5 Tips for Networking Your Way to a Job on LinkedIn

Got a LinkedIn profile? Check. Got it in tiptop shape? Check. Now what? It’s time to dive into what the website’s known for: networking. Sure, it can be intimidating, especially when you don’t have a ton of professional connections yet. But with confidence, creativity and some LinkedIn wisdom on your side, you can build a […]

The 7 Most Common Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make

Here’s the cold, hard truth for first-time entrepreneurs: Nine out of every 10 startups fail. And this is according to multiple estimates. You’ll likely make more than a few mistakes as you start out, and for some of you, that will be the death of your initial business venture. But a lack of experience doesn’t […]

How Not to Pay Off Your Debt

Paying off your debt is an admirable goal and a smart move for your financial health, right? Yes—if you do it the right way, because there are wrong ways of doing it that might actually hurt you more than they help. Withdrawing from your 401(k), draining your emergency fund or ignoring your monthly bills in […]

4 Financial Habits of People with Excellent Credit

Your credit score can be your financial passport to a loan or credit card approval, renting an apartment or even getting a job, so it’s important to know what kind of behaviors can help you build excellent credit. Experian examined consumer data based on the different tiers of VantageScore to give consumers an idea of […]

5 Signs You’re Cut Out to Be a Freelancer

Did you know people have been making money freelancing for several hundred years? During the Middle Ages, medieval soldiers would offer their combat services and weapons—including their lances—to the highest bidder. They were free to serve whatever kingdom needed them, so each knight with a weapon was literally called a “free lance” for hire. If […]

5 Ways to Organize Your Job Search

When you start your job search, it can feel as if you’re climbing a mountain whose summit you can’t even see. Once you start moving, though, you’ll realize that it’s totally doable. Better yet, you’ll discover that there are no big secrets to tackling the job market. You just need a well-organized and structured plan […]

4 Sweet Money Lessons Straight From the Toaster

Pop-Tarts almost killed me. The foundation of Mom’s parenting philosophy was the use of food to pacify me. Pop-Tarts—hot from the toaster or raw, as I called them, straight out of the box—were my favorite. My reward for good behavior was delectable, grape and occasionally iced. Three boxes a week for seven years. Do the […]