7 Personal Finance Lessons School Doesn’t Teach You

Adam Del Duca
8 min readApr 28, 2022
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In the conventional scheme of things, you’re destined to spend close to two decades in school. From elementary school through college, you’re bombarded with a plethora of information that is barely applicable in real-life. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against formal education. My only problem is that schools overlook personal finance, yet this is an essential pillar when striving to achieve success in life. Financial wokeness will take you farther than calculus ever will and as such here are seven personal finance lessons I know school never taught you!

Lesson #1: How To Make Money From Your Laptop

Remember when a traditional 9–5 job was the only ticket to financial success? Thank heavens those days are behind us. Today, you could easily earn a full-time income by transforming your laptop into a money-making machine.

That’s right, you don’t have to work for someone else if you don’t want to. Maybe you hate the idea of commuting daily or tied to your cubicle for 8 or more hours a day. Even if you just want an extra income stream to raise your financial stakes, all you need is a good laptop and a strong internet connection.

The internet is ripe with opportunities for everyone, and it doesn’t matter your education level. If you’re good at something, people will look for you and pay for your services.

And the best part is, there’s no limit to what you can do. You’re passionate about fitness? Start a fitness blog and collaborate with fitness brands once you secure great traffic. Or maybe you’re a great writer? Offer your services as a freelance writer and attract up to $200 for every written piece. Have natural entrepreneurial skills? Open an online store and start a drop shipping service. And the list goes on and on.

Jobs such as freelance writing, virtual assistance, social media influencing, drop shipping, and graphic design can earn you a full-time income. The best part about working from your laptop is that you don’t have to give up your freedom. Most remote jobs allow you to set your own hours and work from wherever you feel comfortable.

Lesson #2: How To Invest In Income Producing Assets