June 13, 2014
Are you always falling behind in your bills? You can’t find any money after payday? You’ve thought about using your credit cards or taking out a loan just to keep food on the table?
This article can help you then to get you into the mindset of thinking of running personal finance affairs and your home like a business. If you do that and run your home or personal finances like a corporation does. Your life will become much easier and you will find money and resources you never knew you had. You say you don’t know how to do those things. Great! Then you will learn some new skills along the way.
I will offer up a simple solution and 3 optional plans A, B, and C you can follow if you so choose. Each will do the job with varying degrees of sophistication and costs. You need a model to work off. The simplest way to run a household or a business is to have a model to work from. To most people that means a spreadsheet. You can get many templates to do this from the internet. You can then do it way millions of other people are doing their finances. You could also do it with a ledger, which is the way it has been done since Dickens’s day in”A Christmas Carol.”
I prefer a third alternative and that is to use multiple notebooks I call:
Plan A: The Economy Approach
- Notebook 1 – General Ledger – Money in Money out.
- Notebook 2 – Home Inventory – Items – Value.
- Notebook 3 – Code #s to define your activities in your life and home.
- Order book – Keep track of exactly where all the money is going by order #.
- Notebook 4 – Keep Track of your time.
In the Business world, this would be called 100% activity reporting.
You are forced to:
Inventory your Assets and Codify your activities.
You discover where your money and resources are going and what you really have available.
By tracking your time you find the time thatyou are wasting. and thus allows you to budget and conserve it.
Time lost can never be replaced.
At first, it will be awkward and your family will not be happy with it or you. But, stick with it and it will become automatic. You will then start to discover where things can be cut and reallocated to save time and money.
Plan B: A Simpler Method
Plan B would be considered the midsize version. It has more options, is simpler, and has absolutely everything you need.
It’s called Business in a Box. Yes, I know you are working on a home budget. But, a home is a business and so is your life and job as well. After 2008, everything has changed and it is time for you to change to compete in a tougher market economy.
Business is a box is 1300 formatted forms that are used to start a business. One of the first forms is a home budget all ready for you use and fill in. In fact, in the older version I own, I used to actually run a business and I only used four of the forms under General Administration. This package will get you into business habits that run a successful home as well as a business.
Here it is for you to look at:
But, there of course is Plan C to consider.
Plan C: The Full Sized Option
My Ultimate Solution to running a home budgeting was to automate everything and here is how I did it. I had my boss way back when order me a copy of QuickBooks Pro and I created amulti-million dollar computer network for her using it to plan, budget and order hundreds of servers and support systems.
I have since bought and used it formy home and personal consulting businesssince 1996.
I mean Pro not the checkbook or any of the cutdown stuff. If you are going to run a professional business or a home your can’t skimp. Here it is: http://search2.quickbooks.com/quickbooks-a?gclid=CNuCtvHx6b4CFZRffgodBEoAVQ&cid=ppc_G_Exact_US_QBDT_US_B_QuickBooks Desktop_Exact_Tier2_G_S_quickbooks pro_txt&ef_id=Uzz26wAAAVDmZBqd:20140608084534:s
The neat thing is you can download it for free and play with it to see if everything I am going to tell you nest is crazy or not.
When it comes up, it will ask you for name and business name etc…
What you want to do is select a service business with the product option. You will get a bewildering number but keep those two options in mind.
This gives you the ability to enter services and products into an inventory.
Now you have options to fill in budget information, which is then indexed and codified for you. (See simpler already). It now also will maintain your banking and inventory of household goods and activities.
This is why I said choose both options. You now have an automated system that runs your home just like a company.
House repairs become Job proposals and job orders with estimates that print out. You now know how much a new pool will cost out, as it becomes a job order. So planning becomes a snap.
Time tracking becomes automated as well. You will start to see where you could again reallocate your time to get things down and not have to rob Peter to pay Paul.
We used to call that the 7Ps. Look it up on the internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Ps_(military_adage) It is just as true now as when I was serving my country.
You now have Plans A, B, C that can handle any Home budgeting need you will ever have to face. Your home will start to stabilize and if you should desire it, you could quite easily explore actually running a home based business, as you will already have developed many of the skills needed by running your home like a business.
