When you read about earning money and creating financial freedom, there’s often a big emphasis on creating passive income. Working a job or building a business where you’re doing all the work isn’t enough. You need to create something that runs itself so that you can cash checks and drink margaritas on the beach – […]
When I quit my job back in 2019 to blog and do gig work full-time, I found myself needing a place to work. I’m one of those people that doesn’t work well from home – I get distracted way too easily – so I always have to get out of the house to do work. […]
As someone who writes in the personal finance/financial independence space, I’ve read a lot of stories about people pursuing financial independence and then leaving their careers. One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that people chasing financial independence often characterize themselves as being good at their jobs. You very rarely see someone say they want to […]
In the divide between whether or not to side hustle, I’ve always been firmly on the side of the side hustle. The way I see it, if you can figure out a way to earn extra money doing something you enjoy, then why shouldn’t you do it? That’s not to say the arguments about why […]
It’s been over two years since I quit my job and started following a different path, making a living using my own wits, rather than relying on an employer for my livelihood. These days, I earn my living by writing and doing gig economy work. It’s not a glamourous life, but it’s an enjoyable one for me.
Making this big leap wasn’t something I did overnight. It took years of work – work that came with no guarantees.
You have to give yourself permission to try, even when you’re trying something with an uncertain outcome. Here’s how I gave myself that permission.
A common piece of wisdom is to never put all of your eggs in one basket. This makes a lot of sense. None of us knows what the future holds, so the only way to deal with the unknown is to give ourselves a lot of outs. If one thing doesn’t work out, maybe something […]
Too often, we wait for people to pick us. But screw that. In this world, you should always pick yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.
I’m not financially independent – not even close. To support my lifestyle, I have to actively earn income, whether that’s by writing, side hustling, or doing whatever else it is I do for a living. Here’s the interesting thing though. Even though I’m definitely not financially independent, some people seem to think that I am. […]
An assumption a lot of people make when thinking about their income is that it’ll have a sort of linear, upward trajectory. It’s a logical assumption to make. Each year, you gain more experience, get promotions, earn raises, and move to higher-paying jobs. It’s natural to think that as you progress in your career, your […]
If you spend too much time listening to what most people tell you, it can often feel like we don’t have much room to make mistakes. I know that’s how I’ve often felt. For most of my life, I was taught that you needed to do things a certain way – go to a good […]