This is the fifty-sixth in a series of interviews with fellow personal finance bloggers. Today’s guest is Nate from Investment Zen.com
Who is Nate?
Nate: A would-be lawyer turned entrepreneur, newbie real estate investor, and sometimes blogger in his early 30s.
Why did you start your blog?
Nate: My main business for the last 5 years has been building, buying, and selling websites – this included e-commerce stores and software businesses – but most of them were blogs.
However, these sites are usually in random industries that I may or may not actually be interested in. For example, a recent website I acquired was Flatsdb.com, which is a rental listings site based out of Singapore – it’s pretty random considering I live in Canada! I actually did a short interview with Flippa about my website buying process, if anyone’s curious about the weird world of buying/selling websites for fun & for profit.
While I really enjoy the process of buying/building/selling profitable websites, the actual topics of the sites often don’t interest me. InvestmentZen started because I wanted to work on a long-term project that wasn’t just about looking for niche opportunities, but one that was focused on something I was truly passionate about and also had the potential to help other people.
Around the same time, my business partner and I were spending a lot of time reading about investing and talking to other investors to better understand how to manage our own money. Eventually, that sparked the idea to combine our love of building & growing websites with our interest in personal finance.
Our goal with the blog is to share the core message that money isn’t supposed to trap you in a life you hate; it can be used to buy freedom. You can learn to make money work for you, and once you manage to get the money snowball rolling, life tends to get a lot easier!