Not yet anyhow." A colleague fast approaching 65 shared that sentiment over beers about a year ago, long before COVID-19 put happy-hour on hold. The notion of being stuck in a cubicle (or, during a pandemic, … [Read more...] about A Few No-Nonsense Tips for Retiring Early
If you've recently taken the plunge into Airbnb hosting, you'll quickly find yourself swimming in a proverbial sea of variables. Everything from pricing strategy to marketing and finding a reliable cleaner. It's … [Read more...] about How to Get Paid for Your Pad
Finding the market supply of long-term rentals incredibly tight, we decided in late 2017 to invest in a condo in Northern Michigan. This wouldn't be a long-term rental. Nope. In this summertime tourist hot-spot, we'd … [Read more...] about Airbnb Furnishing Checklist for New Hosts
Real estate investing can be a lucrative way to help you reach your very own financial independence, and/or early retirement goals. This post lays out our plan to make money hosting with Airbnb (and VRBO). Is Airbnb … [Read more...] about Is Airbnb Profitable for Hosts?
Sometimes even the most reliable wheels on the road need maintenance. My wee Honda Fit is no different. Sure, I enjoy pedaling my bike around town (and I even commute with that trusty two-wheeler from time to time). But my … [Read more...] about Never Take Your Car to the Dealership for Repairs
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Volatile markets are the new normal, thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak. This creates some opportunity for investors in a time of real concern. I don't mean to diminish the incredibly awful specter of this virus, but I'm … [Read more...] about Investing in a Volatile Market (With a Stoic Mindset)
I'm not a financial expert. I've never worked in the banking, finance, or investment industry. I'm an arm-chair advice dispenser trying to keep money from being a source of worry in my life. This is an open letter to folks … [Read more...] about To Anyone Seeking Financial Independence