Meet Marcus Sisk: an entrepreneur and music producer in Gallatin, Tennessee. Currently, Marcus, 29, is working to build his own Earthship—a dirt-rich, off-grid, self-sustaining home—in order to minimize his monthly expenses.
Here are Marcus’ money tips:
“I make things work by minimizing my expenses to a point where I don’t have to rely on a whole lot of money to maintain my lifestyle. I don’t consider [avoiding major purchases] a sacrifice, because it’s never something I was interested in. I’m interested in making art and spending time with friends and family.”
“My parents use credit cards quite a bit, and have been in a constant state of debt—it’s something that they always warned me against. I do use credit cards sometimes—but just to make an investment in something that I feel will bring in more money in the long term. Like, I invested in this computer that I’m using for video production. I’m hoping it will allow me to secure bigger jobs and stuff like that.”
“If I ever have children, I want to be able to provide for them comfortably—hopefully, without having to sell my time doing something that I don’t enjoy. It’s important to me to figure out a lifestyle that’s comfortable and enjoyable for me both financially and just mentally. I want to get to that point before starting a family.”