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#054: Ask Paula - Automating Savings, Starting a Blog, Emergency Funds, Investing in Real Estate Confidently, and More  

It's the first Monday of the month, which means I'm fielding questions from the audience.

We start with a question from Nicole.

She's a new listener, and she's stuck in a confusing situation.

You see, Nicole is self-employed. She'd like to save a percentage of her income -- but she doesn't get regular paychecks. How can she automate her savings, when she doesn't know how much she'll make each month?

She asks a second question, as well.

Nicole has $15,000 in savings and wants to buy her first rental property. However, she's intimidated by the unknown market. What should her first steps be?

Next, we move to a question from podcast listener David. Should he invest his emergency fund?

David is contemplating putting his emergency savings in the Vanguard Immediate-Term Investment Grade Fund (VFICX). Is this a good idea?

Saul, another podcast listener interested in real estate investing, recently sold his home and has a decent chunk of change. Should he buy a 3 bed / 2 bath townhome with a small commercial space on the first floor? Or should he buy a duplex?

Podcast listener Albert is wondering: should he buy a home for himself, and rent it out a few years later? He'd like to travel and work remotely. What are the downsides to this idea? It can't be that easy ... right?

Finally, Abbey started a personal finance blog, and wants to know:

    When should she start promoting her blog?
    How much content should she write?
    Does she have to share her blog with her friends and family, or can she stay anonymous?
    Should she write about other things besides money and travel?

I tackle these questions in this month's edition of Ask Paula.


-- Paula

P.S.  Trying to make a decision? Ask your question at http://affordanything.com/voicemail

Resources Mentioned:

    Renting is Throwing Money Away...Right?
    Everything I Know About Blogging Condensed Into One Post
    Should You Invest in This Rental Property?


To view this information online, visit http://affordanything.com/episode54

#053: Live Q&A with Paula on Real Estate and Travel  

This episode is a little different.

Instead of interviewing a guest, this podcast episode is a recording of a recent talk I gave in Equador.

The audience wanted to know more about the context surrounding the decisions I've made regarding business, investing, and money.

In other words, why I've only spent three years of my life in a 9-5 job, and why I've dedicated so much of my time to travel.

There is a lot of real estate talk as I take Q&A from the audience, but the idea behind releasing this talk is for you to see how any investment can help you design your life around your values.

Money and investments are just tools that you can use to craft a certain lifestyle.

Here are some of the highlights from the talk:
•    How I was introduced to the concept of freelancing, and how it helped me quit my job and buy real estate
•    My real estate investing strategy in a nutshell - buy what no one else wants to buy
•    The risk of being too excessive with renovations as an investor, and how I've managed renovations
•    How I use the One Percent Rule when running numbers on a property
•    My original goal for owning rental properties (and why I don't want 100's of units)
•    The surprise deal that came about because of my blog
•    The opportunity cost of investing in real estate instead of the stock market
•    Why the next rental won't be in Vegas (where I live)
•    Why I'm not in any hurry to buy another property
•    Why I would buy apartment complexes in cash if I had a billion dollars
•    The benefit of diversifying into a different city and how to do it
•    Retailers I recommend buying from when it comes to kitchen materials
•    Financing without W2 income
•    Why I'm against high-leverage
•    The other projects I'm working on (why my focus isn't on real estate investing right now)
•    "Pearls of wisdom" from traveling
•    My favorite travel destinations
•    Why I started a blog and my thoughts on monetizing
•    Real estate isn't a passion - it's a tool


-- Paula

Resources Mentioned:
•    Cash Flow Reports for Rental Properties
•    The course I'm working on - VIP List
•    HUD Home Store

I also want to take a moment to thank the sponsors for this episode.

First, huge thanks to Nerdwallet. Their new app lets you have one-on-one conversations with financial advisors. You can chat about anything related to money, such as retirement, investing, insurance, or paying off debt.

