How To Live Cheap & Still Have Fun In San Francisco

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Article is property of Broke-Ass Stuart.
Originally published on May 30th, 2017.

San Francisco is a lot of things, but cheap isn’t one of them. For instance, as of 2015 the rent for a one bedroom apartment was over three times what I paid for a two bedroom duplex around the same time in Boise, ID. Being new to the “real world” – AKA having your first real job, being out on your own – is a different case in San Francisco than anywhere else. Specifically, it’s a more expensive case. A California minimum wage job is nowhere near enough to pay normal rent in San Francisco.

That said, how does one afford to have fun? It seems nearly impossible with all of these factors in play, but I want to throw some ideas out that will make it a little bit easier to be able to have a good time and not be struggling for cash in the expensive yet wonderfully diverse and exciting hub that is San Francisco.

Learn more about how to afford fun in SF by reading my article here.

Staying Positive at Your First Post-College Job

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Article is property of Careermetis.com.
Originally published on May 12th, 2017.

1. Take Coworker Complaints with a Grain of Salt

Every company has those employees that view it as their task to complain about business as usual. You’ll know who I’m talking about when I say nothing is ever their fault or happenstance. It always falls on someone in charge or another co-worker.

These people might be really good at their jobs, but they feel burned, and expressing their frustrations constantly makes themselves feel better than everyone.

They most likely have many valid complaints as well. No company is perfect. However, when these complaints come up, question them, and honestly ask if it’s something worth stressing or fighting over. Also, be patient – things may change if you give them time.

Take everything as a grain of salt and if the thing being complained about isn’t a big deal or a problem, subtract it from your brain and continue working as usual.

Read the rest of my article over at CareerMetis.

Stay Positive – Don’t Let the Job Search Get You Down

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Article is property of Job Search Bible.
Originally published on May 4th, 2017.

You Don’t Have to Do This Alone
So much of success is a result of who you know, and you may just not know the right people yet.

My advice?

Go set yourself up, keep meeting people, keep applying for jobs, and most of all keep your eyes open and your head up. You’re not the first person who’s gone through this and you certainly won’t be the last.

Keep on keeping on. Stay positive.

As well, there’s definitely value to having friends who are working jobs out of college. Networking is crucial to establishing yourself in a career, and your friends are an excellent network resource.

“It’s not who you are, it’s who you know,” as the saying goes.

Not that you can’t succeed on your own, but your chances are way better with the right people surrounding and supporting you. You should ask around – see if a friend can put in a good word for you or at least find out for you if their bosses are hiring.

I landed my job two and a half years ago because of a friend and a college roommate. My friend messaged me one day and told me to send my resume to a hiring e-mail address, and shortly after my former roommate visited his boss’s office and recommended my name out of the resume pile on his desk.

In short, my personal and professional connections landed me my first job, because although I was qualified, so were many others.

After you do find a job (fingers crossed!), you should be open to doing the same for people who the same boat you’re in right now.

In turn from my friends helping me land a job, I’ve tried to pass the word on toother friends because I know what it’s like to be working at Subway with a bachelor’s degree in business. It sucks, and if there’s any way I can help people in the situation I was in, I will.

I hope you do the same.

Read the rest of my advice here.

A Moral Analysis of the American Healthcare System

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Article is property of Oatboat.
Originally published on April 27th, 2017.

Is there a Place for Money?

This is not a question of “wouldn’t it be nice?” This is a question of ethics. Is healthcare a right or a privilege?

The fourteenth amendment promises that the State should not deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. It’s also responsible to protect these things for people. From that standpoint – which I reckon most people agree with – healthcare in its most simple and necessary form should be a right granted and protected by the State. This would imply that money – rather, basic consumerism – should not be a player in people’s right to healthcare.

People disagree with this all across the board. In a 2009 episode of Philosophy Talk, it was argued that healthcare isn’t a constitutionally guaranteed right, but also that, given the richness of our nation, people ought to have free basic healthcare on some level. While it’s argued that more riches should be able to buy more luxury goods, healthcare seems much different than a luxury good. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to assume we all agree that life is a right, not a privilege, and conclude that healthcare should also be a right, regardless of class or income.

Thanks to Oatboat for letting me write an opinion piece they disagree with. I still have a ways to go in figuring out my thoughts on everything I wrote about, but I’m grateful I got to write down where I’m at right now. Read more here.

Well I Guess This Is Growing Up

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This article belongs to Cove Alpa!
Originally published on April 25th, 2017.

My generation was raised on Blink-182. We watched them run naked down the street in music videos. We thought it was funny when they said bad words and talked about private parts and sex in an irreverent way. I guess precursors to this (for people a little closer to 30 than I am) were things like Beavis and Butthead. Blink-182 and Beavis and Butthead both gave a similar message: “don’t grow up.” Their message changed a generation, teaching people to laugh at themselves, to get in trouble, and to stop taking life seriously. Growing up wasn’t just optional in this context – it was unallowed. However, everyone learns that growing up is means for survival, even for three naked dudes running down the street in Los Angeles singing about prank calling your Mom.

I sometimes get uncomfortable when I see so many of my peers moving to the later stages of life. To be clear, I am fine and happy where I’m at when I can shut out the rest of the world, but this call for rushed maturity can carry pretty far.

