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  • Working from home … with distractions (39 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. Although I have liked almost every job I've ever had, I decided early on in my professional career that the most important thing to me was schedule flex...

  • Ask the Readers: Are the “golden handcuffs” real or self-imposed? (44 comments)

    This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Last December, Honey Smith was in the throes of some major life changes – her husband started his own business, only to sell it and start a new job, adding...

  • How to negotiate when you hate negotiating (19 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. In an ideal world, you wouldn't need to go negotiate. In an ideal world, the weather would be perfect, there would be no war, and your employer would si...

  • A guide to managing your fear of money (23 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. My first year of high school, I was looking for an easy, goof-off elective -- a class that would allow me to take a break in between Geometry and Engli...

  • Taking the Chairman’s Flight and other career-limiting moves to avoid (114 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Sam. Sam spent 13 years working in Equities on Wall Street and discusses financial independence strategies on Financial Samurai. Sam is also the founder of the Yakezie ...

  • Reader Stories: From side hustle to full time: When it’s time to go all-in (11 comments)

    This is a guest post from Jen Adrion, one half of the creative duo behind These Are Things. Together, she and Omar Noory craft a collection of modern maps, draw informational illustrations, and write ...

  • A conversation with Mr. Money Mustache (30 comments)

    Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.'s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. As part of the ...

  • ‘When She Makes More’: 10 rules for breadwinning women (144 comments)

    Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.'s recently launched the Get Rich Slowly course, a year-long guide on how to master your money. A few years ago, my li...

  • Book review: “Eventual Millionaire” (15 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. There are many personal finance books and tools out there that are useful to people in all stages of personal finance. I have a lot to learn before reachi...

  • Cultivate your X-factor before it’s too late (25 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Sam. Sam spent 13 years working in Equities on Wall Street and discusses financial independence strategies on Financial Samurai. Sam is also the founder of the Yakezie ...

  • What’s the value of work-life balance? (53 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. I was really struck by Kristin Wong's recent article "Overwork and the illusion of a 'high-paying' job." It's not something that I've had to deal with per...

  • Overwork and the illusion of a “high-paying” job (67 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. I recently read a short article in The New Yorker titled "The Cult of Overwork." In it, James Surowiecki writes: "For decades, junior bankers and Wall...

  • The joy of being average (94 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Sam. Sam spent 13 years working in Equities on Wall Street and discusses financial independence strategies on Financial Samurai. Sam is also the founder of the Yakezie ...

  • Money mythbuster: Women don’t negotiate (35 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. On average, women earn less than men for the same job and performance level. Popular thought has been that that's because women simply don't ask for more...

  • Reader Story: Looking ahead pays off until “boom”! (49 comments)

    This reader story comes from JenB. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all level...

  • A case for “hard work pays off” (43 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Over the weekend, a friend of mine came to visit. She's a career counselor and, while I wasn't looking for free advice, the conversation naturally turn...

  • On a time crunch? Squeeze more out of your day (50 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. When I (or others) want to improve our financial situations, most excuses involve time. I am too busy to take on another job. I don't have time to st...

  • Ask the Readers: Big decisions for 20-somethings (69 comments)

    This question comes from a regular Get Rich Slowly reader who needs some help making some life-changing decisions. She's reaching out to the GRS readers for some advice. Between the two of us, my ...

  • Anyone can start a side business (47 comments)

    Note: This guest post is from Jim Wang of Microblogger, a blog about entrepreneurship and how Wang built a seven-figure business. For actionable advice on how to build your own business, join his free...

  • Ask the Readers: How do you handle irregular income? (40 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Those of you who have read GRS for a while know that when I started writing here more than four years ago, I was gainfully employed as a writer-editor-p...

  • Student loans: Lessons learned, choosing a major, and overcoming regrets (113 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. In 2009, Kasey O. graduated college with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation. With the support of her family, friends, school guid...

