ChooseFI
ChooseFI
The Unstuck Network
How would your life change if you reached Financial Independence and got to the point where working is optional? What actions can you take today to make that not just possible but probable. Jonathan & Brad explore the tactics that the FI community uses to reclaim decades of their lives. They discuss reducing expenses, crushing debt, tax optimization, building passive income streams through online businesses and real estate and how to travel the world for free. Every episode is packed with actionable tips and no topic is too big or small as long as it speeds up the process of reaching financial independence.
389 | The Language of Business
In this episode: interpreting financial statements, utilizing financial statements, balance sheet statements, income statements, cash flow statements, and valuing a business for its purpose. Have you even wanted to learn the language of business? Not in a literal sense, by that we mean understanding the ways businesses communicate what their real value is to the general public and potential investors? Well if you have had this incredibly niche thought, you're definitely a member of the FI community, and you're also in luck! Brian Feroldi is back on the show to discuss financial statements and the information certain financial statements indicate, as well as act as your translator for the language of business! Understanding this language can be a massive help in your own decision making going forward! Brian Feroldi Twitter: @BrianFeroldi YouTube: Brian Feroldi Website: brianferoldi.com Timestamps 1:26 - Introduction 2:44 - Financial Statements 5:35- Read and Interpret 8:58 - The Three Main Financial Statements 13:33 - Balance Sheet Statements 22:09 - Utilizing Financial Statements 24:06 - Income Statements 30:04 - Claim on Earnings 33:58 - Cash Flow Statements 44:13 - Valuing a Business for it's Purposes 47:22 - Not All Businesses are Equal 50:16 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Search for the Company with a Durable Competitive Advantage by Mary Buffett and David Clark https://www.fool.com/author/14471/ Stock Fundamentals With Brian Feroldi | ChooseFI Ep 200 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Aug 7
51 min
388 | The 18-Year-Old Who Actually Listened
In this episode: college hacking, career hacking, the power of starting early, trade jobs, and salesforce careers. How many times in the past have you been listening to this podcast and thought, "I wish I knew about this when I was younger." Well today's guest Zach actually had the foresight to start using the lessons he learned from this podcast at the ripe age of 18, and the results may be envy inducing! It's worth noting that not starting your FI journey at the age of 18 doesn't discredit you from a happy and financially independent life. But it's also worth noting that the sooner you start, the sooner you'll be able to reap the rewards, so start today! Timestamps 1:08 - Introduction and Zach's E-Mail 3:03 - What were you looking for when you found the FI community? 5:43 - Dual Enrollment 15:06 - Evaluating Your Education Options and Expenses 22:29 - Military Service and College Education 26:39 - First Job Out of College and Trade Jobs 35:05 - 20 Years Old, $65,000 Yearly Salary, No Debt, What Next? 37:04 - The Power of Starting Early 42:26 - Zach's Career Change 53:31 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode Subscribe to The FI Weekly! Virginia's Community Colleges Miss Excel From Pandemic Layoff to $100k+ | A Salesforce Success Story |EP 297 Free Salesforce 5-Day Challenge Salesforce: A Lucrative Career and No Degree or Tech Background Needed If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Jul 31
55 min
387 | How Real Estate Investors Make it Work in High Interest Environments | Coach Carson
In this episode: real estate investing, the fundamentals of real estate investing, real estate investing variables, interest rates, and private money financing. With today's real estate market is it even possible to get some skin in the game as an investor? While thing's aren't exactly optimal for buyers right now, if you are creative and informed with your decision making, it is absolutely possible to get in the game! Listen along as Coach Carson joins the show to discuss how this is still possible and ways the small and mighty investors continue to succeed in the real estate market! Chad Carson Website: coachcarson.com YouTube: Coach Carson TV Podcast: Real Estate and Financial Independence Podcast Timestamps 1:13 - Introduction 2:09 - Elephants In The Room 5:41 - What Is The Market Doing? 9:13 - Interest Rates 17:32 - Do You Even Go To A Traditional Bank Anymore? 24:28 - Unknown Variables 28:50 - Private Money Financing 38:15 - It Always Comes Down To Earnings 44:23 - Surviving 2008 51:08 - The Cost For Private Investors 59:38 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode Redfin Zillow Paula Pant, Afford Anything Find your Local ChooseFI Group! BiggerPockets Forums Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Jul 24
