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Plutus Awards Podcast

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You will be inspired by these stories. Hear from the top financial authors, podcasters, video creators, and speakers. What are the secrets of their success?This podcast is for the independent financial media. Bloggers, writers, podcasters, and more will hear from the best of the best.The Plutus Awar… read more

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Dr. Derricka Harwell - The Sin of Haste: How Early Success Can Damage Long-Term Growth

November 9th, 2022


In today's episode, Dr. Derricka Harwell shares how early success without the right systems and people in place can be costly.

She tells what she …

Adrienne Taylor - The Sin of Purposelessness: Tailor Your Products to Your Audience's Needs

November 2nd, 2022


We can build courses and do webinars, but these actions don't guarantee success.

Adrienne Taylor speaks with Michelle Jackson about the need to be …

Felicia Gopaul - The Sin of Misalignment: Why Your Brand's Consistency Is So Important

October 26th, 2022


It is hard to know what areas to focus on when building your brand. One thing is clear, you can not do everything! Felicia Gopaul shares with …

Terri Huggins-Hart - The Sin of Vagueness: Clarify Your Ownership As a Freelancer

October 19th, 2022


When you are unclear and confused about the direction of your business, others will be too. Terri Huggins-Hart and Michelle Jackson discuss clarity and intentions in business and how ownership develops in a freelance …

Marcia Armstrong – The Sin of Inconsistency: Commit to Your Process to Achieve Results

October 12th, 2022


Marcia Armstrong joins us to talk about the sin of inconsistency. Marcia shares how too many zero revenue months forced her to look at her business and the steps she took to turn things around in a little over 30 days.

Amanda Page - The Sin of Perfectionism: How Bold Moves Pay Off When You Think You're Not Ready

October 5th, 2022


Fear and perfectionism are the constant enemies of a creator.

Today, Michelle Jackson speaks with Amanda Page about how creators can overcome these obstacles and take risks in developing projects that may feel out of …

Rahkim Sabree - The Sin of Hubris: How to Use Insight From Your Audience

September 28th, 2022


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Welcome to Series 6 of the Plutus Awards Podcast hosted by Michelle Jackson. Our community is filled with hundreds …

LaTisha Styles - The Sin of Pride: No Shame in Backtracking

September 21st, 2022


Welcome to Series 6 of the Plutus Awards Podcast hosted by Michelle Jackson. Our community is filled with hundreds of stories from creators and entrepreneurs just like you. And through this show we share these stories …

Michelle Jackson – The Seven Deadly Sins of Content Creation

September 7th, 2022


Welcome to season 2 of the Plutus Awards Podcast hosted by Michelle Jackson. Our community is filled with hundreds of stories from creators and entrepreneurs just like you. And through this show we share these stories …

Michelle Jackson Navigates the Nuances of Monetizing a Personal Finance Brand

July 20th, 2022


In the first episode of this season I spoke with Harlan Landes, founder of the Plutus Awards, Plutus Foundation and Plutus Voices events. It’s a …

The Mobile Home Gurl Shares How She Pivoted From a Free to Paid Membership

July 13th, 2022


Rachel Hernandez is known as The Mobile Home Gurl. Rachel talks about listening to what your audience tells you they want, leaning into your authority and how making mistakes helps content creators find the right …

Patrona Dixon the It's My Money Lady Shares How to Affiliate Market the Ethical Way

July 6th, 2022


Patrina Dixon is the It’s My Money Lady. We talk about the impact that COVID had on her business and the unexpected opportunities for growth that occurred from pivots that she had to make during that time. We discussed …

Knowing When it's Time to Let Part of Your Business Go with Joseph Hogue of Let's Talk Money

June 29th, 2022


Joseph Hogue is creator of the Let’s Talk Money YouTube Channel with over 500,000 subscribers.

We talk about candidly wanting to earn money as an online creator, letting go of projects that aren’t serving you well and …

Monetizing a Mission-Driven Financial Brand

June 22nd, 2022


Angela and Regina are co-founders of Women’s Personal Finance, a massive community that is a safe space for women to talk about all aspects of how money shows up in women’s lives.

