You may have noticed that I quit blogging for some time. My last post Top 5 Financial Successes in my 20’s was from September! So why the sudden hiatus? Well, to be perfectly honest, I’ve been busy. As you know, I’m a huge advocate of increasing your number of income streams. I truly believe that the best way to increase your wealth (besides the power of compound returns) is to diversify and increase where you generate income.
Blogging has always been extremely enjoyable to me. It’s incredible to have a platform to get your ideas out there and be heard. But, at the end of the day I’m under no illusion that blogging will get me rich. In fact, I think there are far more lucrative avenues to pursue in order to reach my financial goals.
I am in no way quitting the blog or abandoning my own financial advice, but I do want to give an update on what I’ve been up to before I continue on.
1. Securing new clients.
Recently I’ve been engaged to assist a small tech startup with establishing a new system for their accounting records. I posted an advertisement for accounting/finance training and I received an inquiry from a gentleman that started a coding school.
He’s an extremely bright guy and has had plenty of experience with start ups but he definitely needed a hand setting up his financial processes. Through the end of the year we’ve been working on setting up his books in Xero and figuring out what the best practices will be for his budding business.
So far, it’s kept me fairly busy outside of my 9-5 but he’s already connected me with several of his colleagues with small businesses that may need similar assistance.
I also have a friend that recently started a kids furniture business. It’s a small operation right now, but I’m working with them to finalize their financials and taxes for the year.
2. Preparing for Winter Quarter
The end of winter break also means that class is back in session. This quarter I’ll be teaching the Accounting 200 intermediate series at the local community college. It’s a 3-way ITV with two satellite campuses. It’s kept me fairly busy setting up the course and planning out the quarter to the point that all that’s left is to lecture 2x each week.
3. Working the 9-5.
Let’s not forget how I keep the lights on in my household. End of year means tying up all of the loose ends from 2015 and preparing for 2016. I have some big plans and huge goals for the coming year and I’m excited to implement some positive changes for our agency.
4. Family Time.
First and foremost, my family will always be prioritized over any financial endeavor that I pursue. The holidays were fantastic. We took a vacation to Kauai (with some great vacation hacks I might add) and really got into the holiday season. From a Santa dinner cruise, a Gingerbread house building party, house decorating and everything in between; we really maxed out the holiday season with our two boys.
Across all facets of my life, I have some big plans for 2016 which includes dedicating more time to the blog. I can’t wait to share my financial journey and any advice that I can along the way. Here’s to a great year, cheers!
Photo cred: Tsahi Levent-Levi