Get out of debt using the debt snowball method

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Facts about the escrow account

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Having a baby? Plan your entire expenses ahead of time

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One of the best moments in a couple’s life is when they start a family. It adds more pleasure and happiness when you have a baby and you will hold it in your arms. Before you plan for a baby, it is important that you know about all the costs and if you will be able to afford it. After you have a baby, your expenses will go up for the long term. So you must check your income before finalizing this decision.

It starts from regular appointments with the doctors, then going for medical checkups and routine investigations, and then you make the final bookings for the day of delivery. It can be quite heavy on your wallet. And these expenses will keep on increasing even after the delivery, because you now have three heads to look after. You have to buy all the necessary things for the baby. Starting from diapers to pieces of cloth to pram, the number is uncountable.

financial plan for childWhen the time comes and you know that you are going to become a parent, you feel very excited and many parents waste a lot of money in this excitement. They start buying all sorts of toys and clothes when they don’t even know when the baby is going to come. Hence it is important to keep your emotions intact and not waste money like this. You should save this money for prenatal care. It can be used for all the doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds and regular health checkups. It can cost up to $2000 on an average.

When you are approaching the delivery date, you have to make bookings in the hospital. A normal delivery can cost up to $15000 and a cesarean operation can cost up to $20000. It is important to have an insurance cover before you start your family as these expenses can be included in it. Once you have the baby, then it is time to buy clothes, diapers, feeders, milk, sleeping bed, pram and toys. It should not cost you more than $5000 on an average.

Medical Malpractice Can Cause Patient Bankruptcy

Tending to and healing the body is a noble profession with roots in ancient Greece. An oath named after Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, puts forth the principle that physicians should “first, do no harm.” Yet, mistakes in healthcare are so rampant that some have termed the situation a crisis. Of course, medical professionals are human and some mistakes are to be expected, but the high frequency of these potentially devastating, largely preventable errors have created a public health problem that leaves many patients in pain and in debt.

The Institute of Medicine issueda seminal study in 1999 examining the quality of health care in the U.S.  Defining medical errors as “the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim,” the study estimated that such lapses prove fatal for between 44,000 and 98,000 people every year. That’s more than the annual number of deaths attributable to well-publicized causes like AIDS, motor vehicle accidents, or breast cancer. The researchers also concluded that preventable medical mistakes costbillions of dollars per year, including the expense of additional care necessitated by the errors, lost income and household productivity, and disability.

In 2008, actuaries measured direct medical expenses and determined thatmedical errors annually cost $17.1 billion while the cost of avoidable hospital readmissions added another $13 to $18 billion a year. The study identified more than 1.5 million avoidable errors and found that, on average, the cost per mistake was $11,366. Almost 70 percent of the total medical cost for measurable medical errors was due to ten common errors: pressure ulcers, postoperative infections, postlaminectomy syndrome, hemorrhage complicating a procedure, accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, mechanical complication of a non-cardiac device, abdominal hernia without mention of obstruction,hematoma complicating a procedure, unspecified adverse effect of a drug, and mechanical complication of a cardiac device.

Another source, the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), lists the five most common categories of malpractice cases as diagnosis, treatment, surgery, medication, and obstetrics. According to the NPDB, the responsibility for these incidents is spread among many types of practitioners. From 2004 to 2014, over 270,300 malpractice claims were brought against nurses and 182,095 were brought against physicians. Dental professionals, therapeutic practitioners, and technicians and assistants saw the third, fourth, and fifth highest numbers of claims. There is no federal law that requires hospitals to report medical errors; and although 27 states do mandate such reporting, the data is rife with inaccuracies and is not uniformly collected.

