Author Archives: The Escape Artist

How to get money to stick to your fingers

When I was young and in my first proper job, one of the senior people described a new client that he was excited to be working with. He explained the reason by saying: “they’re the sort of person for who money just sticks to their fingers”. Being an inexperienced idiot, I didn’t know what he […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 21

On the internet, I recently stumbled across another blogger who had taken a list of pop songs and flogged them like a dead horse reviewed them for FI messages. This reminded me of something I heard Andy Hart (of the excellent Maven Money podcast) say: When you steal an idea from me, you’re stealing twice. […]

Earning more is not cheating…Part 2 : Sales

As we covered in Part 1, it’s a lot easier to save more when you are on a higher income. Obviously. So let’s dive back into that subject with a look at a key aspect of how you make more money: by selling. You may now be thinking: “yuk, that’s not for me”. Sales and […]

Every time you see a small business, someone made a brave decision

I saw this board outside a cafe in the high street of my town and loved it. I took a photo and then went into the cafe. I’d never been in before but I had a chat with Emma, the proprietor (who was also the barista, waitress, cleaner, CEO and pretty much everything whilst her […]

You’re only as strong as your weakest link

In the biblical parable of Samson and Delilah, Samson had great physical strength. This strength allowed him to perform superhuman feats, including fighting a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines (his enemies) using only the jawbone of a donkey(!). Delilah, Samson’s girlfriend, was bribed by the Philistines to discover the source of Samson’s strength. After three failed attempts, she […]

Getting debt-free…treading lightly on The Earth

One of my favourite descriptions of financial independence is that its an environmental movement dressed up as a $$$ GET RICH QUICK $$$ scheme. Today’s guest post from a TEA reader helps join the dots for other people who are earlier in the journey from consumer to producer / escape artist / environmentalist. The Escape […]

It’s in the price…the stockmarket has already taken that stupid internet article into account

I’m as big a fan of financial education and open discussion as anyone – but most financial discussions online are woefully poor. On the internet, the blind lead the blind. There are always boomsters and doomsters but the curse of investing is that the bear case looks smarter. To add the spurious impression of evidence, […]

Are online side hustle$ worth it?

There is no One True Path to financial freedom (nor through life generally). This site is for grown-ups so I don’t tell you what you must do, I just tell you what worked for me. And some other stuff that’s hopefully helpful and interesting. You get to choose which bits to use in your own […]

First things first : why you must get out of debt

Here’s a question I saw online in a financial discussion forum:   “I would like to ask some advice from you. I have recently came into a small windfall of money to the sum of £3K and wondered what best to do with it. Not a lot I know, but for my salary its quite a […]

Predictions are a mug’s game…but let’s play anyway

As the old joke goes: it’s hard to make predictions…especially about the future. And generally, making predictions is unnecessary for good investing. That’s because index investing allows you to “piggy back” off the wisdom of crowds. As the smart money moves capital to growing businesses and growth areas of the economy, money in an index […]