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Posted August 05, 2015 by

Top 5 Most Effective Ways for Recent Graduates to Fund their Startup Businesses

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Approved small business loan application and dollar bills. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you are a recent graduate and striving to setup your own startup business, there are a number of ways which can be used to collect money but you still need to be sure what kind of funding method will really suit your business type. Though, it is not a rocket science to understand available options, it is quite crucial to analyze your business from all angles to bring it on its feet. You might have a really great business idea but you should always remember that just one mistake can take you away from lots of funding opportunities and therefore, you must know what you actually need to do at this stage. Some available options for recent graduates to fund startups: (more…)

Posted April 27, 2015 by

7 Reasons Why You Should Establish Credit While You Are In College

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Smiling college student with credit card and laptop. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

One of the rites of passage for college students is obtaining credit cards and beginning to establish their financial history. For some, the availability of new credit is an opportunity for expenditures that are out of reach, but for others it presents the valuable chance to establish their credit for the future.

If you are wondering if it is worth it to apply for a credit card or other type of financing arrangement, there are some good reasons to do so that have nothing to do with a shopping excursion or spring vacation. Credit card companies are willing to take a chance on college students even without a credit history, and you should take advantage of the opportunity to establish your credit even before you apply for your first job. (more…)

Posted April 09, 2015 by

Saving on Schooling: Slick Tips to Stick to a Budget in College

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Chalkboard with “Budget” written on it. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Who has the time and energy to work, earn money, and study while attending college? Here are some slick tips to help you stick to a budget in college and give you a leg up when it comes to figuring out first time finances.

Write a Budget
You listed expenses and income, set priorities in case funds run short, and allocated an amount to each item, right? If not, do this today. Use free, online budget software and worksheets you can download, or make your own.
Account for expenses students often overlook:
Tithing and charitable contributions.
Auto maintenance and repair.
Savings – List as an expense each pay period. Use only for planned purchases like books or travel home.
Gifts, cards – Don’t be robbed of the joy of giving.
Emergency savings – Covers out-of-pocket expenses like ER co-pays, major car repairs, or a lawyer should you need help fighting traffic tickets, for example, but not that college students are ever in a hurry, of course.
Fun money – a set amount to spend as you please. (more…)

Posted January 14, 2015 by

5 Ways for a Woman to Create Financial Independence

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Woman saving money in a piggybank – isolated over white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College graduation is a milestone. Marked with a cap and gown, a ceremony, and also, financial independence. After college, you may be faced with making a number of decisions regarding your career, living situations and personal relationships. All of these areas of your life are improved if you are managing a path toward financial freedom. Here are five ways for a woman to create financial independence: (more…)

Posted August 25, 2014 by

Aim Towards A Lucrative And Successful Career In A Credit Card Company

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Closeup of hand holding a blue credit card. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

There are several credit card companies today which benefit consumers in various ways. There are slight differences in the credit cards which they offer. A career in a credit card company is both rewarding and challenging. The companies foster an environment where you will grow and reach the pinnacle of success. You will work around the world and be a part of exciting projects. You will have to face professional challenges successfully for success.  As credit card companies introduce a wide range of credit cards these cards have become a way of life. The convenience of usage is what has made credit cards very popular. (more…)

Posted March 31, 2014 by

Internship Finder, Don’t Allow Your Credit to Hinder Your Job Search

As an internship finder, you have the opportunity to gain work experience in a particular field that can benefit your job search.  However, if you have bad credit it might affect your ability to land a job.  Learn how to improve your credit in the following post so that it does not hinder your job search.

Featured: Not Featured This is a post by Anna Hicks. It’s a catch-22: to take on an unpaid internship, you often have to go into debt or rack up money on your credit cards. However, if you don’t manage your credit properly, you could prevent yourself from turning that internship into a full

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Posted March 14, 2014 by

Congratulations, College Graduate – Now Pay Back Your Loans

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Young female graduate in cap and gown. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Congratulations, you’ve just graduated from college. If you’re one of the lucky few, you’ve secured a job and a place to live and bought a new car. You’re living the dream, right? Oh yes, about that debt you incurred to secure the education that landed you the job that afforded you the home, the car, the dream—you have to pay that back. (more…)

Posted September 18, 2013 by

5 Reasons college students are in debt

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Chalkboard showing credit plus loans equal debt. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As tuition cost increase annually, students are finding themselves more and more in debt. Students tend to be overburdened with debt when they graduate. Some go on to pursue advanced degrees; therefore incurring more debt. The professional career that these students are hoping for is sometimes not available upon graduation. This tends to cause a bigger issue for them. Some have to go into forbearance or default the loan; neither of which are ideal options. (more…)

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Why Having Good Credit Could Payoff in Your Entry Level Job Search

While there are various factors that can affect your entry level job search, the following post discusses one you may not think about: your credit.

If you’re climbing the ladder to your dream job, you’ve thought about every detail: your resume layout, your interview techniques, your clothing and even your haircut. But have you checked your credit history lately? You may not be aware of it, but your credit history has more to do with your career potential than you think. The Fair

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Posted July 31, 2013 by

5 Financial Tips for College Graduates

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Graduates smiling and holding diplomas. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Getting your degree is a huge accomplishment, and as you leave college and enter the workforce, it is important that you get a firm hold on your personal finances. Unfortunately, some new graduates make unwise decisions, which can set them back financially. But this doesn’t have to be your reality. (more…)