We talk about monetizing a community …

How Jillian Johnsrud Fired the Haters

June 15th, 2022


Jillian Johnsrud is the author of Fire the Haters, a book that isn’t about the FIRE movement, but is all about creating content online and the challenges that may impact your brand. We talk about how different seasons …

Julien and Kiersten of rich & REGULAR Share How to Monetize Your Personal Finance Brand

June 8th, 2022


Today's guests are Julien and Kiersten Saunders of Rich and Regular. We talk about the importance of knowing how to talk to your audience vs. at your …

Monetizing and Selling a Seven-Figure Financial Website - And What's Next

June 1st, 2022

Welcome to another episode of the Plutus Awards Podcast. Our community is filled with hundreds of stories from creators and entrepreneurs just like you. And through this show we share these stories of challenges and …

Money Should Be a Side Effect of Your Business, Not Its Purpose

October 6th, 2021


Can your business succeed if making money isn’t its guiding factor? Perhaps in the most successful businesses, creating monetary value isn’t the …

Candice Latham - Work Backwards to Achieve Success in Your Business

September 29th, 2021


Success is not necessarily defined by how much money you make or how many subscribers you have. You can create your own vision of success, and your metrics may be unique to you. It helps to know what’s within your …

Having Options: Creating Passive Income So You Can Quit If You Want

September 22nd, 2021


You love the idea of becoming an entrepreneur, but without some of the struggles that past generations have faced. Passive income can play a role in …

Why Creating Boundaries Is Crucial for Your Business

September 8th, 2021


Ep. 77. Creating boundaries is crucial to any sport. You can’t play football or soccer without the referee reminding you to stay inbound., but what about creating  boundaries in a business or a side hustle. Is this …

Identify Your Priorities and Pivot Your Business

September 1st, 2021


To expand any business, you must be open to change. Some businesses are afraid of change because they don't know what to expect. They are afraid of …

Break the Rules When Creating Content to Grow Your Audience

August 25th, 2021


There’s nothing inherently wrong about keeping it safe when writing and creating other content about personal finance. Many who do want to provide actionable and interesting information that gets the job done and helps …

How to Successfully Collaborate on Writing a Book

August 18th, 2021


A book deal is a writer's dream but writing a book with your business partner may seem like a daunting task. You both have great ideas, but how will …

How Illustrations Can Grow Your Social Media Following

August 11th, 2021


Everyone wants that instant stardom within the social media world. Selfies after selfies are what people think will increase their followers, but can …

How to Obtain a Stable Income Within the Gig Economy

August 4th, 2021


So, you are looking for ways to make extra money. The gig economy may be the steppingstone you need, but what is the gig economy?  How does the gig …

Overcome Challenges and Fears As a Full-Time Mission-Driven Freelancer

July 28th, 2021


Freelancing can offer the flexibility and empowerment that we often do not find in a typical 9-to-5 job. If you have made the decision to take up freelancing, then you may wonder how to navigate the challenges of …

How to Manage a Paid Membership Group and Why You Should Start One

July 20th, 2021


Your idea gained traction. Four thousand people have joined your free members group. Hard as you work to provide your expanding membership with …

How Your Personal Experiences Can Result in a Book Deal

July 14th, 2021


Have you ever watched a talk show or listened to a podcast and thought you had the answers to what was being discussed, but then the host brings out an expert? As the expert gives their expert opinion, you are shouting, …

Your Side Hustle Is a Crucial Path to Success

July 7th, 2021


Monday through Friday is on constant repeat. You are fighting through rush hour traffic trying to be on time for your 9 to 5 job. You settled down at your desk with your cup of coffee in your hand only to be reminded …

Own Your Identity to Build Your Platform

June 30th, 2021


As children we were always taught to be yourself and not worry about what people may think, but into adulthood, we realize this may not be the case. …