You'll get personalized, one-on-one advice -- available at no cost to you. Check it out at no cost to you by visiting http://nerd.me/paula

If you've been listening for a while, you've heard me interview many best-selling authors. Before I interview these guests, I need to read or refresh my memory of their books.

Sitting down to physically read the books can take a long time. That's why I listen to their audiobooks, thanks to my subscription to an audiobook service called Audible. If you want to give them a try for free, head to http://audible.com/trynow for a free 30-day trial.


To see the slides from Paula's presentation, go to http://affordanything.com/53

#052: How to Combat Lifestyle Inflation, with Julia Kelly  

Imagine transitioning from making $8.50 per hour and sharing a crammed apartment with 5 people, to becoming a six-figure business owner doing what you love.
That's the journey that Julia Kelly, caricature artist and founder of JK Expressions, took.
Sounds great, right?
Well, as they say, more money = more problems.
When Julia earned $25,000 - $30,000 per year, she had fantastic money management skills. She had no debt and plenty of savings.
But when her business started making six figures, she began ignoring her finances, stopped saving money .... and racked up thousands in personal credit card debt.
Some of us write this off as life getting more expensive as we get older, but it's actually a classic case of lifestyle inflation -- when you make more, you spend more.
After Julia began earning six figures, she decided she was no longer happy with $12 haircuts from Supercuts. She happily splurged for $75 salon style cuts instead.
She started paying for convenience. One-click Amazon order? Check. Ordering an Uber or Lyft so she didn't have to deal with parking at the airport? Check. Eating out? Check.
She became lazy about saving money, assuming that she could always earn more. Money was coming into her bank accounts at an unprecedented pace – so her finances would take care of themselves, right?
As Julia discovered, when you "upgrade" certain aspects of your life, you may find it difficult to downgrade. You keep spending more and more, trapped on a consumer treadmill. You’re forced to work to fuel your spending addiction.
Left unchecked, this saps every ounce of freedom from your life. 
In this episode, you'll learn:
· Why you shouldn't take lifestyle inflation lightly
· How to stop lifestyle inflation before it happens
· What Julia regrets buying … and what she doesn’t
· The easiest, most effective antidote to lifestyle inflation
· How Julia differentiates between saving time vs. wasteful convenience spending
· What Julia's advice is to those who are increasing their income, but don't want to succumb to lifestyle inflation

-- Paula
Resources Mentioned:
    •    Gretchen Rubin's episode, The Power of Habit Formation
    •    Julia's story on the Afford Anything blog

    •    Cal Newport's episode, The Incredible Value of Deep Work, Instead of Distraction
    •    Julia's site, JKExpressions.com

I also want to take a moment to thank the sponsors for this episode.
First, huge thanks to Nerdwallet. Their new app lets you have one-on-one conversations with financial advisors. You can chat about anything related to money, such as retirement, investing, insurance, or paying off debt.
You'll get personalized, one-on-one advice -- available at no cost to you. Check it out at no cost to you by visiting nerd.me/paula.

If you've been listening for a while, you've heard me interview many best-selling authors. Before I interview these guests, I need to read or refresh my memory of their books.

Sitting down to physically read the books can take a long time. That's why I listen to their audiobooks, thanks to my subscription to an audiobook service called Audible. If you want to give them a try for free, head to audible.com/trynow for a free 30-day trial.


For a full list of show notes, visit http://podcast.affordanything.com/52-how-to-combat-lifestyle-inflation-with-julia-kelly

#051: Six Types of Financial Frenemies, with Mary Beth Storjohann  

Today's guest is Mary Beth Storjohann, CFP®, Founder of Workable Wealth, and author of the book Work Your Wealth.

As I was reading through her book, one thing stuck out to me: the financial frenemies we all have, and how to deal with them in a constructive way.

What's a financial frenemy? They're the people in your life that are sabotaging your efforts to improve your net worth.

Sometimes they're friends, sometimes they're family, and other times, they might just be people that have no business asking about your financial situation in the first place. 

Whoever they are, we've all known one at some point or another.