I would call that an education that is worth the price and a Win-Win for you and your family. But if you don’t have enough money to start your business try taking out a loan to get your business up and going. Run your home like a business, you will have more money, free time and peace of mind knowing that you are doing the necessary things to guide your home safely and have it survive in these uncertain waters of the 2nd decade of the 21st century
Your home will start ot stabilize and if you should desire it you could quite easily explore actually running a home based business as you will already have developed many of the skills by running your home like a business.
I would call that an education that is worth the price and a Win-Win for you and your family.
June 12, 2014
As I discussed in a post yesterday morning, President Obama used an executive order to expand the Pay As You Earn program, which caps a borrower’s monthly payment at 10% of their discretionary income, and forgives their remaining balance after 20 years, but which prior to today was only good for students who fulfilled these two criteria:
- No student loans taken out before October 2007
- Some student loans taken out AFTER October 2011.
It’s unclear from the President’s official remarks what criteria Pay As You Earn will take on now, but he referred in his speech to opening up eligibility to “nearly 5 million more Americans.” This number is far less than the 37 million Americans the New York Fed counted in a 2012 report, but it’s certainly a big expansion.
Pay As You Earn vs. Income Based Repayment
Heretofore the best option available to all borrowers had been Income Based Repayment, which was similar, but less generous.
Rather than cap payments at 10% of discretionary income as Pas As You Earn does, Income Based Repayment caps payments at 15% of discretionary income (Note that “discretionary income” is defined as income less 1.5 x the Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for your state and family size).
Rather than forgive remaining balances after 20 years of on-time payments as Pay As You Earn does, Income Based Repayment forgives the remaining balance after 25 years.
An IBR-PAYE comparison with numbers
So what does this mean in numbers?
Let’s walk through an example of someone who finishes school with $60,000 in student loans and an annual salary of $50,000.
Under the Income Based Repayment option, they would pay $406 per month and after 25 years, they would have the remaining $2,978 forgiven. Over the course of those 20 years, they would send away $122k in payments.
Under the Pay As You Earn option, they would pay just $271 per month and after 20 years, they would have the remaining 23,428 forgiven. Over the course of those 20 years, they would send away just $65k in payments; that’s about half the total payments under Income Based Repayment!
It’s pretty clear to see how this can be a great option for certain borrowers. Sadly, according to the official remarks (Link to the entire video), the new eligibility will likely not go into effect until December 2015.
Filed Under: Paying for school
June 5, 2014
A new report from Turn’s new advertising intelligence index report says that the first quarter 2014 ad spend is looking great for mobile and video ads. On a year over year basis, mobile ad spend rocketed up by 109%, and video ad spend went up significantly, at 65%. Turn based these findings on the over two trillion ads that they monitor across display, mobile, social and video per month.
In addition to the general growth in total dollars being spent, Turn found that real time bidding is being used significantly more than traditional methods of ad trading. Not surprisingly, programmatic ad spending continues to outpace other methods of choosing which ads to purchase as well.
While mobile and video were the clear winners in this report, traditional display and social advertising didn’t do to badly either. They boasted a 20% jump in the budgets dedicated to these platforms.
Managing director EMEA, Turn, Pierre Naggar said, “Spend and competition are increasing in mature markets, leading to smarter data-driven budget allocation this year. Brands and agencies are using sophisticated audience-first strategies to drive planning for programmatic advertising, turning insights into an advantage against the competition.”
This report is just the latest evidence that digital advertising has been embraced by brands around the world, and they continue to direct a growing percentage of their marketing budgets to online platforms. Even with the ongoing issues related to digital ad fraud, the online marketing has been proven to be a great investment in advertising dollars.
June 4, 2014
There are a wide range of different news events that are starting to draw in attention from many within the Bitcoin community. Some people will be watching to see whether these changes may prove to be a positive development for the cryptocurrency. It could actually presage some of the major changes that are going underway for these Bitcoins. Investors and fans alike will need to stay on top of these developments and make sure that they are adapting to them accordingly. This could be a worthwhile way to follow these changes and to learn more about what Bitcoin may be offering to people out on the market.
10. MIT Fundraiser Nets Bitcoins For Students
A unique new fundraising project has started to draw in attention from many within the Bitcoin marketplace. This is owing to the fact that these students have actually raised enough funds to disperse Bitcoins to a wide swath of students. The fundraisers hope to provide $100 in Bitcoins to students to raise awareness about this project.
