A Laptop for $150?  The Acer Chromebook does the Job!

A Chromebook for $150

If you are looking for a job in the modern world, a good “laptop” is essential!  You are going to need to update your resume, email prospective employers, and search the popular job hunting sites.  A Chromebook is a laptop computer that stores everything in the cloud.  That means, if your laptop ever gets stolen or damaged, you won’t lose anything.  Just sign in to your replacement Chromebook and everything is instantly available.

I’ve been using a Chromebook for over two years and find that it can do everything I need. It also boots instantly, and runs all day on a charge.  This Acer has a bright and easy to read screen.  It weighs in at only 2.4 pounds and has a nice full-size keyboard.  All you need is wi-fi or a hotspot (available on most smart phones) to work from anywhere and 100 GB of storage is included on Google Drive.  Hard to go wrong!




There is no need to buy additional software because it is virus proof and the built in applications allow you to prepare documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.  Then, you can print from the Chromebook.  If you have a cloud compatible printer, you can even print documents out at home or the office, while you are somewhere else.  8+ hours of battery life means that you can search for your new career, submit resumes, and even teleconference!  For about $150 bucks, this laptop does it all.  Clicking on the picture will bring you to Amazon*, for their latest price, shipped to your door.

 

Acer Laptop for under $150

the $150 Laptop

Specs

2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
16 GB
Intel HD Graphics

 

*using our Amazon link will not cost you a penny more, but Amazon will give us a few pennies to keep the site running, if you buy something.  Thanks!

 

So you’ve accepted a new job at $35,000 a year and figured out how much that is per hour.  But is your new employer paying you enough?  Use Monster to find what similar jobs are paying.

See our Monster Job Search board, here or on the left.
 


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Well, here goes. I just helped a friend make the transition from an hourly, to salaried employee. The first question he had was, “dude, how do I convert annual salary into an hourly wage, so I can relate to it”. That got us talking about all the pitfalls of making the transition from an hourly to salaried employee and how to negotiate salary and benefits.  I’ve made the switch back and forth, a few times. Now I do the hiring of salaried and hourly people, so I’ve learned a few tricks (mostly by underestimating the clever, hourly guy). Along the way, I made a quick reference table to help the guy making bucks-an-hour, convert to a salaried job. That table gives you the EDGE when negotiating your new position. Then my friend said, “Dude, you saved my ass! You should like, make a website to teach people all this stuff!”

So—here goes.  I hope I can help you leapfrog the BS and get to some serious salary!

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While looking through articles related to how well you can live on $35,000 a year, I came across this article on Financial Post. It’s worth a minute of your time, because it turns out that yeah, you can be pretty happy on a little dough.  Sometimes, that’s all that we have.  The funny thing is, once you break the mental barrier that makes you think “$XX,000” is all you can make, you’ll find your salary keeps climbing.  Then, after a while, you’ll start to wonder “if it’s all worth it”.  Short answer is, “No Dumbass, working for more “stuff” is a waste of life.  You are going to die someday sooner than you think”.


So, at what point do you stop pushing and start living.  Turns out that a lot of people have studied this.  $75,000 is the number everyone quotes, where you don’t get much happier despite a pay increase.  That’s not a small amount of cash for a LOT of us.  Plus, it’s largely wrong. It’s based on an average of figures, from across the U.S.  Very few of us divide our work time across 50 states. You can check out a great article about it here.  It’s a little tedious to read, so I’ll sum it up here: The bad news is, if you live in Hawaii, it will take $122,000 before more money doesn’t add to your happiness.  If you live in Mississippi, you are living like Boss Hogg (yeah, I know he was from TN) for $65K.  If you ask me, as long as I had enough money for food and a beach shack, it wouldn’t matter what I earned if I lived in Hawaii………Which is better, driving a Mercedes in Pittsburgh in February, or riding your bike in Hawaii.   Different things to different people.

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But, here is the secret that is your reward for reading this far: Income has LITTLE to do with happiness.  What bums people out and makes them feel gloomy is DEBT.  Yep, good ol’ American 120-days-to-pay-easy-credit-I’m-pounding-you-over-a-barrel-DEBT  Avoid the debt and you’ll worry less about what you are earning.  You can read about it here.

Guys, if you want to know how much you need to earn before SHE’S happy, you are asking a different question altogether 😉