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How to Divorce Your Job and Keep the House – 4

Here it is after our summer hiatus, the much delayed follow-up post in the Divorce Your Job series on sharing what you know. Yes, it’s later in the day than it should be but it’s still on schedule since it’s Friday.

 Cats celebrating Friday

While you can pretty much find any and everything on the internet nowadays sometimes people just need or want that face-to-face or one-on-one interaction to answer any specific questions they have. Thus a money-making opportunity for you arises.

Think about the things you know how to do well. Don’t exclude anything no matter how insignificant you may think it is. Great at making a spreadsheet or formatting a document file? Know the ins and outs of organizing a closet? Or maybe you’re Mr. Fix-it when it comes to an assortment of household repairs? Then consider teaching or tutoring someone in your specific skills.

There are a variety of sites out there that do everything from connecting you with potential clients to helping you create an online instructional program. Here are just a few:

Thumbtack
You’ll notice our Thumbtack widget in the left sidebar. We use this site for the tutoring side of ECV but you can also use it if you perform different services like photography and event entertainment. You set up your profile and the site funnels clients in your area to you. To respond to  a potential client, you have to buy quotes for a nominal fee. Still it’s a good way to expand your client base in your quest towards divorcing your day job.

Udemy and Skillshare
These sites are like online academies that you can apply to be an instructor and create your own course. While Udemy says that it’s free to create your course, Skillshare mentions that the cost to create your online course can vary based on the tools you use. If anyone has used either of these, please tell what you thought of them.

Also if you know of any other sites that we should know about, please mention them in the comments.

Aloha Summer

September is National Self-Improvement month here in the states. It’s also the month where the northern hemisphere has to say “Aloha” to summer.

goodbye summer

I spent a lot of my summer working on self-improvement, from volunteer work to finally adding some credentials to my degree in the form of my insurance  & annuities license to become a financial advisor with WFG.

My self-improvement continues this month with me returning to some routines abandoned over the summer (and years). Here’s the short list:

  1. drinking lots of water daily (want my glowing skin back)
  2. eating healthy (taking vitamins to fill in the gaps hasn’t been cutting it lately)
  3. exercising daily; it was the summer after all but follow Ms_ME on Fitocracy and I’ll follow back
  4. following my personal budget (busy making budgets for others necessitates that I’m actually following mine)
  5. and of course  my blogging schedule

What will improvements will you make this month?

How to Divorce Your Job and Keep the House – 3

In part 2 of the #DivorceYourJob how-to series, we talked about direct sales.

4salepostit“But Ms. ME, I’m not a salesperson.” “I’m not pushy enough to be good at sales.”

Well first, you don’t have to be pushy to be in sales. Continue reading How to Divorce Your Job and Keep the House – 3

Be a Millionaire Day

If you are a millionaire, savor and enjoy the day. If not, we offer a number of ways to participate in Be a Millionaire Day:

  • Review your investments. Look for ways to improve them.
  • Review your investment portfolio with a trusted investment or financial planner.
  • Increase your deposits to your savings accounts.
  • Start or add to your 401K. This is always a good starting point.
  • Review your spending. Many Millionaires get there by a combination hard work, sound investment, and frugal spending.
  • Go to a casino.
  • When all else fails ,buy a lottery ticket….but just one.

from http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/May/beamillionaireday.htm

Prep for Tax Time All Year Long

So there will probably be no weekly beauty tip since I’m out exploring One Spark this weekend among other things.

But it is April and the tax man cometh,  so here’s a article to help make it a little easier next year.

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Lisa_A_Mason]Lisa A Mason 

Don’t wait until the last minute to try to get all of your tax information in order, prep for tax time all year long with some basic organizational strategies. This can be one of the smartest and most important things you ever do. Tax time does not have to be stressful and when you plan ahead throughout the entire year instead of waiting till the last minute, it can make all the difference.

One way that you can do this is by creating folders that allow you to store and organized important tax documents all year long. You can easily make folders for all of your important tax information throughout the year. For example you may have one folder for medical expenses, one for home maintenance, mileage, and additional income. Receipts and documentation for all of these expenditures and incomes should be placed in the folders as they arrive. By keeping up with your basic paperwork throughout the year you can easily be ready for tax time without any hassle or searching for documents. 

Tax time doesn’t have to be stressful and is only made so by being disorganized throughout the year. If you are a homeowner then you are aware that any expenses and income related to your home will be applied at tax time, therefore you don’t just scatter home repair receipts all over the place. You keep them together and are ready when the time comes. Small business owners and self employed individuals have to track their income throughout the year and often pay quarterly taxes and income tax. Good record keeping is a must to avoid paying in too much or too little. This will be a very smart move and once you get a routine down, it will be easy to maintain it year after year. 

If you usually have to pay in something at tax time set up a savings account to add to through the year to keep from having to come up with a large amount all at once at tax time. Being prepared for tax time is not difficult or even “taxing” it’s just a matter of being organized, having a place for everything and everything in its place. By making simple changes to your organization and filing throughout the year you can not only be prepared for tax time, but may also come to dread it a little less.

It’s just that easy!

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