9. Regulators Issue Warning About Bitcoins
The NASAA has opted to issue a set of warnings about the way that Bitcoins are used. The organization is stressing that users should remain cautious when it comes to trading the currency.
8. Legality Of Bitcoins In India
As Bitcoins expand to worldwide markets, many foreign investors will be wanting to learn more information about the unique nature of these coins. There is some debate among lawmakers in India about the status of the currency and how it should be used.
7. Bitcoins To Be Tracked By Bloomberg
This news will undoubtedly interest many investors out on the market. They may appreciate that Bloomberg has opted to start tracking the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. This could actually lend some credibility to the format and help people become interested in what it has to offer.
6. Update On Bitcoin Mining
Investors may want to check up on how Bitcoin mining has evolved over time. This practice has actually become much more popular for people over the years. This is owing to the fact that there are a few different resources that will make it possible to secure this currency going forward.
5. Does Dark Wallet Support Money Laundering?
There are many so-called wallet providers out on the net, who provide a way to store Bitcoins. Dark Wallet is drawing in some controversy, because many claim that the company is supporting different types of money laundering organizations.
4. Failed Class Action Lawsuits
The Mt. Gox controversy has undoubtedly produced major changes to the world of Bitcoin trading. Though the event caused quite a stir, attempts to conduct a class action lawsuit have actually faltered.
3. Mastercard Working With Bitcoin
In another major development for Bitcoin, Mastercard has opted to make its presence felt in the cryptocurrency marketplace. The company has chosen to collaborate with Bitcoin and work out a few different types of payment plans going forward.
2. More Security For Bitcoins
There are new regulations on the horizon for the Bitcoin currency. This is causing a fair amount of debate, since traders aren’t exactly sure yet what this will mean for them. They may want to track these developments to see how it could impact their cryptocurrency.
1. Are more regulations a good thing?
Much of the debate about Bitcoins tends to revolve around the relatively safety of the currency. It has undoubtedly risen and fallen by a surprising amount over the past few years. This has got many speculating as to whether more regulations could improve the way that people tend to operate.
May 6, 2014
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As an affiliate you receive a commission for every sale that you make when you promote a product on ClickBank. So you can see that ClickBank is the perfect place to sell products as an affiliate. Not only that, with ClickBank managing the payments it relieves you of worrying about tracking your sales – it’s all handled by ClickBank. Most importantly, with ClickBank you get paid on time every time.
Thousands of people make a full-time living on ClickBank and some affiliates get burned in the process. The key to success with ClickBank is identifying which products are likely to convert for you and return you a decent profit on a regular basis.
With AffiliateX all of this research has already been done for you with over 200 products listed and updated daily. All you have to do is log into your AffiliateX account and browse through the top selling products in each niche and then which you would like to promote.
Key things to look out for are products with a rising gravity which you can easily find by clicking on any product within a given niche for example as of writing this article we can see that the product My Vegas Business has a gravity of 231.71 and is still increasing.
Other products to look for are ‘evergreen’ products i.e those that are the mainstays of a niche and have continued to convert well for affiliates over a long period of time such as Coffee Shop Millionaire which has been around for more than 2 years and still going strong with a rising gravity.
Once you’ve chosen your product(s) that you would like to promote find out as much as you can about that product – either by reading honest reviews or even emailing the vendor for a review copy. From there you can create articles to promote the product and feature it them on your website or you can use banner ads on your site to promote the product.
Because all of ClickBank’s products are delivered digitally this keeps costs low for the product vendors who will then pay up to 75% in commission for each sale. What this means for you is that once you find a good converting product it can be extremely lucrative for you and then you move on to your next product in your niche to promote and so on.
Ideally, you should end up with 3 or 4 high converting products that you are profiting from on a daily basis. Of course you do need to bear in mind that you may not hit the ‘jackpot’ right out of the gate. It may take a few attempts to find the right product but once you do you’ll be on to a winner.
Now with all that said the best and easiest way to start find profitable products is to head over to AffiliateX and start browsing through the hundreds of products that are available for you to promote and remember these are updated on a daily basis so you’ll always be seeing the top products that are currently converting.