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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Considering Self Employment? Answer these Financial Questions

As you sit in your office (or cube), you may begin to ponder what it would be like to work for yourself. The benefits of self employment run deep, however, working for yourself is not all fun and games. There are many details to consider, including those associated with your financial situation.As you consider self employment, here are five financial questions to address as soon as possible:1. Can you afford to leave your current job? Remember,...
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Are you Ready for Self Employment? Answer these Questions

To some, the idea of being self employed is just about as good as it gets. These people are tired of reporting to others and are looking for freedom within their career. While the benefits of self employment run deep, you don’t want to move forward just yet. Instead, it is important to realize what you are getting yourself into before taking the leap.If you are unsure of whether self employment is right for you, answering...
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Financial Tips for the Self-Employed

Self-employment can be risky, especially from a financial standpoint. Managing your money is especially important given the potential ups and downs that come with being your own boss. Being smart with your money is critical to longevity in your career as an entrepreneur. Build a substantial safety net before taking the leap. If you’re still employed and know you want to move to self-employment in the future, start stashing some money away now. Save up as...
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Work From Home - Legit or Scam?

Self-employment is a dream for many workers, and now maybe even more than ever after public disillusionment with the job market. A quick online search for self-employment will lead to endless work-at-home opportunities. But for the vast majority of these offers, the advertiser has indeed found a way to make thousands or even millions of dollars from home - by ripping off unsuspecting people desperate to make a better life for themselves. It could be a...
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ARC Loans - SBA Loan for Struggling Small Businesses

If you're a small business owner and are having a tough time meeting business expenses during this difficult economy, you may consider looking into a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program designed just for you.Under the America's Recovery Capital (ARC) loan program, small business owners may receive up to $35,000 in short-term relief. The ARC loan is intended for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help the business ride out the current economic situation...
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Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is a crucial step to your business' development. A well thought-out business plan defines your business, outlines your strategy for the growth of your business, expenses and income expectations, marketing strategies. It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. And a realistic business plan is a basic requirement if you plan to obtain a loan to help start or grow your business. The Small Business Administration...
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Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed

The self-employed person generally enjoys the freedom and flexibility that comes with being their own boss. We prefer to make our own rules, make our own schedule, and make our own money. And with that freedom and flexibility that self-employment offers, we also have a few choices in how to go about planning for retirement - the SEP Plan, Solo 401(k), and the Keogh Plan. Here's a quick rundown of retirement plans available to those who...
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Be Aware of Internet Business Scams

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a federal court imposed a judgement of $18.9 million against operators of an internet business opportunity scam. The federal court found the scam operators violated the FTC Act and the agency's Franchise Rule by duping hundreds of consumers into buying "Internet kiosk" business opportunities while promising lucrative earnings. The Internet kiosks are free-standing machines that house a computer and a mechanism to accept payments from users. The...
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Claim of Lien

LiensA lien is basically a claim, or a debt, against a piece of property, also sometimes called a "security interest." The claim typically belongs to a business or individual who is owed money related to that property. The lien may be consensual, as in the case of financing a car through a lender. Or, a lien may be involuntary, meaning that the lien was either created by a government entity - think tax lien, or by...
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Creating Your Business Name

Choosing your business name can be fun, but it's one of the most important choices you'll have to make. Many other business decisions can be adjusted later on down the road if they're not working, but it can be difficult to successfully change the name of your business. As your business grows and you develop a customer base, a big reason they'll come back is familiarity with your business name. Changing it later can confuse customers...
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