Author Archives: Miranda Marquit

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

Avoid These Five Home Business Startup Mistakes

Avoid These Five Home Business Startup Mistakes

Want a home business? Watch out for these home business startup mistakes. We all make mistakes. This goes double when we venture out into the blue to take a few risks. Starting a home business can be one of those risks. I’m not a big risk-taker, but I do have a home business as aContinue Reading

Seven Ways Women (and Men) Can Prepare for a Better Retirement

Seven Ways Women (and Men) Can Prepare for a Better Retirement

Studies indicate women are falling behind with retirement. Here’s how you can prepare for a better retirement. According to all sorts of data, women face greater financial challenges later in life than their male counterparts. A big part of this equation has to do with traditional gender roles that mean that women spend a lotContinue Reading

Same-Sex Finances: Are You Ready for Tax Time?

Same-Sex Finances: Are You Ready for Tax Time?

It’s the first tax season in which the federal government recognizes same-sex marriage. Are your same-sex finances ready for a new world? Last year, the Supreme Court made it clear that the federal government had to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed. The result was that the federal government started offering benefits to same-sex couples, andContinue Reading