Investing in yourself

The Importance of Investing in Yourself (and How to Do It)

by Sophia Bera October 7, 2015

As a financial planner, I talk a lot about investing your money wisely. You might want to invest in a new home, in grad school, or in the stock market. But we can expand this conversation to include other types of investing, too — like investing in yourself. Happiness comes from investing your money, time, […]

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job hunting tips

Tips to Improve Your Job Search

by Sophia Bera September 23, 2015

Let’s face it: hunting for a new job can be tough. With so many qualified candidates applying to a limited pool of job openings, it’s common to be rejected in favor of a more qualified applicant. And that’s assuming a company even replies to your application in the first place — which they don’t always […]

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intermediate financial tips

You’re Doing Really Well Financially: Now What?

by Sophia Bera September 9, 2015

When you’re first getting your financial act together, the advice you’ll get pretty much boils down to: Create a budget Build up emergency savings Pay down debt Contribute enough to your 401(k) to get a company match, and fund a Roth IRA as well if you can You built up a solid career, got out […]

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networking made easy

How to Make Networking Come Naturally

by Sophia Bera August 26, 2015

I’ve attended a lot of conferences this year and it’s one of my favorite times to network. I get to hang out with my friends and meet other cool people who share similar interests and goals.. Through conferences, I’ve also landed speaking gigs, new clients, and interviews in the media. This just happened to me […]

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wedding season travel hacking

Travel Hack Your Way Through Wedding Season

by Sophia Bera August 12, 2015

Ah, wedding season. You’ve probably had a year or two when your fridge is so covered in save the dates and invitations that you had to go buy more magnets to hold them all up. As much as you enjoy witnessing your good friends get married, you can’t not think about how much attending all […]

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Farnoosh Torabi

Being a Credit-Savvy Millennial: An Interview with Farnoosh Torabi

by Sophia Bera July 29, 2015

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Farnoosh Torabi. She’s a personal finance expert who has used her knowledge to help people with actionable financial advice. Her work is deeply rooted in her own experience as a recent graduate trying to get by. At 22, Farnoosh was making less than $40,000 a year in […]

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renting vs. buying

Buying vs. Renting: Which One Is Right for You?

by Sophia Bera July 15, 2015

Like getting a job, buying a car, getting married, or having a child, home ownership is viewed as one of the markers of becoming a “real” adult. Despite hitting those milestones at a later age than their Boomer parents, and dealing with the blow of a tough economy right as they entered the job market, […]

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power of simplifying

The Power of Simplifying Your Life

by Sophia Bera July 1, 2015

Between work, family, friends, and errands, we all have a lot going on. When you’re pressed for free time, even fun things like a dinner out with friends can feel like an item on a to-do list. The standard answer for “how are you?” used to be “good.” Now it’s “busy.” Frantically trying to get […]

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dating and debt

Dating & Debt: Meet the One Without Spending the Hundred

by Sophia Bera June 17, 2015

The stigma against online dating is gone and only a quarter of Millennials are married, so a whole lot of Gen Y is putting themselves out there. With free apps like Tinder and OkCupid, it’s never been easier to meet people. But going out on multiple expensive dates a month can blow your budget in […]

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financial freedom in 3 steps

How to Reach Financial Freedom in 3 Steps

by Sophia Bera June 3, 2015

Picture the kind of life you want to have. Maybe you’ll retire at 40 to travel the world, or buy a loft condo in Brooklyn, or send your future kid to Harvard. Those dreams take money (a lot of it!), and can seem so far away when you’re still in your ramen-for-dinner phase. But if […]

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