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Get Motivated Out of a Business Slump

by Tom Drake
Get out of a slump

This is a guest article by Tom Drake, the founder of Online Money, where he writes about his online business techniques. Tom is helping me (Luke Landes) organize this year’s Plutus Awards, an award ceremony honoring the best financial blogs, bloggers, products and services, which will be featured at this coming October’s Financial Blogger Conference. ... Continue reading this article…

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How Today’s College Graduates Can Beat the Odds

by Luke Landes
Graduation

I graduated college in the first heyday of internet-connected businesses in the late 1990s. Jobs of all types were abundant. And although the “dot-com” bubble burst soon afterwards, unemployment rates remained historically low. This year’s graduates are facing more obstacles than those from fifteen years ago. Starting on a solid path right out of college ... Continue reading this article…

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6 Questions Before Dropping Out of College to Be an Entrepreneur

by Luke Landes
Bill Gates

Many successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and world leaders have something in common. When asked how they achieved their success, they point to a role model they knew personally or were familiar with during their formative and most inspired years. The role model lived a life that seemed appealing to them. That’s how many young entrepreneurs ... Continue reading this article…

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Working From Home: A Benefit or a Distraction?

by Luke Landes
Yahoo

Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, is looking to improve her company’s performance. In a memo from the company’s human resources department to all employees, Mayer made her intentions clear. In order to build a more cohesive company of employees, all work from home arrangements are canceled. The confidential memo was made public by Kara ... Continue reading this article…

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Proposal: A Formula for Your Personal Human Capital

by Luke Landes
Human capital formula

Calculating your net worth is easy. First find the value of all your assets, including your bank accounts, cash lying around the house, investments, and major assets like real property. Next find the value of all your liabilities, including loans, credit card balances, bills you have to pay soon. Subtract the liabilities value from the ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Adjust to a Global Employment Marketplace

by Luke Landes
Old Globe

Chances are good that there is someone else in the world who can do your job better than you can, who is willing to work a lot harder, who can spend more time on the job, and who will accept a lower salary for the same position. Thus is the inequity in the employment marketplace ... Continue reading this article…

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Should Public Employees Go Bowling?

by Luke Landes
Bowling

Whether you’re watching a twenty-four hour news channel, the local news, or national news “magazine” programs like 20/20 and 60 Minutes, the program directors need to be concerned about ratings. Television ratings are everything to those who work in this industry. If you can’t get an audience to watch a program, there are no eyes ... Continue reading this article…

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The Wrong Reason To Become An Entrepreneur

by Luke Landes
Cubicle

I don’t have the statistics pertaining to this, but I have a strong impression that many people dream about starting their own business, and many who do have this particular daydream are inspired to consider what this life would be like because they don’t like their boss. Or maybe they don’t like working for someone ... Continue reading this article…

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Subcontract the Work You Don’t Want to Do

by Luke Landes
Chinese outsourcing

Until he was caught by a security firm hired to investigate a suspected hacking, an employee of an unnamed company took advantage of an extreme inefficiency in the job market. He was reportedly earning a six-figure salary as a computer programmer — I suppose programmers are called developers in the parlance of our times — ... Continue reading this article…

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Quit Your Job This Year

by Luke Landes
Quit your job

If you’ve been thinking about leaving your job, do it this year. If you haven’t been thinking about quitting, but think you might be valued as an employee somewhere else or have something more to offer the world, start thinking about saying goodbye to your boss. Every time as an adult I left one job ... Continue reading this article…

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IBM Cutting Major Employee 401(k) Benefit

by Luke Landes
IBM

When you’ve proceeded beyond the series of interviews and salary negotiations, there are few better feelings than signing the offer letter and accepting a new job — particularly if you’re moving to a new position away from one that was less than satisfying. You sign this letter and you have some expectations for how the ... Continue reading this article…

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Education Majors Earn Less Regardless of Career

by Luke Landes
Teacher

As I’ve mentioned before, I studied education as an undergraduate. I knew that my career as a public school teacher would limit my potential earnings over my lifetime, though I eyed administration as a potential progression. I diverged into non-profit work, and if I learned anything from my time working at a non-profit, it’s that ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Tips for Dealing With the Job Shift Away From the Middle Class

by Luke Landes
Battersea

The middle class fared the worst in terms of job losses throughout the recession. The National Employment Law Project has consolidated findings from its studies and found that while there has been some economic recovery in the employment sector following the recession, the recovery changed the nature of the job market. Jobs with a mid-tier ... Continue reading this article…

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Crowdfunding, From Start-Ups to Popular Musicians

by Luke Landes
Crowdsurfing

Starting a new business that has up-front costs can be one of the most frustrating things about being an entrepreneur. I suppose there are many people out there who don’t mind going to friends and family, begging for money, promising great returns, and ignoring the risk inherent both in starting a business and in borrowing ... Continue reading this article…

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The Average Raise Next Year Will Be 2.9 Percent

by Luke Landes
Board room

According to the U.S. Compensation Planning Survey and research by the compensation consulting firm Mercer, companies plan to offer employees an average pay raise of 2.9 percent. While Mercer hasn’t announced this result in a press release as of today, CNN is reporting this information, calling this an increase from actual pay raises in 2011. ... Continue reading this article…

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Earning a Living With Rental Properties: Should You Be a Landlord?

by Luke Landes
For Rent

If you have the option, owning assets that produce income is a better financial strategy than owning assets that generate expenses. If you own a house or apartment for your own residence, for example, you need to pay for maintenance, repairs, taxes, mortgage interest, landscaping, utilities, or a homeowner association fee that covers some of ... Continue reading this article…

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Amazon Prime Loses Money But Is Considered a Success

by Luke Landes
Amazon

I haven’t always been a fan of Amazon.com as a company. There was a time early on in the company’s ascent that its innovators pushed through a patent application for the process behind its one-click purchasing mechanism. It seemed to be such a basic feature for any e-commerce website, including websites in existence before Amazon.com, ... Continue reading this article…

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Tuition Reimbursement: A Benefit for Some Employees and Employers

by Luke Landes
Columbia University

Happy anniversary to Consumerism Commentary! Nine years ago today, I published the first article on this website, introducing myself and sharing the original purpose of Consumerism Commentary. The character of the site has changed drastically over this extended period of time, but I’m glad to say I’m still involved with its operation. Thanks for everyone’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Can You Afford to Stay Home With Your Kids?

by Mike Collins

This is a guest article by Mike Collins, creator of Wealthyturtle.com. In the article, Mike explains how he and his wife decided to become a single-income family and he shares some useful advice for those struggling with the same decision. Most new parents will at least consider the idea of living on a single income ... Continue reading this article…

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Summer Internship: Career Opportunity or Cheap Labor?

by Luke Landes
World's Best Band Director mug

When I decided to add a minor as an undergraduate, music management (a cross between non-profit management and music business), the program required me to take an internship at a non-profit arts organization. I took advantage of my university’s career services to find an organization that would be appropriate for me, and I quickly found ... Continue reading this article…

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