Implementing a Good Debt Management Program

One of the most important aspects of managing personal finances is having a good debt management program in place. The fact of the matter is that if you are successfully managing your debt you should have little to no debt to worry about. The unfortunate thing is millions of Americans do not know how to do this and are experiencing cash flow problems that are approaching crisis proportions.

The problem many people have when it comes to accumulating debt is distinguishing between their wants and needs. Needs always come first because you need those to survive. Things such as shelter, food, clothing, and reliable transportation are things that just about everyone needs. The problem many people have is coming to terms with the fact that even needs can be turned into wants, and this is where they get in trouble.

As an example think about buying a car. Nearly everyone needs a form of good reliable transportation, but no one needs a $400 a month car payment. Wanting to buy a $35,000 car because you think you need one when you make $40,000 a year makes no sense. This is particularly true when you consider that

Starting The Perfect Home Based Business

As the economy continues to tank, unemployment rises, essential commodity prices increase as salaries remain stale, it’s no surprise people are looking to make more money anywhere possible. While we should generate a supplemental income while our lives are financially sound, most people make the mistake of waiting until their finances are in disrepair and the bills are way behind before considering options.

At the point of desperation people choose counter-productive measures as a solution to their financial woes. These include taking out high interest personal loans, working a second or third job, selling their valuables, or being forced downsize their lifestyle. Can you see a benefit in any of these options? Do they bring you closer or distance you from your family?

If working second jobs, taking out high interest personal loans, or giving up the things cherished the most in life, aren’t options, what options exist? While most conventionally thinking people resort to the above solutions, many others choose to become successful entrepreneurs by starting some type of part-time business from home. Unfortunately, many people lack the necessary motivation and could care less about success for themselves or their families and that’s o.k. This

Make Your Financial Success A Priority

We have spent the past few issues teaching you how to prepare yourself for financial abundance. You know how to treat your business finances as an entity separate from your personal finances, you know how to organize and keep track of your expenses, and you know from where you are starting on this financial journey. Great! Now what?

Not a thing in your financial lives will change if you do not do the footwork. You need consistently to devote the time necessary to improve your financial situation. So many of us are great starters. We begin to gather knowledge and make great plans, thinking of the ultimate outcome, but then we often do not fulfill our plan by taking the step-by-step actions required to bring us to that outcome.

Have you ever uttered, “I’m too busy”? Maybe “I can’t afford it” sounds familiar. These are excuses and you need to look closely at where they have gotten you so far. Are you even one step closer to the financial prosperity you wish to have in your life? As artists, we tend to fear anything that might take us away from our artistic pursuits. After all, we

Making the Most of Your Finances

Let’s face it: your finances largely affect how you spend your everyday living. It plays an important aspect when you are determining what to wear, what to eat, where to go, where to live, what to drive, what to do during your free time, and even what hospital to go to when you are sick. In some cases, it seems as if your personal finances control you. But, this should not be the case. You should start taking control of your finances instead of letting it define your life.

Taking Charge of Your Finances

Clearly, it is vital that you pay much attention in understanding how personal financing works. If you can just apply the principles of finance management in your everyday monetary decisions, then you can probably be a lot better in controlling and managing your personal finances.

Constructing a Financial Plan

The art and science of personal finance starts with constructing your personal financial plan. By coming up with a blueprint on how you should spend, save, and possibly capitalize on your money; you’ll start making the most of your finances in no time. Below are the general steps in coming up

Finance Books to Learn and Manage Your Money

Personal finance is hard enough as it is. It’s absolutely daunting to doing the whole thing by ourselves, especially if we’re not very well-versed in keeping logs of earnings and expenses, calculating our own net worth, reducing debts, and managing our finances by ourselves We could all use a little input from experts, especially when it gets really confusing and we don’t know where to start. Here are several finance book recommends:

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey is a great material for looking up information about personal finance. There are hundreds if not thousands of people who are inspired to get their finances straight all because of the Total Money Makeover book.

The book also tackles debt reduction by giving great advice on how best to approach this problem and gradually take shed off the ball and chains to their finances. It is especially for those who are just starting out.

The unique thing about Dave Ramsey’s book is that it includes Christian thinking and values, as well as bible teachings that he relates to money. If you’re the person who isn’t bothered by religious thinking seeping inside a finance book then

Evaluating, Financing, and Starting Your Farm

Over the past several years the United States has seen an increase in people’s interest in “back to the land” lifestyles and businesses. We see evidence of this in products boasting “green” or “eco-friendliness” for added value and tiny homes are the new design rage. As a result there are a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs capture this niche market.

Starting a farm business is a great way to create a new source of income and live a particular style of life. Some of these farming entrepreneurs may be starting from nothing, while others may be transitioning to farming as another career choice. Those shifting careers may already own land and need help developing a plan that works with their property and goals. Those without land will have the added challenge of finding and purchasing (or leasing) land. Once land is found; determining what to grow and how to sell it are the next steps in starting and growing your farm.

The first step in evaluating your farming prospects is to identify personal and group goals. These goals can include knowing ones desired work schedule, is this a full time operation or a part time hobby.