In fact, I bet one of these sounds familiar:

1. The Entitled Frenemy: "Can you spot me? I'll get you next time!"
2. The Budget-Buster: "You deserve it, you should buy it!"
3. The One-Upper: "You got a $1,000 bonus? Nice. I got a $10,000 bonus."
4. The Priers: "How much do you make?" "How much did you spend on that?"
5. The Green-Eyed Monster: "Must be nice that you can afford such a big house."
6. The FOMO Frenemy: "You can spend your money just this once!"

Navigating conversations with these financial frenemies can be tough, but Mary Beth has some awesome advice on how to do it and not feel bad about your words.

Even though it might sound scary, honesty is the best policy.

While saying, "I don't feel comfortable answering that" means enduring a few moments of awkwardness, the alternative is answering truthfully and proceeding to wonder if your "friends" are judging you...every single time you interact with them.

Finally, we need to realize that what they're saying isn't a reflection on us - it's a reflection on them. If they're jealous, feel the need to one-up you, or discourage you from your financial goals, that's on them, not you.

Mary Beth offers other great tips on how to deal with financial frenemies in this episode, and we even role-played a scenario to give you a script to follow.

Resources Mentioned:

• Workable Wealth

• “Work Your Wealth" on Amazon
• Mary Beth's Twitter & Instagram


-- Paula

#50: Ask Paula - Retirement Savings in Your 50's, Starting a Side Hustle, Buying Health Insurance, Home Warranties, and More  

Mark, a 55-year-old listener, has no savings.

He's been listening to personal finance podcasts. He recently read Tony Robbins' Money: Master the Game. He called this podcast to tell us that he's feeling overwhelmed by the scope of what's ahead of him. He doesn't know how to apply this information -- and he's afraid of needing to work in fast food when he's 80 years old. What can he do?

We tackle his question first on today's Ask Paula episode.

Next, we take a call from Adalia.

Adalia, another podcast listener, wants to earn extra money on the side. She's intrigued by the idea of becoming a virtual assistant -- a side hustle that allows her to work from home, setting her own hours. How should she start? Where can she find clients?

Tyler, a podcast listener and fellow FinConner, is carrying $20,000 in credit card debt, with interest rates ranging from 11% - 23%. He also runs a side business on Amazon, making  43-50% returns for every dollar he puts in. Should he focus on reinvesting money back into his lucrative business, or should he pay his credit card debt off?

Podcast listener Carlos just purchased his first rental property, and wants to know: are home warranties are worth the money?

Todd, another listener, is curious to know if he and his wife should go without health insurance as the cost of premiums increase. He has an HSA, emergency fund, makes a good living, is in good health, and saves everything he can. Could going without insurance really save him money?

Our last question comes from listener Lynsey, who has her sights set on financial independence. She works a second job during the cold Minnesota winters, which pays $25/hr. However, she wonders if she should use that time to invest in her future earning potential, by starting a business or getting an advanced degree. Should she go after the immediate cash, or focus on her future?

All of these questions are answered in this episode of Ask Paula!


-- Paula


I also want to take a moment to thank the sponsors for this episode.

First, huge thanks to Nerdwallet. Their new app lets you have one-on-one conversations with financial advisors. You can chat about anything related to money, such as retirement, investing, insurance, or paying off debt.

You'll get personalized, one-on-one advice -- available at no cost to you. Check it out at no cost to you by visiting nerd.me/paula.


If you've been listening for a while, you've heard me interview many best-selling authors. Before I interview these guests, I need to read or refresh my memory of their books.

Sitting down to physically read the books can take a long time. That's why I listen to their audiobooks, thanks to my subscription to an audiobook service called Audible. If you want to give them a try for free, head to audible.com/trynow for a free 30-day trial.


Want more "Ask Paula" episodes? Head on over the the website and binge all you want: http://podcast.affordanything.com/tag/ask-paula


#049: Behind-the-Scenes Mastermind Call - with J.D. Roth  

If you're a longtime listener, you might remember J.D. Roth, founder of Get Rich Slowly and owner of Money Boss, from Episode 20.