1 hr 2 min
386 | The $100K Glorified Sleepaway Camp | Millionaire Educator
In this episode: College Hacking, College Credits for less, ACE Courses, CLEP Exams, and The Most Cost Efficient Bachelors Degree A college education may be the most daunting expense members of the FI community have on their horizon. As we all know by now, the cost of modern higher education has skyrocketed and has shown virtually no signs of decreasing or even leveling off! However Gerry Born, also know as the Millionaire Educator, may have found a way to reduce the overall cost of said education while still retaining the aspect of freedom we in FI community hold so dearly. Listen along to see if this alternative path to a college degree could be applicable towards you or your loved one's futures! Millionaire Educator Website: millionaireeducator.com Twitter: @GerryBorn Timestamps 1:11 - Introduction 2:44 - The "College Experience" 6:55 - CLEP Tests 11:17 - Spending Credits 21:15 - The Cost Effective Option 25:35 - ACE Courses 28:48 - The Credit Stacking Experience 37:12 - Pairing This Methodology with the Classic College Experience 41:04 - The Most Optimized Bachelors Degree 47:32 - Using College to Learn Your Craft 52:53 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode How To Test Out of College While You’re Still In High School | Millionaire Educator | ChooseFI Ep 238 Sophia Learning Modern States Credly Study.com Sophia Learning's Partners A $7,500 College Degree in 12 Months? Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Jul 17
55 min
385 | Time Is Your Ultimate Luxury
In this episode: Time as a Luxury, The Power of F-U Money, The Cost of DIY, Planning, and Decision Making. Even though time is our most precious non-renewable resource, the society we live in tends to take that fact for granted. Is working more to earn more really the most efficient use of your time? Possibly, but effective planning and delegation of your resources can help you find a much better balance between the things you have to do to support your lifestyle, and the things you want to do throughout your life! Once time is spent you can't get it back, so plan accordingly so you can make the most of it! Timestamps 0:56 - Introduction and Are Your Winning Life? 4:18 - Tax Abatement Feedback 11:30 - Credit Cards Purchases 19:34 - Crypto Exchanges 23:55 - Time is the Ultimate Resource 30:16 - Finding a Sweet Spot Between Frugality and Freedom 38:12 - The Power of Evaluating Your Options 46:55 - Planning Unlocks Freedom 53:29 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode Functionality with Numbers | Ep 384 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! Join ChooseFI's Facebook Group! Playing With FIRE Discovering the Power of FU Money | ChooseFI Ep 321 If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Jul 10
55 min
384 | Functionality with Numbers
In this episode: functionality with numbers, the rule of 74, decision making, free roles, and tilting the odds in your favor! Setting yourself up for success is one of the FI community's main ideals, but what is the best way to go about doing that? Well, to put it simply, math. While the mention of math may be enough to put some people off entirely, what if we told you basic math could be enough to prime yourself up for success? Simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division when applied right can have a huge impact on your personal finances! Listen along and see if there are any ways you could apply basic math into your own decision making going forward! Timestamps 1:00 - Introduction and Functional Numbers 2:47 - Rule of 72 7:44 - Math is Rad! 11:27 - Math and Opportunity Costs 18:38 - Decision Making 26:03 - Free Roles 33:54 - Credit Card Costs 39:52 - Hunting for Win-Wins 44:39 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode The Tim Ferris Show Episode #604 Edward O. Thorpe How To Decide With Annie Duke | ChooseFI Ep 262 "Thinking in Bets" by Annie Duke Risk Parity Radio The Simple Path to Wealth Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Jul 3
44 min
383 | What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up? | The Fioneers
Topics in this episode: lifestyle design, coast fi, slow fi, identity, career, and creating the life you want. Sometimes it can be hard to separate what you do for a living from who you are as a person. Also, financial situations and limited resources can make you feel stuck living a life that doesn't align with your interests and values. But fear not for this is a cycle that can be broken! Listen along as Lauren from "The Fioneers" joins the show and walks through steps you can take to potentially unlock some more freedom in your life! Jessica From The Fioneers Website: The Fioneers Coaching: Design A Life You Love Twitter: @TheFioneers Instagram: Thefioneers Facebook: Slow FI Enthusiasts Timestamps 1:04 - Introductions 1:56 - Jessica Update 5:23 - What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? 12:03 - Identity and Career 18:35 - Slow FI and Coast FI 27:12 - It's Not Set In Stone 32:44 - Fear and Creating The Life You Want 41:38 - From Passion to Career 45:05 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Conversation Managing Stress by Leveraging FI | The Fioneers | Ep 229 A Deep Dive into Lifestyle Design Coast FI vs. Slow FI: What's the Difference? You are Not Your Work: How to Reclaim Your Identity Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new sidehustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cellphone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile  