Healthcare providers that make a mistake rarely bear the resulting financial obligations. Instead,when treatment makes a patient’s health worse, he or she is also expected to foot the bill for the avoidable error. Taking on debt when the need for further care was preventable is to add insult to literal and figurative injury. And the outlook is grim: medical bills are a common reason for personal bankruptcy filings. According to a 2013 analysis, 1.7 million Americans live in households that will declare bankruptcy due to inability to pay medical bills. Of adults ages 19 to 64:

  • 56 million will have trouble paying medical bills.
  • Over 35 million will be hear from collection agencies seeking payment for medical bills.
  • High medical bills will cause almost 17 million to receive a lower credit rating.
  • More than 15 million will empty their savings to pay medical bills.
  • Over 11 million will run up credit card debt in order to pay hospital bills.
  • Nearly 10 million will be unable to pay for basic necessities such as food and rent because of medical bills.

A 2016 look at healthcare found that 26 percent of U.S. adults have experienced serious financial problems due to health care costs. Of that number, large medical bills caused 42 percent to spend most or all of their personal savings, 23 percent to take on credit card debt that might be hard to pay off, 19 percent to take out a loan, and 7 percent to declare bankruptcy.

Although the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) has reduced the number of uninsured, high-deductible plans requiring more out-of-pocket costs can quickly cause debt to add up. An average family of four with an employer-sponsored “preferred provider plan” is currently estimated to have healthcare costs of $25,826, which has more than tripled since 2001’s figure of $8,414. Now responsible for 43 percent, employees carry four percent more of the cost than they did 15 years ago. Some of these increases can be traced to insurance companies’ passing the buck on to the consumer, raising rates to counteract increased claims for medical errors.

When medical treatment goes wrong, it can set off a chain of events that harms the patient beyond the physical toll. Consequences from medical mistreatment can easily lead to job loss due to the patient’s being physically or emotionally unable to continue life as it was prior to the error. Loss of employment is often coupled with loss of health insurance, which then leaves the patient unable to afford medical care. When the bills multiply and income is limited, many people turn to credit cards, not realizing how quickly this option can cause a bad situation to become a hopeless one. Drawn in by balance transfers, limited time low interest rates, or interest-only payments as well as minimum payments, credit card debt can mount fast and furiously. Interest, late fees, and penalties for being overdrawn can even surpass the original debt.

In cases where negligence can be proven, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be feasible. If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to talk with a malpractice attorney in your state. Ininstances where legal action is not viable, the patient’s financial fallout from paying the extra costs may be best dealt with by filing for bankruptcy protection. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code consider both medical debt and credit card debt to be unsecured, meaning such debt is eligible for dismissal in the right circumstances. Many bankruptcy attorneys offer free initial consultations, so it’s often worth the time to talk to a lawyer who can evaluate your personal situation.

About: Mike Stephenson is a medical malpractice attorney in Indianapolis who has been representing clients in the central Indiana for more than 2 decades. Mike is a partner at McNeely Stephenson, Attorneys at Law which specializes in personal injury lawsuits.

Looking Ahead To Retirement? Here Are Some Tips To Make It Great

Almost every working person looks forward to the day when they will be able to retire. Even if you love your job, you probably don’t love some aspects of it. Some people also have specific plans for retirement, whether it be going fishing, traveling, moving closer to family, or just relaxing with the grandchildren for years to come. You can make sure that you’re financially, emotionally, and physically prepared for your retirement by following these helpful tips.

First of all, make sure that you are financially ready to give up your job. If you’ve been planning, you should already have a decent-sized next egg saved up. If you still need to work on that, try to find a boutique asset management firm like Sharia Portfolio to help you save while keeping in mind your moral and ethical stances. Don’t try to go it alone. Instead, get help and financial guidance from experts. Your should not take risks with your investments once you get close to retirement age, but should stick to safer things like bonds.

Next, make sure that you are emotionally prepared for retirement. Even if you’ve been looking forward to it for years, it can be a dramatic shift to all of a sudden no longer need to wake up for work each day. Find a hobby to keep yourself busy, or, better yet, find a greater purpose to work towards. You can use the skills you can learned in the workforce to give back to your community by volunteering. Don’t get complacent, which can unfortunately lead to depression in retired individuals.

