Is a Second “Side Job” the Right Answer?

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Is a Second “Side” Job the Right Answer?

If you’ve ever thought about earning more money, you might have turned immediately to the idea of taking on a second job. But as artists we know that a side job isn’t JUST about more cash in your pocket… It is important to seriously weigh the consequences on your craft and any other income streams you already have.

The Money Crunch

Everyone’s had a time in their   Continue reading this post >

How Can I Decide Which Mortgage is Best?

TreeHouseThis week I want to focus on debt. Why? Many people have debts, but few have a debt strategy. If you’re going to focus on your craft, you should minimize distractions with confusing terms and high repayment options.

The biggest debt for most people is their mortgage, so we’ll start there.

Here’s some good news: mortgages don’t have to be ominous, and if you do them wisely, you can come out ahead on your   Continue reading this post >

Four Apps To Kick Start Your Savings

SavingsI often hear stories from creative professionals about their difficulties saving money. I completely understand. When faced with a project today for our art versus some far off goal, it’s hard to put away a dollar that could help right now.

Yet, I also know that the only way to financial independence is to save for the future. Every dollar we spend now is a dollar that could have secured our dreams   Continue reading this post >

Challenge Common Money Asssumptions

Yesterday I was reading a piece about retirement planning. The author, a popular money guru, was making the case that before anything you should save toward retirement. I laughed when I read it because as an artist who also works with artists, I’ve learned to challenge assumptions. Most of the creative people I work with would like to retire, but they’re also into living a balanced life: they aren’t going to give up their art today to put a few   Continue reading this post >

5 Great Uses for a Tax Refund

In the 1986 classic movie Wall Street, Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen) is a young up-and-coming stockbroker who’s trying to make his mark in the world of finance. As he’s adjusting his tie before a big meeting with the titan Gordon Gekko, he says, “Life is made up of a few big moments. This is one of them.”

Well believe it or not, if you expect to receive a tax   Continue reading this post >

Getting Out Of Debt

Attacking Your Debt: What’s the Best Approach?

You may know the feeling: You’re at the bookstore and spy a wonderful new reference book that’ll help with your art….or you’re at the clothing store to pick out an outfit for an audition, and the perfect fit is just outside of your price range.

What’s a little credit card debt, right? You’ll be able to pay it off later. Hopefully.

Whether you took on debt   Continue reading this post >

Avoiding Tax Time Stress

Don’t taxes stink?

While I love the promise of a new year, the threat of an upcoming tax season is absolutely exhausting! I think we creatives have it doubly bad; we work from the energy of bending rules and pushing boundaries. There are no bendable boundaries or rules with the IRS. Instead, it’s a simple game: do it right, the first time, on time, and you win. Everything else is   Continue reading this post >

From the Mailbag

Miata,

Should I pay extra on my mortgage? I’m making a little extra money right now and I’m thinking paying off my house is a good idea.

 

– Jon

Hi Jon,

This is an intensely personal question. Certainly, less debt is always a step in the right direction, but there might be better choices to grow your net worth more quickly.

Here are a few areas to think about before tackling extra mortgage payments:

Refinancing Your House, Car, or Credit Cards

Interest rates are low. Most of the time it’s wise to ignore anyone who tells you “you really need to….”, but believe me, you should check the interest rates of all your debt before interest rates rise.

…and when are interest rates going to rise? That’s the problem; I don’t know. Therefore, I recommend you do it right now.

Before We Begin

Make sure you read my   Continue reading this post >

How to Take Advantage of Low Interest Rates

Don’t look now, but interest rates are at record lows. Whether you own a home, car, or have a credit card, it’s a wonderful time to begin exploring ways to lower your interest rate.