Jun 26
48 min
382 | Name Your Fear, Control Your Risk
In the week's episode, Brad and Jonathan examine the current state of the housing market and discuss different ways in which risk can be controlled. It seems like we are currently living in some of the most interesting financial times ever to have occurred. Crypto currencies are seemingly disappearing overnight, interest rates are shooting up, and the inflation rate continues to climb! While all of these examples can cause one to be fearful, preparation and attention to detail are two traits that allow those in the FI community to stay calm! Identify your fears, control situations where you are taking on risk, and continue crushing your journey down the path to FI! Timestamps 0:58 - Introduction 2:01 - The Tail End 5:58 - The Most Interesting Financial Times 13:26 - Housing 18:22 - Conversation With A Friend 26:06 - Components of The Monthly Payment 34:40 - 40 Year Mortgage and Renting 45:20 - 10% Intrest Rates 53:05 - Crypto Sidecar 57:15 - Crypto Security 61:39 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Conversation The Tail End Subscribe to The FI Weekly! Common Sense Spending Guidelines | Housing | Ep 381 Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and NFT’s | EP 361 Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and NFT’s Part 2 | EP 362 Pump and Dump | EP 323 If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new sidehustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cellphone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
Jun 19
1 hr 4 min
381 | Common Sense Spending Guidelines | Housing
In this week's episode, Brad and Jonathan discuss different guidelines that can help ensure your mortgage won't infringe on your FI goals! Becoming an home-owner doesn't have to mean the collapse of your own financial stability! By planning ahead and working within your personal limitations, your journey to a happy, healthy, and simple life can continue unabated! Listen along to see if the common sense guidelines mentioned can be beneficial to your situation! Timestamps 1:02 - Introductions 3:01 - Insufficient Funds 11:55 - Tackling Overdraws 19:21 - What Can You Really Afford? 26:36 - The Bracket Breakdown 31:13 - FI-ifying Your Budget 35:13 - The Payment Breakdown 45:53 - Working The Table 53:46 - Mortgage Factors 57:30 - Make The Best Decision For YOU 68:43 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Conversation Can I Get An Extension, Please? | ChooseFI Ep 372 TurboTax Subscribe to The FI Weekly! SmartAsset The Happy Philosopher Chad Carson Paula Pant If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new sidehustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cellphone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile 🌏 Exclusive! Grab the NordVPN deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/choosefi Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! ✌
Jun 12
1 hr 9 min
380 | Optionality: Making Choices with Finite Resources
In this week's episode, Brad and Jonathan discuss different routes you can take in order to create options for yourself with limited resources. Everyone has a finite amount of financial resources at their disposal and everyone is always questioning what they should be doing with what they have. While nothing is guaranteed, thankfully there are steps you can take to protect your resources and make informed decisions. Listen along as the guys discuss creating options for yourself and hopefully the information can be helpful towards dealing with uncertainty! Timestamps 0:56 - Introduction 1:59 - The Rule of 72 8:51 - Bitcoin Purchase and Computer Safety 16:57 - Crypto Crashes 21:42 - Intrinsic Value 28:04 - Guaranteed Returns 34:40 - Protecting Yourself 45:27 - Finding Options in Uncertainty 52:54 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Conversation Dropbox Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and NFT’s | EP 361 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! If You Want To Support ChooseFI: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Compare, buy, and save big on insurance with Policygenius Keep learning or start a new sidehustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cellphone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile  
Jun 5
55 min
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