Finally, make sure that you are physically fit enough to enjoy your retirement. See your doctor for a regular checkup and follow his or her instructions and advice. You’ve worked for years, don’t let physical problems get in the way of your enjoying your deserved time off. Stay physically active and you’ll live longer and have a better life with more energy. Physical activity also helps to prevent depression, especially in older individuals. If you’re just starting out, try taking long walks after dinner to get your body moving.

You deserve to have your golden years full of happiness and relaxation. Luckily, with proper planning you can have the retirement you deserve. Plan for your financial, emotional, and physical health, and you will thrive.

Getting Hurt on the Job Can Irreparably Harm Your Bank Account

Toward the end of adolescence and continuing straight on through to “over the hill,” many Americans spend the majority of those years working. Assuming that the average person works 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year from the age of 20 until 65, that’s 90,360 hours at work. With all that time spent on the job, it’s no surprise that a large number of accidents and injuries occur in the workplace. While all employees deserve to return home at the end of their work day alive and uninjured, the reality is that not everyone does. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 4,600 workers died on the job in 2014 and more than three million others suffered serious, non-fatal injuries at work. These alarming numbers include multiple categories of workers with varying levels of healthcare coverage: employees and independent contractors, full-time and part-time, temporary and permanent.

While the Affordable Care Act has given more people access to health insurance, medical bills and related costs can leave injured workers in a tough spot. Co-pays, high deductibles, co-insurance, travel to and from healthcare facilities, lost wages and daycare costs are just a few of the expenses that can add up quickly. A well-known actuarial firm that has published a medical index for the last 15 years known as the MMI (Milliman Medical Index) calculates that the average healthcare cost for a family of four has more than tripled since its value of $8,414 in 2001 and now stands at $25,826. This rate of increase exceeds the growth in the consumer price index (CPI) for medical services as well as the average two percent annual increase in median household income between 2004 and 2014. Compared to employers, employees are now responsible for more of the healthcare costs than they were 15 years ago – they now pay 43 percent, up from 39 percent 15 years ago.

It’s not hard to see how getting hurt at work can be financially devastating. Over the past decade, the average amount that middle-income households spent on health care increased by 51 percent, which is nearly double the growth in their incomes (30 percent) and three times the rate of growth in their spending for all other products and services. It’s no wonder then that unpaid medical bills are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy filings (62 percent), surpassing both credit card and mortgage debt. Job loss is another reason that people are unable to pay off their debts. Spending more than you make is easy to do when you have no income. Losing a job also means losing health insurance if you are the plan subscriber, and the high cost of COBRA insurance can be hard to sustain for long. Imagine, then, the economic difficulties experienced by someone who has the all-too-common experience of being injured at work and then losing that job, whether due to layoff, termination, or resignation.bankruptcy

Bleak financial scenarios are one very important reason to take steps to protect yourself if you have a jobsite-induced injury or illness. Whether it was an acute traumatic injury (like falling from a ladder) or a cumulative-trauma injury (such as carpal-tunnel syndrome), there are a few basic things you should do to protect yourself.

Report it. Tell your manager, supervisor, company nurse, union representative – whoever is in charge. Be clear about how the injury happened and that it happened at work. Report it immediately even if you think you are not seriously hurt. That knee you twisted or back you strained might not require medical treatment until a few days later, and then your employer can claim you were injured someplace else. While you are usually allowed between 30 to 90 days depending on your state, some companies impose shorter deadlines and can issue formal reprimands or suspensions of pay for not reporting an accident in accordance with their policies.

Keep good records. Being organized and having proof can make the difference between winning and losing financial reimbursement for a workplace injury claim. There will be medical reports, incident reports, and insurance paperwork, but you can also help yourself by keeping detailed documents of conversations and employment actions. Request copies of any papers your employer keeps on the incident and hold on to paystubs and timesheets showing income and hours worked. What you don’t document may not be covered, so try to keep a thorough record of all expenses that are a direct result of your work-related injury.

