How to Better Manage Employees Who are New to “Work from Home” Life

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Managing employees is a difficult job even when you see them every day at the office. Add in a remote setting and it becomes even more difficult because it’s never a one-size-fits-all approach.

Working remotely doesn’t mean that you can’t be an effective leader, it just means you have to do things a little differently and work a little harder on this critical skill: understanding the personalities of the people you manage.

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Fun Ways to Give Back to your Community this Summer

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It’s finally Summer, and even though kids have been home for a while, many families are looking to do anything but have a lazy Summer break. In between pool parties and Summer getaways, find some time to give back with these fun activities for the whole family.

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Surprising Expenses You Don’t Expect When Planning for Retirement

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When it comes to planning for retirement, the process seems pretty simple: contribute to your IRA or 401(k), put extra savings aside each month, and reduce your spending as much as possible as you get closer to retirement. Once you are ready to retire, you should be able to rely on a combination of your investments, Social Security, your savings and Medicare to cover your needs.

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Identifying Phishers, Scammers and the “Alleged Debt Collectors”

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Hackers and scammers have honed their craft to the level that even the savviest become victims.  From spoofed email accounts from well-known banks and credit card institutions alerting individuals their account has been compromised to robo-phone dialers with local numbers who appear to know quite a bit about you – the situation with ID theft and social engineering is only going to get worse.

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4 things to check when hiring new employees

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With the unemployment rate at an all-time low and more jobs available than qualified people, hiring managers are having a hard time filling open positions with qualified candidates. With the use of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), employers can use technology to weed through hundreds, sometimes thousands of applications to try to find the best candidates in the quickest and easiest way. Continue reading “4 things to check when hiring new employees”

5 Home Repairs you should NEVER do yourself

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In the era of DIY home repair and upgrades, it’s not surprising that homeowners are tackling more and more projects outside of their comfort zone. Not only do they save money (hopefully) but they learn new skills along the way. While there is a long list of home repairs that can easily be tackled by your average homeowner, some complicated tasks should be left to the professionals. Faulty work could lead to bigger problems, safety issues, and your home not being up to the current building code – in addition to costing you more money in the long run. Continue reading “5 Home Repairs you should NEVER do yourself”

Fall maintenance tips to keep your home in tip top shape

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Fall is the perfect time to give your home and yard a little TLC before Old Man Winter moves back in! We’ve compiled a simple, and easy DIY checklist that will make your Winter more pleasant and hopefully prevent any surprises from popping up! Even if you choose to hire a repair person to tackle these To-Do’s it’s still a good investment and can save you from potential headaches down the road – and some big expenses. Continue reading “Fall maintenance tips to keep your home in tip top shape”

How to plan a wedding on a budget

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It’s one of the most memorable days of your life, and for some, one of the most expensive (student loans and mortgages aside!) – it’s your wedding day! From the proposal up until the Big Day, it’s a lot of planning and celebrating and making sure your wedding day is just as magical as you’d envision since you were 5 years old. But at 5 years old, you had NO IDEA how expensive it all was. So, how can you have an amazing wedding without starting your marriage ten of thousands of dollars in debt? Easy – a wedding budget. Continue reading “How to plan a wedding on a budget”

Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to

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Everyone knows that credit cards come with a credit limit, the maximum amount of money you can charge on the card. However, what’s not as widely known, is that credit card issuers don’t intend for you to max out your credit card by charging up to the credit limit. As you come closer to your credit limit, it can start to have negative effects on your credit score.  Love it or not, much depends on the almighty credit score – from buying a home to getting a good rate on insurance and even employment for some professions. Continue reading “Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to”