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The Short Version: Based in Denver, Colorado, BiggerPockets has made a name for itself as a hub of financial information supported by an international community of investors, landlords, and other experts. The website offers people the resources they need to learn about real estate, become conscious of their spending habits, and achieve financial stability. Free members can browse thousands of blog posts written by experienced financial experts, while subscribed members can engage in conversations on the community forums or make deals on the online marketplace. These user-friendly tools help beginners learn from experienced investors and make informed decisions about their financial futures. Couples can use this library of knowledge to make wise investments that can help them retire early and spend more time together.
Mindy Jensen, Community Manager of BiggerPockets, has achieved the right balance between work, family, and fun. Over the last 10 years, she’s flipped numerous homes in Colorado, and given her advice as a financial expert to thousands of people via a blog and podcast. She and her husband travel frequently to speaking engagements and/or vacations abroad. They have the means and schedule flexibility to go wherever they please.
The couple don’t have to fight over money or worry about each other’s spending habits because they discussed these issues early on and made a conscious effort to reach their financial goals. They achieved financial independence in their 40s by working together and making the right investments.
“We have more time together because money isn’t an issue.” — Mindy Jensen, Community Manager of BiggerPockets
Now Mindy works because she wants to, not because she has to. She doesn’t need a job to pay the bills. She and her husband prioritized financial stability early in their lives, and they now reap the benefits. Mindy’s husband retired a few years ago, but she has chosen to keep working at BiggerPockets, a tech company in Denver, because it makes her happy to be a resource for people seeking their own financial success story.
BiggerPockets is an educational website that informs people about real estate and other financial topics. Touting itself as the world’s largest real-estate hub, the website has created an international network of people who enjoy discussing and learning about insider financial tips. The community provides guidance in an area of life that many people don’t feel capable of navigating by themselves.
“Nobody talks about money and investing,” Mindy said, “but it’s incredibly important. If you’re a naturally frugal person, small tweaks in your life can yield huge financial gains, and it all starts with being money conscious.”
Mindy shares her insights as someone who achieved financial stability at a young age to help others understand what they can do to get themselves where they want to be. Money can be a tremendous source of conflict for couples facing debt or living paycheck to paycheck — so having the knowledge to increase your wealth and financial competence can improve your relationship with your significant other.
Becoming financially independent isn’t just about removing stress from your life — it’s about giving yourself more time to do the things you love with the people you love. Mindy told us her relationship with her husband has cashed in on many benefits over the years. “We have more time together because money isn’t an issue,” she said. “We never fight about money. We have such a good relationship because we don’t have the money problems that can be so soul-crushing to other couples.”
Over 977,000 people (and 25,000+ companies) have joined the BiggerPockets community to gain exclusive access to trustworthy financial information. The blog has over 46,000 entries written by 14,720 members. The community forum has over 3.3 million posts made by members seeking information or providing answers based on their own experiences.
Free membership on BiggerPockets includes access to unlimited file downloads, property analysis software, private messaging to one colleague at a time, forum keyword alerts, and other perks. You can also read the blog, watch informational videos, and listen to the podcast. All of these free resources offer valuable insider tips from experienced financial experts.
Free members cannot post ads in the BiggerPockets Real Estate Marketplace, where members post properties for sale, recent foreclosures, and other ads. This can be a lucrative way for real estate agents and investors to sell their services or assets by networking with one another online. You can subscribe as a Plus Member or a Pro Member to take advantage of the online marketplace. Plus Members can post up to three times a month, while Pro Members can post twice a day and repost every five days.
Only members can post in BiggerPockets marketplace and forums, but anyone can read the conversations going on on this site, and it’s often an interesting read. “A lot of deals are made on this site,” Mindy said. “But a lot of free information is given out as well.”
BiggerPockets makes a library of financial information and resources available to everyone online. You can use these tools to start working toward your financial goals, so you and your significant other can make the most of your time together.
The BiggerPockets podcast, released every Thursday, is a down-to-earth guide for newcomers to real estate. Joshua Dorkin and Brandon Turner talk to investors about what made them successful and what advice they would give to those just starting out. They talk to professionals of various backgrounds and niches, and the episodes always have interesting takeaways for listeners.
This podcast was so successful that the company launched another podcast covering general money topics. The Money Show answers common questions, usually pulled straight from the website’s forum, including “How do I get debt-free?” and “How do I invest with no money and bad credit?” Mindy Jensen co-hosts this show alongside Scott Trench.
“People don’t know how to use money. They don’t know what to do with it,” Mindy said. “We’re trying to make that better by giving people the information they need to use money wisely.”
While the BiggerPockets audience skews older (generally in the 35-50 range), the website’s team includes mostly young, tech-savvy professionals. The startup culture attracts fun-loving and hard-working individuals who care about BiggerPockets’ mission to educate people about financial issues.
On the walls of the office, you’ll see colorful portraits of every BiggerPockets employee. The company has new employees paint pictures of one another to break the ice and welcome them to the team. Some have been done with a lot of detail and artistic skill, and others are more abstract stick figures. A ping-pong table also invites team bonding and a lot of laughs among employees.
Mindy described the team as highly collaborative. “If I have a problem with the website, I can go to the developers to get some help,” she said. “We have a big sense of teamwork and respect for one another.”
BiggerPockets also hosts frequent company outings to rock climbing gyms, cooking classes, go-kart tracks, and other fun places. From its team events to its flexible work environment, the company ensures its employees feel satisfied and motivated from day to day.
The BiggerPockets team works hard to develop user-friendly tools, so even computer illiterate folks can find their way to helpful information and a supportive community forum. The overall goal is to make financial information more accessible to anyone and everyone who needs it.
“One of the really great things about our company is that it gives people a place where they can go to talk about their financial goals,” Mindy said. “On our site, investors can share their experiences and advice.”
BiggerPockets offers a community of experts to help beginners understand the nuances of complex financial topics. Many financial experts give free personalized advice on the website’s forums, which foster an active discussion among people interested in real estate.
You can read the blog, listen to podcasts, or ask a question on the forums to gain knowledge that can help you make sound decisions for your financial future. “You can make a lot of money if you know what you’re doing,” Mindy told us, “and our site connects people with the information they need to spend their money wisely.”
“I loved your article. Short and to-the-point with lots of good info to apply.” — Ted Spencer Mcafee in a comment on a BiggerPockets article
BiggerPockets fosters a dynamic conversation between members interested in becoming financially independent. People can use these resources to do their homework and prepare to discuss weighty money matters with a partner.
It’s important to talk about money early on in a relationship because incompatible spending habits can lead to some nasty conflicts between embittered couples. If one partner’s spending leads to the family being in debt, the couple’s relationship can become strained as they struggle to make ends meet.
On the other hand, achieving financial stability together can reinforce a relationship and can give couples a greater sense of personal fulfillment and satisfaction.
“No one ever had a baby so they can work until they’re 80,” Mindy said. “Why work for 50 years if you don’t have to? If you can make small tweaks to your life so you can retire years earlier.”
Thousands of people turn to BiggerPockets as their go-to source of real estate information and financial advice. Its blog posts, podcasts, webinars, and forums provide expert guidance in a conversational tone. Thanks to this network, everyday individuals can become masters of their financial futures by learning how to maximize returns in real estate and other investments.
Mindy loves to share financial advice on BiggerPockets because she believes in the power of money to change the quality of people’s lives and relationships. She and her husband actively pursued financial independence from a young age, and they now get to reap the rewards of years of smart decisions and sound money practices.
“It is possible to retire in your 30s or 40s if you do it right,” Mindy said. “You can use money as the tool that it is to help you attain financial independence.”