Consider contacting an attorney. Cases involving a workplace accident can be very complicated and can involve doctors, physical therapists, independent medical consultants, adjusters, insurance company lawyers, co-workers, equipment manufacturers, maintenance companies, and more. Because it may be difficult to determine all of the details and sort out all of the necessary parties, having your case evaluated by an attorney will maximize your compensation. Many workplace injury lawyers offer free initial consultations, so it’s often worth your time to talk to an attorney who can help while you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury or illness.

Workplaceinjuries stem from a wide range of incidents and an even wider range of causes. Some of the more common injuries include bodily reaction (bending, reaching, climbing, etc.), being caught in or between objects, falling from heights, repetitive motion, overexertion, slips and falls, falling objects, and vehicle accidents. Of course, construction workers have different on-the-job hazards than office personnel, but all workers can help themselves by practicing safe work habits appropriate for their jobs. Keeping work areas free of clutter and taking care not to rush (many injuries occur when people hurry and take shortcuts) are two practices that can benefit virtually any worker.

Things can go wrong even in the best run business, but not every employee is able to build up an emergency fund to draw from in the event they get hurt. Medical bills should not lead to financial ruin.Depending on the circumstances, there may be grounds for a legal cause of action. At a minimum, an experienced work injury lawyer may be able to advise you on your options, including negotiating with the medical providers, seeking out help from federal and state entities, and whether bankruptcy is truly the best choice for your situation.

Author: David Mann is a workers’ compensation attorney located in Macon, Georgia. He’s a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a past president of the Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

The US economy in 3 numbers

If you had to sum up the US economy as it currently stands using just 3 numbers, which numbers would you choose? It’s hard, isn’t it?

The Financial Times US managing editor Gillian Tett has attempted just that in a short new video released online:

The first number listed is 40% of all supposed Mexican imports are actually born right at home in the US. During the manufacturing process, car parts can cross the Mexico/US border up to eight times, but they start that back-and-forth journey north of the border.

The second number is 53 million, and is the amount of Americans who are currently self-employed. If you can’t quite imagine this amount of people, it is roughly the population of the entire nation of South Africa, and yet the number is set to continue to rise thanks to the current ‘gig’ economy. You’ve heard of Uber? Well, all of their drivers are actually self-employed.

The final number is an incredible 12 trillion, which is the amount in US dollars which is due to be inherited by the kids and grandkids of those born in the 20’s and 30’s over the next decade. It’s set to be the biggest wealth transfer ever, and totals more than 152 times the total wealth of Bill Gates.

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Need short term loans? Go for Title Loans

Title Loans

Title loans are one of the helpful means if you are looking for a short term loan. Here, the loan gets instantly approved and the borrower finds it as one of the best available option.

Title loan is secured to the vehicle as collateral, but you can still freely use the vehicle in the manner you want. Many lenders take the vehicle as collateral to back the loan repayment. It is important that the borrower has a clear title to the loan. He needs to produce valid documents proving that he owns the vehicle at the time of approval of the loan.

The processing time in title loans is very fast. In regular loans, the borrowers have to wait for several days for the approval. In title loans, the borrower can know the status within 30 to 45 minutes after the application is filed. People with bad credit who are disheartened because of refusals in the application process will find title loans different. No credit check is required in Title loans Texas.  You can still get approved for title loan even if you have county court judgment, individual voluntary arrangement etc. by being regular in the loan repayments, you can have a sizeable positive effect on the credit status.Title loan

While applying for the title loan, the borrower needs to present his pay stub, a couple of personal references and a valid address proof. Once these documents are submitted, the loan can be sanctioned for use.

Title loans are best used for short term because of high interest rate. Hence the term of repayment should be for a month or two.

