HI, I’M MATT!

WELCOME TO PROFITABLE MATTERS – WHERE PERSONAL FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLIDE

TL;DR Version – Profitable Matters is a site designed and created by myself, Matt Kuhn, where you can find actionable information relating to personal finance, financial freedom, and how to use technological skills to optimize your finances and make money.

And don’t worry if you can barely get your printer to work. This site is designed for current and aspiring “techies,” so you’ll be able to learn things from the beginning.

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This is the place to go for applicable, modern-day financial information. A lot of personal finance sites I see repeat the same things, but it’s like they’re just not even trying anymore. For example, online surveys are almost always listed as one of “10 Great Ways to Make Money Online!” Well, I’ve tried them, and it’s actually a terrible way to make money online.

If I’m going to do a side-hustle, I want it to be one that makes me real money – which is where technology comes into play.

As time goes on, more and more jobs are becoming automated and demand for those jobs is subsequently decreasing. With tech though, the opposite is true. And as demand goes up, so does people’s willingness to pay more for specialized skills. Many of the America’s highest paying jobs are tech-related.

That said, the focus here is on helping you develop and utilize technical skills to build wealth the smart way.

Of course I go over classic personal finance information too – there’s not really a point to learning how to make money if you can’t manage it afterwards. I’m talking about saving, tracking expenses, investing money you do make, etc.

I also talk about financial independence, since this is a goal for many of those in the tech industry. Technology has opened so many doors that the typical work-for-40-years-and-then-retire plan doesn’t have to be your plan anymore.

If you’re on board with this, then your first “homework” assignment is to subscribe to the Profitable Matters newsletter (see the header above). This way, you’ll stay motivated and informed throughout your financial journey.

WHO AM I?

I’ve been working with technology since I was about 12. My dad had a programming book from a college course he was taking and I used it to create my first program – a very simple lottery game (based in Java for those of you familiar with it). From there I was hooked.

The fact that I could just create something out of nothing by writing a few lines of code was incredible to me.

I later majored in IT (Information Technology), interned with Goldman Sachs as a Software Developer and then got hired by Amazon, where I currently work.

I didn’t get into personal finance until my last year of college. Before getting the offer from Amazon, I wasn’t sure if I’d get the job/salary I was expecting. I figured that if I wanted a certain salary, and the company I worked for wouldn’t provide it, I’d have to reach that number myself.

This led me down a steep learning path full of stocks and stock trading, the forex market, taxes, amazing personal finance blogs, as well as the discovery of financial independence.

This was the most amazing discovery of all – the possibility of reaching a point where you no longer have to work anymore. You can work if you’d like, but there’s no obligation because you have enough money coming in or saved to cover all your expenses for the rest of your life!

There’s got to be more to life than working the 9 to 5 every week until you’re 65. Even if you love your job, it’s nice to have the leverage of not needing to be there. And even if you don’t care about financial independence, why not learn how to make extra money through specialized skills? The ability to make money from anywhere in the world by leveraging technology is a life-skill that gives you a whole new level of freedom.

Luckily I ended up getting a job I really enjoy, but the financial drive never went away. Maybe it’s the technical side of me, but I just like working with numbers and finding new ways to beat them! I also enjoy experimenting with different ways to make money!

With my technical background and love of all things finance-related, I created Profitable Matters to help you reach your financial goals. I teach you how to leverage your skills, knowledge, and use technology to become a financial power-house.

FUN FACTS

  • I was born in Germany.
  • I’m a certified Uber and Lyft driver in Washington DC, MD, and VA.
  • I lived in Brazil for a time and speak decent Portuguese.
  • I’m a huge nerd when it comes to comics (especially DC). My favorite is Batman (I currently just own the Court of Owls series), but the Flash is a close second.
  • I love indoor rock climbing. I did it all the time when I was younger, and go less often now,
    but it’s still one of my favorite things!
  • I’m not a fan of large groups of people, but I love individual conversations.
  • I like to play the guitar even though it’s mostly just the same 5 songs over and over.
  • I once fractured my toe running down some stairs after my sister yelled that the “Kids Choice Awards” were on.

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