The Lifecycle of Love and Money

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For this blog post, we’re going to discuss something almost everyone wants. It can bring great joy or great pain, but it can be awkward to talk about. We’re of course referring to… wait, is this post about love or money? Oh, both? Yeah, it’s both.

Money

Every couple is going to have a different financial journey, but there are some major milestones that most couples will encounter at some point. Here are some tips for when you’re dating, when you’re committed, and when you decide to tie the knot.

 

Dating

 

It’s fine to leave conversations about money until later, but if you decide you’re comfortable enough, you can open up a financial discussion as early as the first date. Who pays for dates is (somehow) still a hotly contested topic, according to the findings of a 2015 sociological study. *There’s no clear consensus regarding who should pay for what, and some people have complex feelings toward splitting the bill, so bringing up the subject can be a way to get a money chat rolling.

 

After you’ve spent some time with someone and you’re considering whether you want to be in a serious, long-term relationship with them, it’s a sensible idea to make sure you’re financially compatible first. A survey commissioned by Ally Bank found that when people were asked to name the biggest source of stress in their relationships and marriages, money was the most common answer.** Try to head off fights before they happen by checking if you and your partner have similar financial behaviors and goals. If you want to save for a vacation together while your better half wants to start investing in rare tropical fish, that could lead to an argument later.

 

Moving in Together

 

By cohabiting with your significant other, you’re taking the first major step toward building a financial life together. Now you’re relying on your partner to help pay for food and rent, which means their financial habits have a more direct impact on your wellbeing. Starting to think of your finances more as a duo while setting clear boundaries to make sure no one feels smothered can help keep both parties happy.

 

Unfortunately, the first step to co-planning your finances can be the hardest for a lot of people: divulging your financial history. That includes the accounts you have, your savings, and most importantly, your debts. One way you can ease into this is to make a budget together, which can act as a neutral conversation that puts you both on the same page. If you’re still anxious, psychological research suggests that honesty is an important part of building strong relationships,*** so sharing your financial situation with your partner may bring the two of you closer together.

 

You’ll also need to talk about how to split shared living expenses. Two main ways of doing this are to split things evenly or equitably. An even split means you and your partner divide costs 50-50. This may not really be fair if you and your significant other have vastly different incomes, but it can help both of you feel more equal since you’re paying the same amount, and it’s easy to figure out who should pay what.

 

An equitable split, though, means sharing costs according to each person’s ability to pay. This is arguably more fair than an even split, since you’re both paying an amount you can manage while still leaving money to cover personal expenses. However, it can potentially cause tension if the person paying more feels like their bigger contribution should give them a greater say in the relationship, and uses their economic advantage to push the other person around. Remember that you don’t have to commit 100% to an even or equitable split, so you and your partner can find a balance between these that works for you.

 

Marriage

 

Once you get married your partnership isn’t just recognized by your friends and family, but by the big G… that’s right, the government. The United States General Accounting Office has identified over 1,000 federal provisions in which marital status influences your legal benefits, rights, and privileges,**** and that’s not even getting into each state’s laws. If you have questions about how getting married will affect your rights (such as your property rights), the safest person to talk to is a qualified attorney.

 

Additionally, now’s the time to start thinking about how you want to organize financial accounts with your partner, if you haven’t already. In general, combining your money using joint accounts can make it easier to pay household expenses and save for mutual goals, but it also may reduce how independent you feel since you have less money to yourself. The exact method you choose is really up to what you and your partner are the most comfortable with. For example, you could keep your separate financial accounts active while opening a new joint bank account for shared expenses, adopting a “yours, mine, and ours” split. Or, you could consolidate all of your money into one person’s account and add the other person as an authorized user. It’s also still valid to keep your money completely separate.

 

At their core, all of these steps really boil down to communicating and compromising with your significant other. If you’re able to do that, you have an advantage in building a financially healthy and stable partnership.

 

This article originally appeared on Earnin and appears here at their request. 