Due to unavoidable circumstances, if you are not able to pay the title loan in the month it is due, you will have to pay the double amount in the subsequent month, plus the interest of the first month. This is because interest in the second month costs equal to the actual amount.

It is advised to use title loans only during emergencies and not to get trapped in it. If for some reasons, the borrower fails to pay the title loan in the month it is due, then he has to pay double in the subsequent month or else he will just pay the interest. This means that the principal will be carried over to the next month and the borrower has to pay interest equal to the principal. This way it becomes a vicious cycle making it difficult for the borrower to come out of this trap.

Before taking the title loan, it is important to plan repayments and make sure to pay it on time to avoid the late fees. The rate of interest is very high so one should keep this factor in mind.

Small Businesses and the Minimum Wage

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In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act established a federal minimum wage that all private sector employers have to pay to their nonexempt employees. The existing federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has been in place since July 2009 and tallies to just $15,080 a year, before taxes, for a full-time position. A family of three living off of minimum wage is well below the poverty level. States are allowed to have their own minimum wage standards that may be equal to or more than the federal rate. Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina have not adopted a state minimum wage, so the federal minimum wage is applied.

Intended to reduce poverty and share economic growth across workforce levels, the minimum wage loses value every year due to inflation. The first wage was $0.25, which, adjusted for inflation, would be $4.19 today. If the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation it would actually be $10.75 an hour, and if had kept pace with workers’ productivity, the inflation-adjusted minimum wage would be $18.67. Currently, 29 states have minimum wages above the federal rate, with the highest being $10.00 in California and Massachusetts.

Small BusinessHistoric increases became law in early March when the governor of Oregon signed legislation for a regional tiered approach, increasing the current $9.25 statewide to $14.50 in metro Portland, $13.50 in smaller cities, and $12.50 in rural communities by 2022. The minimum wages in these areas will rise by cost of inflation each year, ensuring that wages keep up with cost of living.

With small businesses making up over 70 percent of all U.S. businesses, and wages comprising the largest portion of operating costs, the amount of the minimum wage greatly impacts small businesses. Some argue that in order to deal with a higher minimum wage, small businesses have to reduce their number of employees, reduce employee hours, reduce employee benefits, put hiring freezes into place, sacrifice expansion plans or upgrades, or pass the cost on by raising prices. Others claim that raising the wage increases worker productivity, provides workers with more money to put back into the economy, allows people to support their families without government assistance, improves employee morale and loyalty, and attracts talented workers.

A 2015 survey by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International found an even split in small business opinion of raising the minimum wage. Although 75 percent of the 728 small firms that were assessed did not employ minimum-wage workers, 49 percent thought the current wage should be raised, while 49 percent did not. According to the survey, some business owners intended to offer wage increases due to a tightening labor market and stiff competition for workers with large corporations. Of the 180 business owners who employed people making minimum wage, 142 said they would offer a $1 raise within one year.

The Raise the Wage Act was introduced to Congress in April 2015, seeking to increase the minimum wage in increments to $12 by 2020. One poll conducted for Small Business Majority found that 60 percent of small businesses supported gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 and adjusting it annually to keep pace with the cost of living. This support came from small business owners across a range of industries and political affiliations. Of the 50 percent of the respondents that compensated their lowest paid employee from the current federal minimum wage up to $12 an hour, nearly six in ten supported the increase.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average person who benefits from a higher minimum wage is 36 years old and earns more than half of their family’s total income. Slightly more than half are women working full-time, and 28 percent have children. That’s a far cry from the teenager with the after-school job that many people imagine as the type of individual who earns a minimum wage. While the reality of living on a minimum-wage income has become a financial hardship for many, business interests must be taken into consideration. The delicate balancing act of how high is high enough continues.

