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The FI Planner

37 EpisodesProduced by Ben Martinek CFP ®, EA, CSLP®, RICP®Website

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, an ambitious professional, or simply someone seeking financial empowerment, hang out with Ben, Deb, and Andrew each week as they unveil practical strategies to help you optimize your income, maximize your savings, and design a life that's aligned with your va… read more

37 Episodes | 2021 - 2023

Soul-Aligned Contribution with Nancy Bleeke

March 28th, 2023


Would entrepreneurship be less scary if you knew you’d make more money than your current job?   

In this episode, Nancy Bleeke explains how analyzing …

Efficiency and Innovation in Small Businesses

March 14th, 2023


How do some small businesses make the leap from fledgling concept to successful big company while others go kaput before they can even get started?

Three Generations of Entrepreneurship with David Hurley

February 28th, 2023


Taking on the family business can feel daunting, but staying true to the authentic heart of the company is key. 

In this episode, Ben and Deb welcome David Hurley as he dives into how growing up in Country Stores Health …

From Childhood to Now - A Continual Theme of Entrepreneurship

February 14th, 2023


For many entrepreneurs, launching your own business means long hours and late nights with little to no financial gain when you first begin.  

In this episode, Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira join Ben and Deb to share how a …

Word of the Year: Resolve

January 31st, 2023


Being an entrepreneur means taking a ride on a never-ending rollercoaster full of intoxicating highs and sobering lows with twists and turns around …

Working on Your Own Terms with Megan Giles

January 17th, 2023


Not everyone is ready to leave their 9-5 job but if you’re thinking about it, Megan Giles is proof you can succeed on your own.  

In this episode, Ben and Deb talk with Megan Giles about how she quit her corporate job …

Alternative Health Insurance Options

January 3rd, 2023


If you’re opting out of traditional health insurance, it’s important to understand the risks and benefits of nontraditional health care.

In this episode, Ben and Andrew continue their discussion about health care …

Claiming Financial Independence with Anna Saucier

December 20th, 2022


Financial independence can bring more calm, time, and energy to your life, so why wait to experience those benefits?  

In this episode, Ben and Deb welcome Anna Saucier to talk about why entrepreneurs need a strong …

Becoming a Lean Entrepreneur with Brant Cooper

December 6th, 2022


Whether you’re ready to start your own business or thinking about a fun side hustle, being an entrepreneur is more possible than ever.  

In this episode, Ben chats with Brant Cooper about his focus on driving impact and …

Self-Employed Health Care

November 22nd, 2022


Healthcare can be very expensive and costs can spiral out of control quickly, especially if you’re paying out of pocket. 

In this episode, Ben and …

Growing Your Business Through Podcasting

November 1st, 2022


Connecting with other entrepreneurs is a great way to grow your network and learn from people who truly understand the ups and downs of …

Funding Your Small Business

October 18th, 2022


Funding a new business can be achieved in a number of creative ways. Knowing your tolerance for risk and your ability to gain back what you lose can …

Mistakes to Avoid in FI

September 13th, 2022


Reaching financial independence requires hard work and it’s imperative to avoid costly mistakes to ensure you enjoy the rewards you’ve earned. 

In this episode, Ben and Andrew call out common missteps of financial …

The Mistakes Show

August 30th, 2022


As an entrepreneur, failure is inevitable. Learning how to view your mistakes as opportunities for growth and minimizing their impact is key to moving forward.  

In this episode, Ben and Deb recall their own “oopsies” …

What Does It Take To Be An Entrepreneur?

August 16th, 2022


Ever consider starting your own business? Whether you want to embrace the digital nomad lifestyle or purchase a franchise, becoming an entrepreneur …

Risk and The Alpinist

July 12th, 2022


“Not going to live my life afraid to fail.” 

Taking risks is scary, but they’re necessary if you want to develop, gain independence, and live the life you’ve imagined for yourself. We’re programmed to be cautious, and …

Why We're Pursing FI

June 28th, 2022


“Simplicity and striving for freedom.” 