In this previous interview, J.D. shared how he went from being in debt to financially independent.

Today, he's back for a special edition of the podcast.

J.D. and I didn't actually record an interview for this episode. Instead, we hit "record" on one of our private mini-mastermind conversations, where we talk candidly about our businesses.

By listening to this episode, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at what's going on in the Afford Anything and Money Boss world - without any filters.

#048: How to Overcome Procrastination and Perfectionism, with Stephen Guise  

Imagine that your goal is to build a flat stomach and stronger biceps. But deep down, subconsciously, you’re afraid you might fail.

So you procrastinate. “I’ll work out tomorrow,” you tell yourself. “Or next week. Or next year.” As a result, you don’t make progress.

But let’s flip the script. Instead of focusing on the result — your appearance — you focus on the smallest possible action.

You create a new goal: Everyday, you’ll do a single push-up. You’ve designed a goal that cannot fail. The moment you commit to this goal, you drop to the ground and do a push-up. Congratulations. You’ve succeeded today. You repeat this everyday for a week. You build a new habit and new sense of self-identity. You’re the type of person who does daily push-ups.

One day, while executing your single push-up, you figure, “Ah, what the heck,” and pump out a few more. One push-up grows into five, ten, fifteen, twenty. You focus on tiny actions, rather than their potential long-term payoff.

Eventually, you get results. In today's episode, Stephen Guise, author of Mini-Habits, describes how the "one push-up" mentality accelerated his progress faster than a "100-pushup" mentality ever could.

He explains why he decided to start focusing on actions, he shares the technique that he uses to conquer writer's block, and he talks about embracing "imperfectionism."


#47: How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy, with Clark Howard  

Today's guest is New York Times bestseller, radio and television personality, Clark Howard.

While Clark is known as a personal finance expert, that title doesn't tell the whole story.

He started reading stock tables when he was in fifth grade.
He began investing in real estate at the age of 22.
He created his own travel agency business at the age of 25.
And he became financially independent and retired at age 31.

However, after four years of living on the beach, he was ready to get back to work. He wanted to help people take control of their money and, consequently, their lives.

Clark believes that money is the result of the discipline you bring into your life. Unfortunately, most people want to take the path of least resistance when it comes to achieving their goals. That's why so many people fail.

Clark says that the most common mistake he sees his listeners make is getting in their own way. People give up before they've started and play the victim.

That's not the path to success - financial or otherwise.

So, how can you stop standing in the way of your own success?

In this episode, we cover that, as well as:
    •    Clark's journey to financial independence
    •    Why he chose to pursue this audacious goal
    •    Why he felt ready to jump back into work after enjoying four years of retirement
    •    Why we behave the way we do when it comes to achieving goals
    •    What money means, and why it matters
    •    How to control your reaction to the inevitable setbacks we experience in life
    •    Why everyone must live beneath their means and spend less than they earn to achieve any financial goal
    •    What the future of money holds

There were so many takeaways in this episode, I couldn't list them all. Clark is brilliant and offers some amazing insights into the financial industry, as well as business lessons he's learned throughout his years of being an entrepreneur and managing teams.


Resources Mentioned:


#046: The Unbelievable Power of Building a Community - Live at FinCon  

This episode is a little unusual because I interviewed fellow podcast listeners live at FinCon (a conference for financial bloggers).

Why? To get to know you and understand you better.

I want to know what makes you tick, and where your interest in money comes from.

Ultimately, why you're here, listening to this podcast, when most people couldn't care less about these topics.

Why are you different?

To discover that answer, here are some of the questions I asked our panelists:

• Why did you decide to make learning about personal finance your hobby? Why do you spend hours reading blogs and listening to podcasts about money?
• What made you approach personal finance head-on, rather than burying your head in the sand, like most people do?
• Do people in your "regular" life know that you want to retire early and reach financial independence? Or do you avoid talking about this because people give you funny looks when you mention it?
• Have you all had the same experience that community - finding like-minded individuals - is important in this journey?

