The Age of the Freelancer – Why to Hire One and How to Find the Right One

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The concept of hiring freelancers to handle projects or certain responsibilities is nothing new, however, it’s become very popular over the past decade. There are a few factors that have made the freelancer worker more popular – one major factor –  fewer Americans are embracing the traditional 9-5 job career path.

In 2014, there were 53 million freelancers in American – in 2020, it’s estimated to be 57 million or about 35% of American workers. Freelancers love the freedom of making their own hours, working where they want (no cubicles for them), and being able to pick and choose their own projects.

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Unexpected College Dorm Room Necessities You Didn’t Know You Needed

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It’s time to pack up and head off to Freshman year – but…what to bring?

Whether your college provides you with a checklist,  you Google it yourself, or just decide to wing it,  it’s bound to include the staples like a laptop, linens, toiletries, clothes, food, etc. But there are a few things you might not know you needed. You also might be so busy thinking about your class schedule, what your roommate will be like and what to wear on your first day, that you end up forgetting some things. 

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Ergonomic Mistakes You May be Making with Your Home Office

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For many people, working from home came as an unexpected and unplanned result of the pandemic. It required hastily putting together a slapdash short-term solution so that work could get done with limited interruption. However, many companies are continuing to keep employees in a work from home environment for at least several months to come. 

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Money Management Tips to Make Your Finances Recession-Proof

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With all the uncertainties that the Corona Virus has brought, it can be hard to predict what is going to be the long-term effect on the economy. Unfortunately, if a recession does hit, it will be something beyond our control. However what we can control is how we personally respond to it and how we prepare for it.  Taking precautionary measures sooner rather than later can help you protect your finances and make them recession-proof.

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Student Loans and the WORST Ways to Pay them Off

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Student loan debt is a very hot topic. With borrowers owing a combined total of federal student loan debt that is nearing a trillion dollars. One in five adults currently has student loan debt and we don’t see college tuition dropping in the near future.

Repaying your student loans can be daunting, especially if you have over six figures of debt, like many new college graduates.

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“Kiddie Condos” – The Newest College Housing Trend

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“Kiddie Condos” are one of the newest buzz phrases and latest trend for parents of college students who are looking to treat room and board as more of an investment vs. an expense. The concept: Purchase a home, condo or  apartment in the town where your college student goes to school, purchase the home with them on the mortgage, and have them live there vs. campus housing or renting off campus. The idea behind the strategy is to put the money a family would generally spend on room and board, required meal plans, and out-of-state tuition into a property.

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College Savings or Retirement – Which Should you Save for First?

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Which should you save for first – your child’s future college tuition or your personal retirement?  As a parent, this is a very emotional question – saving for your children’s continuing education to help them incur less debt and get a good education or financially preparing yourself and securing your future.

Many parents have decided that college savings should come first and are not only forgoing putting money in a retirement account, but they are dipping into their retirement savings to cover the costs of tuition. Yes, saving for college is important, but it is actually a luxury. How much you save for your child’s tuition is not a direct correlation to how likely it is that they will graduate. And don’t worry, your child can find other ways to pay for school: scholarships, grants, financial aid, part time jobs, or even finding a more affordable school.

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Fundraising Tips to Help Boost your Nonprofit’s Donations

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Many nonprofits, especially smaller organizations, struggle with finding fundraising ideas that will make a big impact, but don’t require an army to pull off or huge overhead. It’s no secret that nonprofits rely on effective fundraising to fulfill their missions, that’s why it’s vital for these organizations to build lasting relationships with donors.

Often times nonprofit organizations, executive directors, and board members need some quick fundraising ideas to get some funds in the door to cover operational costs, start a longer-term campaign, get through a mid-campaign slump, or for an emergency situation. Fundraisers need to be engaging enough to get people involved and get them involved quickly.

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Back to School and Insurance – is your college student covered under your policies?

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Heading off to your first semester of college can be both an exciting and emotional time, and not just for the student! One often overlooked item is insurance. Should your college student remain on the family’s auto policy? Are their personal belongings covered if there is a fire or theft in the dorm, or they lose them? What happens if they are sick and need to see a doctor, are they covered?

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Credit Card Churning: What is it and Should You be Doing it

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The term credit card churning is relatively new, but the process has been around for years. So, what is credit card churning? It’s the practice of repeatedly opening and closing a credit card to earn its signup bonus over and over. Churners amass tons of reward points or airline miles from credit cards that they have no intention of continuing to use or even keep open. You’ve probably seen ads or even received offers in your email or mailbox from credit cards that offer valuable points, miles, or cash back to new account holders. Most also require you to charge a certain amount of money to the card within a certain period in order to receive the new card bonus.

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