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Some of my old friends recently announced on LinkedIn that they would be joining the Great Resignation.

A few contacted me for advice because they knew I’d left the corporate workforce almost 15 years ago. They wanted to know how I’d managed to keep going all this time.

They were…

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I wrote an article in January 2021 that has been by far my best-performing article ever. That single piece made me slightly under $2,000 by June 2021.

The title of that article is “4 Unusual Side Hustles I Do to Earn an Extra $1,500 a Month”. …

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I last had a full-time job in 2008. Since then, I’ve worked from home as a freelance writer.

I didn’t have a grand plan before jumping into the freelance life. Leaving full-time employment was more of an act of desperation for me.

I felt temperamentally unsuited to 9-to-5 work in…

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I’ve seen too many content creators on Facebook asking questions like, “How do I make my content go viral?

This question assumes that the content creator is solely responsible for crafting content so that it becomes viral.

When this doesn’t happen, the content creator becomes frustrated that they “aren’t getting…

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Freelancing sometimes feels like cycling between feast and famine. Although I have enough clients to bill regularly to keep the lights on, I still appreciate having side hustles around as an additional income source for savings and investments.

I believe in a simple mantra to build wealth.

Earn more than…

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I used to work as an investment manager. In this role, I’d pool the money raised from wealthy families into a single fund. I was paid a share of the profits I generated for the investors.

But you can only make so much money from picking solid investments. So, I…

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Personal finance writers are constantly warning about the hazards of “lifestyle inflation.” But, by doing so, we run the risk of making readers think we’ve effortlessly become minimalists, living with only 20 things and saving 80% of our incomes.

I admit I’ve probably inadvertently written some insufferable stuff in my…

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My dad retired from his business when he was 67 years old. He was diagnosed with cancer just before his 74th birthday and died before his 76th.

When the moment came, I was sad but not distressed. …

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I write about personal finance from a position of extreme privilege.

I have a master’s degree in finance, have worked in the financial services industry, and have attempted (but failed) to start a private investment business. …

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Crypto is red hot right now. It’s so hot, you’ll find some of Medium’s biggest stars are pushing out articles that are really thinly-veiled advertorials for various crypto, blockchain, or NFT projects.

And with all the crypto hype in the media, you might be kicking yourself for not getting involved…

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