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.