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SmartAsset Talks to Steve Chou of

Steve Chou didn’t plan to start an online business. But when his wife got pregnant, she decided she wanted to quit her job. The couple knew they needed to find a way to replace her six-figure income to continue to live the life they wanted. Now they run a successful business, along with a blog about how they do it. We caught up with Steve for this edition of SmartAsset Talks.

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Steve tells us he and his wife quickly learned there are pros and cons of running your own business. He says it was tough in the beginning because he didn’t have the same support that you normally get at a full-time job. But he says once things got going, it became a lot easier. Check out the above video to hear more from Steve about starting an online business.

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Ultimately, Steve explains that making money with your own business is a whole lot better than working a day job for someone else. The most important thing for his family was the flexibility. Steve’s wife was able to be at home with their kids and run the business at the same time. In addition to the monetary gain it brought, Steve says the pride of building a business from the ground up had a real impact on the couple’s self-esteem and confidence.

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Thank you so much to Steve for joining us at SmartAsset Talks! This is an ongoing vlog (video blog) series with some of your favorite bloggers and personal finance experts. Keep checking back here for interviews – once a week we post them right here on the SmartAsset blog.

Photo and Video Credit: Walter Tyler

AJ Smith, CEPF® AJ Smith is an award-winning journalist and personal finance expert with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. She has appeared on CNN, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal Radio and ABC News Radio. Her work has appeared on websites including MarketWatch, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and She is a contributor for Forbes. The SmartAsset VP of Content and Financial Education has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ was named an honoree of the 2018 Women in Media awards in the Corporate Champions category. She is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®). AJ and her husband also write and illustrate educational children's books.
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