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Topics: Work, F.I.R.E,

Investing in yourself for success is more powerful than ever, especially in the entrepreneurial world. Having a professional image has moved far beyond a good suit and haircut - in fact, skip the suit and maybe even the haircut and invest in your online presence instead.

Build and continually update your skills so you can solve problems and have satisfied, happy customers that want to continue working with you and refer new business to you.

If you want to improve your odds of launching and maintaining a successful service business from home, you need to invest in the tools to run your business, sharpen your skills and build your own personal support network so you can provide genuine value to your clients.

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Topics: Work, F.I.R.E,

Beware the work scam! Scams are as old as time but online scams make it much easier than ever to separate you from your money. How do you tell legitimate side hustle opportunities from scams?

There are many online fraudsters eager to tempt you with ‘easy ways’ to make lots of money from home with little or no skills. Beware if it sounds so easy!

How do you tell a valid opportunity from a scam? 1. Trust your gut. If something feels off, it could be. Proceed with caution. 2. Research the company. Ten seconds of googling them can uncover what people are saying about them, whether it be positive or negative. If negative and you are warned off dealing with them, that will translate into your money staying in your pocket and not that of the fraudulent company. 3. NEVER share your personal financial information before you’re sure that a company and opportunity are real. For example, Upwork, a site that allows you to find freelance jobs, needs your bank account information to deposit a paycheck. That’s legitimate and both the company and the process are easily validated online. 4. Beware of a job that sounds too good to be true. Did they offer you an amazing amount of money without researching you or testing your skillset? 5. Does it require you to act FAST before the opportunity is gone? A false sense of urgency is often part of scams.

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Wondering where all your money is going? Want to get ahead? Seeking financial independence? The answer isn't always making more money! By slashing your expenses you can live on far less and have a real chance of actually achieving financial independence.

Deep cuts to expenses, one of the main points in the F.I.R.E. movement, means what you earn will go much farther. By focusing on reducing your biggest expenses in some of the ways suggested in the video, you can have a far less stressful life because you don’t need to earn as much to maintain an expensive lifestyle.

Listen to Jordan's interview with Tanja Hester on The Money Answers Show to hear much more on this topic.

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Topics: Work, F.I.R.E, Retirement,

Looking to build a second income stream? It's hard to describe the freedom and security that comes from having money coming in that you control! Side hustles, also known as the gig economy, can offer you the ability to do work you like, on your own schedule, while controlling most of the details.

Listen to Caitlin Pyle's interview with Jordan to learn more about freelance opportunities: https://tinyurl.com/y3wyybho.

New sites and services pop up almost daily, giving you lots of opportunities to find what works for you. If you don’t enjoy it or it doesn’t pay you enough to make it worthwhile, switch to something else. Most likely, the side hustle that will fit you best is something you are passionate about. If you get a lot of satisfaction helping other people get something done which they don’t have the time or inclination to take care of themselves, you have found a worthwhile source of extra income. 

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Topics: Retirement,

Saving enough for retirement is hard! What is the government doing to make it easier? Congress is aware of the struggle most of us face trying to sock away enough savings for a decent retirement and is working to improve things by passing the SECURE Act. The Secure Act, short for The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, looks likely to become law this year.

Pay attention and watch this bill’s progress through Congress. You can track the bill online at www.govtrack.us - look for H.R. 1994. Get the final details as soon as it becomes law and take full advantage of all the new ways you can boost your retirement nest egg. You CAN build decent retirement savings so you don’t have to depend on Social Security as your main source of income, as many Americans today do.

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Topics: Retirement,

When should you start taking your Social Security retirement benefits? The answer to that is SO important! The age you start can make up to a 50% difference in the size of your monthly check - and you can’t change once you start.

You have three choices on when to begin collecting monthly Social Security checks: age 62, your full retirement age which is somewhere between 66 and 67, and age 70..

The earliest you can start receiving Social Security is age 62 and about a third of Americans begin then. There is a penalty for taking Social Security at 62 and you’ll receive approximately 25% less than if you waited until your full retirement age. The next age is your full retirement age, somewhere between age 66 and 67, depending on the year you were born. You receive you full retirement when you wait until your full retirement age. The last age option is to wait until you’re 70. Waiting till age 70 comes with significant benefits! You qualify for delayed retirement credits, increasing your benefit 8 percent for every year you waited up to age 70. If 66 is your full retirement age, waiting to age 70 increases your payments by 32%!

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Topics: Retirement,

Do your retirement savings come up a bit short? Looking for ways to earn money while retired? It’s a fact that most Americans are not financially prepared for retirement. Whether you’ve been pushed out of your job, physically or mentally unable to work, or decided to retire for the usual reasons, chances are that having a secondary source of income beyond Social Security and retirement savings would be helpful.

Creating your own income stream, known as side hustles, can make retirement affordable. Side hustles allow you to generate cash with maximum flexibility so that you decide when and what you do for work.

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Topics: Retirement,

Are you one of the many who can't wait to retire? The most Americans look forward to retirement for most of their lives - and the good thing is that eventually retirement comes.

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Would you like to build your wealth? Would you like to build wealth effortlessly and automatically? Finding ways to increase your wealth often taked time, research and … well… money! It’s a rare day when all three happen simultaneously! But that doesn’t mean you can’t build wealth. A very simple but effective way to make sure you build up a substantial nest egg over time is to set up several automatic investing plans. Have a set amount of money deducted each month from your checking account or salary and put it into growth oriented stocks or mutual funds. This is what I call Savings That Happens, as opposed to Wishful Savings. Wishful savings are when you have every intention of putting aside every month but somehow never get around to actually doing it.

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Topics: Student Loans ,

Could there be errors in your student loan calculations, costing you money? Yes there could be! Experts estimate that 40% of student loans contain errors, costing you money. There are many variables involved with loan calculation. Every time you prepay, pay late, pay more than the minimum, incur a fee, refinance or consolidate, your loan calculations change and errors can occur. As a personal finance expert, Jordan recognizes quality solutions, forming affiliate relationships to help improve people's financial lives.

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