Many people think that the budgeting process has to be complicated in order for it to be effective but the truth is actually quite the contrary. Once you know what the basics are when it comes to starting a budget and managing your budget, there is nothing that has to be complex to the point where you feel overwhelmed by the entire process. If you don’t know what to expect when it comes to income and expenses, then developing your budget is absolutely essential. When you have the numbers and they fit together right, you will learn more about spending your money and saving your money to the point where your budget will be successful. The following tips and tricks for budgeting are sure to be useful if you are just learning the ins and outs of this vital financial process.
Tip #1 – Do not be afraid of this process, as there is nothing to be scared of. Many people are afraid of what they will find when they budget.
Guess which question is heard most often around the water cooler at the Credit Advice Center.
“How do I improve my credit score?”
This question pops up frequently because the Credit Advice Center is becoming a real community forum for discussions around the topic of credit, especially the mystery surrounding credit scores. So, we will be bringing you even more credit score and credit advice posts here at the blog, so stay tuned…
In the meanwhile, consumers at the Credit Advice Center are helping each other navigate these tricky financial issues. Check out the conversations buzzing at the Credit Advice Center right now:
Q:How long does it take for credit bureaus to update with changes made to my report?
- It depends on the lender and how often they report updated consumer accounts to the credit bureaus. Some
September 30th is the end of the federal government’s fiscal calendar and if you sell anything to Uncle Sam, you’ll know that the busy year-end buying season is almost upon us.
Having worked for several years for a government IT solutions provider, I can attest to the fact that there is nothing quite like the company-wide buzz that federal year-end generates as sales teams knuckle down for long hours, intense bidding, and hopefully a winning share of these soon to disappear funds. Let’s just say that shares in Red Bull probably went through the roof each September!
With this year’s federal fiscal year-end approaching, what can you do now to ensure your small business is factored into consideration by government procurement officers and end users (those that actually use your product or service and influence buying decisions)?
No matter what you sell – from paper products to satellite-based tracking devices – here are some marketing tips for landing federal fiscal year-end business.
An interactive blog can help connect to customers, and keep your small business website from becoming stale. Choosing an appropriate blog style for a business website depends on the type of information being communicated, the frequency of information updates and writing style of contributors. See the following article from The Street for more on this.
By now, most small businesses realize that having a Web site is a necessity, not a luxury. But owners don’t always know what to do with a site once it’s up and running. Maybe that’s why so many Web sites sit unchanged, month after month.
While flashy animation or video feeds might make sense for tech-minded companies, creating an appealing Web site doesn’t require a lot of bells and whistles. A blog is an easy, cost-effective way to engage customers by providing content that’s timely and informative.
Done right, it can also help customers connect to you on a more personal level, which builds loyalty. Read more…
June 24th, 2010
What is a thin file?
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In the world of credit, thin is not a good thing. If you have a “thin file”, it means you have a limited or brief credit history or not enough credit accounts to generate a credit score.
Consumers with thin files often cannot pull their credit score or credit report, which also means that most lenders, issuers, and banks will reject thin file applications because they are unable to see the consumer’s credit report. Consumers with thin files are seen as credit risky and inexperienced with managing credit because they have a limited credit history.
If you face similar financial challenges because of your thin file, don’t give up just yet. Fattening up your thin file requires establishing credit and maintaining proper credit habits to build healthy credit. Here’s
Your own personal net worth is something that can serve as a truly useful tool in measuring the financial progress that you have made from one year to the next. What your net worth is, is essentially just a grand total of all of your assets, with liabilities subtracted. There is no magical number when it comes to net worth because everyone is different. Just make sure that you are using your own personal net worth in order to track your financial progress from one year to the next, and hopefully you will see some improvements in the process.
Calculating your own personal net worth is not difficult at all, and it only really requires a little bit of financial information regarding what you own, how much money you have and how much debt you owe.
Step #1 - You should begin this process by listing out all of your largest assets, such as your home and any vehicles that you may owe.