(This post is brought to you by military veteran, entrepreneur, and startup founder Nick Bradfield. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.) I’ve always been drawn towards challenges. One day after high school I woke up and decided to look for the biggest … [Read more...] about Marine to Veteran to Entrepreneur.
I’m invited to USAA DigitalMilEx Conference again! This year it’s next week (26-27 October) at a San Antonio hotel near their headquarters building. I’ve also been invited to a behind-the-scenes visit on the day before. Please give me your questions and comments-- either on this post or by the “Contact me” page or by e-mail (NordsNords [at] … [Read more...] about “What Happens At USAA’s DigitalMilEx”… We’ll Tell You About It.
My spouse and I joined the military in the late 1970s. We've been military spouses since 1986, and I was a member of several fine Wives Clubs in the 1980s-90s. Thankfully, the military's gender policies have improved quite a bit over the last 40 years. The male military spouse situation has also improved a bit during this millennium, thanks to the … [Read more...] about How To Find Portable Careers For Military Spouses
I'm a retired submariner, and submariners live by checklists. We used a huge checklist for starting up the nuclear reactor, and another huge checklist for shutting it down. We used more checklists for operating the submarine: diving, surfacing, coming to periscope depth, or snorkeling. We used checklists for emergencies: while you were fighting … [Read more...] about Using A Checklist To Format Your Blog Posts
This update took a few extra months to put together. It's even more outdated than usual. When I talk about book sales with my writing friends, I get confused looks and pitying smiles. Most of them have self-published their manuscripts as eBooks, or used a service like Amazon's CreateSpace for both hardcopy and eBooks. They can see their sales … [Read more...] about “The Military Guide” Sales Update (The GSA Schedule Rocks!)
Yep, that's the title: with hashtag. Have you ever noticed how you and your friends talk about money? Some people will perpetually complain about not having enough, or needing to borrow more, or avoiding bill collectors. They're stressed out about their financial problems and worried about their debt. Others have grown up with few money … [Read more...] about Book Review: #MoneyChat THE BOOK
A reader writes: "Hey Doug! Just read the advice you posted about blogging for money and I am left with a question. What kinda number can I expect to pay out to get someone to do all the leg work for me in terms of setting it up. I am computer illiterate for the most part and it's not something that can change. Trust me I have tried. I love … [Read more...] about How to Start Your Blog — Or Outsource It!
[Welcome new readers! If you're coming here from the USAA Magazine article or the Yahoo Finance video, you may want to learn more about "The Military Guide" and your financial independence at the "Start Here!" page. That link opens a new tab in your browser, so you can keep reading this post without losing your place.] All right, all right, … [Read more...] about Blogging Lessons Learned From Interviews (Plus A Great Benefit)
This is the third post (and conclusion) in a series on writing and publishing. It stands on its own but for more context you can read about the book's latest sales & royalties report and traditional publishing versus self-publishing. Check the end of this post for an eBook announcement! Bookstores in military exchanges Three years ago when I … [Read more...] about Selling A Personal Finance Book In The Military Exchanges
Several months ago, author Romeo Clayton asked: I'd love to hear how you went about searching for a traditional publisher. I'm currently working on another book, although I may go the self-publishing route again. Is there any particular reason why you didn't go the self-publishing route? I'd like to share how I carefully analyzed the pros & … [Read more...] about Should You Self-Publish or Use a Traditional Publisher?