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089 | Retail Path To FI With College Investor

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Robert, from The College Investor, talks about his lucrative job as a Target store manager, building his blog into a highly profitable side hustle, his relationship with frugality, and the keys to success in a retail interview.

What you’ll hear discussed on today’s show

  • How did Robert end up where he is now – side hustler for life, and founder of The College Investor blog.
  • What was Robert’s original business?
  • How did Robert progress from collecting carts at Target, for the first 17 years of his career?
  • What is Robert’s experience with tuition reimbursement, and does he generally recommend that to students?
  • What were the steps that led to store manager?
  • What’s the key to being a successful retail manager?
  • Does it make a difference where an employee’s college degree?
  • Why are many young adults “over-educated and under-experienced”?
  • As a hiring manager, what did Robert look for during interview?
    • Are you friendly?
    • Are you nice?
    • Can you look me in the eyes?
    • Can you have a conversation with me?
  • What inspired Robert to start The College Investor?
  • How does Robert feel about his first blog posts?
  • When and why did The College Investor evolve from just an investment blog, to address college loans, personal finance, etc.
  • How did The College Investor get to 2.4 million unique viewers per month?
  • What role did does consistency play in the blog’s success?
  • Networking and connecting with other financial bloggers had a big influence on Robert, educating him and building partnerships.
  • Does Robert consider himself frugal?
  • Why does Robert focus more on income than frugality in his pursuit of FI?
  • What factors did Robert consider before he left his job at Target?
  • Why doesn’t Robert own a car?
  • Maxing out your company 401k contributions is different from contributing whatever your employer will match.

Listen to Brad and Jonathan’s thoughts about this episode here.

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