Build Your Business During a Financial Setback

June 23rd, 2021


Losing a job unexpectedly can be devastating especially if you do not have a backup plan or enough money in your emergency fund to sustain your lifestyle. You are racing against time. Your family is looking at you for …

Creatively Maneuver Your Way out of Financial Bind

June 16th, 2021


With the pandemic shutdowns, most businesses and individuals no longer make the kind of income they have grown to expect; nor do they spend as much …

Invest in Hiring and Delegation to Grow Your Business

March 31st, 2021


Hiring somebody to complete tasks in your business can be dreadful, as any cost directly chips away at your bottom line. So how do we determine …

How To Prioritize Your Work Despite Major Life Changes

March 24th, 2021


The pandemic has catalyzed more changes in our lives than we could ever have predicted. How should we go about factoring these changes into the …

How Your Financial Advice Is Stronger With Empathy and Validation

March 17th, 2021


Personal experiences shape the way we approach our finances, and sometimes those experiences hinder us from making the best financial decisions. How do we go about empathizing with the experiences of our audience to …

Boost Engagement Through Relatable Gamification and Story-Telling With Paul Vasey

March 10th, 2021


The concepts of personal finance, while directly applicable to daily life, often appear unfamiliar to the average student. A former teacher sets out to transform how students interact with financial concepts through …

Attract Lifetime Paid Subscribers With a Membership Site

March 3rd, 2021


Offering a membership site can be a profitable decision, but the benefits of this model are entwined with its unique challenges. How should we go …

How Kevin L. Matthews Turned His Side Hustle into a Money-Making Business

February 24th, 2021


There are no lack of challenges when turning a side hustle into a full-time business. But once we have made the switch, how do we optimize the …

Leaping into Freelancing After Being Laid Off

January 20th, 2021


The gig economy has made it easier for many of us to find pleasure and success in our side hustles. How do we manage the multitude and magnitude of …

Cultivate an Abundance Mindset to Fight for Happiness Featuring Jessica (Mrs. Fioneer)

January 13th, 2021


When a job takes more than it gives, it is time for a personal reflection of our priorities. How can we decide when to leave the stability of a day job to pursue our personal aspirations and projects?

In this episode, …

Protect yourself before a partnership falls apart featuring Rich Jones

January 6th, 2021


When partners no longer share a vision or priorities, it is difficult to move forward together. How do we decide when it is best to end a partnership …

How This Couple Regained Focus and Motivation During the Most Trying Times with Julien and Kiersten Saunders

December 16th, 2020


How do you manage during the difficult times in life? Through this past year, it has been hard to balance the realities of everyday life with the …

How Aligning Your Personal and Business Values Positions You for Success with Jason Vitug

December 9th, 2020


Many of us want to be successful, whether by making more money or being a person of distinction in our niche. But does this kind of success really …

The Creative Thinking That Strengthened This Business During the Pandemic with Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez

December 2nd, 2020


Dealing With Income-Loss Grief and Forming New Partnerships.
Many of us are trying to figure out how to move forward through this pandemic. While trying to care for ourselves and loved ones, how do we deal with the …

Preparing For and Overcoming a Break In Income

November 25th, 2020


Whether in the form of an illness, caring for a loved one, or the loss of a loved one, sometimes life steps in and you need time away from work. What …

Pivot Your Business Effectively During The Pandemic with Jessica Moorhouse

November 18th, 2020


The pandemic has negatively affected many businesses. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, most small businesses are concerned about financial …

How an Unlikely Collaboration Inspired Podcast Excellence

November 11th, 2020


What do you when you are on a comfortable trajectory and things suddenly change? With the pandemic, many of us have experienced unexpected turns in life and business and are trying to figure out our next step.

