Plutus Awards Podcast

Plutus Awards Podcast

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.

Episodes

March 31, 2021 26 min

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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 c...

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The gig economy has made it easier for many of us to find pleasure and success in our side hustles. How do we manage the multitude and magnitude of the freelancing work we take on without burnout or compromise to work quality?

In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Scarlett McCarthy, the founder of Literally Broke, about Scarlett’s experience balancing a full-time job, multiple freelance gigs, and personal health and happiness.

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When a job takes more than it gives, it is time for a personal reflection of our priorities. How can we decide when to leave the stability of a day job to pursue our personal aspirations and projects?

In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Jessica F., aka Mrs. Fioneer, the co-founder of The Fioneers, about the thought process that led to Jessica leaving her job, how an abundance mindset propelled her forward, and the keys to ...

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When partners no longer share a vision or priorities, it is difficult to move forward together. How do we decide when it is best to end a partnership and pursue something independently, and what systems should be put in place to ensure a smooth transition?

In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Rich Jones of Paychecks and Balances about how he and his podcast co-host decided to go their separate ways, the difficulties of a one-...

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How do you manage during the difficult times in life? Through this past year, it has been hard to balance the realities of everyday life with the arduous situations that are impacting our society.

Julien and Kiersten speak with our host, Sarah Li Cain, about their coping mechanisms at the beginning of the pandemic. They share the different tools they utilized to create better strategies, boundaries, and systems so they can flourish...

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Many of us want to be successful, whether by making more money or being a person of distinction in our niche. But does this kind of success really equate to happiness and fulfillment?

Jason Vitug, of Phroogal, talks with Sarah Li Cain about the journey he has taken since achieving what others would define as success. He delves into what his business is now becoming as he focuses on his personal values as his true metric of success...

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Dealing With Income-Loss Grief and Forming New Partnerships.
   
Many of us are trying to figure out how to move forward through this pandemic. While trying to care for ourselves and loved ones, how do we deal with the loss of security and loss of income that adds to the ordeal?

To discover ways to get unstuck in difficult times, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez about her business and financial struggles d...

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Whether in the form of an illness, caring for a loved one, or the loss of a loved one, sometimes life steps in and you need time away from work. What do you do when difficulties enter your life and you can no longer bring in any income?

Our host, Sarah Li Cain, speaks with Laura Gariepy about the recent loss of her father, how it affected her freelance career, and the kind of relationships she developed that allowed understanding w...

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The pandemic has negatively affected many businesses. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, most small businesses are concerned about financial hardship due to prolonged closures (70%) and more than half (58%) worry about having to permanently close.

Jessica Moorhouse joins our host, Sarah Li-Cain, to discuss her experience with setbacks due to COVID-19. Jessica shares what her business looked like pre-COVID, how her business c...

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What do you when you are on a comfortable trajectory and things suddenly change? With the pandemic, many of us have experienced unexpected turns in life and business and are trying to figure out our next step.

Doc G speaks with Sarah Li Cain about the changes he made to his podcast and website when he faced his own time of uncertainty. He explains the opportunities that opened up as well as the shifts in his mindset that needed to ...

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According to Forbes, "Latinas make just 53 cents for every dollar the average white, non-Hispanic man makes. Compare that to the 79 cents white women earn on average compared to white men, and the 63 cents that black women make. Latina women must work 305 extra days into the next calendar year just to earn what the average white man earns in a year."

Harlan Landes sits down with Daniella Flores, Athena Valentine, and Natali...

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October 28, 2020 41 min

Sandy Smith, Jordon Cox, and this year's host of the Plutus Awards, Joe Saul-Sehy, join Plutus Awards founder Harlan Landes to discuss the legacy of the premier ceremony recognizing excellence in financial media.

- Learn what our previous hosts and present host have been up to over the past year
- Some of their favorite moments from past Plutus Award shows
- The diversity of the personal finance community and the people they re...

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We've all seen the attention-grabbing headlines that are used in personal finance media and on blogs. They can be useful in pulling people in but are these unique narratives attracting your true audience or turning them away?

Sarah Li-Cain speaks with Michelle Jackson of the Money Hungry podcast about the amazing personal finance stories we see and why they can't be the only portrayals that are given attention. Michelle exp...

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Starting a business is hard. It's even more challenging when it is a brick-and-mortar business and there is a lot of upfront money needed to get things off the ground.

Once Shannon McLay had the idea for the Financial Gym, she needed to find investors that would support her vision. Miranda Marquit speaks with Shannon about the business acumen it took to get her company going and the strategic moves she is making because of the...

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When it comes to the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement, there are many opinions about which route to take to achieve FIRE. For some, it is a traditional 9-5 coupled with side hustles to increase their income. Many prominent people in the FIRE community have been able to gain enough income from their side hustles to leave their regular jobs behind.

Gwen Merz started pursuing FIRE soon after graduating college and ...

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