How a Bad Day at Work Inspired Our Family’s Financial Independence Plan

In mid-2016, I had a pretty rough day at work.

My new manager called me into his office to inform me that there would be some changes with my position. A position that I had grown to enjoy. I was proud to have built a team of 3 based on some solid sales wins that I had lead during the previous three years.

It was an honor to see the growth there really. I would win a piece of business and someone would get a full-time job. And then another and then another … It was really cool. I liked the fact that when I worked hard and earned the company money, someone got a job. That made me feel good.

So when my manager told me that I would no longer be managing those three people anymore, I was pretty devastated. Furthermore, my role of leadership on those accounts was no longer required either. I wasn’t being fired or demoted. I was being shifted.

Looking back, I understand why management made these decisions. Overall, the move has been good for the company and I’ve been able to help with growth in other areas.

But that day when I got home from work, I was pretty bummed.

In fact, I was more than bummed. I was scared.

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Why You Should Track Your Net Worth (And How To Do It Easily)

Have you ever taken the time to calculate your net worth?

It’s something that most people have never done despite it being one of the most important financial numbers. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are or whether you consider yourself rich, poor or somewhere in between.

It’s fairly simple to figure out your net worth. If you haven’t done it yet, let’s walk through why it’s important and the best way to calculate it.

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Side Hustles and The Life-Defining Lessons We Learn From Them – with Nick Loper

The term side hustle has gained a lot of attention lately. This is something outside of your full-time job that gives you more income and potentially more happiness.

To inspire us to think outside of the walls of our 9-5, I’ve invited the host of the Side Hustle Show, Nick Loper, on the show today. Nick and discuss the many benefits associated with a side hustle. Surprisingly, some of the best benefits have nothing to do with money.

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Why I’m Buying My First Rental Property in Cash

After paying off our mortgage in 2017, we have a lot more cash available to us as a family. We’ve used that extra dough to save up for our first rental property and we’re pumped to make it a reality this fall!

A big question that we’ve been struggling with is whether we should buy in cash or take out another mortgage. After much debate, we’ve decided it makes the most sense for us to go all cash.

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14 Money Goals to Accomplish Before You Turn 40

Our question of the month comes in from Anonymous from Cleveland:

Hi Andy,

I just finished reading an article of yours about paying off your mortgage early. Congratulations on that. I have a 30-year mortgage and I’m not sure if I want to pay it off, but it got me thinking about where I should be with my financial goals.

I’m 35, married, two kids. I want to make sure I’m on track.

What financial goals should I have checked off my list by the time I turn 40?

Do you have any articles on that?

Thanks,

Anonymous

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26 Smart Ways for Moms and Dads to Make More Money

More than ever before, parents are stretched to their limits with the demands of careers and families. We all would love to make more money and provide some extra financial freedom for our families, but how do you do that without driving yourself crazy? What can you do to make some extra money easily that won’t take up too much time?

While I wish it was that simple, any kind of part-time job, side hustle or investment will require some kind of time commitment, and possibly a financial commitment too, in order to get started. Some side hustles will require more time and effort than others, while some of them take time up front to set up and then it gets easier. Let’s look at 26 smart ways parents can make more money.

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Why Lazy Investors Become Wealthy – with Mansi Singhal from qplum

For our Fintech Spotlight segment this month, we are featuring qplum, a company that is bringing AI, data-driven strategies, and affordability to the world of investing. I’ve invited the co-founder and CEO of qplum, Mansi Singhal, to tell us more about the company today.

We’re also going to discuss why monitoring our investment portfolio might actually be a really bad idea.

Andy Hill: The markets have been up and down a lot lately, and I’ve been checking my portfolio a lot more frequently. Why is that not a good idea?

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How to Increase Your Net Worth by $800,000 in 8 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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Want Financial Independence? It’s Time to Make More Money – with Grant Sabatier

Financial Independence is when you have enough money to live without the need for full time employment … Sounds pretty incredible, right?

This may seem like something that’s meant for our golden retirement years, but my guest today is going to show us how to make it a reality much earlier than that.

Returning as a guest for the second time, Grant Sabatier is here to share how we can grow our income and invest so we can really enjoy the best years of our lives.

At 30 years old, Grant achieved his financial independence. He went from $2.26 in his bank account at age 24 to over a $1 million in just 5 years.

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