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 … [Read more...] about How to Slow Down (When Early Retirement Isn’t in the Cards)
"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 a happy hour on hold. The notion of being stuck in a cubicle (or, during a … [Read more...] about Early Retirement Tips to Reach the Finish Line
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 Optimize Your Airbnb With the Book “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 Tips for Airbnb Hosts Setting Up Their First Rental
Sometimes even the most reliable wheels on the road need maintenance. Here's a story where I almost learned the hard way why you should never take your car to the dealership. Not for repairs. Not for free coffee and … [Read more...] about Never Take Your Car to the Dealership for Repairs!
Restrictions, curfews, and isolation are fast becoming a normal part of life since the COVID-19 outbreak took root here in the U.S. A little over one week has passed since social distancing was introduced and several … [Read more...] about Rediscovering the Joy of Being a Homebody
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 VTI or VTSAX: Stoically Investing in a Volatile Market
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
One of the obvious trade-offs with financial independence ("FI") is you work your tail off for some time to achieve leisure time later. A lot of folks fall into the trap of chasing more and more $$ and material things, and … [Read more...] about Why Time Management Is Important
While ambling along the path to near-retirement and dealing with all of the indecisions of late, another facet of personal finance emerges to dog me. Where should I put my money for retirement? Having paid off cars, a … [Read more...] about Where Should I Put My Money for Retirement?