  • Reader Stories: Youth and exuberance give way (aka my lesson on entitlement) (8 comments)

    This Reader Story comes from Stevie Lutgen, a mortgage content editor for Lender411.com. She has a job now, but still writes for free, just for fun. Some reader stories contain general advice; othe...

  • Coping with job loss (45 comments)

    A few weeks ago, I lost a freelance job. I won't dish the details, because it's not relevant to this post, and I'm still friendly with my contacts there. What is relevant to this post, however, is t...

  • Reader Stories: How we saved one year’s salary in Roth IRAs in grad school (55 comments)

    This reader story is from Emily, a graduate student living in North Carolina who blogs about transitions in young adulthood and living well on less at Evolving Personal Finance. Some reader stories ...

  • Ask the Readers: Should you move for work? (35 comments)

    These days, if you’ve got work, you’re among the lucky. And not to be picky, but the sad fact is that even if you have work, there’s a real chance you may be “under-employed” – where you e...

  • Changing careers: The grass isn’t always greener (75 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Holly Johnson. Earlier this year, my husband and I made a decision that will change the course of our lives, for better or for worse. After 10 years in the mortuary ind...

  • Getting technical: an alternative to traditional college (30 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. In 2000, I graduated from my first round of post-secondary education and landed a job. My first annual salary was about 13 times more than my entire e...

  • Reader Stories: How to earn $391.11 in 16 months and still be OK (38 comments)

    This reader story comes from Joel Zaslofsky, who is offering instant access to download the free tools on his website Value of Simple to help you simplify, organize, and be money wise. When he’s not...

  • 4 signs you’re over your job & 5 things you can do about it (26 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Over the summer, I read a book that likened a miserable job to hanging onto the edge of a cliff. I thought it was an appropriate analogy. Like most peopl...

  • Reader Stories: How I paid off $610,000 in debt, became a dad and quit my job — in 2 years (56 comments)

    This reader story comes from John Corcoran, an attorney, former Clinton White House writer and blogger at SmartBusinessRevolution.com, where he writes about how to use smart political strategies in bu...

  • Ask the Readers: What would it take to quit your job and pursue your passion? (86 comments)

    This guest post is from Michelle who blogs at Making Sense of Cents. Lately I have been thinking a lot about whether I should pursue what I love and enjoy my life more, or stick it out with my job...

  • Time-management strategies for working parents (45 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Holly Johnson. I am sure you've heard the saying, "A mother's work is never done." This is especially true for parents who continue working after they've had kids. E...

  • Reader Stories: Bicycle commuting and frugality (53 comments)

    This is a guest post from Catherine. She is 27 and was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn. where she resides with her cat, Monty. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and is trying to figure ...

  • The high cost of saying ‘no’ (25 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I worked in the communications department at a large non-profit. The organization hosted several events every yea...

  • Should you ever work for free? (42 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I lose count of my "jobs" these days: my literary writing (that theoretically pays, or had better one day or else), a nonprofit board on which I serv...

  • Career strategies of high earners (36 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. I mentioned in my last post that I read Barbara Stanny's "Secrets of Six-Figure Women." Stanny interviewed 150 women who earn more than $100,000 annu...

  • Investing in professional conferences (21 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. I am writing this after the third weekend in a row of attending professional conferences. While I wouldn't suggest such a schedule (it was a fluke...

  • 9 traits of underearners (75 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. I just read Barbara Stanny's "Secrets of Six-Figure Women." I was happy to find that I share similar traits to the 150 women she interviewed. But there ...

  • The cost of workaholism (66 comments)

    "What are your resolutions this year?" a girlfriend recently asked me. I thought about the areas of my life I'd like to improve upon and responded, "I'd like to work less. I think I'm a workaholic." ...

  • I’m off to grow a giant pumpkin! (30 comments)

    This post is from staff writer El Nerdo. I love my job, but my job doesn't pay so well. For a while I attempted to cope with this problem by means of personal finance. However, while thinking and w...

