Budgeting. (I know, I know…) [all resources]
You can get my Budgeting Toolkit free online here.
Small Business Work, Jobs & Freelancing [all resources]
- Small Biz Cheatsheet — small biz calculator free download
- Tax Calculators: self-employment tax // income tax calculator
- How to set rates as a freelancer!
- How to frame your small business so you make money.
Credit [all resources]
Debt & Loans [all resources]
The Debt Resistors Manual, out of the Occupy Wall Street folks, has great resources on managing old debts and frameworks for thought. While I do advocate paying student loans, under the mantle of Less Stress Is Better For You, I get their points.
These online calculators are really helpful:
- Student loan repayment from finaid.org. Start with a 10-year estimate, and go from there.
- Online debt payoff calculator: whether you want to snowball, avalanche, or just get it GONE, plan out payments and see what you’ll save
Investing [all resources]
- WTF is investing? There is an entire post about it here.
- What about if you want investing that’s more ethical? Start learning here.
- Savings calculators: make your plan!
- This document lists basically everything amazing about saving money and retiring early. So if that sounds cool…
- The YouNeedABudget blog has a LOT of tips and free mini-classes on saving.
Math math math! Even if you’re a spreadsheet nerd [like me] valuing interest over time is hecka complicated. Let computers go ahead and be good at it by using an online calculator!
This list from Alliance Bank has basically every calculator you might need: https://www.myalliancebank.com/calculators
Look, once you get to a certain level (like at least over $50k in the bank – and definitely think about it if you have over $250,000), then start thinking about paying a financial advisor a small percentage on an ongoing basis to handle this stuff. If you’re there, check out:
Stash Wealth, Priya Malani’s teams of CFPs are all about supporting millennials who are on their way to building freakin’ wealth.
Leon Wu, Financial Representative: “My purpose is educate and guide individuals and organizations to make smart financial decisions based on their self-defined goals and needs, especially for women, LGBTQ individuals and small businesses.” Northwestern Mutual, Los Angeles. Email: leon[dot]wu[at]nm.com
SRI Advisor Groups
If you’re someone with $250,000+ then its time to consider (though not necessarily rush) to a professional financial advisor who can invest money on your behalf, and if you also want those investments to be working for social good, you’ll want to check out these folks:
- Fresh Pond Capital, http://www.freshpondcapital.com/ (woman-run!)
- First Affirmative, http://www.firstaffirmative.com/
- Pax World Management, http://paxworld.com/
- Natural Investments, https://www.naturalinvestments.com
Looking for other support? Check out…
I sometimes get the opportunity to promote other people whose work supports self-determination and empowerment, here’s a few folks I adore:
Personal Coaching: Bridget Sweetin is a force of organization, marketing, and positivity. And a certified coach, check her out.
Employment Coaching: Trying to pivot careers? Sloan is a life coach with specialties in resume preparation, interview practice, and workplace cultures. “I help individuals get out of their own way and support organizations with taking on their most difficult challenges. I am committed to the development of people and workplace teams in service of larger social transformation.” LOVE. Contact Sloan here.
- Kristin Wong’s money work is delightful: http://www.thewildwong.com/
- The Millennial Revolution bloggers crunch numbers so well! Check em out.
- Mr. Money Mustache has a cult following, and if you want to save money and get out of the cycle of compulsory work, you’ll see why.
- JD Roth is also a classic dad-type finance writer so check him out if you want that.
Books for Self-Study
- It’s Not About the Money, Brent Kessel is a book that’s thoughtful, helpful, and is about understanding your archtype as you relate to money, power, and agency — plus has some solid advice.
- Your Money or Your Life – check out the workbook by the Financial Integrity nonprofit.
The National Endowment for Financial Education has dozens of handouts and worksheets to help you organize your finances. While they do, like many, focus on salaried employees, there’s lots of sound advice.
Cost Management Tools
Nerd Wallet has price comparisons on all kinds of things, from savings accounts to root canals.