Specialise Yourself to Make Money

But diversify to keep it. What this means simply is that you have to be very good at one single thing to make a lot of money. However, if you keep all your money in this one single thing, you might lose it. Therefore, you have to diversify out of your specialisation to keep your hard-earned money. Maybe the traditional example would be the business owner. She is very successful in her own field, and everybody hires her. Because of that, she makes a lot of money. However, this money can be gone any minute…

Read more »

I’m a Business Owner

And I own almost 6,500 businesses! These companies are spread across the globe and span every sector. Eat that, boss!  These companies are divided between VWRL (3,144 companies) and IUSN (3,319 companies). Now owning all these companies sounds like I’m the richest person in the world, but that’s not quite right. At the time of writing this, my portfolio is worth approximately 17,000 euros.

Read more »

I’m Using Airline Miles for Holidays

This summer Girlfriend and I will be visiting the United States of America! After two business trips to New York and Seattle, it’s time for some holiday time in the country of unlimited possibilities. And because I don’t like paying a lot, I’m using my airline miles for holidays this time! Earlier I wrote about the value of business travel. Being able to get a lot of frequent flyer miles is also part of that value. Because when you travel for work, not only do you get the perks of having great experiences working with in cultures, and getting bonuses…

Read more »

Tax Declaration and Returns

Two weeks ago (when this article comes out) I did my taxes for 2018. I found out, the government owes me a nice chunk of money! On my tax declaration, I get to receive almost 2,000 euros back. Earlier I wrote about taxes here in The Netherlands. We are a country that likes to tax individuals and still is a tax haven for multinationals. Something about that doesn’t feel right, especially since I know that every additional euro I earn over my current salary is taxed at 49% and will be taxed at over 50%+ soon. So we basically tax individuals…

Read more »

Guest Post: Why I Still Live in a Shared Apartment

This guest post today is written by M @ Radical FIRE. She’s a 24-year-old financial consultant who’s passionate about financial independence and retiring early. She wants to take you with her on her journey to become financially. Please give a warm welcome to M! Since I graduated in September 2017, I’ve moved out of my shared student apartment and back to my parents. Because I went travelling September – December 2017, I didn’t want to have the extra costs of paying my rent. When I came back from travelling, I searched for a job not selecting any specific area, so I…

Read more »

What are Stocks and Index Funds, ETFs, Mutual Funds?

Stocks, or shares, always have a strange vibe around them if you talk about them. People don’t understand them. They might joke a bit about it and then leave. Even when stocks and index funds are such powerful tools to become financially free. Stocks are simply ownership certificates of a company. It’s simple. Let’s say that you start a company yourself. If you are the only owner, you own 100% of the shares in that company. Now let’s assume you start the same company with a business partner. You can decide to split the shares in your company 50/50, maybe…

Read more »

Peter Principle in Practice

It’s a long time ago I posted something in my Thoughts on Tuesday category. Here’s one for you, the Peter Principle. I first heard of this in a management podcast and since am seeing it all around me. Here’s something to think about on your Tuesday. The Peter Principle goes on the assumption that people are either too competent for their job level, or slightly incompetent. This is a direct result from promotions; when you promote employees who are doing a great job, they find themselves in more difficult jobs after every promotion. With every promotion, your level of competence…

Read more »

Start Work At a Young Age

I started working at age 13. Well, work… I guess you can call it work. Back then I was delivering advertisements and flyers (you know, these little newspaper like things in which retailers advertise their products). In The Netherlands it’s pretty common that children of age 13-14 have a job like this. It takes about 2-4 hours per week, usually on a Saturday or Sunday. It must have been funny to watch me have a go at it. I was a skinny (178 cm, 55 kg) kid, trying to wrestle my bicycle through town with 50 kilograms of paper strapped…

Read more »

Intentionality is Combining Spending with Purpose

I like spending money on shiny gadgets. I don’t live like a hermit. But intentionality in spending is what brings me closer to financial independence. I don’t like throwing money away. Lots of people seem to think that reaching financial independence is about never doing anything fun. About living in a dump, only eating shitty foods, and never going on holiday. To me, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Becoming financially free to me is living life and spending intentionally. I don’t want to throw money away, but I also like to live the good life. And living a…

Read more »

February 2019 Overview

The shortest month of the year has passed and I’m a year older now. Bye bye February 2019! February most likely is the most expensive month for me this year, due to the city and property taxes that are paid once a year. They took a big chunk out of my savings rate, but luckily I still managed to stay cash flow positive. Read the full article here.

Read more »