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  In Taking Inventory of Your Skill Set – Part 1, we discussed three groups of skills : Job skills, which are needed to acquire a particular job, keep it and then to elevate one’s standing within a company (i.e. job promotions and raises). Life skills, which are needed to navigate everyday life–not only in our personal life but also in the workplace. Personal Life skills,...

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What type of Skills do you have? We touched upon what skills are necessary in any money-making in 3 Things You Can Do Now To Get Set Up For Financial Independence. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap: Most skills fall into one of two categories—“school-based” (i.e. specific disciplines like mathematics or foreign languages) which are traditionally learned in a classroom and “process-based” (i.e....

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  Few Things to know while managing credit card debt As I pointed out in How to Manage Credit Card Debt: Part 1, having a credit card is often a double-edged sword and knowing how to use it in a strategic and beneficial way is a vital step in becoming financially independent. So, start managing your credit cards and credit card debt right now. The first thing you...

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The first thing you need to realize about credit cards are that they are—in actuality—closer to being “loan cards”. And in today’s world, one cannot live without at least one credit card. But I have one mantra for you: I am going to control my credit card debt and it will not control me. Let’s go over a few credit card do’s. Do: Open your wallet and...

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Time Management is an important factor in our journey to Financial Independence One of the major skills necessary to achieve financial independence is the ability to manage your time, regardless of which career path you are on. As I mentioned in Juggling Work & School Demands, the importance of learning time management cannot be overstated. Trust me, learning to manage time will equip you to handle...

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 Working while going to school? Here are some time management skills to effectively juggle your time. Have you worked to make money while in high school or college? How did you manage your work & school balance? What did you learn from the experience of juggling work & school? It’s Friday evening and you’re heading out to your less-than-glamorous job. You splash water on your face in...

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  Do you have a college education? If you do, who paid for it? Do you have student loan debt? If so, how do you plan to pay it off? Having a college degree—and, of course, a college education—under your belt will greatly improve the odds of landing your dream job, as you will be qualified for many more positions than your non-degree-possessing counterparts. The degree, whether it...

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Great education does not necessarily mean you are raising financially independent kids Even though the education system has made tremendous strides when it comes to teaching children certain skills in various arenas in recent years, learning how to become and stay financially independent is rarely emphasized in schools, especially for girls. So it’s even more incumbent you these days, if you’re a parent, to teach your children...

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Smart Money Management Tips for The Independent Young Woman Are your pockets overflowing with many, many extra dollar bills? If so, congratulations. If not, this blog is about money management and setting you up for financial independence, starting with two lessons from my mother and me. Lesson 1. Be shopping smart (tip from my mother) :   Thankfully, I was taught the importance of money management well at an...

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