Category Archives: Work

Go Ahead and Be a Sellout

A long time ago I had high artistic ideals. I wanted my work to change the world, to bring awareness to important issues, and to be “great.” That lasted until I was out of college. That’s when I realized that … Continue reading

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Don’t Expect a Big Raise This Year: Ask for These Perks Instead

Getting a raise at work continues to be difficult, and it doesn’t appear that it’s going to be any easier in the next few years. According to the April edition of the quarterly survey from the National Association of Business … Continue reading

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Legitimate Ways to Make Money and Work at Home

A lot of people would love to work at home if they could only find a legitimate job that would allow them to do so. While there are certainly a lot of scams that it’s important to avoid, there are … Continue reading

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The 25 Worst Jobs in the US for 2014

What are the worst jobs in the US for 2014? You might be surprised. Chances are if you think of jobs you would hate to do, you can come up with a list fairly quickly that you would think should … Continue reading

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10 Things to Ask for When a Raise Isn’t an Option

Most employees believe that they deserve a raise for their job performance when they have worked hard for their company. Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard you have worked, the company’s financial situation makes a raise impossible. A lot of … Continue reading

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21 Reasons Dave Ramsey Sucks at Giving Credit Score Advice

There are huge disadvantages of having no credit score. I actually know this better than most. After living over ten years in Japan, I came back to the US naively assuming that the credit history I had built over there … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Save Money at National Parks

If you are planning to escape for a week or two this summer, one of the great deals out there is visiting our nation’s national parks. They offer some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor experiences for families to … Continue reading

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10 Life Choices That Will Hurt Your Finances

Sometimes people make life choices that end up negatively affecting them in their future. Life doesn’t always make things easy and when things get difficult, it can be difficult to make a good choice. Unfortunately, we live in a society … Continue reading

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No Forgiveness for Youthful Stupidity

My neighbor’s child graduated from college this week. When she came over to thank me for the gift I sent, I asked her how the job hunt was going. “Not great,” she sighed. “What happened?” I asked. “Well, I had … Continue reading

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13 Important Skills Kids Learn When Running a Business

When I was growing up, there was a girl up the street who was constantly running some sort of business. She did lemonade stands in the summer, bake sales, dog walking, car washing, lawn mowing, rented books and toys to … Continue reading

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Sometimes Quitting Equals Winning

People like to refer to life as a game or a competition. The winners are the ones who accumulate the most or best things, achieve the most success, or get the most power. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway, which means … Continue reading

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Workplace Ethics

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a post on another message board from a person who admitted to spending forty percent of his time at work surfing the Internet for personal reasons. He was even going so far … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Work from Home

I see plenty of people, both online and off, who are desperate to work from home. Despite the fact that working from home is definitely not for everyone, many people idealize the lifestyle and want it for themselves. It’s funny, … Continue reading

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Lost Week: Day 42 – 48

It’s been a rough week where I have had minimal productivity. I realized after the low vitamin D diagnosis that I had been doing some things on my own to fight the effects which weren’t particularly healthy including eating a … Continue reading

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13 Ways to Prepare for a Layoff

Layoffs are hard, but not all layoffs are totally unexpected. Often you can see a layoff coming if you keep your eyes and ears open. Some warning signs: The company seems to be struggling and bills aren’t getting paid or … Continue reading

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10 Reasons To Consider A Returnship

Have you been out of work for awhile? Maybe it’s been one year, maybe it’s been five, or maybe it’s been ten or fifteen years. The longer you’re out of work, whether because of the bad economy or personal choices, … Continue reading

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Crafting a Healthier Approach to Work

I wrote earlier about just how far we should expect an employer to bend when dealing with work/life balance issues. The point of that piece was that while an employer may be willing to help you balance your work and … Continue reading

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Reevaluating Habits: Day 8

We all have habits that we really need to take a hard look at to make sure the habit is helping us reach our financial goals. I know from personal experience that one of the most difficult aspects of personal … Continue reading

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How Far Should an Employer Bend to Accommodate You?

An acquaintance was recently fired from her job. The reason? She needed too much time away from her job to deal with “family obligations.” I don’t know all the details, but she was missing a lot of work to deal … Continue reading

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12 Reasons I Walk And So Should You

There are a lot of things which seem to be completely unrelated to personal finance, but still have a large effect on your finances. One of the best things that you can do to help improve your finances is to … Continue reading

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