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Still Earning A Living on Craigslist in 2014 Ask Me Anything

August 22, 2014

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It’s time to do a new ask me anything. It’s been three years since the last one, and a lot has changed in three years. I’m still earning a living on Craigslist, though a few of my side projects such as ApplianceSchool.com are doing quite well. I’m working from home, have 5 incredible kids and […]

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It’s Time To Move Forward

August 3, 2014

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Five years ago I would have never imagined I would be where I am today. Not only were we broke, behind on all sorts of payments, but we also had almost 25k in high interest credit card debt. I didn’t have consistent work and needed to find a way to provide for my family and […]

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What I Learned Last Week Could Be More Valuable Than My College Education

July 13, 2014

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This is a guest post by Aaron Powell. Aaron is a high school music teacher who started buying and selling items on Craigslist to assist his efforts in shedding 89k of debt in two years. Fifty-Six Thousand Dollars. Eight years ago I went off to college to follow my dream of being a school music teacher. I […]

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Why My Kids Are Learning To Work

July 8, 2014

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The greatest athletes in the world start training when they are young. The greatest musicians start taking lessons when they are children. Some of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world were starting businesses when they were teenagers. To become great at something, it takes a lot of time and effort. Habits that children learn when […]

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Why We Have Five Kids

May 30, 2014

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This morning we are welcoming a baby girl into our family. Her name is Esther. We are very excited, and our children can’t wait to meet their baby sister. My daughter Hannah is so excited that she will likely burst into tears when she gets to hold “her baby” later today. Over the years, I’ve […]

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The Audacity of Reasonable Expectations

April 15, 2014

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The oven looked like an aquarium. The picture in the ad showed the oven in the kitchen, but at some point it had been moved outside so that it could get some rain. When I arrived, it was outside under a tarp from the late 70′s. It was more fishnet than tarp. When we pulled […]

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What Paper Airplanes Have Taught Me About Success

March 12, 2014

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Standing on the edge of a large cliff in the mountains of Southern Oregon, we prepared our plane for launch. The paper airplane glided back and forth across the valley below for what seemed like forever before it finally clipped the top of a tall Douglas Fir tree. It was almost magical. We had made […]

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The High School Startup

February 13, 2014

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As I opened the email three words jumped off the screen. High school students. Yes!, I said out loud to my wife. Some high school kids are doing this! Kyle and Nick, two high school seniors outside of Boston had started their own appliance business. Here’s their story. It started for Kyle at the age […]

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Why I Started A School

January 21, 2014

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A year ago I got an email from a reader asking me how to get into the appliance business. I ended up coaching him for an hour, and 10 months later he’s made more money buying, selling and repairing appliances than at any job he’s ever had. After that, I went on to coach dozens […]

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What I Learned From My Grandfather

January 12, 2014

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This morning as I stepped out into my garage, I looked down and saw an old Kenmore dryer. It was the style that has the black control panel with brown trim on it. I’ve grown to love those machines. They were designed and built back in an era where quality and longevity were highly valued. […]

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