What to do when you lose your job ~ Get Rich Slowly

This morning, Ben Fractenberg from Lifehacker published a great piece on how to handle sudden unemployment. What should you do when you lose your job? Fractenberg highlights the advice of psychologist Melanie Greenberg, author of The Stress-Proof Brain, who recommends focusing on two primary goals: Looking for a new job, and Taking care of yourself.…


The Simple Path to Wealth ~ Get Rich Slowly

Yesterday, my pal Jim Collins dropped me a line. “The audio version of my book just came out,” he told me. “Audible is letting me give away some free copies. Do you think your readers would be interested?” I do think so! Plus, this is a perfect opportunity to migrate my review of The Simple…


Visualizing how your net worth compares to others ~ Get Rich Slowly

As you all know, I’m fond of financial scorecards. While admitting their limitations, I like numbers and tools that allow you to compare your financial progress with other people. I like credit scores, for instance, because they put a number on how you handle money — a number you can compare to Americans at large.…


How to prepare for the next recession BEFORE it arrives ~ Get Rich Slowly

Yesterday I wrote about why it’s important to prepare for an uncertain future. It’s tough to predict where we’ll be (and who we’ll be) in five or ten years. It’s even tougher to predict what’s going to happen in the world around us. In order to cope with this uncertainty, it’s important to be adaptable…


Is Content Still ‘King’ in Voice Search SEO?

“Ok, Google, what’s the weather like outside?” Google tells me the temperature and the forecast. My friend: “Why don’t you just stick your head out the door?” Me: “It’s easier this way, and besides, it’s winter and cold.” You can speak faster than you can type on a phone keyboard unless you’re The Flash. And…


What Happened to the Internet Giants of the ’90s?

I once thought of a prank so brilliant it was stupid. Blockbuster displayed massive bins of free AOL download CDs. Instead of forking someone’s yard, teepeeing their house or egging their car, why not AOL their yard? I was never able to convince anyone to help me out with this prank, but man did I…


Does Your Social Media Tell a Story?

Most of marketing is storytelling. And whether your marketing is successful or not depends on how great of a story you can tell. Marketer Seth Godin once said that marketing is “the art of telling a story that resonates with your audience and then spreads.” We’ve been telling stories since we could speak or draw.…


How to prepare for an uncertain future ~ Get Rich Slowly

Our financial decisions are based on our expectations for the future. We save for retirement because we expect we’ll live a long time in old age, a period where we expect to be relatively unproductive. We invest in stocks because we expect the market to provide outsized returns when compared to other asset classes. We…


How Amazon Uses Big Data to Generate Billions

Ever since George Orwell penned 1984, we’ve been overly concerned about what either governments or big companies know about us. But is it so odd for a company to know your preferences? I mean, we absolutely love it when we walk into our favorite coffee shop and the barista says, “Your regular?” When you shop…


How we watch TV without cable (and how much it costs)

One of the main reasons Kim and I decided to move from our condo to this quiet country cottage was to save money. We were spending far too much living in the city. Simply moving made a huge difference to our budget. But now that the dust has settled, it’s time for us to look…