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Use Your Emergency Fund When You Quit

by Luke Landes
Chess pieces

Last week, I offered eight questions you should consider before quitting your job, and one of those questions pertained to the preparedness of your emergency fund. A reader, Qixx, pointed out that the decision to quit your job is not an emergency, and shouldn’t warrant dipping into cash set aside for true emergencies. The loss ... Continue reading this article…

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8 Questions Before You Quit Your Job

by Luke Landes
8 Questions Before You Quit Your Job

What do you do when you think you want to leave your job? Job dissatisfaction is a worldwide experience, and the occasional desire to quit is universal. When unemployment is high, however, employees of all types can be wary about leaving one job. Employers have all the power in the relationship, and people often feel ... Continue reading this article…

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The Importance, or Lack Thereof, of Making Money

by Luke Landes
Cash in hand

In my article earlier today about the recession era bail-out programs, I touched on the idea that sometimes, there are methods to judge a decision outside of its immediate profitability. The bail-outs may have provided a return on investment for taxpayers or they might not have. The idea that the programs could earn money was ... Continue reading this article…

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Men Choosing Fatherhood Over Careers

by Luke Landes
Child and father

Last week, I acknowledged recent survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that women are beginning to value success in their careers more than men value their own. It’s a historical twist, brought about by the idea that women entering the workforce is no longer related to a necessity, but an innate desire. Women, ... Continue reading this article…

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More Women Than Men Value Career Success

by Luke Landes
Career woman

A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows women have surpassed men in placing value on career advancement. Among 18 to 34-year-olds, 66 percent of women consider being successful in a high-paying career or job is one of the most important things or very important, compared to 59 percent of men. In 1997, 56 ... Continue reading this article…

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Do Multilingual Individuals Earn More Money?

by Luke Landes

A recent article in the New York Times (linked below) synthesizes several studies about people who speak several languages fluently. I am relatively confident that the ability to converse in more than one language adds to your human capital, increasing the likelihood of earning more money over time. There are some surveys that show that ... Continue reading this article…

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Should You Pursue a Non-Profit Career?

by Luke Landes

I was never destined for the life of a high-income individual. While I was in elementary school, I decided, like many young individuals inspired by good teachers, to become a teacher myself. As I developed an aptitude for mathematics, science, computer programming, languages, and music throughout my time in public school, I eventually leaned towards ... Continue reading this article…

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Flexible Hours in Your Working Environment

by Luke Landes
Clock

The option to work from home has been shown to benefit employees and employers. This type of flexibility in working arrangements, when appropriate based on the employee’s responsibilities, increased productivity and retention for the employer and job satisfaction for the employee. The same benefits apply to working arrangements that include flexible hours. As Margaret Heffernan ... Continue reading this article…

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Unemployed Lawyers Sue Their Law Schools

by Luke Landes
Law school graduation

A group of fresh, unemployed lawyers have banded together to sue law schools. 73 alumni have filed at least fifteen class-action lawsuits, alleging the schools inflated employment figures and salary data to attract students and increase rankings. The real goal of the lawsuits seems to be to effect systemic change in the education industry and ... Continue reading this article…

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Improve Your Child’s Cognitive Ability for Income Potential

by Luke Landes
Rubik's Cube

There’s a chance you could become a multi-millionaire after repeatedly slamming your head into other people and suffering through the resulting mini-concussions and minor brain damage, but not everyone can be a professional football player in the NFL. There’s a safer and less harmful path toward financial independence. Cognitive ability is an important part of ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal Employers Will Lose Their Talent

by Luke Landes
Paycheck

During the recession, my employer, a firm in the financial industry, eliminated raises for employees at the Vice President level and above for one year. The company, although continuing to perform well compared to its peers, cut back bonuses and other benefits. It’s easy for employers to demand higher productivity for less compensation when the ... Continue reading this article…

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Choosing a Career Path By Chasing Hot Jobs

by Luke Landes
Oil field pipes

A recent article in Fortune Magazine predicts that one of the hottest jobs ten years from now will be data scientist. If this prediction is true, parents of teenagers in their first year of high school and their parents might consider encouraging their kids to develop the skills necessary to be in high demand by ... Continue reading this article…

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Working From Home Can Benefit You and Your Company

by Luke Landes
Home office desk

In my old corporate job, upper-level management stressed the importance of work/life balance and flexible working arrangements. The idea of work/life balance stems from the idea that most corporate employees recognize that working in a cubicle is not all there is to life, and despite pressure from supervisors and bosses, family life is important, too. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Santa Index: How Much is Santa Worth?

by Luke Landes
Santa Index

Every year around Mother’s Day, Salary.com looks at the role of a typical mother in a typical household and calculates an annual salary based on the market rates for the various jobs she does. Using the Mom Salary Wizard, I determined that the media salary for a mother of two school-age children living in my ... Continue reading this article…

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Why Americans Take Fewer Vacation Days

by Luke Landes
Beach Vacation

In most workplaces throughout the United States, employees receive vacation days to use every year as a benefit, and in some cases, unused vacation days expire at the end of the year. According to the latest survey by Expedia, on average, Americans earned 14 vacation days this year but used only 12. While the survey ... Continue reading this article…

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The Entrepreneurial Trend: Personality Traits

by Luke Landes
Meeting Room

I’m an accidental entrepreneur. I never quite fit in with big hierarchical systems, like public education (as a teacher) and corporations. Getting things done, particularly accomplishing various things the way I wanted to accomplish them, has always been a struggle for me in these structures. I knew from the day I started working at a ... Continue reading this article…

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New Capital Fund Pays Entrepreneurs’ Student Loans

by Luke Landes

A new venture capital firm is looking for a few — one hundred in the first five years — entrepreneurs from the recent crop of former students and people their age. Gen Y Capital Partners is looking for investment opportunities — “For Gen Y, by Gen Y” — to help start-up businesses grow. Any entrepreneur ... Continue reading this article…

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Boost Your Human Capital: Publish Your Thoughts

by Luke Landes
Blogging and writing in a journal

Focusing solely on your net worth is an approach too narrow if you want to become financially independent over time. To increase your chances of being secure, think about your personal human capital, a set of skills and experiences that will improve your finances in the future. Establish yourself as an authority in your field ... Continue reading this article…

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5 Reasons You’re Unhappy With Your Career Progress

by Luke Landes
Ladder

There have been times in my life, while working for other people or companies, that I’ve thought to myself, I should have more job responsibility than this, or, I should be getting paid more than I am. A disagreement with the boss over my skills, potential, and value to the organization created tension. For some ... Continue reading this article…

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Boost Your Human Capital: Cultivate Your Network

by Luke Landes
People

While saving money, reducing expenses, and earning income all help improve your net worth, these tactics often ignore the larger picture. Improving your personal human capital is like a form of insurance; you’re protecting your ability to increase your net worth over a long period of time. Boosting your human capital through gaining education, adding ... Continue reading this article…

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