Kraig Mathias

Hi, I’m Kraig. I’m 29 and I live on my own in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. I live my life debt free and save half of my take-home pay. I do it for the peace of mind, the lowered stress and anxiety, the excitement of what it will mean for my future and so that I can become financial independent as soon as possible.

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CMI 21 – 7 Steps to Building Trust with an Audience Online

CMI 21 – 7 Steps to Building Trust with an Audience Online

| July 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the twenty-first episode of the Create My Independence Podcast. In the twentieth episode, the surprisingly short path to building and selling your expertise. If you missed it and want to hear more, head back and listen to that episode. In today’s episode, we’re talking about the […]

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CMI 20 – The Surprisingly Short Path to Building/Selling Your Expertise

CMI 20 – The Surprisingly Short Path to Building/Selling Your Expertise

| July 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the twentieth episode of the Create My Independence Podcast. In the nineteenth episode, we covered how to identify your degree of independence. If you missed that episode and want to hear more, head back and listen to that episode. In today’s episode, we’re going over the […]

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How (And Why) You Can Accomplish Anything You Put Your Mind To

How (And Why) You Can Accomplish Anything You Put Your Mind To

| July 9, 2014 | 17 Comments

Today, I got nothing done… I slept in because I was tired. I talked with my mom on the phone for an hour until ten thirty. My friend, Adam came over after that and helped me take my car to the shop. Then, we had lunch at my place and sat down and talked business […]

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CMI 19 – How to Identify How Much Independence You REALLY Have

CMI 19 – How to Identify How Much Independence You REALLY Have

| July 3, 2014 | 6 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the nineteenth episode of the Create My Independence Podcast. In the eighteenth episode, we covered eight reasons why you should ditch your job (if you have one) and start a business. If you missed that episode and want to hear more, head back and listen to […]

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Juicy Details: Income, Expenses and Am I Going to Sink or Swim? Pt5

Juicy Details: Income, Expenses and Am I Going to Sink or Swim? Pt5

| July 1, 2014 | 28 Comments

This is the fifth edition of my income/expense report on my business so far. The first update can be found here, the second, here, the third, here, and the fourth here. Up until last June, I worked for a small internet marketing agency. I’d been a part of their team since graduating from college six […]

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CMI 18 – 8 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Start a Business THIS YEAR

CMI 18 – 8 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Start a Business THIS YEAR

| June 26, 2014 | 6 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the eighteenth episode of the Create My Independence Podcast. This week’s episode was recorded at the park AND on video! Feel free to listen to the audio version above as usual or watch the video version below! In the seventeenth episode, I covered both what DOES […]

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How to Sell Your Summers for a Few Bucks and Never Get Them Back

How to Sell Your Summers for a Few Bucks and Never Get Them Back

| June 23, 2014 | 14 Comments

I woke up on Monday, July 19th, 1999 at 9:00 am. After 20 minutes of lying there half awake, I decided to get up and start my day. On my agenda for the day was to mow three lawns in the neighborhood: Mrs. Rubis’, Mrs. Palmer’s and Mrs. Schultz’s. I took a trip to the […]

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CMI 17 – Brutal Honesty: Things That Do/Don’t Work to Make Money

CMI 17 – Brutal Honesty: Things That Do/Don’t Work to Make Money

| June 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the seventeenth episode of the Create My Independence Podcast. In the sixteenth episode, I first give an update on how things are coming with my business, both good and bad. The awesome news is that I covered over 75% of my expenses last month and my […]

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CMI 16 – The Quickest Way to Make an Extra $1,000 per Month

CMI 16 – The Quickest Way to Make an Extra $1,000 per Month

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the sixteenth episode of the Create My Independence Podcast. In the fifteenth episode, I covered some big questions I’ve struggled with that you may relate to, such as: Who am I to build a business? What will others think of me? If you missed that episode and […]

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7 Benefits of a Location Independent Business (That a Job Can’t Touch)

7 Benefits of a Location Independent Business (That a Job Can’t Touch)

| June 10, 2014 | 10 Comments

Six years ago, I was a recent college graduate and a broke entry level employee. I was making a whopping $30,000 per year as a salaried employee. For the first time, I had money to spend (although not a lot of it). That paycheck was coming in rain or shine every two weeks and I […]

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