Next Steps

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Best regards,

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References:

*https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244015613107

**https://media.ally.com/2018-06-12-Money-Causes-the-Most-Stress-for-Couples-According-to-New-Ally-Survey

*** https://www.psychology.uwo.ca/pdfs/SONA/articles/13-campbell.pdf

*****https://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04353r.pdf

How to get Brand Deals as a Micro Influencer

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Influencers

In recent years, the widespread adoption of Social Media has led to the emergence of individuals who have amassed large followings on Social Media. People with large followings on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok or a combination of all of these, are known as Influencers.

Kylie Jenner and Cristiano Ronaldo are both great examples of influencers. Every week, Influencers are approached by brands who are willing to pay them to endorse their products or services.

Micro Influencers

Micro influencers are similar to influencers except they have a smaller following, this makes them more accessible to their followers. Recognised as experts in their field, Micro influencers enjoy the support of a engaged community who choose to follow them because they appreciate their authority and expertise.

I have been described as a micro influencer and have received new financial opportunities as a result. Generally, it is harder for micro influencers to secure brand deals but the website that I discuss in the video makes it easier for brands to connect with micro influencers and for micro influencers to earn additional income. Is this something you have considered? You may be micro influencer too, have a look at the diagram below.

influencer tiers

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In the video, I discuss a website that has commercial opportunities for micro influencers. There are opportunities for you to secure brand deals and complete tasks for payment via the website. When you have completed the task, the brand or company will pay you via the website. I explain the whole process in the video. 

Next Steps

Are you a micro influencer? Are you going to explore new opportunities as a micro influencer? Let me know in the comments section below. Sign up for the micro influencer platform here

Also, get in touch if you would like my help. My email address is mike@learnmoney.io

 

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Best regards,

Mike

How to Make Money From Sponsored Posts

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Sponsored Posts

If you own a website there is an opportunity for you to make money with sponsored posts. A sponsored post is when a company pays you to publish a blog post that includes links to their company website or products and or services that they sell. These sponsored posts will match the theme of your website, usually the company or their agency will write the post and send it you to approve and publish. Occasionally the company will ask you to write you the post and will pay you extra for your time.

Sponsored posts are a happy by-product of regularly working on your website. The more you create and post regular content, the more your audience will grow. A growing audience that is engaged is attractive for companies who have the same audience. They will start to approach you, it’s important to be prepared for when they do. In the video, I outline some steps you can take to help you make money with sponsored posts including the creation of a media kit.  Wa

Next Steps

Are you a website owner? Are you currently making money from sponsored posts? Do you need my help?  Let me know in the comments section below.

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What are the Coronavirus Job Opportunities?

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Coronavirus Job Opportunities

It will not have escaped your attention that we are in the midst of a Coronavirus pandemic. It is a global health crisis and it is also an economic crisis. As governments around the world struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak, many have lost their jobs because their places of work have been forcibly shutdown as part of lockdown restrictions.

Despite this bleak outlook there are some industries that are benefitting from the crisis. In this video, I discuss 4 industries that are recruiting right now as a response to the coronavirus crisis. There are quite a lot of coronavirus job opportunities. If you find yourself newly out of work, this post will help you. All of the links that I refer to in the video are in the video’s description box.

Next Steps

If you are interested in any of the job opportunities that I mentioned in the video, click on the links in the description and follow the instructions to make an application. Once you have applied, let me know how you get on via the comments section below.

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How to get Paid Referring Friends for Jobs

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Extra Cash

Most of us would appreciate the chance to earn some extra cash but from my anecdotal research I know that few people seriously consider the opportunity to make extra cash by referring their friends for relevant jobs.

It’s not just a pipe dream, it can be your reality too. In this video, I discuss 2  websites that will enable you to do just that; you do not have to be a recruitment consultant to connect your friends with jobs to help them continue or improve their career.  The websites I discuss are just examples, there are many more offering similar incentives for helping companies to find the right staff. If you live outside of the countries I discuss in the video, do not lose heart because there are likely to be similar offers in your country too.

Referring Friends

In the video, the first website I discuss relates to the American employment market and then the second is relevant for the United Kingdom employment market.

Referring friends for relevant jobs can be a fairly lucrative activity because ultimately you will receive an amount equivalent to a percentage of the new employee’s salary without having to do a lot of work.  It can be an excellent way of generating extra cash.