  • Negotiating for perks when raises are off the table (21 comments)

    This guest post is from David Lye. David is an expert on novated leasing, which is a “company car” type perk that many Australian companies offer their employees. In today’s uncertain econo...

  • A scholarship for small-business folks (12 comments)

    With student debt now topping credit card debt (see page 3 of the PDF), every penny that you can find to put toward education is wanted. We hear a lot about student loans, but not so much about schola...

  • Planning for a new financial paradigm (58 comments)

    I'd tried and occasionally gotten by on very much less, and I'd shuffled small freelance gigs and guiltily spent windfalls instead of saving. But I just couldn't figure out a long-term way to make my...

  • Throwing away an old rule (74 comments)

    Fellow peasants, unite! The time has come to overthrow the old order! GRS rule #3 says, "Spend less than you earn." But why should we continue to do that always? Because of tradition? Because of aut...

  • Workplace gratitude: A simple way to boost your ‘income-producing ability’ (79 comments)

    I watch a lot of  "House Hunters." It's mostly mindless TV, but I have learned a few things. One of those things is that, in Japan, renters pay their landlords something called "key money." Key mone...

  • Make more money as a subject matter expert (33 comments)

    I spend a lot of time working. I have my day job, first of all. I also have a demanding side hustle in addition to writing here. I've spent most of my working life like this. I like working and lea...

  • In defense of passion (with the help of reason) (81 comments)

    "Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion." -Hegel Last week, GRS published an article by April Dykman that presented some ideas by Ramit Sethi and Cal Newport about h...

  • Why “follow your passion” is bad advice, and what to do instead (42 comments)

    Jennifer didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up. "I did hours upon hours of research into different fields I thought I might be interested in," she says. "I thought I might want to do...

  • Ask the Readers: Is traditional advice killing your job search? (25 comments)

    "Vince" was halfway through his MBA program and struggling to find an internship. So, he took his career counselor's advice and blasted his resume and cover letter to 30 companies."I just tried to ...

  • The power of personal networks (40 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. While I believe that focusing on your day job generally has the possibility for greater payoffs than side gigs, I am currently under-earning based on my e...

  • Lessons from a master (53 comments)

    I have been re-watching the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" for the past couple of months. I've seen it at least 10 times, probably more, while writing drafts for this article. I've watched it alon...

  • Safeguarding your career switch (44 comments)

    The night before I moved to California, I got a flat tire. The day before I moved to California, someone backed into my car. The first night that I moved to California, I got a parking ticket and my...

  • Ask the Readers: What is your most pressing financial issue? (98 comments)

    As Election Day draws (mercifully) near, that old question “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” comes up again and again. I’m not going to talk politics. However, I think the bette...

  • Earning more vs. spending less: The decision (89 comments)

    This is the last article in a series. Here are round 1, round 2, and round 3. The need to specialize I have been wrestling now for some time with the question of where to focus one's energies: ...

  • Should you be a generalist or a specialist? (67 comments)

    Way back in 2009, I read a blog post on whether you should be a generalist or a specialist. Sure, the post’s focus was on freelance commercial writing, but every now and then, I would think about...

  • Reader Story: From recession to best financial shape of my life (53 comments)

    This guest post from William Cowie is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. William has contributed to ConsumerismCommentary.com, BudgetsAreSexy.com and other personal finance b...

  • Ask the Readers: If parents are paying for college, are any majors off limits? (257 comments)

    This is a guest post from Jacqueline Whiton, who self-financed her undergraduate education and MBA. She is interested in personal finance and is saving to fund her three teenagers’ anticipated colle...

  • Side Gigs v. Day Jobs (132 comments)

    This post is from new staff writer Honey Smith. If you’re in debt -- especially if you’re in significant debt -- frugality will only get you so far. To really make a dent, you have to increase...

  • Stop Being the Person You Think You Are (100 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. How’s your life go...

  • What Matters in Matters of Love and Finance (166 comments)

    "You need to keep your skills fresh," said a commenter in a recent post about the finances of parenting, referring to the concept of a mother staying at home with the kids. "In case of death or divorc...

