And managed to buy a house at the same time

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While most people awoke the morning of January 1st, 2020 — blissfully unaware of the dumpster fire ahead — I awoke in a panic.


How to find the time you supposedly don’t have for your side gig

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I get it.

Many of my projects don’t yield positive financial returns. But the growth I experience and the knowledge I collect by challenging myself with new projects is an investment in myself.

Yikes.


Debt financing ideas for small business owners

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I’ve spent the past 15 months paying off over $30,000 of consumer debt. My wife and I are relieved that we’re no longer shackled to nearly $2,000/month payments anymore. Needless to say, when I hear the word debt, I don’t feel warm and giddy inside.


A financial stability checklist

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The black metal box wasn’t a safe, per se, but for 15-year-old me, it protected my entire net-worth nevertheless.

“Hello?”

“Get your bike, we’re going to Joe’s Card shop.”

“Be there in 5.”

We peddled our way to our favorite store, the one that sold sports cards and memorabilia. I blew all $100 on Topps…


No need to audit your local college’s business class

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A wise oracle once said:

I got the dough, got the flow down pizat
Platinum plus like thizat
Dangerous on trizacks leave your a flizat
I don’t know what they want from me
It’s like the more money we come across
The more problems we see

We’ve heard it all before, mo money, mo problems. But that doesn’t apply to us entrepreneurs and freelancers, right? I mean, mo money means we’re doing something good. Besides, who has time to review financial documents? That’s why we have accountants.


No off-shore bank account required

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When I left my comfy full-time job back in 2017, I coincidentally landed my first freelancing client that very same day. I named a price, they said yes, and 24 hours later, a cool stack of cash was digitally piled in my PayPal account.


Life has options now

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In January, I wrote an in-depth article outlining how my wife and I managed to pay off $14,383.15 of credit card debt in 366 days. While I am extremely proud of that accomplishment, I wasn’t entirely truthful in my telling.


Why LLCs simply aren’t enough

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You have courses to conduct, content to create, and clients to consult, the last thing on your mind as a Digital Entrepreneur is your tax burden.


Aldous Huxley predicted it all.

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I’ve never read a book before that made me instantly double-check the often ignored first few pages with all the publication and copyright information. As soon as I finished reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, I had to flip to the front of the book.


My wife adores old musicals.

I say this with all earnestness, I have not been able to get the song out of my head since.

Declan Wilson

Stay-at-home dad. 9-to-5 escapee. Aldi aficionado. Me in a nutshell→ declanwilson.co/start-here

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