Read about how I don’t want to grow up by clicking here.

Is a Dream Job Worth a Terrible Office Life?

Article is the property of Businesszone.co.uk.
Originally published on April 25th, 2017.

Question 1: How much do you like people?

People are like food. Some people can eat about anything, and others are more selective. However, unlike food, some of us don’t really like people at all. If that’s you, I hate to break it to you but this may be a deal breaker for the job. If you’re more selective with the people you choose to be around (I feel this is the majority of us), then evaluate how you feel about the work environment you’re in. Are these your kind of people? Do they make your job miserable just being around them or holding simple conversations with them?

Read the rest over here.

Things For Your Dad to Do in San Diego

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Article is property of Logicum.
Published on February 28th, 2017.

So your family’s going to San Diego, eh? Maybe your dad is excited but doesn’t really have much in common with the rest of you. (I imagine he looks something like this for the record.) I promise, no matter how out of this world he might seem, he’s not all that bad! He may not be into tanning, local shops, or local beer, but there’s plenty of things for your dad to do down in San Diego.

I got paid to write this article. You can read the rest here.

MUSIC INDUSTRY ADVICE: SET YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCES APART

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Published on March 24th, 2017.
Article is property of Music Connection.

Playing in a hometown music scene, it can be easy for your band to get lost in the mix with other local artists. This especially applies when your scene is inundated with bands playing very similar styles of music. As a local artist, this affects you, because your local community is important and often gathers around art. And for how much shows help with local communities, these connections will be built elsewhere if your band doesn’t give someone a good reason to keep coming. Shows can (and will) get boring if nothing new or different happens. Apart from writing the best songs you can and killing it each time you take the stage, maybe you can make your live performances particularly memorable in other ways.

1. Uniforms
I hate dressing up for shows, period. I wouldn’t even go for an “everyone wear dark colors” kind of scenario. But lately, I’ve been digging through historical ska discographies. While I know “ska” is a dirty word in a lot people’s books, the uniform mentality that a lot of early ‘80s ska bands had was important to their message and how they were perceived. While many of those bands had a very political message, uniforms can obviously be used for a variety of circumstances and genres. I highly recommend, if you choose to use uniforms, to buy rather than rent or borrow. Of course, make sure that your uniform is appropriate for your message or purpose.

2. Stage Props
The way the stage looks could all be yours. Often I’ll see glorified Christmas lights wrapped around amps, but those things have become cliches and have grown tired. However, I’m happy to say that I’ve seen some bands changing it up. Recently some friends of mine got colored orb lights to not only put on their amps, but to set up inside of the drum pieces as well. I personally want to get cardboard standups and put them in front of my amps from now on as well. Fog machines, videos and other things are used by artists sometimes, but they have to be very purposeful, as to not become distracting from the music.

Read the rest at Musicconnection.com!

Your Tour Van is a Cop Magnet

Published on March 1st, 2017.
Article belongs to Dozmia.

There’s a long history of disconnect between true rockers and the fuzz. Dead Kennedys wrote “Police Truck” almost forty years ago. NWA had their infamous Detroit Show almost thirty years ago (if you saw Straight Outta Compton [the movie], then you know exactly what I’m talking about). And there are so many instances of policemen and women boycotting musicians in this country over anti-cop lyrics, speeches, and sentiments that Pitchfork wrote an entire article entitled “A History of Police Boycotting Musicians in America”. Now not all – I would guess that not even most – police officers are abusive authority figures. But many are, for good or bad, taught to profile, and your sketchy tour van sticks out like a sore thumb, I’m sad to say. Never fear though, I’m here to help you not get pulled over (well, not as much) and to prepare you if it happens anyway. Here we go!

I am not anti-cop but please don’t pull me over. Read the rest of this article here.

Business Owners: Don’t Freak Out This Tax Season!

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Originally published on February 9th, 2017.
Article published on Businesszone.co.uk.

As a few of us Businesszone.co.uk writers are actually American, I feel it’s a good time to write . Many of us get excited for this time of year because we look forward to the returns. However, if you’ve never done your taxes as a business owner, you might be freaking out a little bit internally. It’s natural that first-time tax filers are going to be nervous about such an intimidating process, but armed with the right information, taxes aren’t as difficult as they may initially seem!
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a good amount in one place as a sort of “self help sheet”. If you have things to add to it, let me know on Twitter @Robolitious and I’ll see what I can do!

1. Find the Tax Specifics and Restrictions For Your Kind of Business
A sole proprietorship is a lot different than an LLC or a partnership, and corporations are another story altogether. The government obviously recognizes that, and so it matters what you file your taxes under (as in, what kind of business you claim to be), and you don’t want to wait until last minute if you don’t know the stipulations and kind of forms you need for your particular company. That said, different expenses are also tax deductible in different ways. For instance: there’s two options for taxing on auto expenses (for businesses with company drivers), to deduct business-related expenses or claim the standard mileage rate. And both of those are different than travel expenses. Those are only a couple of examples of specifics you may need to look into, and there’s a really good write up on it all that you can read here, which I highly recommend. But that brings up the topic of keeping track of all income and outcome…

You can read the rest of this article by clicking right here!