How to Drive Traffic to Your Online Business

Welcome to the 7th installment of our podcast series on launching your own, profitable website or blog. I’m glad you’ve stuck around and hope you’re learning a lot. In past posts, we’ve talked about picking the right domain name, setting up your WordPress site, and content strategy. Today, we are going to talk about driving […]


Do You Need a Sole Proprietorship, an S Corp, or an LLC?

Creating your own small business is a huge endeavor, which comes with a number of important decisions. One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is how you structure your business. This choice will have major legal and tax implications down the road. Choosing between a sole proprietorship, LLC, and S Corp for […]


Variable Annuities: What They Are and Why They’re a Bad Idea for Most Investors

I received my initial financial education, particularly as it relates to investing, courtesy of the school of hard knocks. My wife and I spent the first decade of our careers investing with an advisor, one who was paid by commissions on the products we were sold. In the process, we made many massive and expensive […]


2017 Federal Income Tax Brackets, Deductions, and Exemption Limits

Update: These 2017 tax brackets apply to 2017 tax returns filed in early 2018. For the 2018 tax brackets, click here. The end of the year is upon us, and this means that you’re probably starting to think about the 2016 tax season. You know, the start of the new year, when we begin preparing […]


How to Use Google Docs to Track Your Cash Flow

My husband and I have used many budgeting tools over the years, including Mint and YNAB. We still use (and love!) YNAB, but it left a hole for us: cashflow planning. Unfortunately, we’re still not accustomed to YNAB’s month-ahead spending goal. And that means that at some points in the month, our checking account ebbs […]


How to Plan the Content for Your New Blog

Welcome to Podcast 223, which is the 6th installment of our How to Start an Online Business series. I’m glad you’ve made it this far. If you’re just jumping in, we have covered picking a topic, getting a domain, and setting up a WordPress site in recent weeks. Today, we will be covering your content […]