About Radical FIRE: Where Money Meets Freedom

Radical FIRE is a personal finance platform that is all about financial independence. At Radical FIRE, you will learn to save money, make more money, and invest to optimize your way to freedom. We want you to reach your financial goals and have fun while doing it!

Want to know everything about Radical FIRE and what our platform is all about? You’ve come to the right page. Let’s dive right in!

Radical FIRE: Our Story

Marjolein Dilven, journalist and personal finance expert with a master’s in Corporate Finance, founded Radical FIRE in 2018. You can find her most recent contributions on Muck Rack. She yearned for a life that didn’t include traditional employment and realized that financial independence could be a tangible goal with the right knowledge and mindset.

Her journey toward financial freedom led to the creation of Radical FIRE, a platform designed to share insights and strategies for reaching financial independence. She set out to build a team of others who shared her passion and knowledge for not only finance but also travel and movies.

Today, Radical FIRE has a diverse set of experts who spend hours researching and writing to bring you the best possible information to help you reach your goals.

Radical FIRE Mission

At Radical FIRE, our mission is to inspire, educate, and empower you on your journey toward financial independence. We believe that financial freedom is within reach for everyone, and we are committed to providing the resources and support to make it a reality.

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We Are All About Dream Big, Live Free

  • Financial Expertise: Radical FIRE offers a wealth of knowledge on personal finance, investing, and wealth-building strategies. Our expert team provides insights and practical advice to accelerate your journey to financial independence.
  • Pursuing Your Dreams: We believe that financial independence is not just about money; it’s about living life to the fullest. We want to help you work towards your dream life. Whether you need guidance on minimalism, travel, or entertainment, we help you make the most of your journey.
  • Community: Radical FIRE is more than a company; it’s a community of individuals pursuing financial independence. We provide a supportive space to connect with others, share experiences, and find motivation.

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Image Credit: Marjolein Dilven at Radical FIRE


How I Started A Personal Finance Media Platform For Women

“Marjolein Dilven, founder of Radical FIRE, describes her journey to financial independence driven by a quest for early retirement and a passion to share financial wisdom. Starting imperfectly, she initially relied on consistent content creation before discovering the role of SEO in driving website traffic. Her dedication paid off, propelling Radical FIRE to 100,000 monthly page views. Her journey underscores the importance of starting before you’re ready, adjusting your strategy along the way, and embracing opportunities that come your way, wanting to help people seeking financial freedom.”

How a financial blogger uses Zapier to save time

“Marjolein describes how she has automated her marketing, using her newfound free time to focus on developing her content and connecting with other bloggers. She’s also tripled her monthly pageviews since she started automating with Zapier, which has translated into more financial opportunities.”


Social Media and Web Profiles:

For Side Hustle Enthusiasts: My Side Hustles Listed

Over the years, our team has worked on dozens of side hustles. We all want to make extra money, but most of us don’t know how. That’s why we tried it all to see which ones we actually enjoyed and provided with some income.


Blogging is my first love. Establishing your blogs can become a great source of passive income if you know the right content and audience to target. I used Bluehost for my first 3 years of blogging, and I’m making $10,000 per month currently. You can start blogging for $65 per year, which is an extremely low investment – and get a free domain name as a temporary freebie ($15 value). 

Check this guide on how to start a blog and head on to this reliable web host, Bluehost, that provides various feature-packed web hosting options to help you build your website without breaking a sweat.

Sign Up for Freebies

Who doesn’t like freebies? I’ve signed up for so many free perfume samples, free makeup samples, and other free trials over the years, I can’t even imagine how much money that saved me.

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Online Surveys

Participate in online surveys. You will get paid by answering questionnaires or joining focus groups sponsored by companies doing product research. Here are my favorite online survey sites for earning cash and gift cards

I like this because it’s easy to do from anywhere. When you’re watching TV or when you’re waiting for the bus, you can easily make a couple of bucks. I do have to be honest and say it won’t make you a millionaire, but you will get some good lunch money from this side hustle.

