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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.
Chris Bibey is a freelance writer and internet marketing professional located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Thinking About a Business Loan? Answer These Questions

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There may come a time when your business requires additional capital. While there are many ways to seek funding, a business loan is often the best. With so many products to choose from – and hundreds of lenders offering them – you won’t struggle to find something that suits your requirements. Since taking out a business loan is such a big decision, it’s important to answer a variety of questions before pushing forward. Here are...
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Small Business Payroll: Answer These Questions Early On

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As a small business owner, you’ll have many questions to answer early on in regards to payroll. If you address these right away, you’re in position to implement a system that works for both you and your employees. However, if you put this off, you could find yourself making mistakes that cause additional stress and headaches. Here are the most important payroll questions to answer as you get your small business up and running: •   ...
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The scary part of payroll is when you see that the Federal, Medicare, State and local related payroll taxes have to be paid on a t... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 07:03
Frank
I think even if you have 1 employee besides yourself, it is worth it to outsource this process. As wanderer and ChrisB mentioned, ... Read More
Monday, 18 March 2019 16:20
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A Spring Garage Sale May be Just What You Need

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As the winter season comes to an end, it’s safe to say that you’re looking forward to warmer weather and everything that comes along with it. After a long winter, you may realize that you’ve got more clutter in your home than you would like. Rather than throw out any unwanted items, it makes better sense to organize a garage sale. Not only does this help you remove clutter, but with the right approach you...
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I am in bad need of getting a garage sale! I have so much stuff to get rid off, I am hoping to get one organized by April!
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:56
Frank
I was able to get my act together and did a garage sale this March. While I did not make a ton of money I was able to get rid of a... Read More
Monday, 18 March 2019 16:17
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Items to Negotiate With Your Cable Company

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Cable companies are notorious for regularly increasing the cost of your service. Just as you get comfortable with one payment, you receive a bill that you’re not expecting. While you could simply pay the higher bill, you don’t necessarily want to take this approach. It’s better to contact your cable company, ask about the increase, and determine if there’s anything you can do to save. It goes without saying that you can negotiate the overall...
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Its pretty easy to switch cable providers, so I usually switch every 2-3 years to get the best deal and keep them honest.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:55
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Ask Your Credit Card Company to Change These Things

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When you apply for a credit card, you do so after comparing a variety of offers in order to find the right one. Over time, the terms and conditions of your credit card could change. If this happens, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your issuer to discuss your options. Furthermore, if you come across something that no longer works for you, it’s worth asking for assistance. Here are three things you should ask your credit...
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Always ask for the manager! Sometimes they don't provide it, but I have had success in the past.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:35
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What’s the Problem with a Low Credit Score?

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A low credit score (also known as a bad credit score) isn’t the end of the world. Even if you have a low score, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t live the life you want in regards to your finances. However, as time goes by, you’ll come to realize that a low score is impacting you in a variety of ways. Here are five issues that could come to light: •    Loan denial: Lenders look...
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Thanks for the info Chris. A low credit score really only hurts you. If you have a low credit score now, make a goal this year to ... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:34
Wanderer
One method to help improve credit scores is to keep your credit utilization under 30% and some schools of thought even take it to ... Read More
Monday, 11 March 2019 07:39
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Negotiate These Things With Your Credit Card Company

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You should never be shy about negotiating with your credit card company . Here’s why: you have a lot to gain and nothing to lose. The worst that can happen is that you get turned down and have to find an alternative solution. There are many things you can negotiate with your credit card company, including the following: •    Balance: This doesn’t come into play often, but it may if you’re in a tight financial...
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Calling multiple times and re-asking the same questions, pressuring them usually works for me. I always ask to speak to a manager ... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:55
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Good Reasons to Review Your Credit Report

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Some people know they have a good credit score, so they don’t see the reason in reviewing their credit report once a year. Conversely, some consumers know they have an average or poor score, which leads them to shy away from their credit report because they’re afraid of what they’ll find. Regardless of which group you fit into - or if you lie somewhere in between – you should get into the habit of reviewing...
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Realistic suggestions for all of us. In the world of scamming and ID theft, we cannot take much for granted!
Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:45
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These Signs May Point You Toward a New Bank

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Even with the popularity of online banks on the rise, most people still have a relationship with a local financial institution. There may come a point when you begin to wonder if it’s time to find a new bank (or credit union). The right relationship is important to all aspects of your finances, so it’s nothing to take lightly. Here are a few signs that may point you toward a new bank: •    Increasing fees:...
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Find a Mortgage Broker Who Can Answer These Questions

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For most people, buying a home means securing a mortgage. Even if you have an idea of the lender you want to use, it’s critical to shop your options to ensure yourself of getting the best deal. Generally speaking, there are two ways to search for a mortgage: •    Directly through multiple lenders •    Through a mortgage broker The primary benefit of a broker is the ability to compare rates from multiple lenders, without having...
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