Doc G …

Latina Women's Equal Pay Day: Closing the Pay Gap

November 4th, 2020


According to Forbes, "Latinas make just 53 cents for every dollar the average white, non-Hispanic man makes. Compare that to the 79 cents white women …

Passing the Plutus Awards Torch

October 28th, 2020


Sandy Smith, Jordon Cox, and this year's host of the Plutus Awards, Joe Saul-Sehy, join Plutus Awards founder Harlan Landes to discuss the legacy of …

Attract Loyal Fans By Sharing Stories Authentically with Michelle Jackson

October 28th, 2020


We've all seen the attention-grabbing headlines that are used in personal finance media and on blogs. They can be useful in pulling people in but are …

Shannon McLay Raises Funds to Build Her Dream

October 7th, 2020


Starting a business is hard. It's even more challenging when it is a brick-and-mortar business and there is a lot of upfront money needed to get things off the ground.

Once Shannon McLay had the idea for the Financial …

Gwen Merz Finds Her Stride in Her Pursuit of Financial Independence

September 30th, 2020


When it comes to the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement, there are many opinions about which route to take to achieve FIRE. For some, it is a traditional 9-5 coupled with side hustles to increase their …

Jeff Rose Succeeds By Pivoting Into Creating Videos

September 23rd, 2020


For content creators, it is a constant endeavor to provide the best content that reaches and helps their audiences. Sometimes you may have to pivot in your approach, tweak your ideas, or get coached to improve your …

Survive the Child Care and Education Crisis of 2020

September 16th, 2020


2020 has brought a lot of challenges due to the pandemic and the child care and education crisis is one of the largest. As parents manage their …

Jacob Wade Organizes An Extensive Resource Guide to Help During COVID-19

September 9th, 2020


When the pandemic first happened, many people were confused, anxious, and were in need of immediate help. As we continue to deal with the pandemic and our ever-changing economy, many are still looking for clear guidance …

Eugenié George on How Childhood Trauma Affects Your Money Story

September 2nd, 2020


There are a lot of books, podcasts, and websites giving financial advice without considering culture, environment, or trauma. These issues directly …

How to Leverage TikTok and Instagram

August 26th, 2020


Many people create great content but what is the best platform to get your content seen and grow your audience? With Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and now TikTok, do you use one of them or tackle them all?

Candace …

Wendy Mays Navigates the Real Estate Market

August 19th, 2020


Dealing with COVID has been tough enough, but many have to consider the effects of COVID on the economy. Some people are interesting in buying or selling a home, and others are looking for investment opportunities …

Kathleen Celmins Helps Business Owners Create a Successful Webinar

August 12th, 2020


Webinars are a popular marketing tool for online business owners. Unfortunately, many of them struggle with how to create one and how to utilize it …

Unemployment Benefits During the Pandemic

August 5th, 2020


The number of people filing for unemployment benefits continues to rise with COVID's persistence. Many more are unsure if they should file and what …

Kayla Sloan Trains Virtual Assistants to Earn $10,000 a Month

July 28th, 2020


The demand for virtual assistants is growing but not everyone who is interested in this path knows where to start. Many are unsure about the skills needed, how to find legitimate work, or what to charge for their …

Athena Lent Evaluates Financial Resources for At-Risk Communities

July 22nd, 2020


Over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment. How many of them are high-risk individuals who have now lost their health insurance? How many more are suffering because they are underpaid, unbanked, or unable to …

Steven Hughes and Alanna Anthony Address Money and Systemic Issues

July 15th, 2020


Why are people protesting and crying for change when slavery ended centuries ago? For some, because their experiences have not intersected with those …

Kevin Matthews and Carmen Perez Discuss the Challenges for POC and Activism

July 8th, 2020


Recent events are bringing to light the collective experiences and concerns of BIPOC communities. Many of the financial issues they encounter are …

Bethany McCamish Untangles Career Transition and How to Pivot

July 1st, 2020


With the current turmoil, learning how to pivot has been by far the most important skillset to acquire, especially if you're lacking some income and the unemployment line is still busy.