Pro tip: Sign up for several survey sites to earn more money. Only choose the highest-paying surveys to earn more money and save time. These three sites even offer $5 sign-up bonuses:

  • InboxDollars. Sign up with InboxDollars for free, and you’ll get a $5 sign-up bonus when you sign up today.
  • Swagbucks. A $5 bonus awaits you when you sign up today and earn your first money with Swagbucks. Learn more Swagbucks hacks to maximize your earnings on the platform.
  • Survey Junkie. By joining one of the most popular, reliable, and easy-to-use survey websites, you will receive a $5 bonus and earn points which you can exchange for gift cards or cash. Learn more about Survey Junkie hacks and make more money.


If you’re good at finding grammar mistakes and have an eye for spotting typos, becoming a proofreader may be something to consider. What I like about this is that you can work from anywhere – as long as you have your computer with you and an internet connection. 

Free proofreading workshop – if this sounds like something you’d enjoy exploring, I recommend checking out the free workshop: Learn How to Become a Proofreader & Start a Freelance Proofreading Business. I took this course, and I was able to land multiple clients within the next couple of weeks. She teaches you exactly how to set up your proofreading business.

Get Paid To Walk

When you need money now, there are many apps out there that literally pay you to walk. There are many free apps that you can install on your phone, connect to a fitness tracker, and count your activity. Here are all the platforms you can use to get paid to walk.

I love getting paid for something I do anyway. Why not make the most of it?

Real Estate Investing

If you’re looking for the easiest platform to get started, there are plenty of platforms out there that let you invest in real estate from $10. Here is what platform you can use to get started for free:

If you’re looking for investments that are low-cost and easy to maintain, see if any of these funds fit your preferences:

  • FNILX Vs. FZROX – which are two different Fidelity funds that charge zero fees.
  • FXAIX Vs. SPY – where we compare two S&P 500 funds that contain the 500 biggest companies in the US.
  • FZROX Vs. FSKAX – where we compare two funds that cover the entire stock market.

Want to ask me something more? Let me know below or contact us directly.

10 thoughts on “About Radical FIRE: Where Money Meets Freedom”

  1. Every young person should read this!
    Here I am at sixty-seven years old, stuck in a job I don’t enjoy any more and not seeing an end in sight. I’ve bee a registered nurse for forty-six years and I’m tired of the massive messed-up medical system, the lack of a voice and my how my salary has hardly changed in years. I’m very healthy so that is almost everything for happiness! I sold my car two years ago and live in a 400sq ft apartment in the lovely area of Philadelphia.
    I’m sending this to every young person I know-especially my three adult children. They’re good with money and are making smart choices.
    My dream is to travel again and visit people I know around this beautiful world.
    I’m looking forward to reading your past and future posts!
    All the best to you,

  2. Hi we are on our journey to be debt free and I mean totally debt free.as we’re both just fed up with living a life of deprivation. And yes I know it’s totally caused by not having the knowledge as I have now with dealing with money. On a monthly basis. But we just want to part company with debt and now start to keep on the road to budgeting and living a life as with doing what we need to do. To sort this problem out once and for all.and live the life that god intended for us to live. And give more and not have all the stress with the problems that we’re both facing now. And now are both Working so hard now so we can have a better life later.

  3. Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by! That’s a great goal you have there. Getting a hold of your money takes a lot of effort in the beginning. Once you’ve figured it out, it becomes a habit & something you don’t think about as often. I’m 100% positive that you got this!

  4. I am on a similar journey too. At one point, I cashed out my retirement account at the age of 22. I have been trying to recoup for the loss ever since. Last year I started investing in index funds and contribute 15% to retirement. I want to retire early and live free(ish) by FIRE!

    In a short amount of time, you have amassed some great resources! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Marjolein,

    This is Javi from Spain. I took a similar decision back in 2017 when I was working for a big audit firm (not the job of my life and quite stressful). I moved to the Netherlands in 2019 and I am also working hard to save as much as possible (currently +50%, sadly not as radical as you), invest in RE/index funds and avoid personal debt (unless I am financing a RE project). I hope in a few years I will be able to say that I’m financially free!

    Hope to see you around one day. Nice blog!

    Keep your hard work 🙂

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