Carnival of Personal Finance #420 : Multiple Blogs Edition

Welcome to the Start Freelancing Now for the 420th Carnival of Personal Finance! This is the multiple blogs edition.

Why the multiple blogs edition? As I was lining up the submissions, I was racing through blog ideas. I recently entered a niche site challenge and I’ve been looking to diversify. As much as I love writing about money and personal finance, I have many other interests in life. Money isn’t all I think about.

Over the years I’ve come to the belief that diversification is dangerous. Many of you will disagree with that and I totally see your side. My problem is that I need to work on multiple things at once.

I’m going to share my multiple blogs with you guys in this carnival.

Editor’s Picks:

Start Freelancing Now — our journey to create a decent life through freelance income. I’ve shared my success stories, failures, and top tips on this site. I even wrote a book and you can buy a copy on Amazon.

I mainly started this site because I found myself helping lots of friends get started with freelancing. Instead of writing out the same email, text, or Facebook message, I created a page where I could help tons of young folks get into freelancing.

I added some thoughts to every pick.

Nicole from Grumpy Rumblings presents Expanded ramblings on extreme living, and says, “Balance is harder to sell than extremes.”

Martin: I agree 100% with this. Why do we have to live under extreme conditions? I will not cut my own hair because I enjoy looking normal and getting laid! On the other hand, I don’t want to work every single waking hour. Whatever happened to balance?

Philip from PT Money presents 10 Simple Tactics Business Owners Can Use to Increase Revenue, and says, “Small business owners and entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to make more money more quickly. Check out Carrie’s 10 suggestions for working smarter and streamlining as many tasks as you can.”

Martin: I really liked the tip about social media. For the month of June I turned off Facebook and focused on Twitter and creating.

Gary from Gajizmo presents Jobs That Require No Experience, and says, “Similar to the chicken and the egg paradox of which came first, getting a job without experience can be difficult, but you need to get a job in order to earn experience. This can be especially frustrating for new graduates or the recently unemployed looking to make a career change. Here are the best jobs that require no experience.”

Martin: This is the post I wish I wrote. Look through and pick out a job if you happen to be struggling right now.


Studenomics — Creating financial freedom without missing a party before 30.

This is my first ever blog and I launched it back in 2008. It was my first true venture into entrepreneurship and I’ve published over 1,000 pieces.

Green Panda From Green Panda Treehouse presents The People to Avoid at Your First Job, and says, “These are the folks you need to avoid at your first job.”

Oscar from Money is the Root presents The Best Tips to Make Sure That You Retire in Comfort, and says, “There are things you can do to help with retirement that you aren’t thinking of.”

vh from Funny about Money presents Resumés: What Do You Have to Say for Yourself?, and says, “Avoid those fuzzy, broad buzzwords and zero in on the specifics of what you do best and what you canb do for your future employer.”

Mike from The Financial Blogger presents Niche Site Building – Going the Jon Haver Way, and says, “My expanded look on building a niche site.


Kettlebell Rebels — The world is your gym. This is my newest fitness venture. I help you feel freaking amazing without spending a fortune or relying on drugs.

I have 20 pieces published and many more to come. Check it out now!

Pete from Intelligent Speculator presents The Risk-Reward Ratio On Apple Makes It A No-Brainer, and says, “We argue why you need to invest your money into Apple.”

Div Guy from The Dividend Guy Blog presents FED Shuts Off the Light; Is The Party Over?, and says, “It looks like the stock market is hitting another bumpy road.”

Andy from Saving to Invest presents Why I Am a Speculator and Not Really an Investor, and says, “If I had invested all my money in index funds and done no stock specific investing I would still be better off. Sadly it has taken me 10+ years to get to this realization”

Investor Junkie from Investor Junkie presents The Importance of Sticking to Your Investment Strategy, and says, “Investment gains have a way of balancing out over time, and the hot trends of today tend to cool off as time goes by. Have confidence in your investment decisions, and understand that patience is an integral part of that success.”

Lily from Paying Debt Down presents Top 10 Tips for New Investors, and says, “Are you new to investing? Make sure read to these tips.”

Matt from Budget SNOB presents The Basics of a 401K, and says, “We have all heard of a 401K, but what is it really?”

Lenny from Best Money Saving Blog presents If You Don’t Think You Make Enough to Save for Retirement, You’re Wrong, and says, “You can put aside money with any salary.”

D4L from Dividend Growth Stocks presents 9 High-Yielding Utilities With A Growing Dividends, and says, “Long considered the domain of “widows and orphans”, utilities have developed a somewhat stodgy reputation. Why are utilities considered good for widows and orphans? Here a few reasons…”

Money management:

Miss T. from Prairie Eco Thrifter presents Should Parents Pay for Good Grades?, and says, “There is no doubt in my mind that rewarding achievement of good grades is an acceptable parental behavior. What do you think?”

Eric from Narrow Bridge Finance presents Is Closing a Credit Card a Good Idea?, and says, “People have lots of misconceptions about credit cards. Is opening more good for your credit score? Is closing a card good for your score? Do you want high limits or low limits? Do I need to use my card often to increase my score? Today, I’ll address one big misconception on whether or not it is a good idea to close a credit card.”

Danielle from Saving Without A Budget presents Best Apps for Windows 8, and says, “Our favorite and most useful apps for Windows 8.

Hadley from Epic Finances presents The Value and Power of Compound Interest, and says, “Excellent basic advice that you need to know.”

DPF from Digital Personal Finance presents Benefits of Using Public Transportation, and says, “Taking public transportation can be a money-saving tactic. That said, it can also provide a few other benefits, as this post discusses.”

Amy from Money Mishaps presents Summer is the Season of Expensive Maintenance, and says, “How to make the most out of your summer while still getting things done.”


Madison from My Dollar Plan presents Reader Shares Amazon Success Story, and says, “A great article on additional income streams!”

Mrs PoP from Planting Our Pennies presents Get Fit and Get Rich, and says, “Want to know the secret of looking good and making some extra money on the side? Read Mrs. PoP’s satirical MLM post to find out!”

Emily from Evolving Personal Finance presents How Emerging Is Your Adulthood?, and says, “How many of the five markers of adulthood have you completed and did your finances delay any of them?”

Thanks for sticking around and please spread the love!

Oh and I would love to hear about your blogging setup. How may blogs do you run?

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