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You will be inspired by these stories. Hear from the top financial authors, podcasters, video creators, and speakers. What are the secrets of their success?

This podcast is for the independent financial media. Bloggers, writers, podcasters, and more will hear from the best of the best.

The Plutus Awards Podcast is hosted by Sarah Li Cain (Beyond the Dollar) with assistance from Plutus Awards founder Harlan Landes and long-time Plutus Awards volunteer Miranda Marquit.

In each episode, Sarah or a guest host speaks to content creators, entrepreneurs, Plutus Award winners, and your idols in the financial media.

For more about the Plutus Awards, visit plutusawards.com.

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

You will be inspired by these stories. Hear from the top financial authors, podcasters, video creators, and speakers. What are the secrets of their success?

This podcast is for the independent financial media. Bloggers, writers, podcasters, and more will hear from the best of the best.

The Plutus Awards Podcast is hosted by Sarah Li Cain (Beyond the Dollar) with assistance from Plutus Awards founder Harlan Landes and long-time Plutus Awards volunteer Miranda Marquit.

In each episode, Sarah or a guest host speaks to content creators, entrepreneurs, Plutus Award winners, and your idols in the financial media.

For more about the Plutus Awards, visit plutusawards.com.

    Invest in Hiring and Delegation to Grow Your Business

    Invest in Hiring and Delegation to Grow Your Business

    Hiring somebody to complete tasks in your business can be dreadful, as any cost directly chips away at your bottom line. So how do we determine whether a hiring decision makes financial and business sense? 
    In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Carter Cofield, the founder of Cofield’s Concepts, about the birth of Cofield’s Concepts, the decision-making process and pay-off from his hiring choices, and how to leverage hiring as an investment to grow your business. 
     
    Episode Highlights
    The first product by Cofield’s Concepts Lessons Carter learned from other content creators How Carter outsources and delegates How to decide if a hiring decision is smart About Carter Cofield
    Carter Cofield is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs save money on taxes. He's spent years learning the best tax savings strategies so that he can teach them to entrepreneurs and business owners everywhere.
    He’s also the owner of Cofield’s Concepts which is a financial literacy website teaching people how to make more money, pay less taxes, and be their own boss! Check out his website and podcast for free resources at cofieldsconcepts.com.

    • 26 min
    How To Prioritize Your Work Despite Major Life Changes

    How To Prioritize Your Work Despite Major Life Changes

    The pandemic has catalyzed more changes in our lives than we could ever have predicted. How should we go about factoring these changes into the stride of our daily lives and the progress of our work? 
    In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Emily Guy Birken, a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer and book author, about the systems that Emily set in place for herself and her family to reorganize their routines and adapt to both the pandemic and the change in Emily’s work intensity from her new book contract.  
     
    Episode Highlights
    How the pandemic impacted Emily’s work and life priorities  How Emily and her family handle the change in her work intensity The systems Emily implements to organize her work and home life Emily discusses lessons from writing her book
     
    About Emily Guy Birken
    Emily Guy Birken is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. Her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Kiplinger's, MSN Money, and The Washington Post online. She is the author of The 5 Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work for You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily lives in Milwaukee with her engineer husband, two elementary-aged sons, a retired racing greyhound, and a cat that doubles as a throw pillow.
     
    You can find Emily at her EmilyGuyBirken.com and on Twitter

    • 28 min
    How Your Financial Advice Is Stronger With Empathy and Validation

    How Your Financial Advice Is Stronger With Empathy and Validation

    Personal experiences shape the way we approach our finances, and sometimes those experiences hinder us from making the best financial decisions. How do we go about empathizing with the experiences of our audience to better provide more nuanced, applicable, and actionable financial advice?
    In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Elyssa Kirkham, the founder of Brave Saver, about Elyssa’s emphasis on honoring the experiences of her audience, acknowledging how personal experience informs financial decisions, and creating nuanced financial advice.
     
    Episode highlights
    How Elyssa’s relationship with money inspired the start of Brave Saver Elyssa’s thought process in creating content honoring her audiences’ experiences Elyssa discusses the reason content creators rush to offer solutions Elyssa’s approach to finding a voice in creating content  
    About Elyssa Kirkham
    Elyssa Kirkham is a personal finance writer who has spent 8 years covering everyday money topics like budgeting, debt, and saving money. She founded Brave Saver in January 2019 to write about the behavioral, mental, and emotional side of managing money.
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brave_saver/?hl=en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/elyssajk?lang=en

    • 34 min
    Boost Engagement Through Relatable Gamification and Story-Telling With Paul Vasey

    Boost Engagement Through Relatable Gamification and Story-Telling With Paul Vasey

    The concepts of personal finance, while directly applicable to daily life, often appear unfamiliar to the average student. A former teacher sets out to transform how students interact with financial concepts through gamification and story-telling.
    In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Paul Vasey, the founder of Cash Crunch Games, about the educational impacts of gamification, and the ups and downs of building his business from gamification to change how students learn personal finance.
    Episode highlights:
    Paul’s vision for Cash Crunch Games in educating students on personal finance Marketing lessons from Cash Crunch Games Paul’s search for business partners Paul’s thoughts on selling Cash Crunch Games For more information, visit the show notes at https://plutusfoundation.org/2021/boost-engagement

    • 24 min
    Attract Lifetime Paid Subscribers With a Membership Site

    Attract Lifetime Paid Subscribers With a Membership Site

    Offering a membership site can be a profitable decision, but the benefits of this model are entwined with its unique challenges. How should we go about deciding whether a membership site is suitable for our business and navigate the teething troubles of adopting this model?   
    In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with David Stein, the founder of Money For the Rest of Us, about the intricacies of operating a membership site and the steps he took to set his membership site up for success.
     
    Episode highlights
    How David came up with his pricing model How David marketed his membership site The systems David set in place to operate his membership site smoothly How David converts podcast listeners to membership and forum subscribers How David responds to the biggest challenges in operating a membership site For more information, visit the show notes at https://plutusfoundation.org/2021/paid-subscribers-membership

    • 27 min
    How Kevin L. Matthews Turned His Side Hustle into a Money-Making Business

    How Kevin L. Matthews Turned His Side Hustle into a Money-Making Business

    There are no lack of challenges when turning a side hustle into a full-time business. But once we have made the switch, how do we optimize the resources at hand and take our business to the next level?
    In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Kevin L. Matthews, the founder of Building Bread, about his journey building a business, the support he received from his spouse, and the mindset shifts that needed to take place before he could maximize the value proposition of his business.
    Episode highlights
    How Kevin managed to balance the workload between his full-time job and side hustle The systems Kevin set in place to maximize efficiency Making the switch to running a professional business The mindset change that took Kevin's business to the next level Kevin's take on how a full-time job can help us achieve our personal goals For more information, visit the show notes at https://plutusfoundation.org/2021/side-hustle-money-making-business/

    • 30 min

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16 Ratings

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I've been a big fan of what Plutus has been doing for years (and also love their event at FinCon of course). This podcast is worth your while!

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