Category: Career

Personal finance for writers, or how to avoid winding up too broke to find $400

Financial insecurity is a reality for many people. Various survey questions over the years have tried to gauge its prevalence. The Federal Reserve began asking a question not long ago: how would you find $400 in an emergency? It turns out that 47 percent of Americans would have to take out a loan or sell something, or else do not think they could find $400 at all.… read more »

Retiring at 37

In my hotel room Wednesday night, I spent some time watching basketball games. It was a good evening for it! I did not watch the whole Kobe Bryant retirement game, or the Golden State Warriors get their 73rd win, though I did see Boston come back from a 20-plus point deficit to beat the Miami Heat so that was kind of cool. Anyway, despite going to bed early into the l… read more »

What changes and what does not

On Facebook, people often mark the birthdays of their eldest children with memories of becoming a parent for the first time. Sometimes there are baby photos from the hospital, memories of a wretched labor, whatever. You talk about how awesome your kid has turned out to be. All good. But I saw a post recently about one baptism into parenthood that jarred me out o… read more »

Reader question: If starting a family is in my future, what should I do now?

Our reader question today comes from Caitlin, who is getting married this fall. She and her soon-to-be husband would like to start a family soon. To be sure, one cannot completely control the timing on these things, but they intend to begin that project next spring. So, as she said, she has a year and change before she might be pregnant. What would I recommend sh… read more »

Reader question: I am unhappy in my job. What should I do with my life?

Our reader question this week comes from a woman we will call Wanda. She works full-time for a smallish firm, managing HR (among other things). The job is incredibly flexible. She knows how to do it well and efficiently. Indeed, she has managed to work out an arrangement where she works from home two days a week, but she does not work much on those days. She does al… read more »