Have You Thought About the Costs of Being Self-Employed?

The dream of self-employment is something that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years.  Thanks to the Internet, almost anyone can start a side hustle from home.

Not only is it technically easy to become self-employed, it’s also relatively inexpensive — depending on the strategy you use.

A number of side hustles require only a computer and a fast Internet connection.  Even if you choose a more expensive venture, you can still save money by starting out at home.

Because of the ease involved, and the low startup costs that are possible, many would-be solopreneurs fail to account for other costs that they might run into.  While being self-employed works for many people, it isn’t the only satisfying career path.  And there are costs involved that you might not have thought about.

Some of the costs of being self-employed include:

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How to Create a Low-Cost Will

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Most adults, especially parents, know how important a will is. 

This one document can help determine who will raise your children in the event of your untimely death.  Die without a will and the state determines who will raise your children.  If your children are grown, a will keeps your estate out of probate and retains the inheritance for your inheritors, not the court fees probate generators.  A will can also curb fights over who gets what; your wishes are clearly written in the will.

Even though we all know wills are important, “a staggering 65% of adults do not have wills.”   When asked why, “a large number of people said that a will is too expensive and too complicated” (Mellert Law).

You may likely feel this way, too.  However, there are plenty of ways you can create your will without spending a lot of money.

Consider the following ways to create a low-cost will:

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What is the Student Loan Forgiveness Act and Is It a Good Idea?

Earlier this year a new bill was introduced to Congress called the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012.

The potential legislation has some massive changes for the student loan industry.  Is this new student debt legislation a good idea or something that should be shelved by Congress?

What is the Student Loan Forgiveness Act?

The Act would make wide changes to the massive student debt load in the country.

In 2010 total student loan debt exceeded total credit card debt for the first time.  The Act is also in response to a poor economy: the idea is that former students are too cash strapped from paying their loans to spend any money in the economy and relieving them of this debt would greatly improve the consumer economy.

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Why Maxing Out Your Credit Cards is Bad

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Sometimes you just need more money—we all do sooner or later.

It could happen because you’re hit with a flood of very large and unexpected expenses.  Medical bills, legal fees and major home repairs are some of the expenses that come to mind.

It can also come as a result of an income disruption.

The loss of a job, or of certain employment related income sources, such as bonuses, overtime or commissions.  You may also decide to leave a steady job to start your own business and that will require money, not only for business investment but also for living expenses for the first few months.

At a time when credit is so available, there can be a temptation to tap credit lines to cover the losses.  You might do that with the assumption that you’ll be able to pay them all back when your expenses have passed or when your income goes back to normal levels.  But we should never assume that.

One of the problems with tapping credit to cover living expenses is that once you get comfortable doing it—or other options fail to develop—you run the risk of maxing out your credit lines.  That’s easier to do than you might think.

Once you max out your credit lines, you’ll have a new set of problems to deal with.

Here is why maxing out your credit cards is a bad idea.

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Term Life Insurance Versus Whole Life Insurance

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Life insurance, in general, is not a subject many people want to talk about.

After all, its more about death than it is about life.  But it is a necessary part of financial planning and a form of insurance many people should have!  The two main forms of life insurance are Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance.

Let’s take a look at term life insurance versus whole life insurance:

Term Life Insurance

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Five Habits That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

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For every successful novelist, blogger, business owner, Olympian, inventor, and innovator you can name, there are countless individuals who never made it to the top of their game.

While luck and talent play an important part in these success stories, these individuals have ultimately succeeded because they have gotten out of their own way.  They have conquered these five bad habits that can keep even the most talented individual from achieving greatness:

The Five Habits That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

1. Failing to plan.

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What is a MLM Business and What You Need to Know About Them

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Looking to improve your situation by starting your own business?

As you’re doing your research you may run across some amazing claims by potential business operations that promise you the ability to work for yourself while selling great products.

The old mantra of “if it is too good to be true, it probably is” should raise a red flag in your head.

When an individual or business claims they’re going to make everyone rich and successful, you are probably speaking to someone involved in an MLM business scam.

What is a MLM Business?

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