How Does it Work?

In the video, I discuss specific websites that will enable you to earn extra cash by referring your friends for jobs. Usually your friend will have to be successful with their job application and to keep the job beyond the probation period for you to receive your money.

 Next Steps

Make a list of friends who are looking for work and arrange a time for you to discuss with them the possibility of you referring them for a job. When you have,  let me know in the comments section below.

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Best regards,

Mike

How to Transition From Active to Passive Income

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Active Income

Active income is the traditional way of earning money when you have a job; an individual trades their time for an hourly rate and is paid wages or a salary. This model applies whether they are working in a restaurant, shop or an office. Active income requires you as the employee to be in a specific place at agreed times and to follow a predictable routine. The primary benefit is that you will receive income that you can predict and that you can plan your expenditure precisely. The major disadvantage is that you are limited by the amount of hours a day and the fact that the more work you do, the more tired you will become.

Passive Income

Passive income is income that you can generate once you have completed all the initial work for a project and then set up the processes to create recurring passive income. A good example of this is provided by the music industry, an artist writes, records and produces an album and then when it is released, they will receive passive income from its sales.

From Active to Passive

In the video, I discuss specific ways that you can transition from an active to a passive income model. It is not easy, you will have to do the work but once you have done it, you’ll be much closer to our shared goal of financial freedom.

 Next Steps

Would you like to earn more from passive income? Have you already started?    Let me know in the comments section below. Also, get in touch if you would like my help, my email address is mike@learnmoney.io

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Respondent.io – Review

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Increasing Your Income

Often the path to financial freedom isn’t complicated, or at least the next step isn’t, it could simply be that you need to increase your income without adding additional stress to your weekly routine. In this post, I focus on one website that will allow you to do that. As always with any review I publish, I have personal experience and results from using the product or service. I hope that you find it useful too.

Respondent.io Review

In this video, I review the Respondent website. This video will be of interest to people who are interested in earning income online and making money online generally. Respondent is a website that brings together companies wanting qualitative research for their products and services and research participants who are paid for their time taking part in market research interviews.

It is very much a qualitative approach, typically you will be interviewed  via webcam or in person by a market researcher for 45 minutes. Within 8-10 days you will receive payment via PayPal. Respondent is a good way to earn extra cash; in the video I discuss the process of applying for research interviews, the cash amounts available and my personal  experience with Respondent.  You can sign up for Respondent here http://bit.ly/2JLgdI6

Next Steps

Would you like to earn some extra money on Respondent? You can sign up Sign up for Respondent here -> http://bit.ly/2JLgdI6    Have you heard of Respondent before? Let me know in the comments section below.

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How do you Monetize Twitter With Affiliate Marketing?

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Affiliate Marketing

We will need to embrace alternative ways of generating income if we are all to achieve our goal of financial freedom. In most cases, selling your time for money in a traditional job will not be enough.

If you have read this post, Is Affiliate Marketing Easy to do?, you will know that Affiliate Marketing is one of those alternative methods that could help you achieve your financial goals much faster.

Globally the Affiliate Marketing industry is worth $12 billion and is predicted to grow by 10% in the next few years*. Affiliate Marketing could become an additional revenue stream for you.

In this video I demonstrate how to monetize Twitter with Affiliate Marketing. If you are not already a member of any affiliate programs, you’ll need to join a few and then you’ll be in a position to start making additional income from Affiliate Marketing.

How to Monetize Twitter

Twitter is a social media platform with 321 million monthly active users** ; recent research published by the Pew Research Center has confirmed that 80%  of tweets are sent by just 10 % of users. If you want to be successful with this monetization strategy, you will have to become one of the active 10% of users on the platform.

Have you thought about monetizing  your Twitter account? Have you started Affiliate Marketing? Let me know in the comments section below.

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References

* https://hostingtribunal.com/blog/affiliate-marketing-stats/

** https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/7/18213567/twitter-to-stop-sharing-mau-as-users-decline-q4-2018-earnings

Is Affiliate Marketing Easy to do?

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Affiliate Marketing is the process of earning commission by promoting a company’s good or services. In most cases, this commission is earned when a web visitor is sent from one website through to a retailer’s website and goes onto to make a purchase.

