Are you in the market for a new home, a new car, or a new job? Would you like to get the best value for your money or the best salary for your experience? Well, I recently guest posted on a very popular personal finance and travel blog called Making Sense of Cents. In my post, I outlined some of my top negotiating tips that I have learned from negotiating products and services with large vendors in my career. I actually used those tips to negotiate the successful and quick purchase of my condo. Perhaps you can use some of the advice and general principles I have provided when negotiating your next big purchase. You can find the article here.
Recently, I watched a Youtube video from an entrepreneur named Gary Vaynerchuk. I have been a fan of his for a while and have been truly inspired by his thinking, his drive, and his accomplishments. Born in the Soviet Union, he and his family moved to the US when he was a young boy. He grew his father’s liquor store business from $3 million in annual sales to $50 million by taking the business online and creating Youtube content around wine to aggressively grow sales. Later, he started his own company, Vaynermedia, a social media brand consulting agency. He produces a lot of great Youtube content, speaks at various events, and actively engages people with social media.
Today’s post is from Jessica, a professional blogger who writes for Faxage-a leading company that provides Internet fax service for individuals and businesses.
Have you ever wanted to start your own business to make some extra money? Or do you currently own a business and would like to learn more about tools that may help enhance your productivity so you can be smarter about how you spend your time? After all, many of us live busy lives and constantly have to balance our time between conflicting priorities. What if there was a way for us to get work done faster and more efficiently?
Previously, I had talked about the importance of saving early and retirement vehicles such as a 401K. However, I didn’t go into too much detail about how they work, why they are important, and how they can help you. According to a Vanguard study, the median 401K balance of someone from the ages of 25-34 is just over $9,000. For someone from the ages of 35-44, the median balance is just over $26,000. In my opinion, those are very abysmal amounts especially considering the benefits of using one of these vehicles. If more people understood the importance of a 401K and all the benefits they bring, I’m sure that they would make a greater effort to contribute more. If you don’t have access to a 401K account, don’t worry, there are other tax advantaged retirement accounts that I will mention later.
Previously, I had written a post that suggested we all focus on building our skills. However, once we have acquired wider and deeper skill sets, how do we translate that into more money? Mastering a skill set is great, but it won’t help us earn more money if we don’t know what to do with those newly acquired skills. I mentioned that the money will come in response to the skills we developed. However, how exactly does that happen? I will expand on that statement. The money will come in response to the contributions we are able to delivery due to those skills that we have developed.
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