Anonymity Credit Card Style

Identity theft is a big issue. If you talk to anyone who has been a victim of that particular crime you can get a feel for how incredibly disruptive it can be to your life. What if a credit card company came along and changed things up to help protect consumers? What are some of… Read More »

Customer Service Credit Card Style

Scenario You make a purchase with your credit card for $171.76. Even before the bill comes due you cut a check to the credit card company for that amount because you believe in paying off the balance in full every month. Due to your convoluted but very effective personal accounting system you mail in a… Read More »

Saying No to a Good Thing

It was a tremendous opportunity. The first pass over the numbers was exciting. In theory we’d be increasing our net worth considerably, lots more equity the moment we signed the papers. When we looked at the property it was just the sort of thing Gorgeous and I’d been talking about. And in the right location… Read More »

Should a Business Blog Host Advertisements?

Business blogs and advertisements. It is an interesting topic to ponder. Ads are a reality in the publishing business. And a blog is simply a web publishing platform. And there are plenty of publications that run advertisement free. So, should you consider advertisements on your business blog as a potential additional revenue source? Before you… Read More »

How to Make Blogging Make Money For You

A while back Trevor Hampel left a comment on my 5 Reasons Why I Blog post that has stuck with me. Trevor shared with us 5 reasons he blogs. But he added a footnote to his last reason. Here’s what he said: I need the money. (What money? Show me the money) I’ve been thinking… Read More »

On Seeking Advice

Yesterday we had an appointment with our financial adviser. It is always reassuring to me to know that there is a plan in place, especially when we are talking about something as important as our financial future. We’ve talked to other financial folks in the past, but so far none have inspired the confidence the… Read More »

Work Where Your Passion Is

I’ve been doing quite a bit of introspection these days. It’s not that I’m narcissistic or anything. I just keep hearing folks say over and over again that you will be most successful career wise if you work where your passion is. The part that I’m struggling with is the whole part about where my… Read More »

Time – Your Wallet’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy

Time. It is one of the few ways all of us are truly equal. We all have the same 24 hours in each day. There aren’t folks our there who are given 30 hours each day. Nor does anyone have to make do with 20 hours. How we choose to make use of those hours… Read More »

The Path to Prosperity

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity… We live in an instant messaging microwave oven society. There is a prevailing mentality that success is a result of luck. In our lottery culture, people who work hard are often seen as “suckers” who don’t know the score. But hard work alone will not lead to… Read More »

The Number One Reason The Rich Get Richer

A few years ago I was working for a company that was struggling financially. We all knew things were not going well for the company. It was in the transportation sector and the downturn that part of our economy suffered after 9/11 was just enough to push the weak company over the edge. I had… Read More »