Do I Really Need a Financial Advisor? – with Joe Saul-Sehy

Taking advantage of the stock market is an incredible way to build wealth for your family. By investing in the market, you are forcing your money to work for you. Your money starts to make you more money!

But … Where do we start?

Can we do this ourselves?

Should we turn to a financial advisor?

How do I know a good advisor from one that’s just trying to sell me financial products that only benefit them?

Our guest today, Joe Saul-Sehy is going to help us with this exact conundrum.

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Building a Million Dollar Blog in Your 20’s – with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

In 2011, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner started a blog called Making Sense of Cents as a fun hobby. After finding some early financial success with sponsored posts and affiliate marketing, she decided her little blog could actually become a viable business. 

Fast forward to today, Michelle now makes over $1.5 million per year from her blog and continues to see massive success with her overall online-based business. Not only has she gone from $0 to $1.5 million incredibly fast, but she’s done it all in her 20’s.

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How Do I Find the Best Financial Advisor?

Our question of the month comes in from Ryan from Pittsburgh. He wants to know how to find the best financial advisor:


Ryan:

Hey Andy,

I’ve been listening to your show for the past few months. I like the way that you and Nicole partner together to meet your financial goals. It’s inspiring me and my wife (who is also coincidently also named Nicole) to do the same.

We’ve been following the Dave Ramsey baby steps and recently paid off our last debt. When we got focused, it really only took us about 2 years to pay off our $60,000 in debt. We both had car loans, student loans and a little bit of credit card debt.

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10 Pillars of Financial Independence – with Jonathan Mendonsa

Popularized by extreme frugality rock stars like Mr. Money Mustache, the Mad Fientist and Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme, the Financial Independence or FIRE community has grown in popularity over the past 5-10 years.

This is a subset of the personal finance world that encourages earning a solid income early in your life, saving a boat load of cash and retiring earlier than most of your peers.

For a frugal guy like me, this concept makes a ton of sense. Work hard, save and invest early so you can enjoy the majority of your life doing what you love.

But what happens when you’ve retired early? You still need something. You need a purpose or a goal to work toward.

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How to Increase Your Net Worth by $700,000 in 7 Years

One fall night in 2010, my wife Nicole and I were watching the Suze Orman Show. (Yes, I used to DVR it). There was this fun segment where someone would call in and Suze would analyze that person’s financial health and give them a grade. It was called How Am I Doing?

One term that we kept seeing over and over again on this segment was “Net Worth”. Since we were personal finance newbies, we had no idea what this meant. Nicole and I were making a combined six-figure income together so we figured our net worth must be HUGE.

After the show was over, we decided to see how rich we really were. There was no doubt in our mind that we’d be better off than most of the jokers that call in to the show and get an “F” grade from Suze!

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We walked upstairs and started to write down all of our numbers on a big white board. By separating our “assets” (what we owned) and our liabilities (what we owed) into two big columns, we started to discover that we weren’t rich.

We were kinda broke.

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Is Debt Freedom Impossible in a High Cost of Living Area?

This week’s question comes from Michelle in response to an article I wrote about paying off our mortgage early:


MICHELLE:

Hi Andy,

I find myself in a unique position.  I understand the steps you’ve outlined in your mortgage pay off article. I’ve read a few books on that process by Dave Ramsey.  

What advice would you give to someone who lives in a very high cost area?  

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How This Young Mother of Twins Earns Six-Figures Working from Home

There are a lot of parents out there who would love to spend more time with their children, but they are stuck at the office all day. By the time they fight through traffic and get home, they’re exhausted.

On the opposite end of that coin, there are a lot of stay at home parents that really want to make a solid income to help their families thrive. 

My guest today has found a way to do both.

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How Debt Freedom and Side Hustling Provides You More Family Time – with Vincent Pugliese

Complete debt freedom can allow you to do amazing things. You can pursue your passions, you can craft the direction of your day and spend more time with the ones you love.

Our guest today, Vincent Pugliese is the walking, talking proof of what complete debt freedom can do for your life.

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Why Entrepreneurs Should NOT Focus on Building A Personal Brand – with Guy Kawasaki

When it comes to building your business, a lot of gurus out there are promoting the importance of building your personal brand. Guy Kawasaki isn’t buying it.

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10 Personal Finance Goals To Help Your Family Build Wealth This Year

Happy New Year everyone! This is the time for declaring new goals, adventures and accomplishments. 

Over the past few years, I’ve been setting personal goals for myself in all areas of my life. This way I am constantly striving to give myself and my family the best life possible.

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