Welcome to Finance For Geek!
I’m Vincent, a 32 year-old guy living in Vancouver (Canada) and working in IT. I started this website just after I had finished crushing around $27,000 in student loan debt (combined for my SO and I) in late 2016. I had already been working for a few years but due to poor habits and *not so good* choices I did not have saved or invested anything.
That’s when I decided to regain control of my finances and when I chose to start blogging for this purpose, mainly to track and document my journey to reaching financial independence some day!
My website name is kind of a lie! Even if I really enjoy finance and I’m considered a geek (as I’m working in IT that’s quite common one would say), this website is not specifically aimed at geeks and finance. It just happens that I liked this name and it was available when I registered it back then.
Random Facts About Me
- I was born and raised in the southwest of France, and my SO keeps telling me I kept my sexy accent from there even after living in Canada for a few years.
- I’m kind of hyperactive. I have to stay busy and I’m always willing to try new stuff.
- I’m a travel addict person. I’ve lived and traveled in many different countries and I am really not sure if I will be able to settle down somewhere one day …
- I finished my studies *quite* late (I was 26 years old), mainly because I tried many different things before I found a fulfilling career … which happens to be a one I like but also a one I do not want to be in for the rest of my life.
- I am the most optimistic guy you will ever meet and I consider myself to be very ambitious in all aspects of my life.
- I’m proud to say that I’m a marathon runner (twice and already another one planned!). Even though I have been a runner for a long time, I never thought I could run a marathon one day. But it happens that this one time my SO told me something like “You won’t be able to do it”, which I promptly felt like a personal challenge! I think this sums up quite my mentality as a person willing to take risks sometimes and going forward. So in a manner of speaking this website is kind of a marathon for me, as I started it from the bottom, but hopefully it will be worth it in the end!
Tell Me More
Having finished to pay off my student loans but without any real savings was kind of a much-needed wake-up call for me, having missed so many opportunities to reap the benefits of compound interest. All of this led to the launch of this website on September 30, 2016. I started it as a place for me to share my adventures in trying to reach financial independence and all the money lessons learned along the way. This is also a way for me to improve my finances and to help others in doing so (check out my recommended resources page for some great products and services).
This is as much about me as it is about you, readers! I’m particularly fond of honesty and transparency. That’s why I decided to detail from day one everything I do have and everything I’m planning to do on a financial aspect (which you can find summarized on my financial stats page). I have, as many financial independence aspirants, a goal regarding a dollar amount I will *need* to be able to retire early (kind of as I’m starting late!).
The Big Picture
The magic number would be $2,000,000 for me. I know that you’re probably wondering why I chose that number? Just because I’ve read a lot about people willing to reach one mil before they retire early and because I’m the kind of competitive guy. I’m already well-aware that this is a really long-term goal, but who cares, because as they say:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.
As a first step, I’m aiming at reaching a $100,000 Net Worth before 2019, which is still a long way to go but definitely doable.
What To Expect
I really want this website to be a fun place to share and interact with each other. Whether you’re starting at zero like me, or if you are already on your way to reach financial independence I would really like if you wanted to share your journey with me here!
As I plan on reaching financial independence one day, I’ve chosen to detail my journey to get there, from the many goals I’ve set myself this year, to how I plan to invest my money in a smart way, all the way to earning extra money while using products which you might already be using (or at least should be!).
Starting this website was like a fresh new start for me, and I definitely recommend that you do so (as simple as registering with Bluehost). It takes less than 15 minutes to get started, and I even published a detailed guide on how to start a blog!
I will try to keep a strict post schedule (once a week for now, probably twice a week in the near future). and there are a LOT of topics which I’d like to cover here, such as goals setting, saving money, investing, but also paying off debt and side hustles.
That’s a lot of stuff to cover, so the next few years of blogging might keep me busy, but you can get a quick-start with all the posts and their respective categories I’ve published here on Finance For Geek.
Since starting this website, I’ve successfully managed to grow it and have reached over 10,000 pageviews per month and I’m already earning a nice recurring income from this blog (over $600 / month). This is something which I was not expecting at all when starting at first! If you want to learn more, feel free to check out my posts which sum up my first few months as a blogger:
Want To Get In Touch?
If you like what you see or have any questions, suggestions or just want to get in touch, feel free to contact me. I’m also always on the lookout for interesting and unique stories for Finance For Geek as guest posts, so drop me a line if you’re interesting in contributing here. You can also subscribe to my newsletter if you’re interested in everything related to investing, saving and personal finance in general.