What Is a (Business) Line of Credit?

Lately I’ve been working with a lot of small businesses that are growing rapidly. It’s awesome to watch this unfold, but one thing I’m learning quickly is growth comes has a cost. Whether you’re selling products, providing a service or manufacturing something, in order to grow, you need to invest in the business.

As I’m sure you’re painfully aware, business doesn’t happen in a neat timeline. Cash flow timing issues are very real. For example, there’s the furniture designer who is bringing on more staff, expanding to be a bigger storefront and signing new accounts. There’s the retailer who needs to make a purchase from the manufacturing company and the larger order comes at the best price. And then there’s wedding photographer who needs to pay her tax bill during the slow season. A line of credit may be an option to help bridge the gap.

How to Be "Fiscally Responsible"

One of the most frequent financial struggles that people talk to me or email me about is having trouble being "fiscally responsible".

When it comes to doing the things one ought to do with their money, according to what I've learned from the industry and society at large, we fall short in a few common ways. Most people have trouble saving when you know you should save, curbing spending on bull shit that you don't need and understanding how the financial markets and economics. I get it. I make weird choices too. A lot of us do it because we're emotional creatures that act on our feelings


Understanding Credit Card Balance Transfers

A balance transfer is when you pay off a higher interest credit card with a lower interest credit card. You're transferring the balance from one credit card to another. A lot people use this strategy with their personal finances to get out of credit card debt. Credit card companies will often advertise balance transfer deals where no interest will be charged for a certain period of time. For example 0% interest (APR) on balance transfers for 12 months. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? It can be, but there are some things you should know before making the transfer.

How to Price Your Services

If you work for yourself or dream of working for yourself, I'm sure one of the motivating factors is to make a profit. Making a profit can depend on a lot of different factors. Some of those factors are outside of your control like the market and the competition. You can move the needle on other factors like leadership, management, location and the number of locations. But one of the most important factors that have a direct impact on your profit is pricing. Pricing is how much you charge for your service.

Understanding Student Loan Consolidation

Alright, student loans. These wonderful and horrible tools that allow people who can't afford an education to pay for one by simply mortgaging their future. Ah, the American way. If you're one of the unlucky and you've been avoiding doing the leg work and mental work when it comes to consolidating, this is for you.

Where Are You At? The Mid-Year Financial Gut Check.

If our calendar year could be compared to a basketball game, we're at about half time. Halftime is a chance to pause and reflect. What's the score? How is the other team playing? How are you playing? You probably went on the court with an objective. Maybe the objective is to win. Or maybe the object is to not lose by 30 points. Whatever the objective is, now is the time to take stock of the score, your performance and how you can make adjustments to finish strong.

Should You Buy or Lease a Car?

The decision to buy or lease your car means finding the balance between what fits into your lifestyle, what you value and what makes economic sense.

Putting too much weight on one of those variables can put you in a less than ideal position. For example, not considering the economics and only considering your lifestyle and what you want could look like you buying a car that you can't really afford. 

How to Get Out (and Stay Out) of Tax Debt

If you owe taxes to the IRS, but you don’t have the money to pay them, it can be an overwhelming feeling. That sucks. But the good news is, you can totally come up with a plan to pay it off. The IRS is good like that. As scary as their certified mail notices can be, they definitely want you to be able to settle up with them.