Downsize with a Family 2 Year Update. Do We Regret Downsizing?

Two years ago we moved into a whole new house. A house with 2,000 less finished square feet than our previous house. Our plan was for a new beginning, a fresh start, and a simpler way of living. We never could have imagined the big time changes that were about to take place in our home and in our lives. In the midst of this massive minimalist movement, a lot of people are asking themselves, “Is it worth it?” “Will I regret it?” These are the thoughts I know I had. I craved a downsized life, but, was it worth it? Do we regret it? Let’s talk downsized and how our family of 5 is doing after 2 years.

How to Successfully Start Hosting (and Making Money) With Airbnb

I can’t even tell you how thrilling the idea of making money with Airbnb is to me. Reading stories of people who needed extra income or wanted to pay off debt and were able to successfully do it through Airbnb is just crazy exciting. Hosting with Airbnb was never something I considered to be an option for our family because we don’t live somewhere awesome like New York City or San Fransisco. Who in the world would want to stay in our tiny, little suburb? As it turns out, quite a few! While it might not be the top-of-the-market, homes in my area stand to make up to $1,400 per month through hosting with Airbnb. Sure, the travelers would be few and far between, but a couple hundred extra bucks couldn’t hurt, right? I decided to do a little digging to see how to successfully start hosting (and making money) with Airbnb, here’s what I found…

Can I Afford to Get Out of Debt?! How to Find That Extra Money to Get You Started.

Debt. Chances are it is running you dry, ruining your life and yet somehow you can’t seem to shake it. Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact, I started to think it was a normal thing to rack up debt and then pay it off. I thought having credit cards was actually beneficial. If you’re not sure where you’re at, you can check your FICO credit score to find out. When I think back on the crazy amounts of money I wasted all while staying in debt, I could kick myself. Most days I spend wishing I could go back in time and change it all, but I can’t. Neither can you. No matter what your financial situation is, you’re in it. Wishing to change the past won’t work, so let me tell you what will. I’ll share your exact steps to save money, get out of debt and say out for good. These steps may not seem easy; they aren’t, but sometimes you’ve got to push your comfort zone in order to see the results you crave.

Billionaire Warren Buffett’s 3 Steps to Success. All you need is a piece of paper.

It wasn’t until I started researching frugal millionaires for my post, 19 Rich People Who Choose to Live With Less, that I first learned about Warren Buffett. It’s crazy, I know because apparently he’s been around for quite some time and has made a major impression on the financial community. Since I’m pretty new to this whole finances thing, I guess it makes sense that I wasn’t familiar with him. Now I know that he made his first investment at the age of 11, he is a self-made billionaire and he still buys breakfast from McDonald’s with exact change. Usually around $3. So, when I opened my newest book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, I sat up and paid attention when the author, Angela Duckworth, started talking about billionaire Warren Buffet’s three steps to success. Surprisingly, his plan was very simple and only requires a single sheet of paper to get started. So, what do you need to do to start charting out your success Warren Buffet style?

Should I Blog for My Small Business?

I first started my own small business when my kids were young. Doing photography gave me a creative outlet as well as an additional income source that helped allow me to be a stay at home mom. Naturally, I loved looking at other photographer’s work to help me get inspired. One particular photographer from my hometown always stood out to me. Her photos looked like something you would see out of a high fashion magazine; except classier. Then I realized she had a blog. At the time I didn’t even really know what a blog was. Why in the world did she write all of these blog posts on top of all the hard work she put into her photography business? Well, now I have the inside scoop and I totally get why some small businesses choose to start blogging. If you own a small business, should you be blogging too? Is there something you’re missing out on by not blogging? Maybe. Let’s run through all the potential benefits of starting a blog for your small business.