Joe Orozco's Blog

One day I will go into the office because I want to, and not because I need to. This is the story of my journey to that point, along with all the lessons I wish I could have told my younger self to get there a little faster. Comments and guest posts are always welcomed.

Expensive is not Always Best

Last Monday we touched on the pitfalls with taking the less expensive option. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, but does that necessarily mean the most expensive option is better?

One of the areas where you're very likely to be financially manhandled is in the area of technology purchases. Take the laptop, for example. How many times have you gone into an electronics store and been blown away by all the elegant specs, many of which make no sense but really sound good!

The Dream Job that Got Away

I once had dreams of becoming like Bruce Springsteen. Now, at age 62, I write about him, go to his shows, sing along to his songs in my car, teach my children about his significance, use his works in my Wharton classes, and even serve as a Guest DJ on E Street Radio. But despite my earlier wishes to live a successful musical performer’s life, it’s not going to happen. I’m not Springsteen, and never will be.

And that’s OK.

Cheaper is not Always Better

Financially responsible people understand it is not always necessary to shell out hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to get your hands on quality products and services. But, is that always true?

Where My Dog At?

So not long ago I decided it was maybe, possibly, potentially time to go back for a second guide dog. Gator passed away three years ago, and though I've gotten around just fine with a cane, there is an undeniable (perhaps an elevated?) sense of independence when you take hold of a harness and let a dog do the navigating.

Or, to put it more bluntly, it's nice to walk around crap instead of smacking into it. And, yes, there are benefits to discovering obstacles as a means of creating a mental map, but that's another prolonged discussion for a different post.

19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won’t Tell You

Have you ever come across an article that really resonated with you? One of those pieces that makes you come back every so often to relive those feelings it inspired?

The other day I found myself rereading Len Penzo's 19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won’t Tell You. It's an excellent piece if you're genuinely interested in financial independence. Actually, the blog is worth subscribing to if you're interested in financial independence.

A Tale of Two Sales Pitches

Some time ago I dealt with two distinct personalities regarding a front door installation. For the sake of anonymity we'll call them Bob and Jim. Bob is a sales representative for a national door and window installation company. Jim runs a local two-man home improvement operation. Their approach was about as different as sugar and salt.

Life Lessons From a Funeral Home

I used to post monthly compilations of my favorite financial advice articles. Alas, the site stats showed me no one else was really interested, so rather than bore you with article lists no one will ever read, I've decided to find great articles and share some thoughts on why they stood out for me.

3 Steps to Launch a Website

Launchhing your own website does not have to be as complicated as people make it out to be. In fact, you can knock it out in a few simple steps.

A Great Alternative to Business Plans

Have you been putting off starting your own business because you're afraid of writing a business plan? Let me let you in on my little secret. I did not write a business plan until after I'd launched AlphaComm Strategies, and then, the only reason I wrote it was to make a pitch for startup funding.

Killing the Stealthy Financial Enemy

How many times has peer pressure motivated your hand to spend money when your heart wasn't really in it? I'm not even talking about the perpetual race to keep up with the Joneses. You know, your friend got the latest tablet; therefore, you should have one too. Rather, I'm speaking of that other breed of peer pressure that is more subtle but every bit as destructive to your financial independence.