Why We’re Happy Taking a Few Extra Years to Pay Off Debt

Why We're Happy Taking a Few Extra Years to Pay Off Debt #SavingGoals #financialplanning #debt #saving

Guess what – Paying off debt at an accelerated rate can be harmful to your health… More than that, you may not be making the best decision for your financial future. “Why?” You ask – Being debt free isn’t the only mark of financial success. In fact, I’d argue that your saving goals can be significantly more important than being debt free…   Depending on your specific situation.     I met with our accountant last month, and throughout the first half of the meeting, I kept reinforcing a few of our current financial goals. “By throwing an extra $X at this loan, we’ll be able to knock that loan out 2 years sooner…”   I was focused on getting rid of a few of these debts we have as fast as we possibly could. And for a half hour, I lost sight of the bigger picture.   My accountant […]

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Shout-out: You Want Happy Customers? Take Care of your Staff

Shout-out: You Want Happy Customers? Take Care of your Staff

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: You Want Happy Customers? Take Care of your Staff   Click here to check out the post!   Last month I wrote about what we did as a business to grow 18.5% in our first year while earning over 150 reviews. I’ve been on a podcast to discuss our process and another that hasn’t aired yet, and in each of these cases, I detail the 7 steps we used to achieve those awesome results.   Well recently, someone wasn’t satisfied with my glazing over of the first couple of steps in that process and wanted some additional details about […]

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5 Articles That I Absolutely Loved Last Month

5 Articles I Absolutely Loved Last Month #roundup #personalfinance #personaldevelopment #family #retirement

This post is a guest curation for Rockstar Finance, the leader in selecting and sharing the best personal finance content. To get the top money posts delivered straight to your inbox every weekday, subscribe to the Rockstar Finance newsletter.   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)     “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” -Richard Steele   Alright, Team – Since the blog has seen some pretty awesome growth in August, a few pretty crazy things have been happening: I’ve been hearing from more readers through emails, blog comments, and social media messages about the posts themselves (which is awesome, by the way – thank you!), I have seen more doors open up to me that would’ve otherwise not been there (thank you again!), and I have been interacting with so many more bloggers in the personal finance community and beyond (thanks thirdly…?)!   And it’s that […]

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Shout-out: How To Quickly Get 5-Star Reviews For A Small Business

How To Quickly Get 5-Star Reviews For A Small Business #reviews #teamwork #smallbusiness #revenue #profit

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: How To Quickly Get 5-Star Reviews For A Local Business (Hustle to Freedom Podcast)   Click here to check out the post! And here is the audio in case you don’t use a podcast app:     If you’re a subscriber to MikedUp Blog’s email list, you know from my Sunday Quick Starts that I’m a pretty big fan of podcasts – and the Hustle to Freedom Podcast is definitely one of those. Ryan Helms (the host) is always bringing on guests from diverse backgrounds and experience levels. One constant: we’re all hustling to improve in one area or […]

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22X Blog Growth Last Month!!! Exactly How I Did It

How I grew my blog traffic 22x in One Month #blogging #traffic #engagement #MikedUpBlog

Honestly, I never thought I’d be writing one of these posts:   “I 22-X’d my blog traffic in 1 Month – Click here to find out how!!”   Well, the truth is- that’s what happened. By every metric, my traffic exploded last month – it was crazy. And although the month just finished up a few days ago, I’ve had 31 August days to write like crazy, market my content, interact with you amazing readers, and just learn about what worked well and what fell flat…   I knew after my initial goal of 25,000 monthly sessions was achieved in August that I would have to write about the process. It seemed too monumental to just move on and continue without acknowledging what just went down… So here are my top reasons for putting this experience out there for all of you:   To say ‘Thank You!’ for reading, sharing, […]

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How I Increase Productivity and Get 25 Hours Out Of a Day

How To Increase Productivity By Getting 25 Hours Out of a Day #productivity #efficiency #goals #tasks #progress #personaldevelopment