About the Author: Thomas Bunch Sr. has been a practicing attorney in Lexington, KY for more than 50 years. Mr. Bunch is a well-respected business bankruptcy lawyer, specializing in Chapter 7 bankruptcy as well as the seemingly never-ending reorganizations in chapter 11 bankruptcy code. Mr. Bunch continues to accept cases to this day and currently practices law at Bunch & Brock Attorneys At Law

Three Business-Building Strategies That Can Optimize Your Bottom Line

In general, one of the business owner’s primary concerns is optimizing her or his bottom line. To ensure that you can earn the exceptional conversion rates you desire, it’s a good idea to have a strategic plan in place. Here are three strategies that should be a part of that plan:

1. Invest In Internet Marketing Services.

One great way to optimize your bottom line is by investing in internet marketing services. Doing so will help your brand maximize exposure across diverse online platforms such as social media channels. When you start looking for the perfect digital advertising company, make sure you select a group of professionals who have extensive experience working with people in your specific field. Also make sure that the digital firm can offer comprehensive services, some of which should include:

-web design and development
-search engine optimization
-social media optimization
-online reputation management
-responsive web design
-blog work
-content marketing

2. Focus On Employee Development.

Another strategy you can implement to help optimize your company’s bottom line is focusing on employee development. This technique is important because it helps ensure that your staff members can complete their daily assignments with speed and skill, thereby creating more time and energy that can be devoted to money-making ventures. There are numerous ways you can put focus on employee development, such as having your staff members participate in ongoing training workshops that keep them up to date with new industry methodologies and regulations.

3. Mind Your Health.

One final technique you can deploy to optimize your bottom line is paying close attention to your health. Business owners who are perpetually ill, fatigued, or plagued with mood instability are less effective in getting their daily tasks accomplished quickly and correctly. With this idea in mind, make sure that you’re doing all that you can to look and feel your best. One way to get this process underway is by using testing kits to identify any debilitating conditions that may be hampering your body. You can obtain a wide range of testing kits from companies like Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. They offer serology test kits as well as kits for cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, and HIV.

Conclusion

If you’re ready to make 2016 your company’s most profitable year yet, now’s the time to implement conversion optimization strategies. You can use some or all of the techniques outlined above to ensure that your company earns an impressive bottom line this season.

Expert witness testimony

Going to court is never a fun experience. Unfortunately, it may become necessary for you to sue someone so you can get justice because you feel that you have been wronged. You could also be sued by someone and you will need to defend yourself in court. You can never predict how a jury will vote. Therefore, you need to do everything you possibly can to convince a jury that you are in the right. This is not always an easy thing to do. However, using an expert witness to testify for you will definitely help your case dramatically. Here is how an expert witness can help you in court.

1. Impress the jury

Expert witness testimony is something that has the power to swing a case in your favor that you were previously losing. This is because the jury will take notice of the facts the witness provides that back up your argument. It sometimes only takes a few minutes of testimony from an expert witness to get the jury to come around to your way of thinking. However, it is important that you watch videos of an expert witness testifying in previous cases to make sure that he speaks well in court. An expert witness might know a lot of important things. However, he or she might sabotage your case if they start stammering when they are on the witness stand.

2. You will become more credible

Credibility is key in any type of court case where a jury is involved. Basically, the jury will be asking themselves why they should believe anything you are saying. An expert witness is someone who has worked many years in a specific field in order to gain the reputation of an expert. Therefore, a person like this supporting your claims will instantly turn you into a credible person in the eyes of the jury. Keep in mind that a person cannot simply claim to be an expert in a particular field. The court must approve of a person’s status as an expert based on his or her career and prior work.

3. An expert witness is difficult to dispute

A witness is considered to be an expert in a certain field for a very good reason. This person has worked in a certain field for many years. This makes it nearly impossible for the opposing attorney to dispute anything an expert witness says.