FI is the motivation to pursue your dreams and goals. To provide a basic, comfortable existence for oneself and one’s family. When work consumes your life, you may experience …


June 14th, 2022


While it's challenging to launch your own business, purchasing a franchise offers several potential benefits. As you explore potential money-making ventures along your journey toward financial independence, franchising …

Outsourcing and Hiring

May 31st, 2022


Growing a business is exciting, but before you get too excited and make your first hire, it’s important to evaluate your revenue status and client flow: 

Am I really making a profit in the business (after taking home an …

Keeping the FI in Entrepreneurship

May 17th, 2022

How can you achieve Financial Independence without shifting your mindset from scarcity to abundance? This episode’s focus is primarily on the I (independence) component of entrepreneurship. We want to ensure that you …

Buyer Psychology: Four Tribal Types

April 19th, 2022


What does it take to make a sale? We all know in business we want to close the deal, but there’s a catch. There are variables to consider when …

Finding your Avatar

April 5th, 2022


You need sales to have a legitimate business, and to get that business in the door, your ideal client needs to know who you are and how you can help them. Having a clearly-identified client avatar will help you speak …

When An LLC Should Move To Being Taxed As An S-Corp

March 22nd, 2022


When does it make sense for an LLC to elect to be taxed as an S-Corp? If you work for yourself anyway, what’s the difference? There are a few things to keep in mind when determining how you want your business to be …

All About LLCs

March 8th, 2022


Is an LLC the best structure for your business? While an LLC is like a corporation in many respects, it is distinct from you as an individual. This week’s episode builds on last week’s discussion on choosing the proper …

Selecting A Business Structure

February 22nd, 2022



What type of business structure should you establish? Today, we’ll explore the various possibilities available and when or why you might need each …

Creating An Agile Business Plan

February 8th, 2022


What's the secret to a successful start-up business? Take action! “Some people dream of success while other people get up every morning and make it …

Financing Entrepreneurship - Start Small

January 25th, 2022


Your business ideas can propel you toward the financial independence you desire. Entrepreneurship isn’t always easy; you’ll have to take risks and deal with stress, but owning your own business is one of the best ways …

The 4% Rule Explained

January 11th, 2022


In this episode, your host Ben Martinek and co-host Andrew Bencivenga discuss the 4% rule and how being an entrepreneur may impact the withdrawal …

Designing A Business Plan For FI

December 28th, 2021


We’ve already alluded to the idea that entrepreneurship may be one of the best ways to achieve and sustain FI. But starting a business is complicated - How do you know that your business idea will make money? 

Your Savings Rate: The Primary Driver of Your FI Journey

December 14th, 2021


Doesn’t it sound awesome to be financially independent, have enough money saved, and be able to live the life you’ve always wanted? Many people feel like this is a pipe dream or something they might get to experience in …

Personality Types - What Makes an Entrepreneur?

November 30th, 2021


Do you have to have a certain personality type to be an entrepreneur? This week Ben and Deb explore their own personality types on air, laugh about their differences, and dissect the sixteen various Myers-Briggs …

Exploring The 3 Main Levels of FI

November 16th, 2021


As we graduate through the seven stages of FI (explanation of all 7 in episode 3, linked below), there are three main levels of Financial Independence.

You might want to dine, travel, shop, and live comfortably while …

The 7 Stages of Financial Independence

November 2nd, 2021


As we continue our journey to financial independence, where should we be focusing our attention? A great tool to help with this question is a list of …

Crafting a Life Through the Lens of Financial Independence

October 19th, 2021


We are living longer than ever before, and many of us are continually searching for ways to improve our lives. Traditionally, you’d work until you were around 65 and then retire and pursue your passion or see the world. 

The Financial Independence Journey as an Entrepreneur

October 5th, 2021


Being an entrepreneur can be a daunting experience, but finding financial independence through meaningful work can also be incredibly rewarding. 

Welcome To The FI Entrepreneur

September 27th, 2021


This show teaches you how to achieve Financial Independence through entrepreneurial pursuits. Learn to take well-calibrated, thought through risks, and maximize the rewards. There are many ways to live the life of your …

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