To successfully increase productivity for an extended period of time, it is essential to have a well thought out plan in place. Sure, you may get lucky and be ultra-productive for a few weeks or months, but eventually, the absence of a solid plan will lead to increased stress and burnout. Trust me… I’ve been there.   But once I had a handle on my stress and anxiety, I turned my focus to a full proof plan that would allow me to increase productivity while still enjoying the finer things in life…   This is that plan:   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)     “Dude, how in the world do you find time to do all of that?!? It’s like you get 25 hours in a day…”   This was a friend’s response after hearing about my revolving priority list (below). It wasn’t a beat-my-chest brag sesh’.     […]

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Breaking Down Blockchain Tech – And Its Big Potential

Breaking Down Blockchain Tech - And Its Big Potential #blockchain #crypto #cryptocurrency #tech

Hi, Team! I’m excited to share the below post about blockchain tech and it’s big potential! If you’re like me and have been hearing about “cryptocurrencies” or “the blockchain” for a while but don’t completely understand what it’s all about – this post is for you!   The post comes to us from Alexander who blogs over at daytradingz.com  |  He started his blog in 2016, sharing his experiences in short-term investing as well as revealing insights about major vendors in this segment.   It’s obvious that Alexander has a great understanding of finance, our markets, and how fintech applies to them all. I’ll let Alexander drop some of his knowledge here! Take it away, Alexander:   In 2017, blockchain tech experienced a unique bull market, even if at the time there had been several course corrections   Basically, all the cryptocurrencies were worth more compared to the previous year. However, […]

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Why YOU Need to Start a Side Hustle – NOW

I Need a Hustle - Why You Need To Start a Side Hustle #SideHustle #earning #income #debt #passion #skills

Hi, Team! I’m excited to bring you the post below from Peter Koch – a serial entrepreneur and founder of SellerAtHeart.com blog. “He’s a hustla, baby…” And he’s chock full of wisdom about why YOU need to start a side hustle – like right now. Have you been thinking, “I need a hustle?” Well, Peter has your motivation. This guy’s a rock star and I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to write for us today. Take it away, Peter:     Allow me to take you back to your childhood   If you’re anything like me, you were probably involved in some side hustles from an early age, but you just weren’t aware of it.   For instance, I never mowed the lawns or delivered newspapers for pocket money, I had an entrepreneurial spirit and I used to sell candies in school to my classmates. The money I then received for my services was pretty miserable […]

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What Is A Beachbody Coach? A Former Coach Explains MLM

What Is A Beachbody Coach? A Former Coach Explains MLM #fitness #multilevelmarketing #beachbody #business #sidehustle #workfromhome

The following is an interview between Melissa Blevins and Michael Dinich. Melissa offers practical money tips to the free-spirited nerd. She is also a former Beachbody coach, and her posts and Youtube videos on the subject have blown up on social media. I saw this first published on Michael’s site and republished it here with their permission. I thought her experience may resonate with, or even caution, some readers.     What Is A Beachbody Coach? Melissa Blevins Explains Multi-Level Marketing And Why You Should Avoid It!     What caused you to become a Beachbody Coach?   I’ve always looked for ways to grow my income, and actually, Beachbody coaching wasn’t my first multi-level marketing attempt. About 15 years ago, I signed on to be a Mary Kay representative. The local “Director” drove a pretty pink Cadillac and talked a good game about the “opportunity” to make money while helping […]

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Diversify your Portfolio (Financial Pillar #9)

How to Diversify Your Portfolio #saving #investing

Check out the complete list of Financial Pillars Here   During the market crash in 2008, I kinda-sorta misplaced $20,000 worth of mutual funds. This represented 66% of my total funds invested in the market at that time.   That was a gut-punch.   Do you know what was worse?   When I lost 66% of my invested money, I also lost 66% of my net worth.   That was a kick in the groin… Followed by a gut-punch and a smack in the face. Then The Rock came by to give me the People’s Elbow… And when I got back up, Chuck Norris stopped by to roundhouse kick me in the face.     Yeah… It was like that…   After dusting myself off and eventually standing back up, I vowed to never let one attack take me down again.   I vowed to diversify my portfolio   Let’s […]

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