  • A Lifetime of Work (78 comments)

    Note: This article is a reprint (with some edits and additions). Several readers have suggested that one way for Get Rich Slowly to retain my voice although I'm no longer a regular contributor is to r...

  • Reader Story: I Asked for a Raise — and Got It! (71 comments)

    This guest post from Robin is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. It's a follow up to her June story about the real cost of work. Some stories contain general advice; others are e...

  • How Much Is Your Time Worth? (89 comments)

    This is a guest post by Joel Runyon of Impossible HQ. Did you see the Justin Timberlake thriller In Time last year? Probably not. Nobody else did either. Well, I did, I guess. And while the movie w...

  • Can’t Get a Job? Get a Microjob! (74 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Looking for work? So...

  • Reader Story: Getting Off Track (73 comments)

    This guest post from Nicholas is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or fai...

  • Lost on the Career Path (89 comments)

    For the next week (or two), we'll be sharing "audition" pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. ...

  • Nobody Has It All: Careers We Can Believe In (189 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. By now, lots and lots of people know that Anne-Marie Slaughter doesn't have it all. Even though she was extremely high-powered, as Director of Policy Pla...

  • The Value of Human Capital (33 comments)

    For the next week (or two), we'll be sharing "audition" pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. ...

  • Reader Story: The Real Cost of Work (94 comments)

    This guest post from Robin is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failur...

  • Are You Afraid to Earn More? (137 comments)

    This is a guest post from Rya Hristova. Rya had her reader story featured at Get Rich Slowly last year. She writes a Bulgarian personal-finance blog called kadebg.com. Did you grow up in a modest f...

  • Burgers or Blogging? Further Thoughts on Pursuing Your Passion (93 comments)

    Over the past couple of weeks, we've been exploring the nature of work at Get Rich Slowly. What does it mean to pursue your passion? Is passion what work should be about? Or is a job just a source of ...

  • Reader Story: I Quit My Passion and Took a Boring Job (225 comments)

    This guest post from long-time GRS reader Knot Theory is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved ...

  • Reader Story: Re-Evaluating the Rat Race (167 comments)

    This guest post from Joe is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure....

  • How to Negotiate Your Salary (72 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of my goals for GRS in 2012 is to write more about earning money. I quit my job a year-and-a-half ago to become self-employed, but I know that mo...

  • Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part Two) (21 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last week we talked about the whys of office politics. Why do they exist? Why do we have to play the game? Today we'll get to the good stuff: How to run...

  • Career Moves: How to Win the Office Politics Game (Part One) (47 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. "Office politics" is one of those phrases that used to make me groan. I worked in an office from the time I was a freshman in college until I quit my jo...

  • How to Know When to Quit (62 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I worked for a couple of different companies. Both times I started a new job, it started out exciting and fun. ...

  • How to Ask for a Raise in a Bad Job Market (40 comments)

    This is a guest post by Alexandra Levit, a formerly nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine's Online Career Expert of the Year. Levit works with organizations a...

  • 10 Career Lessons from Julia Child (51 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who believes lavender, chocolate, and honey are the stuff that dreams are made of. Readers, I hope you'll forgive me for writing another culinary-th...

  • Why Leaving My Job in Finance Was the Best Decision Ever (40 comments)

    This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. Ogle writes about travel and entrepreneurship at Location 180...

  • On the Road to Nowhere: The True Story of My First (and Worst) Job (67 comments)

    It's Labor Day in the United States, the holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. Officially, it's intended as "a day off for the working citizens"....

  • Reader Story: Taking a Risk, Reaping the Rewards (44 comments)

    This guest post from Maggie is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — ...

  • Playing to Your Strengths (52 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Shortly after finishing college, a friend of mine was fired fr...

  • Hourly vs. Salary: Which is Better? (158 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I had a conversation with a friend, we'll call him Joel, who had two job offers. One was a low-stress 9-to-5 gig, but paid $10,000 less than the other ...

