FinCon21 – Day 1 Review

I’m very new to the world of finance blogging and finance media, so FinCon was an entirely new experience to me. I thought it’d be helpful for other noobs out there to share my experience. I’ll talk about the sessions I attended and the people I met.

Sessions

“From Zero to $10,000 per Month Freelancing”

This one particularly caught my eye because I would like to do more freelance work. I don’t want to FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and just be a potato. I want to find meaningful and fulfilling things to do with my time, like I talked about here. My wife is already doing some freelance gigs as a software developer, so that has inspired me to find some freelance gigs of my own.

The host described a lot of his experience as a freelance content creator and talked about some of the tools and strategies he used along the way.

Here are a few of the highlights of what I learned:

  • Yoast is a good tool for SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Contently, ClearVoice, and ProBlogger are good places to find opportunity for freelance writers
  • And… well… that was about it

The session was somewhat helpful, but nothing special. Most of it felt kind of obvious, like, “build a following through social media”. Okay. But how?

Overall, I found a few new resources that I’m going to check out, but nothing particularly fascinating.

“Whole-Person Finance: How Emotions, Trauma, and Empathy Can Impact Financial Wellness”

This one was awesome!

There was a panel of 3 speakers, each with some background in finance as well as psychology or counseling.

The part that stood out to me the most was a quote by the host: “It’s not always true that if we know better, we do better.”

One of the biggest reasons I started doing a finance blog is because I witnessed this exactly. Developing financial education is only half the battle. Everyone has a unique relationship with money that will impact their financial wellness.

I got the chance to speak with one of the panelists, Ed Coambs. We discussed how there’s sometimes a gap between one’s identity with where they are with money, and where they feel like they belong financially. This strongly resonated with me because of my background going from lower-middle class to wealthy yuppy. He gave me a copy of his book, The Healthy Love & Money Way, which I plan to read this week.

People

I won’t name names in case they want to remain anonymous, but I met:

  • An attorney planning to FIRE
  • A financial advisor
  • A fellow blogger

We had some really good conversation over barbecue (FinCon is in Texas this year, my home state). It was honestly the most I have talked about money since… well, ever. Money and finance is such a taboo subject in our society (at least in the US), but that’s too bad because there’s a lot we can learn by having simple conversations with our friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

We talked about investing, life insurance, retirement, emergency funds, basically everything. And I really learned a lot from my conversations with them.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow! Jaspreet Singh (of Minority Mindset) is one of the featured speakers, and I’m a big fan. FinCon is definitely where money nerds hang out.

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