Life Events That Can End in Debt – And How to Avoid the Consequences

January 16, 2014

So many contingencies can be addressed with solid financial planning – having an emergency fund, creating a college fund to put children through school while minimizing student loan debt, building a retirement plan, and even having life insurance to care for your loved ones upon your death. But sometimes things happen that come from outside […]

Side Businesses: The Best Way to Prepare for Retirement?

December 13, 2013

We often think of starting or having a side business as either an opportunity to earn more money, or as a bridge into full-time self-employment. Both of those possibilities are certainly there, but a side business can also be the best way to prepare for retirement. Consider what you can accomplish by having a side […]

5 Highly Ideal Jobs for Savvy Freelancers

November 15, 2013

One of the ways that you can make extra money on the side – or even make a good living – is to offer your services as a freelancer. I’ve been freelancing for several years now, and it is my family’s primary source of income. Thanks to technology, it’s possible to make money as a […]

Important Tips for Reformatting Your Resume

November 8, 2013

When was the last time you reformatted your resume? Are you still using the old style of resume that includes a list of positions and responsibilities? If so, it might be time to reformat your resume to reflect the current interest in less clutter, and have more emphasis on job keywords and actual accomplishments. As […]

Career and Business: You are Your Brand!

October 25, 2013

One of the things that was driven home while I attended the Financial Blogger Conference recently was the importance of developing your own brand. This doesn’t even have to apply only to those who have their own businesses. Even as you work to climb the career ladder you still need to manage yourself as a […]

11 Tax-Deductible Expenses During Business Trips

October 17, 2013

One of the great things about traveling for business is that what you spend, in many cases, is tax deductible. As I write this, I’m on my way to the Financial Blogger Conference (also called FinCon), where I will learn some new things, make a few business deals, and have a great time connecting with people […]

5 Reasons it’s Difficult to Lay Off Sub-Standard Employees

October 3, 2013

As business owners and managers, one of the main responsibilities is staffing. Trying to find the right mix of people in terms of experience, knowledge, ambition, commitment and loyalty is a never-ending and exhausting task. It’s one of those tasks that never seems to go away, and that is precisely why those personnel changes that […]

5 Part-Time Business Ideas for College Students

September 18, 2013

You’re a college student, and money is tight, so how do you earn the money that you need in the very limited amount of time you have available? While it’s common to think about getting a part-time job, having a part-time business can actually work better for you as a college student, both in regard […]

7 Ways to Advertise Your Business on a Shoestring

September 17, 2013

Very few businesses can run strictly on referral business. In fact, if you have a startup business, there will be no referral business at all. Since most businesses need to advertise on an ongoing basis, how can you advertise your business on a shoestring? 1. Build your own website. Having your own website is a […]

5 Top-Notch Productivity Tips for the Freelancer

September 2, 2013

Freelancing is a great way to make a little extra money on the side, and sometimes it turns into a full-time business. Many first-time freelancers get overwhelmed by all the tasks they didn’t see coming when they first started. When I first started building my business, I had to learn productivity techniques along the way. […]

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