Financial #FAIL: Are You “Too Busy” to Pay Attention to Your Finances?

Financial #FAIL: Are You “Too Busy” to Pay Attention to Your Finances?

There’s a reason my finances are largely automated. But sometimes it leads to some serious financial #FAIL. Don’t be “too busy” to pay attention to your finances. I’ve experienced a busy couple of months. It’s a busy time of the year for the PTA board at my school, and my son and I went onContinue Reading

Earning a Business Advantage Online

Earning a Business Advantage Online

One of the possibilities I’ve toyed with is going back to school and earning my MBA. While I have a Master’s degree, it’s in Journalism. Sometimes I think that it might help my home business prospects and increase my credibility if I had specialized training in business. I might see a business advantage from furtherContinue Reading

Two Types of Investor NOT to Be: Overconfident and Status Quo

Two Types of Investor NOT to Be: Overconfident and Status Quo

As you start investing, it helps to carefully avoid being one of the following types of investor. I really like behavioral finance. Studies into how our behavior influences what happens with our money, and the ways our psychology can lead to poor financial decisions, fascinate me. Not too long ago, I read an interesting pieceContinue Reading

Is Your Home Business Idea Marketable?

Is Your Home Business Idea Marketable?

Your home business isn’t going anywhere — unless you build your foundation on a marketable idea. Many of us dream about starting home businesses. If you decide that you want to ditch the 9-to-5 and enjoy a new “career” as a home business owner, or even if you are just looking for a little incomeContinue Reading

Forget Credit Card Debt: Americans are Worried about Medical Bills

Forget Credit Card Debt: Americans are Worried about Medical Bills

Medical bills are among the biggest financial worries for many Americans. Credit card debt doesn’t even factor in the top four. As a personal finance writer, I read a lot about credit card debt, and I wait for the latest figures from the Federal Reserve about household debt. A focus on getting rid of high-interestContinue Reading

Managing the Bull: Investing Your Money — And Investing In Yourself

Managing the Bull: Investing Your Money — And Investing In Yourself

Learn about investing your money and investing in yourself with the help of Managing the Bull by David Christianson. A good investment isn’t always easy to identify — especially if you are looking for an investment that will benefit your finances in the long term. If you want a little extra help managing your financesContinue Reading

How to Transform Your Messy Home Office Into a Business Environment

How to Transform Your Messy Home Office Into a Business Environment

Your home office should convey a certain level of professionalism, even if you don’t normally get dressed for work. One of the perks of running a home business is that you have flexibility when it comes to what you where and how you present yourself. Even your home office can be a little (or aContinue Reading

Protect Your Assets with the Right Insurance Coverage

Protect Your Assets with the Right Insurance Coverage

Many people see insurance as a rip off. But the right insurance coverage might come in handy when you need it. Last week, I enjoyed a rather nice spring break vacation in Arizona and San Diego. One of the highlights of the week was a trip out to a replica mining town at Castle DomeContinue Reading

Grow Your Dough Investing Update: March 2014

Grow Your Dough Investing Update: March 2014

Another month, another Grow Your Dough investing update. My portfolio continues to increase in value. And I’m bringing in dividends. My March Grow Your Dough update actually includes the first day in April. Which is great, because stocks have been doing pretty ok the last couple of sessions. Here’s where I’m at right now: LookingContinue Reading

Benefits of a Home Business: Low, Low Cost

Benefits of a Home Business: Low, Low Cost

One of the many benefits of a home business is the low, low cost of operation. Plus, I also enjoy uncomplicated business relationships. I’ve long enjoyed the benefits of a home business. One of my favorite benefits is the low cost of operation. The startup costs for my home business were low; I just neededContinue Reading