I hope you were able to learn and identify with your fellow listeners about why you manage your limited resources in such a conscientious way.

The chief takeaway I got from this episode was the importance of building a community, which is critical to maintaining motivation on the journey to reach financial independence.

Not only that, but you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Seek out a support system of people with similar values and goals to have your back when times get tough.
Resources Mentioned: 

• Nick: True Tightwad
• Melissa, "The Roamer": Traveling Wallet
• Emma: Emma Lincoln
• Gwen: Fiery Millennials
• The One Percent Challenge Facebook Group
• Everything I Know About Blogging, Condensed into One Post
• Financial Independence Subreddit
• Meetup.com

-- Paula

#45: Ask Paula - Should I Invest $5,500 in One Huge Chunk? - and More Investing Questions  

Podcast listener Eva is interested in opening a Vanguard account. She noticed that people need $50,000 to access their personal advisor services. It'll take her several years before she can access this. What should she do in the meantime? Amy, another podcast listener, wants to invest $5,500 into her Roth IRA in 2017.  Should she invest the full amount on January 1, or should she spread this throughout the year? Meanwhile, podcast listener Daniel asks: • Q1: I'd like to invest in real estate. Where and how should I look for homes, other than Zillow? • Q2: Why would an investor sell a cash-flowing, profitable investment property? Should I be suspicious about multiunit properties for sale? Eric, another podcast listener interested in real estate, asks: • Q1: What are the basic steps for forming an LLC, especially one with multiple partners who aren't equal investors? • Q2: How do you go about creating a joint bank account for the LLC? Is it even needed? Should the account be referenced in the LLC documentation? I answer all of these questions in this episode of Ask Paula. Resources Mentioned: • Mike Piper's Blog: Oblivious Investor
 • Michael Kitces' Blog: Kitces.com (Nerd's Eye View)
 • I Don't Know How to Start Investing, and I'm Afraid of Making Expensive Mistakes (Blog Post) • Why Dollar Cost Averaging Stinks (Blog Post) • The Simple Path to Wealth by Jim Collins • Mike Piper's Books on Investing
 • #24: Ask us Anything: Betterment, Wealthfront, Robo-Investing...What's the Deal? (Podcast) • #31: The Simple Path to Wealth, with Jim Collins (Podcast Interview) Enjoy!

#044: "Why I Quit My Dream Job" – with entrepreneur Leslie Samuel  

When Leslie Samuel immigrated to the U.S. at age 17, he hoped for the American Dream: an education, a secure job, and a traditional career path.

But during his college years, Leslie realized he had an entrepreneurial streak. He made a few attempts at working for himself.

He failed.

He lost money that he'd set aside for his wedding. He tried investing in the stock market. He lost more money, savings that he'd set aside to pay his tuition.

But he didn't quit.

Leslie graduated, married, and accepted a job as a high school science teacher.

He felt happy and secure. Yet his entrepreneurial itch persisted. He started building an online business in his spare time. 

Leslie began earning an extra $14,000 per year on the side, a nice supplement to his income. A few years later, Leslie landed his dream job as a university professor. He loved his work. He earned a solid income.

His wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Everything seemed perfect. But his entrepreneurial calling persisted.

Ultimately, Leslie made the difficult decision to quit his dream job in order to become a full-time online entrepreneur.

In this episode, he shares why he made this tough choice – and how he handled the fear and doubts that blocked the way.

#043: Jean Chatzky Shares Money Rules for Modern Life  

Today's guest is Jean Chatzky, financial editor for the TODAY Show, host of the HerMoney podcast and a frequent guest on TV shows like Oprah, Regis & Kelly, and The View.

She's the bestselling author of many books, including Money Rules, which we discuss in today's episode. Here are a few of the Money Rules we cover:

#1: The more time you spend looking, the less happy you’ll be with what you find. #2: Your retirement trumps their tuition.
#3: Losing money hurts more than it should.
#4: Big numbers make smart people do stupid things.
#5: Don’t lend money to friends & relatives, and don’t co-sign for loans.
#6: If its 50% off, it's still 50% on.


