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Beware the Inspirational Story or Your Wallet Will Suffer

by Luke Landes

Storytelling is powerful, and is the smart marketer’s tool for separating consumers with their money. Watch out for inspirational stories.

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How Does a Company Care About Its Employees?

by Luke Landes

I’m in the middle, well probably the beginning, of a long-term organization project. I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff over the years, particularly since moving into a larger apartment seven years ago. If I want to live a more mobile life, I need to downsize somewhat. In this process, I came across a plaque I […]

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Microsoft to Lay Off 18,000 Employees: How an Acquisition Affects Your Job

by Luke Landes

Over the next year, Microsoft’s executive management plans to lay off 18,000 employees, including factory workers and those in professional positions. Redundancy. As Microsoft acquired new companies, at least according to the news reports that tend to take a company’s press release and spokesperson responses at face value, they have the potential to take advantage […]

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If You Don’t Like Your Job, Get Another One

by Luke Landes

This “duh” advice is handed out frequently, but it may not be applicable to everyone who hears it.

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Self-Proclaimed Experts and Other Potential Bad Choices

by Luke Landes

Who do you know that calls himself or herself an expert in order to gain customers? Should you avoid people who market themselves aggressively in this fashion?

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What I Learned on Father’s Day

by Luke Landes

I met my dad for dinner on Father’s Day earlier this month, and we had a deep and somewhat difficult discussion.

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Overtime Pay for More Workers

by Luke Landes

Wages for the working class tie directly to the performance of the overall economy. When the largest group of consumers feels they have money to spend, they will do so. This spending may be to the detriment of their own quest for financial independence, but it also allows businesses to thrive. It’s always been the […]

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Should You Work for a Non-Profit Organization?

by Luke Landes

As I’ve mentioned often on Consumerism Commentary, after a a false start or two with jobs following my undergraduate studies, I started my career working for a non-profit organization involved in the arts. I followed one of my passions without considering my financial needs. I want to be able to look back and see that […]

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The Myth of Early Retirement for the Middle Class

by Luke Landes

Financial independence has become an important topic for me over the course of my adult life. It’s been a progression. First, I discovered the concept of spending less than I earn — simple mathematics but a behavioral change — and how that, in addition to making better choices, could eventually lead to financial independence through […]

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When Do You Call Out of Work Sick?

by Luke Landes

Looking back over my career, which for me started in non-profit out of college in 1998 and 1999, included teaching middle school and high school, transitioned into the finance industry, and eventually culminated in working for myself full-time, I’ve had an opportunity to consider my approach to “sick days.” In the early days, I took […]

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