Business & Entrepreneurship

8 Ways to Make Business Trips Fun and Productive

Business Airplane

Personally, I’m not a big fan of business trips. It’s okay every once in a while, but I find myself out of routine and I definitely miss my wife and kids. But duty calls every now and then and it’s part of my job. Overall, I prefer to take a positive outlook on business trips, so here’s a list of things you can do to get some fun and productivity out of your next business trip!

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How to Send and Receive Money Electronically

Electronic Money

Last week I needed to send some money I owed to an acquaintance. I could have opted for safe and reliable snail mail – but that would have been too slow. I could have paid over the phone, but I’m always worried my credit card number may get into the wrong hands and/or not erased after it has been written down. So, I elected to send it electronically.

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How to Calculate Your Real Hourly Wage


Have you ever calculated your real hourly wage? You might be surprised! Once you find it out, you can use that information to make some adjustments in your personal and financial life that will result in real change.

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4 Ideas to Boost Your Income in 2013

I’ve volunteered my time as a financial coach quite a bit and one of the biggest problems I see people experience, aside from debt, is not having enough income. If this is you, have some hope, because there are some ways in which you can boost your income this next year. Keep in mind, you just have to be willing to invest some time and effort to do so.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Resume


The vaunted resume. The gateway to the inbox of the HR department. The paper – usually stacked with dozens or even hundreds of others – that you hope will get you noticed among a myriad of candidates for a coveted position. To help you improve your resume, let me give you five simple things to do.

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What Business Insurance Do You Need?

Business Insurance

Are you thinking about starting your own business, either full or part-time? If so, one important factor you’ll want to consider is what kind of business insurance you’ll need. The answer, of course, all depends on what kind of business you are starting!

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3 Ways to Recharge and Take Your Career to the Next Level


If you’re stuck in a job or career rut, it doesn’t have to be that way. A job you once found exciting can easily get mundane and boring, especially if you’ve been in the position 3 – 5 years. Sure, you could be challenged, but can still be bored. Have you ever felt that way? I have, but I’ve found some ways to work myself out of it and truly appreciate the career and work in front of me again. Consider these three ways to recharge your batteries and take your career to the next level.

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5 Income Producers for Stay-at-Home Moms

Stay-at-Home Mom

Few women look forward to returning to work after having a baby. Some don’t have a choice. But others have enough wiggle room in their income to start earning money from home. Here are some proven ways for stay-at-home moms to help contribute to the household budget.

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3 Low Cost Online Business Opportunities

Starting Online Business

Starting a business can be a time-consuming and costly process. Franchises can have upfront costs and many times reoccurring fees as well. Purchasing a building for your business might not be in your budget and you’d have to take out a loan to do so. Don’t forget one of your most expensive costs: employees! If you daydream about starting your own business, why not consider starting out on the Internet? Here are three low cost online business opportunities you can start with the computer you’re using right now.

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Where’s My Tax Refund: 3 Common Reasons for Delays

tax return

If you’re anxiously watching the mailbox wondering where your tax refund is, you’re certainly not alone. Many people are counting on their tax refund to help fund their most recent home improvement project or pay off debt that’s been lingering around for the last millennium. Okay, maybe that last one was a bit harsh, but you get the idea. It might have been several days or weeks since you filed your federal and state taxes, and you’re wondering what’s the holdup. Here are a few things that can delay your tax refund, and how you can track it down.

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7 Best Part-Time Jobs Anyone Can Start

You’ve probably heard about diversifying your investments. But have you heard much about diversifying your income? Probably not. Sometimes the key to financial stability is not to land one job – but several! Here are 7 part-time jobs anyone can start. Oh, and did I mention some of these have benefits beyond the wages?

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Make Extra Money: 4 Factors That Will Make or Break Your Goals

Chances are you were raised to believe you should go to work from 9-5 your entire life and that was it. You probably were taught that you should focus on your career and nothing more. What if I told you that you are missing out on opportunity after opportunity to make additional income outside of your typical career path?

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2011 Expiring Tax Provisions

At the end of 2011, there are several tax provisions that are expiring. This may be the last opportunity to use these provisions between now and January 1, 2012. Hurry!

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How to Work Your Home Business Alongside Your Children

Sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop, I finally hit “print” for the article I’ve been struggling with for days. But nothing happens. Then, the message appears: “The printer is out of paper.” “Not again,” I mumble as I hoof it to the next room, tripping over my six year old sprawled on the floor with crayons and paper spread about.

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