It’s not about having it all. It’s about having what you value most. How can you match your money with your values? Jean and I tackle this question in the second half of the podcast. This leads us into discussing tactics that can prevent wasteful spending, such as:

• The 10/10/10 Rule – How will you feel about this purchase in 10 minutes? 10 months? 10 years?
• The 24 Hour Rule – Delay the purchase by 24 hours. Do you still want it?
• Only Pay Full Price – Paradoxically, avoiding sales – and ONLY buying items at full price – might help you save more money in the long run.


Finally, we chat about how to balance financial priorities when you and your spouse want different things. What if you want to retire early, but your spouse doesn't? How do you handle this?

Jean shares her ideas on all these topics in today's episode.

#042: The Incredible Value of Deep Work, Instead of Distraction – with Cal Newport  

Your most valuable asset isn't your house, car or retirement portfolio. It's your attention. Most knowledge workers spend their day franticly hopping between meetings, emails, phone calls and social media. But that's not the best way to stand out in the modern economy. Emails are necessary, says author and professor Cal Newport. They'll keep you from getting fired. But they won't get you promoted. Instead, focus on deep work, Newport says. Dedicate your mental energy towards cognitively-demanding tasks that stretch the limits of your capabilities. Develop your skills as a writer, investor, programmer, mathematician, musician, artist, or whatever field you practice. You'll achieve bigger success from honing rare, valuable skills than you would from sending a few additional tweets or replying to emails at a faster pace, he says. You'll also enjoy more meaningful work. Deep work isn't something that you cram into the margins of your life. To the contrary, focusing on deep work allows you to boost your productivity at work and feel more fully present at home. Newport discusses the concept of Deep Work, and shares tips on how to apply this to our lives, in today's podcast.

#041: Ask Paula: Investing, Rebalancing and Renovating  

Mollie, a listener, is making smart money moves.

She's getting the maximum match on 403b contributions. She's saving for a downpayment on a home. Her husband opened a Roth IRA.

What's next?

After listening to the Jim Collins episode, Mollie wants to open a Vanguard account. How can she balance this with the rest of her saving and investing goals? Is she spreading herself too thin?

Meanwhile, podcast listener Elizabeth is trying a little-known tactic to rebalance her portfolio.

Traditional advice tells people to rebalance by selling their gains. But Elizabeth wants to let those gains ride. She'd prefer to rebalance by buying undervalued assets.

Are their hidden dangers to her strategy?

Finally, podcast listener Chris wants to remodel his basement. He's an aspiring Airbnb host who'd like to make extra cash by renting out part of his home. How much money should he spend on his basement remodel? Are there any good rules-of-thumb?

I tackle these three questions in today's Ask Paula episode.

#040: The Power of Habit Formation, with Gretchen Rubin  

Most of us want to develop better habits. We want to exercise more, eat healthier, get more sleep, watch TV less, pay off debt, or save money.

The problem?

We make excuses.

We tell ourselves we'll splurge "just this one time."

We convince ourselves that we're too busy to start a side business. We reward ourselves with a hall pass from our intended new habit.

Today's guest, Gretchen Rubin, talks about how we can create habits that stick. Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project, which sold more than a million copies.

Her latest book, Better Than Before, explores how to create habits that lead to a healthier, happier, richer life.

AA039: The Seven Stages of Financial Independence, with Joshua Sheats  

It's tempting to think of "financial independence" as a finish line. You've either crossed the finish line, or you're still running the race. But financial independence is more nuanced, says today's guest, Joshua Sheats.

We experience seven stages of financial independence, Joshua says, and we should break down our Major Goal -- financial independence -- into a series of smaller steps.

Joshua, a financial planner and host of the hit podcast Radical Personal Finance, describes these seven stages in today's show, offering tips about how to reach each one.