  • Ask the Readers: How Can I Handle “Required” Office Spending? (215 comments)

    "Money is more about mind than it is about math." — That's one of the fifteen tenets of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy. By this I mean that psychology and emotion and relationships play a bigger...

  • Five Career Moves with Exponential Returns (62 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of my favorite topics to write about is ways to earn more money, though I don't often cover it here at GRS. As most regular readers know, last summe...

  • Reader Story: I’m a Sugar Mama (and Proud of It!) (127 comments)

    This guest post from Kerry is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success &m...

  • How I Earn My Money (73 comments)

    A lot of what we write here at Get Rich Slowly is theoretical. "This is how you should do things," we say. Or, sometimes, the articles are meant for inspiration: "Here are some great ideas for taking ...

  • Follow-Up: Taking a 20% Pay Cut (32 comments)

    I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I've started a semi-regular...

  • Jump-Start Your Career With a Personal Business Model (10 comments)

    This is a guest post from Tim Clark, an entrepreneur, teacher, and the author or editor of five books on entrepreneurship, personal development, and business models, including the international bestse...

  • Studs Terkel’s Working (22 comments)

    A couple of weeks ago, I shared an instructional video from 1948 called ...

  • What To Do with an Old 401(k) (68 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. When a friend of mine changed jobs recently, she d...

  • You and Your Work: A Short Film About Employment from 1948 (38 comments)

    Last weekend, Kris and I hired a friend's 12-year-old to help with yardwork. We leave for Africa on Monday, and we don't want to burden our housesitter with unnecessary chores. When we heard that our ...

  • The Importance of Salary Negotiation (76 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I have a good friend who recently graduated from M...

  • On the Value of Networking (56 comments)

    It's hard to believe, but Kris and I graduated from Willamette University nearly twenty years ago. We enjoyed our time in college, and remain close to many of our classmates. It's always fun when we g...

  • Living Like a Millionaire on Pennies a Day (41 comments)

    This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follo...

  • Career Insurance: Insuring Your Most Valuable Asset (14 comments)

    The following is a guest post from FMF at Free Money Finance. If you'd like daily tips, thoughts, and suggestions on how to grow your net worth, subscribe to Free Money Finance for free by clicking th...

  • How to Maximize Your Salary (48 comments)

    This guest post comes from Kimberly Palmer, author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, which hits bookstores today. She’s also the Alpha Con...

  • The War on Work (129 comments)

    I write a lot at Get Rich Slowly about Financial Independence, by which I essentially mean early retirement (or semi-retirement). That is, accumulating enough money that I no longer have to work. To m...

  • Reader Story: Working for Uncle Sam Overseas (58 comments)

    This guest post from Mike is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or...

  • Growing Your Human Capital: 11 Ways to Boost Your Income-Producing Ability (34 comments)

    This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new articl...

  • Reader Story: I Got a 20% Pay Cut — and Loved It! (61 comments)

    This guest post from Tim Stobbs is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success &mda...

  • Ask the Readers: How Do I Survive Until I Get My First Paycheck? (95 comments)

    Isaac wrote recently with a question about how to make the transition from college to the Real World. He has a good degree, but it'll take him time to find a job, especially since the economy is still...

  • Reader Story: I Was a TV Freelancer (or Financial Planning and Job Instability) (38 comments)

    This guest post from Kristen Swensson is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. It's also the funniest post I've published since Robert Brokamp's last appearance. Swensson is the pro...

  • Is It Time To Quit Your Day Job? (96 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. (It's also her birthday today.) Who doesn't dream ...

  • Taking Care of Business: Expense Reimbursement (48 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Most employees have to submit expense reports at some point — be it for out-of-town travel, client dinners, special events, or other expenses you ...

  • Let’s All Find Awesome Jobs (32 comments)

    In one recent interview, a reporter made a comment about my book reviews. "I read several of them, and they all seem to be positive," she said. "Do you like every book you read?" No, of course not....