Harlan Landes speaks to Bethany …

Joe Saul-Sehy Teaches Finance Through Laughter

June 24th, 2020


If you talk or write about money, it's good to have some fun with it. The science of play aids learning about finance, and Stacking Benjamins is a …

J.Money Sells His Blog but Not His Soul

June 17th, 2020


A blog you start becomes your baby. You pour endless hours into it, connect with an audience, and freely share your thoughts. But when it's time to …

Angela Rozmyn Saves Money while Saving the Environment

June 10th, 2020


Sustainability and frugality ties together two important goals that allow us to flourish. While people are interested in more thoughtful usage, they …

Kara Perez Forges a Path Away from the Conventional

June 3rd, 2020


When it comes to personal finance, one size does not fit all. It can be challenging to find resources that specifically apply to you and your situation.

Kara Perez speaks with Chris about her pop-up event, Talk Money to …

Sarah Li-Cain Works Through Grief and Emotions in Difficult Times

May 27th, 2020


As we all deal with COVID-19 as a society, the economic downturn is not only affecting us practically, but also emotionally. Figuring out how to cope daily, uplift each other, and deal with our finances is a real and …

Eric Rosenberg Personifies Longevity in Financial Media

May 20th, 2020


Anyone who starts a business hopes that they will be successful and be around for a long time. That road is fraught with challenges and as a business …

Ashley Barnett and Clint Proctor Offer Help for Freelancers During Unstable Times

May 13th, 2020


There are online and offline businesses shutting down or pausing due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Freelancers who have lost client work are feeling stress and uncertainty and are looking for answers.

Harlan speaks with …

Brynne Conroy Advocates for the Oppressed

May 6th, 2020


Sexual orientation, disability, racism - these are a few of the vast hurdles that affect individuals and the financial struggles they face navigating their world.

Through her experiences and interactions, Brynne Conroy …

Jay Fleischman Takes on Student Loans

April 29th, 2020


We are in trying times with the Coronavirus and people need answers when it comes to the changing laws and their student loan debt.

On our recent webinar, Harlan Landes asks lawyer, Jay Fleischman, some of the pressing …

A Purple Life Celebrates Early Retirement at 30

April 22nd, 2020


A comfortable career, a house, kids, then retirement. This well-worn path of adulthood has been challenged as people question which things are truly …

Holly Johnson Designs a Stress-free Life

April 15th, 2020


When you're working long hours with little time for much else, it is hard to imagine a life outside of that work-sleep cycle.

Holly Johnson, along …

Lee Huffman Travels the World and Saves Big

April 8th, 2020


What if you could travel the world and fuel your finances at the same time?

Lee Huffman, founder of Bald Thoughts, invites us into his world of …

Crystal Hammond Demonstrates a Life of Giving and the Power of the Side Hustle

April 1st, 2020


Side hustles are a great way to complement your income and get your finances on track.

Crystal Hammond, the owner of Sew So Fab, shares how her finances and creativity began to flourish when she discovered side hustles. …

The Importance of Representation in the Personal Finance Space

November 27th, 2019


The number of voices in personal finance media is growing as creators and consumers recognize the value of having people to whom they can relate. Our …

Allison Baggerly Discusses Strategy and Rapid Growth on Instagram

November 20th, 2019


Allison Baggerly has taken her passion for budgeting and cultivated her growing business, Inspired Budget, in a short period of time.

Chris Browning …

Melanie Lockert Tackles the Intersection of Mental Health and Money

November 13th, 2019


Getting out of debt is not just about spending less and saving more. For many, there are many emotional and psychological factors that affect their …

Bethany Bayless Overcomes Burnout and the Desire to Quit

November 6th, 2019


Anyone who spends a good portion of their life creating projects, working on projects, or otherwise being an entrepreneur will experience burnout or will feel overwhelmed at times.

Bethany Bayless, founder of The Money …

Caroline Vencil Balances Work and Family

October 30th, 2019


Caroline Vencil has a successful blog that didn’t come easy. She shares with our audience her less-than-smooth beginnings and what running her …

Jim Wang On Moving Forward from a Defining Period

October 23rd, 2019


Jim Wang has been able to sell his first successful blog for seven figures and take on a number of projects since, including starting another website …

Jen Smith Develops a Dynamic Community Through Her Podcast

October 16th, 2019


Jen Smith, one half of the duo that hosts the Frugal Friends Podcast, shares with us how they developed a community that is an active part of what they do.