For example, if you are an affiliate partner for Amazon and one of your web visitors clicks through to to make a purchase via your promotional link, you will receive a commission. It is not essential that you have a website; it is possible to  achieve the same by posting your links via Social Media, Having said that, if you want to take a more structured approach to Affiliate Marketing, creating a website will help you do this.

Affiliate marketing can boost your household income if you can master it and for that reason it is worth considering.

I answered a question on Quora related to Affiliate Marketing that I have chosen to share here too.

Liberty,

Thanks for the question.

If you are thinking about affiliate marketing for your blog, here are some considerations for you.

Affiliate Marketing Considerations

Time

Yes, you could get affiliate income in a few weeks but if you want to be realistic you should allow about a year to create significant income. On reading this, most people will no doubt click away. The article I have linked to below is one you should read.

How Long Affiliate Marketing Takes – Affiliate Marketer Training

Choice of Affiliates

Evaluate your niche and pick only the appropriate affiliates for your audience (assuming that you have built an audience for your blog). Don’t just sign up for Bluehost because the commission is quite good and you read that Pat Flynn and Michelle Schroeder-Gardner earn $50,000 per month from Bluehost. Those guys have a massive audience full of newbies. Maybe your audience isn’t people getting started earning money online. There are some great affiliate programs and many of them are not as well known as Bluehost and Amazon.

Be Prepared to Earn Nothing Per Month

For every blogger proclaiming that they earned $15,000 per month from Affiliate marketing there are many more who earned nothing. That is the reality that creators of Affiliate marketing courses do not always tell you. My experience has been in the middle… sporadic earnings but no consistent income. Nice bonuses here and there but not predictable.

Evaluate Your Affiliates and Dump Poor Performers

Even affiliate programs that are strategically aligned with your blog’s purpose and vision might not work with your audience. If that is the case, after testing for a few months, dump that affiliate and replace it with a new one.

Don’t Sign Up To Too Many Affiliate Programs

Avoid signing up to too many programs. You will need to keep track of them and assess click and conversion rates; signing up to 20 programs is not what I would recommend. Think quality over quantity.

I could probably write pages about this topic but I will end it here. I hope my list of considerations/ danger signs has been useful to you.

Good luck!

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Take This Free Financial Literacy Course Today

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One of the goals I set for myself for this blog was to help people improve their level of financial literacy.

What is Financial Literacy?

‘Financial literacy is the confluence of financial, credit and debt management and the knowledge that is necessary to make financially responsible decisions – decisions that are integral to our everyday lives.’

Kristina Zucchi, a contributor to www.investopedia.com

With each blog post, I have intended to spread financial awareness and increase the knowledge base of my readership. The feedback I have received suggests that this has been appreciated. Thanks to all of you that took the time to feedback. Another way of spreading financial literacy is by sharing details of a free financial literacy course. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I have been searching for a free resource that I could share with my readers.  I have now found a suitable course and this course is the focus for today’s blog post.

Free Financial Literacy Course

This financial literacy course provides a good introduction to personal finance and money management. The course is supplied by Alison.com the free online learning platform set up as a For Profit Social Enterprise in 2007 by Mike Feeric. Alison.com was started in Galway, Ireland and now has over 12 million students from 195 countries. The course that I have selected has been studied by sixty nine thousand students and has a rating of 4.1 stars. The course will take approximately 6-10 hours to complete.

Click here to be taken to the course landing page.  

Continual Learning

As we continue on this journey towards financial freedom, I will share other helpful resources with you. I hope that you find this course useful. I believe that it is important for us to continue learning and improving our knowledge base.

Have you taken any financial literacy or money management courses before? Let me know in the comments section below.

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My aim with each blog post is to help you move to a better financial future. I believe that there is not enough financial education in the national curriculum and I intend to share anything helpful that I have learned along the way. I am by no means a financial expert. None of the information on this website constitutes financial advice and is provided as general information only.  This is my personal finance blog; my marketing blog is over here and I have been blogging there since 2010. I hope you have found this information useful. Thank you for reading.

Best regards,

Mike

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