So two weeks ago, I announced I was looking for contributing bloggers and that I *gasp* got a real job. That said, I am pleased to introduce Money Under 30′s three new contributing bloggers. Simon, Carrie, and Stan will each be writing one post a week for the site.
About the Contributors
Simon, a 22-year old recent college grad, is a full-time editorial staff member at MyBankTracker and maintains his own personal finance blog, the Realm of Prosperity. Simon will be writing on a variety of personal finance topics from credit cards tips and tricks to saving money when you shop online.
Carrie hails from Kansas City, Mo., and is also an established personal finance blogger at her site Carrie…on the Cheap. In addition to bringing her personal experiences crushing debt and beginning to build net worth by age 26, Carrie is also in the final throws of studying for the CPA exam. She will be contributing great debt-reduction strategies, money-saving ideas, and oh-so-helpful tax tips!
Stan is new to blogging, but brings an impressive passion for investing. Before he even graduated from college, Y.S. was running his own investment fund for family and friends. He now works for a New York brokerage company and will be writing market commentary and how-to guides for young investors.
Look for their new posts next week!
Why I Got a “Real” Job
When I posted that I was looking for new writers and was going “back to work”, the questions started pouring in, mostly from other bloggers, who wanted to know:
- Why would I ever want to give up being a full-time blogger, especially so quickly?
- Did it not work out?
Quite the contrary, actually. In fact, I’m hiring contributors because things continue to go well, not just because I got a job again.
To understand why I took a job, you have to understand this: I didn’t start blogging full-time because it was my dream; I began blogging full-time because it enabled me to make a living in the city where my wife and I wanted to live. In fact, I hoped that my blogging would propel me to a new career that would take advantage of my interest of writing and Web publishing, which it did. I wasn’t out to take just any job; only one that put me to work in an area I’m passionate about.
I serendipitously saw a job posting for just such a job (I wasn’t actively looking) and said, “Wow, that looks perfect for me”. Fortunately, my new employer thought so, too.
Might I like to “be my own boss”, either as a blogger or as in another business, someday? Perhaps. But I want to do it when I have a financial safety net (which I don’t yet) and not at a time I may be starting a family in a matter of one or two years.
I want to continue to grow Money Under 30 into a substantial and useful resource for people in their twenties looking for answers to their financial questions (and earn a little something extra doing it). I have never, however, wanted to become a financial guru or “professional” financial writer (not that I wouldn’t consider writing a book someday, it just hasn’t been a focus of mine). Without a book or other product to sell with my blog, and without a professional service (like financial planning) to promote, my blog probably belongs as a part-time endeavor.
The fact that blogging supported me full-time (and could again, if I needed it to), is simply a sweet, sweet bonus.
Ultimately, even though I am going to have less time to write new articles for Money Under 30, I am really excited to bring some new voices to the site. If things go well, I may add even more contributors down the road.
I hope you enjoy the articles that Simon, Carrier, and Y.S. will soon start publishing. Please give them your support as we all work together to share knowledge about managing our money and growing financial secure, one day at a time.
Thanks, as always, for reading!