Tag Archives: financial coaching

Back from the brink of financial oblivion

I heard a story last week that’s too good not to share. I was on Zoom talking to a subscriber to The Escape Manual. He told me how he’d pulled off a massive 180 degree turnaround: going from debt disaster to responsible role model and provider for his children. So I asked James (names changed for obvious reasons) if he would […]

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth

I sometimes think I should teach a course on how to create a popular blog that goes viral and conquers the world. I would offer The Escape Artist as an example of how not to do it. That’s because The Escape Artist blog remains obscure …let’s be generous…mostly undiscovered. In terms of changing the world, […]

How to spot a conflict of interests (Part 2)

In Part One we explored why you should never ask a barber if you need a haircut and why you should never rely on instructions from Proctor & Gamble for how much of their washing liquid you should be using. Today in Part Two we are going to look a bit closer at conflicts of […]

Price is what you pay, value is what you get

Imagine that Bill and Ted have gone trekking in a remote corner of the Death Valley National Park in the USA. They’ve been backwoods camping and were carrying all their own food, tents and equipment. Unfortunately some coyotes stole all their stuff a couple of days ago and its taken 2 days to walk back […]

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 […]

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 […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 20

I was chatting to a friend who reads this blog. She told me that she reads every article…except “those stupid music ones”…please could I stop doing those? Being a Nice Guy, I said I’d think about it. So I thought about it…and here we are. Yes, The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs […]

Sweat Those Assets!

Let’s say you own a boat / caravan / painting that’s sat idle in your garage worth £10,000. You didn’t use it last year and it earned you nothing. But if you’d sold it and invested the cash in a global equities tracker fund, last year you’d have made £2,200 (22%). In a more average […]

Financial Independence is for Everyone (Part 3)

This is Part 3 in an occasional series. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It was the week before Christmas, it was 4.45 in the morning and my alarm was going off. Time to get up and go to work. What?!? Aren’t FI bloggers supposed to preach the benefits of loafing […]

What I learned in therapy

In Get Rich with Retraining I explained that I’d enrolled on a part time Introduction to Counselling course at a local college. It’s an introductory course (the clue is in the name) and I don’t hold myself out as a qualified therapist, psychologist or Doctor Of The Internet. But the course is accredited by the […]