Chris Browning talks with Jen about the different ways her …

Ashley Barnett Successfully Pivots from Blogger to Blog Manager

October 9th, 2019


Ashley Barnett loves the world of personal finance, and when she decided to end her blog, she turned her skills and love of this area into an opportunity to help other people manage their blogs.

Ashley talks with Chris …

Steve Stewart Gives Practical Advice to New and Experienced Podcasters

October 2nd, 2019


The go-to guy for podcasting, Steve Stewart shares with Chris why he loves the medium so much.

Steve also helps our listeners who have their own podcasts to straighten out some podcasting hiccups and gives some things …

Maelisa Hall & Amber Hawley Discuss Smart Ways of Navigating Business Relationships

September 25th, 2019


Chris talks with Maelisa Hall & Amber Hawley, expert networkers and cohosts of the My Biz Bestie podcast.

For many people, networking can be awkward and uncomfortable. Maelisa and Amber help our listeners build …

Plutus Voices Events Help Financial Media Make the Biggest Impact

September 18th, 2019


Harlan Landes and Miranda Marquit talk about the progress made with the Plutus Voices series of events since last fall and what's planned for the remainder of the year. 

The Plutus Foundation is more than just the …

Paula Pant Tackles the Reality of Launching a Quality Course

September 11th, 2019


Paula Pant is the founder of the website, Afford Anything and the host of the Afford Anything podcast. Her motto is that you can afford anything, but …

Philip Taylor On Starting FinCon, A Growing Conference That Keeps Community in Focus

September 2nd, 2019


Philip Taylor (PT), founder of FinCon and shares his journey of adding FinCon as a side hustle to

He explains that growing as a trade show organizer and event planner was no easy feat and gives …

[Bonus] What It Takes to Win a Plutus Award

August 30th, 2019


Harlan Landes and Miranda Marquit are back to give us some more info on the 10th Annual Plutus Awards presented by Capital Group.

They also give us some insight into the nomination process and how the winners are …

Sandy Smith Grows an Intimate Periscope Audience Into a Community of Thousands

August 28th, 2019

Sandy Smith is the founder of Yes, I Am Cheap and the co-host of this year's 10th Annual Plutus Awards.

Today, Sandy Smith shares how writing "like …

[Bonus] Introducing the Hosts of the 10th Annual Plutus Awards, Jordon Cox and Sandy Smith

August 26th, 2019


Harlan Landes and Miranda Marquit share the latest news about the 10th Annual Plutus Awards, to be held on Friday, September 6, in Washington, D.C.

They are thrilled that Jordon Cox (Britain's Coupon Kid) and Sandy …

Jordon Cox Writes a Best-Selling Book While Nearly Dying

August 21st, 2019


Jordon Cox is Britain's Coupon Kid. He's also the co-host of the 10th Annual Plutus Awards.

Today, Jordon talks about how his family's challenges while he was growing up led to him becoming Britain's Coupon Kid.

Tiffany Aliche on Building a Group and Maintaining a Movement

August 16th, 2019


Miranda Marquit is our host today as we hear from The Budgetnista, Tiffany Aliche. We speak with Tiffany about her group, Dream Catchers: Live …

Steven M. Hughes on Breaking Up With Broke & The Inaugural Bankroll Summit

August 14th, 2019


Steven M. Hughes from is money expert, speaker, and social entrepreneur, and the creator of The Bankroll Summit.

Steven talks about the …

Erin Lowry Talks Investing In A Book Experience, Not Tour

August 14th, 2019


On our first “official” episode, join us as we talk to Erin Lowry from Broke Millennial. Fresh off her most recent book tour for “Broke Millennial Takes on Investing,” she’s here to talk about why it was so important …

Introduction to the Plutus Awards Podcast

August 1st, 2019


Meet your host, Chris Browning, and the founder of the Plutus Awards and Plutus Foundation, Harlan Landes.

What can you expect from this show? Listen to this short trailer.

For more information, visit the show notes at

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