  • Have a Financial Health Day…at Work (27 comments)

    This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new articl...

  • 9 Sneaky Expenses That Eat Away at Your Income (58 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker is a founding member of Untemplater.com, a new multi-author blog focusing on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and life design for people in their 2...

  • Invest in Your Most Important Income-Producing Asset (18 comments)

    This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new articl...

  • New Job, New You (41 comments)

    I spent 17 years working at a job I hated, afraid to pursue my passions. I've spent the past two years doing something I love, and the difference in my attitude is like night and day. Some folks take ...

  • Job Loss: Got a Financial Game Plan? (63 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of unemployed was 15.4 million and the jobless rate was 10 percent in November. While those ...

  • Reader Story: Budgeting For a Lifestyle Change (41 comments)

    This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follo...

  • Ask the Readers: What If Your High-Paying Job Makes You Miserable? (109 comments)

    On Thursday, I featured a guest post from Free Money Finance that proved to be surprisingly controversial. His five steps to six figures in seven years offered solid common-sense career advice for tho...

  • Five Steps to Six Figures in Seven Years (143 comments)

    This is a guest post from FMF at Free Money Finance, a personal finance blog designed to help you grow your net worth. You can subscribe to Free Money Finance here. Historically, "making six figure...

  • Crush It! and The Best Books on Boosting Your Income (28 comments)

    Yesterday, I argued that the most effective path to financial success is to boost your income. Frugality is an important part of personal finance, and you will eventually meet your goals if you simply...

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 21: Job-Hunting Skills (3 comments)

    On this week's installment of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spent the hour talking with Michael Hampton, the director of Career Development at Western Oregon University. (We also had a lively p...

  • 5 Ways To Rescue Your Rotten Résumé (33 comments)

    This is a guest post from Kerry K. Taylor, author of Squawkfox, a blog where frugal living is fun. On today's episode of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I will be discussing job-hunting skills. Fir...

  • What’s the Difference Between High-Income Earners and Low-Income Earners? (232 comments)

    In June, a user at Ask Metafilter wondered: What are the differences between someone who makes $100,000/year and someone who makes $30,000? As you might expect, this question generated a lot of discus...

  • What is the Value of a College Education? (156 comments)

    This is a guest post from Jason Barr, who writes about personal development at Start Being Your Best. Jason is a potential Staff Writer for Get Rich Slowly. His first post described what he learned fr...

  • Employee or Entrepreneur? The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment (114 comments)

    In my recent review of Pam Slim's Escape from Cubicle Nation, Chett left the following comment: I was talking with a good friend last week who is self-employed. I told him I envied his entreprene...

  • Escape from Cubicle Nation (35 comments)

    Last Friday, I attended a workshop put on by Pamela Slim, who writes about entrepreneurship at Escape from Cubicle Nation. Before this meeting, I didn't know much about Slim or her message, but her wo...

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    After writing about how to negotiate your salary recently, a couple of readers pointed me to another job-related tool on the web. Steinar Skipsness has created a microsite called How to Nail an Interv...

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    Plonkee, my colleague from "across the pond", e-mailed me recently with a question about the recession. She wonders what job prospects are like for recent (or soon-to-be) college graduates. Unfortunat...

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    The internet is the new El Dorado, a mythical land of gold and plenty. Some savvy marketers have convinced their followers that it's easy to make money online. It's not. Just like anything else, it ta...

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    In the past, I've shared the story of the worst job I ever had. In a lot of ways, it felt like I was part of a pyramid scheme or multi-level marketing operation. I've been approached to participate in...

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  • Requesting (and Receiving) the Raise You Deserve (10 comments)

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing (6 comments)

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  • How to Give Yourself a Raise (7 comments)

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  • How To Acquire a Good Entry-Level Job (3 comments)

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  • How to Get a Job Paying More Than $100,000 (5 comments)

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  • The Secret of My Success (5 comments)

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  • Best Jobs in America (1 comment)

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