Want a sneak peek at the seven stages? Check out http://podcast.affordanything.com

#038: Why You're Not As Busy As You Think, with Laura Vanderkam  

There are 168 hours in a week.   If you work 40 hours per week and sleep 8 hours per night, you’ve accounted for 96 hours. You have an additional 72 waking hours per week.   What are you doing with this time?   That’s the question today’s guest, Laura Vanderkam, tried to answer by analyzing more than 1,000 time logs kept by full-time professional workers. Our collective narrative says that Americans are overworked, sleep-deprived and don’t have enough time for family or personal lives. That’s our emotional truth. But statistics paint a different picture. When more than 1,000 professionals track their time in 15-minute increments over the course of a 168-hour week, the data doesn’t point to time deprivation.    In today’s episode, Laura describes this surprising fact: we have more time than we think.   She also shares tactics on how to reduce chores and errands, stay focused and productive at work, and recognize the difference between efficacy and diminishing returns.

#037: Chris Guillebeau -- How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World  

Chris writes about life, work and travel. He has visited every country in the world and written a number of New York Times best selling books.

He joins us to talk about challenging ourselves, experimentation,and deliberately changing our direction.


For more information, visit http://podcast.affordanything.com

#036: Ask Paula -- Should I Buy a Turnkey Rental Property? -- and More Real Estate Investing Question  

It's the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means ...

Time for another Ask Paula episode! On today's show, I answer a handful of phone calls from listeners who posed questions about real estate investing.

One caller from Atlanta said that he's thinking about buying a rental property from a turnkey investing company. (These are companies that buy, renovate and rent out properties, and then sell those properties to investors.) On the surface, this sounds appealing: all benefit and no work. But what are the drawbacks? Are those risks worth it? Should this listener buy a turnkey property? Or should he stay wary of red flags?

Another caller, who says he loves real estate investing, mentioned that he's curious about the lack of compound interest in the real estate game. If you're investing in an index fund, he noted, your dividends and gains are automatically reinvested. That's not the case with a rental property. Sure, you can reinvest the cash flow from that property into buying more properties (or buying other investments, like index funds), but that's not the same thing. So ... what does this mean? When you take compound interest into consideration, are rental properties still a good deal? Or are real estate investors missing out on this crucial wealth-building tool?

Another wanted to hear more details about a couple whom I mentioned in Episode 4, The Ultimate Beginner Guide to Real Estate Investing. This couple's strategy is to buy a home as a primary residence, live there for at least one year, move out, convert their former home into a rental property, and repeat. They've done this over and over, and now they're raking in the rental cash. The listener wanted more details about that strategy ... which I offered in droves. (And yes, I led myself into another little rant.)

Finally, one listener called to share his success story. In an earlier episode, he asked whether he should repay his credit card debt, or save for the downpayment on a house. I told him to pay off his credit cards ... and he's now DEBT-FREE!!!!!! He tells his success story on today's show.



#035: How to Start Freelancing on the Side, with Carrie Smith from Careful Cents  

Carrie Smith enjoyed her full-time accounting job, but she wanted to make extra money on the side. Who doesn't, right?

She landed a second job in a tax office, working 9-to-5 for one employer and 5-to-9 for the other.

She earned decent money, but her schedule had no flexibility ... and she felt unhappy. 

This needs to change, she realized. I need to make good money while also enjoying my lifestyle.

Even though she had zero experience as a writer, she wondered if she could leverage her skills as an accountant into a new, creative field. She volunteered to write one or two tax planning articles for a client, just to test the waters. She enjoyed the work. She wanted more. 

She started reaching out to websites and companies that might need tax-related article writing. She landed her first major client, Yahoo Finance. Then another. Then another. 

After a few years, her freelance business grew large enough that she quit her comfortable accounting job. She's her own boss now. 

In this episode, Carrie tells her story and offers advice for anyone who wants to earn extra money as a freelancer -- whether its a side hustle or a path towards quitting your 9-to-5 day job.


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