There were some great posts published this week out in the personal finance blogosphere. I wish I could have read more than I did, but continue to find it incredibly hard to make a dent in all the posts on my Google Reader (I’m now subscribed to over 90 blogs). Here are my favorites from this past week that I recommend you should check out:
How to Look and Act like a Business Owner – This post, from Thirty Six Months, gives tips on how to present yourself as someone people would want to do business with. As I contemplate attending to the Financial Blogger Conference in September, this was a very interesting read. It would be the first time I’d be professionally representing myself and my cause (it’s not yet a business, really) rather than the company I work for. In this case no one would be telling me how to dress, act and speak and it’s fun to think about that actually.
Money and The “Big Hat, No Cattle” People – This post, from Squirrelers, is awesome. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Big Hat, No Cattle”? It’s a funny one! It refers to those people who are living the high life with brand new cars, fancy condos downtown or brand new houses in the suburbs, a cabin on the lake and all the style and class in the world, but without any money. Whoops, those credit cards, auto loans and mortgages eventually have to get paid off (sad face). This article has you questioning yourself on whether you want to have a big hat with no cattle, or a small hat and a lot of cattle. I want the latter. Anyway, it’s a good read.
How to Use Twitter to Improve Your Finances – Okay, this article is a bit crazy, but awesome, and it is brought to us from Money Cactus. Are you sick of calling your cable or internet company and complaining about your service or trying to get the latest promotion? Are you sick of your banks and service providers treating you like crap? Well, this article suggests that you should tweet to your bank, tweet to your cable company and tweet to your insurance company to get the best rates and/or to complain about your service problems. These companies, if they know what’s good for them, are staffing the online tweeting community with some serious support and they DON’T want you complaining online about them. It’s a very interesting strategy that I’ve never thought of until now that, just might work.
How Do You Know If You’re Ready?, from The Frugalpreneur, gives tips on how to read yourself and figure out if it’s time to make a change in your life and go from a character in the Office Space, to creating your own life. It’s an awesome article. I can’t believe that it still has no comments one day after it was written. I think I’ll go and be the first to comment. You should too because it’s an awesome post.
Self-Employment: A Year Later by PT Money, describes PT Money’s experiences going from a full time, auditing job, to a full time blogger (He also now runs the Financial Blogger Conference, which is pretty darn cool). This is a story about the ups and downs of making the leap from a full time job to a self employment gig. His story is very personal and, in the end, it’s quite inspiring.
No one ever gets rich by being frugal comes to us from Retire by 40 and argues that it’s more important to spend LESS than you make than it is to make a lot of money when attempting to become wealthy. I agree with him. What do you think?
If you like what you read on any of these or if you recommend an article from this past week, please tell us all about it. Happy reading!