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The Benefits of Keeping Your Business Small

April 8, 2014

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I was wrong. I thought the best path to free up my time to work on other projects was to grow my appliance business as big as I could. So I took on a partner and also hired my brother full time to help. The three of us sold a lot of appliances in past […]

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What I’ve Learned While Working Remotely

February 25, 2014

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We are just wrapping up our month long visit to the Big Island of Hawaii. I say visit and not vacation because the first two weeks here I worked a regular work day. I extended our trip because I wanted to experiment with working remotely, and I wanted our family to be here as long […]

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Still Earning My Living on Craigslist: 2013 in Review

January 6, 2014

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I was really discouraged the other day as I looked out before me and could see nothing but obstacles. It’s easy for me to focus on the things that need to be worked on and lose sight of the growth and improvements that have recently taken place. So I started reflecting on this past year […]

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How I Got Out of Debt

December 5, 2013

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Three years ago this past month, I sat down for coffee with my friend Jeremy at a Starbucks near our house. Almost 25k in credit card debt, behind on all our payments and ready to walk away from the debts, he talked me out of it. He encouraged me to use the last of my money […]

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How Craigslist has Changed My Life

August 11, 2013

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I clicked over to the free section and there he was. A beautiful, 2 year old, long-haired maine coon. The ad went on to describe why the woman had to give him up. Some young relatives were going to be moving in with the woman and she had to find the cat another home. She […]

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My Daily Craigslist Routine

July 7, 2013

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I’ve been asked many times to share what my day buying and selling on Craigslist looks like.  I was reminded again a few days ago when I received the following email. Could you please, please do us a favor? I saw on one of your post comments from someone else, you responded saying that you […]

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Getting Out of Debt

April 25, 2013

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It was hard to look people in the eyes. I wasn’t making enough money to make my minimum debt payments. I was thinking about filing for bankruptcy and walking away from our house. I went through bouts of shame and depression imagining my family out on the streets. I was almost 30 years old and I felt […]

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The News is Killing Us

April 18, 2013

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We should not be afraid of a bomb going off in our neighborhood. We should not be afraid of receiving a letter laced with ricin. We should not be afraid North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or any other stan. We should not be afraid of the weather, the latest flu bug or tainted peanut […]

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Stop Caring What Other People Think

March 14, 2013

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I couldn’t breathe. I had just done a front flip off a small cliff, over rotated and knocked the wind out of myself when I landed in the river. I treaded water grunting like a wild boar giving birth, waiting for the moment I could once again take a breath. All because I cared too much about […]

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18 Ways I’ve Stopped Wasting Money

March 10, 2013

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I bought everything. All the t-shirts. The high end coats. The Keen shoes and Sanuk sandals. The nice shorts and button-up North Face long sleeved shirts. Everything. It was easily $700-$800 worth of clothing, all for less than forty dollars. It was at the garage sale of a guy who founded an outdoor clothing company. […]

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