Personal Finance Round-Up: You Don’t Need To Dread Your Job

Working is a simple fact of life. In order to have the means to do the things you want to do and to live the way you want to live, you have to work in some way or another. Some people find their jobs awful, boring and unbearable; others find them interesting and love what they do. This may be a result of individual attitudes towards life, but there are so many factors that go into whether or not you enjoy what you do that it’s hard to say one way or another.

Work doesn’t have to be that way though. Even if you hate your job and dread going to work each day but can’t bear the thought of leaving and finding something else, there are some simple things you can do that can improve your work life and make it more enjoyable.

Nut, from The Writers Coin did exactly that. He found inspiration from Google and one of their more interesting perks for employees, the 80-20 policy. This policy states that Google employees are encouraged to spend 20% of their time at the office doing something they are really interested in. This can include visiting other departments and checking out projects they are working on, developing your own project from scratch, or just hanging out in the Google game room talking with friends, all while still getting paid.

We can’t all work at Google, but we can use some of their strange and interesting work policies in our own workplace to improve how we do and view our job like Nut did: How Google’s 20% Rule Made My Job Less Awful.

Here are some other recent posts from the personal finance blogosphere that you should check out:

How to apply the 80/20 rule to earn more, work less, and dominate
There is a completely different 80-20 rule out there, also called Pareto’s Principle, that has been around a lot longer than Google, believe it or not, and in this article, the author describes how you can take advantage of that principle to spend less time doing more effective work . [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]

3 Sources for Freelance Work at Home Jobs
If you in fact love what you do, but just hate where you work, there are other ways to supplement your income or completely replace it. Freelancing in the current economy has just taken off because companies need fast, efficient workers without strings attached, and people are afraid of being laid off so they take their work in their own hands. This piece showcases a few places to find work at home opportunities. [Wise Bread]

5 Dumb Ideas That Made Millions
Stories like these give hope to those that are unhappy with their job and think they can make it on their own. The only dumb idea out there is the one not explored and if you think of something others may  find value in, get it out there in the market! [Yes, I Am Cheap]

The Creation of Facebook Was Exciting, Great Money Management Is Not
One thing stopping many people from getting out there and making the ideas they have a reality is risk. While risk is a scary thing, it is also one of the exceptionally exciting attributes of personal finance. Here are some things risk and a billion dollar idea can teach us. [Realm of Prosperity]

Would You Rather Grow Up Wealthy… or Not?
There are those out there that come across a great idea and become wealthy, but there are also those born into wealth. Which category would you rather find yourself in? Did you think the same thing when you were younger? [Young and Thrifty]

Sensible Tactics to Reduce Student Debt
Before the working years comes college and all the debt that comes with a college education. That debt can be pretty massive and scary depending on how you head into that battle but here are some tips to help weather the storm and come out on top, plus a few for parents with college age kids. [Kiplinger]

6 Tips for Decorating On a Budget
Until you do make it big with that new idea or steadily work your way into wealth through your day job, life can be pretty drab while living within your means. Sprucing up your home can really make you feel wealthy. With these tips in mind, you can do just that while staying under budget. [Out Of Debt Again]

Side Hustle Series: I’m a Chicken Farmer
Your next big idea doesn’t have to be unique to work. There are a thousand tried and true ideas out there that you may  or may not have ever heard of but many of them are worth a try. Over at Budgets Are Sexy there is a new series running called The Side Hustle Series which will showcase new and old ideas that are getting people just like you and me out of the office and into the field, and in this case, literally.  [Budgets Are Sexy]


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  • Writer’s Coin

    Thanks for the mention! I finally got into the same conversation with Ramit. Go me!

    • Andrew (Admin)

      You got it! Your post was stellar!

  • youngandthrifty

    Thanks for including my post, Money Crashers.

    Wow, I wish I worked at Google. That sounds awesome. I completely agree that if you don’t find your 9-5 job amazing, then you can just do something outside of that time that you are passionate about.

    For me, it’s blogging. Blogging gives me the spice in my life if I find my job mundane.

    • Andrew (Admin)

      No problem! Love to hear your enthusiasm about blogging. It’s even better if you can sneak it in during those dog day work hours!

  • Mrs. Accountability

    Thanks for including my post on 6 Tips for Decorating on a Budget, much appreciate the link love! :-)

    • Andrew (Admin)

      It was a fun post! No problem Mrs. A!

  • Sandy @yesiamcheap

    Thanks for linking to my post. I need to climb up on your ranking list.

    • Andrew (Admin)

      I’d like to see you shoot up the list too!