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5 Common Investment Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Financial investing follows several straightforward principles to ensure your investments increase in value.

To put it simply: you make sure you understand what you invest in, you don’t put all your eggs in one basket and you never risk more than you can afford to lose.

However, the world of investing is a little bit more complicated than that and it is easy to make mistakes when you first start out.

In this post, you will be introduced to five common investment mistakes and how to avoid them.


4 Ways to Save $1000 Fast (And Keep it Saved)

Saving your first $1000 emergency fund can be difficult.

You may be in debt, and barely making ends meet, and then you start a plan like Dave Ramsey’s “Baby Steps,” and the first step is to save $1000.

You’re thinking “I can’t even pay my water bill, how am I supposed to save $1000?”

Well, I’m not going to say these ways are easy, but they are effective, and if you’re willing to put in the work, you can get $1000 saved very quickly, Anyone can.


5 Ways to Stay Productive While Traveling Abroad

Technology can open up many opportunities in today’s world, but it still requires us to make a commitment to what we want from life.

In my case, I used technology to work remotely and travel. While the internet is a great means to do that, it was ultimately up to me to ensure the work got done, even though I felt like I was on holiday.


5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving Out on Your Own

So you’ve come to the place in life where you feel it’s time to strike out on your own and to that I say, go for it, I’m all for independence!

However, before you take that momentous leap, take some time to ask yourself these 5 crucial questions just to make sure you’ve covered all your bases:


4 Ways to Be More Productive (For the Next 20 Minutes)

Whether it’s living up to our potential, crushing our to-do list, or just trying to be our best selves, we all want to be more productive. But the idea of productivity can become a pit of guilt and self-recrimination.

There will always be more to do: more work, more steps toward our personal ambitions. You can stress yourself out for the sake of “being more productive,” while losing sight of what that really means.

So for the moment, forget being way more productive in the far future. How can you be a little more productive right now?


20 Tips to Get Your Finances in Order in Your 20s

Your twenties are an important time for a lot of reasons. It’s usually when you’re finishing college and stepping into adulthood. It’s also when you start to build the foundation for your relationship with money.

When you hear stories of people who’ve ruined their credit or are drowning in debt, you’ll usually find that it started in their twenties. On the flip side, the people that end up doing well later on in life had a good foundation to start off on, and it carried on with them for decades.

So how do you avoid ruining your finances early on in life? Follow these 20 tips to get your finances in order in your twenties!


6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

I’m a long-time fan of TED talks. In fact this post is kind of a “part 2.”

I wrote 6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money in early 2015.

Ever since I published that, I’ve wanted to post about productivity TED talks. Here it is.

The whole idea of a TED talk is to change your thinking. I’ve watched countless hours of these talks, and the speaker is always attempting to either change your mind, or your mindset. That’s exactly what these speakers do. And that’s a good thing.

These six videos are extremely useful and helpful in changing the way we view productivity.


6 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Update Business Equipment

Naturally, you have ambitious goals for your business as the year unfolds. Depending on the industry you’re in—retail, restaurant, salon, auto repair, etc.—your business equipment may play an essential role in your productivity and profitability. In this case, is the equipment that runs your business up to the task?

When should you consider taking out business loans for inventory and when should you make do with what you’re using right now? In addition, once you’ve got the funding, should you buy brand new equipment or consider using thrift-savvy techniques like repairing equipment, buying used equipment or buying refurbished equipment?

The best way to answer these and other questions you might have about equipment is to get a big picture perspective of your situation. Once you can analyze your current equipment needs, you’ll know what to do to fulfill them.

With that in mind, let’s review 6 questions you can ask to stimulate new ideas and a better understanding of your current equipment inventory.


3 Quick Ways to Save Smaller Amounts That Add Up Over Time

Many of us want to attack the idea of being frugal by saving large sums of money – but trying to save too big an amount too quickly can backfire. That’s because you may need to cut back in every aspect of your life, and this could affect your well-being.

Imagine living without an air conditioner in the extreme summer heat when you’re trying to reduce the electricity bill or not being able to eat at your favorite restaurant when you’re trying to save money on food. There’s disaster written all over it.

Don’t get me wrong, saving a big sum of money is good, but you’re more likely to avoid getting stuck in a rut if you make a series of small savings that add up over time. With the tips mentioned below, you’ll see a decent figure on your bank statement at the end of the year, without feeling like you have had to sacrifice your lifestyle to achieve this feat.


5 Thoughts That are Secretly Destroying Your Goal Progress

Our life isn’t as logical as we like to think.

You may plan your goals perfectly, but when the time comes for action, it doesn’t work out.

That happens to all of us, because our emotions affect our decisions. We don’t think about that when we set goals.

A 2014 study shows how our emotions affect our logical decisions. So how do you deal with that? You have to make these decisions and set your goals when you’re in a logical state, and then push through when you’re thinking emotionally. Easier said than done.

Don’t worry, I’ve summed up five of the most common emotional thoughts that will destroy your goal progress. Once you acknowledge that these thoughts exist, you can fight them off.


4 Ways I Don’t Make Money Blogging (And 3 Things I Promise to Never Do)

There are probably thousands of ways to make money blogging. And I don’t use most of them.

As a followup to my recent guide on how to make money blogging, I feel that it’s appropriate to tell you how I don’t make money blogging.

I know everyone says this, but I blog because I genuinely want to help people. I love to learn, write and teach, so this is a fitting place for me to be. However, because of that, I don’t make anywhere close to as much money as I could with this blog. And I’m fine with that.

In fact, I’m going to show you several ways I’ve cut my income for the sake of my readers.

Let me explain the ways I choose not to make money blogging, and why. I’ll also tell you 3 things I promise to never do as long as I own this blog.


6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety and Feel Confident in Social Situations

We’ve all been there.

A dinner party at work. A meet and greet at church. An “open house” at school.

Events that should be easy, but we end up making them awkward and uncomfortable.

The good news is that you’re not alone. We’re all awkward! Some more than others, of course.

Let me explain 6 things I’ve done to build confidence and reduce some of the awkward social stress.


4 Smart Ways to Increase Your Creativity as a Freelance Writer

Are you a freelance writer?

Or are you dreaming of becoming one?

Being your own boss and building a small business might be easier than you think. You just need to be creative!

But don’t be too excited about it, there are a few helpful writing tips you still need to learn about putting up the best creativity in your freelance job or career.


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