How To Be Awesome At Investing: Lessons From A Decade In Finance

How To Be Awesome At Investing: Lessons From A Decade In Finance

People always assume I am so deeply passionate and stoked about finance. Like I jump out of bed and get excited about interest rates. That's not exactly true. I am super stoked and passionate about helping people, feeling like my work matters and having autonomy over it. So when people ask me why I started The Hell Yeah Group, the answer is often that, " I looked inside of my tool box of skills and realized I had some sharp tools that all pertained to bookkeeping, running a small business and personal financial planning.” As much as I wanted to create a cool company that had nothing to do with finance, I had constraints: I needed to earn money and there was no denying the skills I had, no matter how uncool I thought it was. Not exactly visions of grandeur, more like shining a turd.

But I’ve really grown to love how my work makes me feel, regardless of it’s non-passion status. I want to share the industry-specific things I’ve learned and observed over the years that I think everyone should know.

How to Approach Managing Your Money Like Learning a New Skill

 How to Approach Managing Your Money Like Learning a New Skill

What do we want? Gratification!

When do we want it? Instantly!

We live in a world saturated in instant gratification. We can contact our friends through multiple channels at any time of day, from anywhere in the world. We can have the city’s best sushi or a even just single lime delivered to our front door.  The amount of entertainment we have access to at our fingertips is a number that my brain cannot actually comprehend. And we can generate a rush of dopamine in the time it takes to write a caption for a photo.

It’s no wonder why we give up on the things that require more than a few minutes of focus. We have so many other ways to feel instantly good and to distract us from the real work we could be doing. But real work takes, well - real work.

How to Not to Suck at Budgeting: The Definitive Guide

How to Not to Suck at Budgeting: The Definitive Guide

I’m just going to come out of the closet and say this: I actually hate budgeting. And I think so many of us have sucked at it because it actually inherently sucks. A budget is the harsh fluorescent light the morning after, revealing all of our past personal mistakes. Not being able to stick to a budget highlights just how out of control we are in our daily lives, like how we are powerless to marketing that connects with us emotionally or how the market or an employer dictates what we can afford and ultimately, how we live our lives. On the surface, a budget is a bunch of numbers, but at it’s core, it forces us to confront ourselves.

I Failed At Budgeting for Years. Here's What I Learned.

I Failed At Budgeting for Years. Here's What I Learned.

No one taught me how to budget. Not my parents, not my undergrad financial planning professor or any of the professors who were teaching the personal financial planning courses that went towards a personal financial planning certificate. In my memory, there was at most, a short chapter on it, with a fugly, useless template and advice that was certainly a total unrealisitic crap pile.

When I got a job assisting a financial planner, my boss, who had been a financial planner for 7 years, asked me - a zygote in the professional world - what I thought is the best method was for budgeting. And that’s when all the failing started.

What to Do When You're Freaking Out About Your Finances

What to Do When You're Freaking Out About Your Finances

I’ve been thinking a lot about this fundamentally human thing: negative feelings like fear, worry, stress, overwhelm and how it relates to our financial lives.

Financial progress is often analogous to weight loss because it takes time for a true transformation to take place. You make a plan, work away it, live life, reflect on your progress, maybe stray from the course and then get back on track. Rinse. Repeat.

Sometimes, even when you have a plan in place, your amygdala won’t shut up. Your fears hijack your brain and take you out of the present moment. Doubt creeps in. Progress feels far. There’s so much to do, how could you waste time doing anything else?

The Top Five Tax Return Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Top Five Tax Return Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Written by Luke Frye

Okay, this is going to sound extremely biased... but, as an accountant, I strongly recommend hiring a professional to file your business’s tax returns.

Sure, you’ll have to part with some of your hard earned cash in the short term. But I guarantee it will save you time and headaches. And if it helps you avoid making costly errors on your tax return (y’know, the ones that result in IRS fines), it’ll also save you money in the long run.

That said, I’m aware that it’s not always possible to hire a pro. So, if you’re doing your own tax return this year, here are some common mistakes to avoid.

LLC vs S-Corp: What’s Better For Your Business?

LLC vs S-Corp: What’s Better For Your Business?

Written by Luke Frye

Can you save money setting up your business as an LLC? Should you elect to be treated as an S-Corp?

I get asked these questions a lot by clients who want to maximize their tax savings. I wish there was a one-size-fits-all answer. But the honest the answer is: it depends on a bunch of different factors.

Before you set up shop as an LLC or an S-Corp, here’s a quick rundown of how these two business structures can benefit you and your business.

Top Nine Tax Code Myths and How to Stop Falling for Them

Top Nine Tax Code Myths and How to Stop Falling for Them

Tax filing and small biz accounting are complicated at the best of times. So, as a CPA for photographers and creative biz owners, I spend a lot of time busting tax myths for new clients.

Here are some of the most common tax myths that trip entrepreneurs up. Avoid them all and file a better tax return this year.

Five Things You Thought Your Accountant Was Doing

Five Things You Thought Your Accountant Was Doing

Accountants are smart, hard working, and they basically do everything for you, right?

Well, yes and no.

Typically your tax accountant (maybe you call them an EA or a CPA) is focused solely on filing your federal and state income taxes. This means there’s still a lot of “financial admin” you’ll have to take care of on your own to keep your business running.

Here are five financial tasks you’ll need to get done to keep your business running smoothly.

You’ll need to take care of these yourself or commission your accountant to do in addition to tax filing.

Twelve Small Truths About Running a Business

Twelve Small Truths About Running a Business

It’s been over 4 years since I’ve gone off my own and I’ve learned more about the world and myself in this short amount of time than I think I’ve learned in my whole life - at least it feels that way. Now that my business is no longer a sketchy house of cards that could fall down at any moment, it’s a lot of fun making things exist in the world to help people.

Here are twelve small truths that I’ve learned while forging my own path.