Smart Investment Strategies

As a child, you may have had a simple savings account that accrued a little interest over the months. When you’re an adult, however, saving money for retirement and education are critical parts to life. Many people are confused or intimidated by the investing process, but there are easy ways to start your own nest egg. Take a look at these smart investment strategies and choose a few that work for your situation.

Start a 401(k)

Most employers offer some type of investment account, such as the traditional 401(k). You may look at these accounts as optional, but they should be considered mandatory for a comfortable retirement. Contribute as much of your paycheck to the 401(k) as possible because you’ll gain high returns over the years. You’ll also reduce your reported income too. When income taxes are due, you’ll pay less because of the 401(k) contributions.

Determine Employer Matches

Another major reason to use 401(k)s is the possible employer-match amount. For example, your company matches your contribution percentage up to 6 percent. Ideally, you should contribute no less than 6 percent to the 401(k) because you’ll miss out on the employer’s full payment amount. These contributions are part of your salary that makes saving for retirement even easier than ever before.

Contribute to IRAs

Another investment strategy involves IRAs or individual retirement accounts. There are several IRA types, including an education-based one or traditional retirement. In fact, you can have several accounts and contribute to each one. You can save for retirement and your children’s education at the same time. This strategy also reduces your income level as reported on your taxes.

Avoid Early Withdrawals

Your 401(k) or IRA may have thousands of dollars after a few years, but don’t be tempted to take out these funds. Early withdrawals only increase your tax liability and reduce your overall retirement amounts. Extreme financial emergencies should be the only reason when you take money out of these accounts. In the end, they’re exclusively meant for retirement and education needs.

Research established and new investment strategies as you gain more experience with your money. You might read about Sharia complaint investments or monetary options at your bank. In the end, you want a stable investment strategy that builds wealth over the years. Your retirement will be entirely enjoyable with ample funds supporting your lifestyle.

Exciting ways of making money at home

How to make money from home

Nowadays, many people are interested in starting their own home-based business and make good amount of money. Normally, a person will work two to three professions in his work life. People who leave their career behind tend to start their own business at home.

Many people who have been a part of conventional labor force are on the brink of retiring from that routine and now they have their plans open about which direction to go for in the near future. Fortunately, anyone can start a business from home and feel the adventure. Below are some good examples of home based businesses you can start on your own.

Home repair service: Many homes usually face the common problems of dripping sinks, back logged water drains, broken appliances and a variety of other problems. Many of us don’t have the time or knowledge about how to deal with these problems. If you are an expert with your hands and have a good amount of knowledge on home repair, then you can start this business of home repair services. And to get more clients, you can charge less from the professionals in your area. Your target will be on how to save more money for people. The more you save for them; you will keep getting new clients. To start with, you need to have a good set of resources and a large vehicle for transferring your equipment.

Organizational Specialist: Sometimes you will notice messes and clutter in many houses and firms. If you feel interested, then you can start your own business as an organizer. There are many books available on arranging things properly and how to keep things in place to get more free space out of it.

Collect materials about this job niche: To get started, you can practice this skill on your friends and family for a little fee, and once you get your knowledge and experience, you can sell your skills to other people. Make sure that you get some good testimonials from your friends and families whom you have helped. You can also buy and mark up prepared good, or get in touch with craftsmen, to set up closet organizers, racks, and other furnishings.

Online content creator: there are many companies who have their business online and they are always in the need of new articles and blog posts for their websites. As a content writer, you can write up articles or posts for their websites, bringing up professionalism, trust or creativeness.

Web designer: web designers are needed for website development services. If you are experienced in this industry, you can offer it as a standalone service. It is important to have a collection of all your works as a web designer so that you can show it to your clients and advertise your services.

Flea market sales: flea markets are just like a garage sale. If you enjoy garage sales, you can consider it as a business. You can market many items such as crafts or merchandise for resale. There are many marketplaces where you can sell your skills like car detailing or antique restoration.

These are just a few examples of the many home based businesses that you can easily start sitting at the comfort of your home.