March 23rd, 2012 at 8:45 am
Did you know that 85% of 2011 college graduates will be forced to move back home? or that 40% of young adults delay buying a home because of debt?
The rising cost of college fees is leading to an increasing number of students taking out larger loans or opting for less expensive community colleges. Some are even re-evaluating whether college is a viable option at all.
This infographic from OnlineCollege.org shows how these costs are affecting not just the amount of loans taken out but decisions concerning their personal and professional lives as well.
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February 17th, 2012 at 8:50 am
Let’s face it; people tend to spend a fortune on websites. Even if their websites are not designed by a professional company, there are always additional costs involved e.g.: hosting, domain name registration, design and much more. One of the major problems about having a good website is that if you don’t bother with SEO, you run the risk of your website not being found and it may end up as just another website out there lurking around in cyberspace.
The benefits of search engine optimisation are phenomenal. Firstly it will help to increase brand awareness and visibility which is always a positive aspect. You can also reach your targeted traffic fairly easily while you sit back and enjoy the benefits of many visitors on your website. One of the best elements with regard to SEO is that it provides you with a degree of measureable results, which ensures that you are always able to improve and view growth and declines.
It has been proved that users are far more likely to visit websites who rank within the top three results for a given keyword. These top three websites are viewed more frequently than websites who rank lower, this means that if you make use of SEO and are able to get your targeted keywords within the top three results, then you will have a higher chance of having your target market frequent your website on a regular basis.
One of the biggest benefits with regards to SEO is that it acts as a traffic generator. Website traffic can be viewed as the middle man, right there between selling your product or service and brand awareness. The more traffic that your website generates the higher your chances are of making a sale or selling your service. Search engine optimiastion is an excellent way to drive traffic to your website and you are also able to strategize in order to drive your desired target market directly to your site effortlessly.
Paying for SEO by a professional company may seem that you are giving out a vast amount of money initially, but the return on investment will be well worth every cent that you spend. Even if it takes quite a substantial amount of time to convert into sales. The benefits of SEO are incredible and once you start experiencing them you will soon realize just how powerful SEO can be.
February 17th, 2012 at 8:42 am
When it’s hot the best thing which you can do is drink plenty of water. This saves you from dehydration and keeps you alert. Water is the one element that we all need in order to survive and one of best ways to ensure that you drink enough of it is to invest in a water cooler. There are all different types of water coolers and one of the best ones is the mains fed water cooler. The reason why people prefer the mains fed water cooler is because it is economical and you do not need to keep buying bottles.
If you are in an office environment it is fantastic to have a water cooler for everyone. Not only do people bond at the water fountain but they also are healthier because they are continuously drinking fresh water. Water helps with weight loss and all types of illnesses and diseases. Many people do not drink enough water on a daily basis and this can end up in serious health ramifications later on in life.
Most people often forget the importance of water and a good water cooler can solve all of these problems. By having access to fresh and healthy water on a daily basis, it will encourage you to drink more water. Water will also help keep your skin healthy and clear and this is besides the vast amount of other health properties water provides you with.
February 12th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Legal billing is one of the most critical aspects of a law firm’s business because so much of their billing is done by the hour or at fixed tariffs for certain tasks.
At the end of a month or the end of a case, the lawyer sums up all of the hours worked or looks at the tariff structure, draws up an account and charges it to their client. Continue Reading »
January 30th, 2012 at 11:48 am
A new financial management service launched in South Africa in late January and has already proven to be incredibly controversial, drawing heavy criticism from the mainline banks.
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December 19th, 2011 at 11:23 am
Starting a business, irrespective of the scope thereof, can be a strenuous exercise. There are a multitude of factors that need to be taken into consideration before your fledgling enterprise can get off the ground.
Starting a new business from scratch is very much a daunting task, in the sense that it is uncharted territory for most people. The massive potential rewards are balanced out by the potential risks that go with being responsible for your own enterprise. Roughly 80% of all new small businesses that come into being are struck with failure within the first five years following inception. The attractive notion of being your own boss and dictating your own working hours and company policies is all good and well, but that doesn’t mean that you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and it doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily be successful.
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December 19th, 2011 at 10:27 am
Deciding on the type of business structure you wish to employ when creating an enterprise is one of your most important preliminary considerations. There are numerous ways of structuring the legal ownership of your business, and it is primarily reliant on the nature of the business, the number of people involved, management capabilities, personal risk and your future plans.
Starting from the most basic going up, the simplest structure is the one only really requiring you. If you’re working by yourself and for yourself, then you are a Sole Trader or Sole Proprietor. This type of structure is most often best suited to a business venture that is not ﬁxed asset-driven, such as a service driven enterprise, and of course in a situation where the owner is the sole employee of the company. Any income that is accumulated goes directly to the owner, and complicated statutory returns, other than the meeting of basic legal and tax requirements is avoided. There are of course disadvantages. One in particular is that the business is not considered as a separate legal entity, implying that the owner is liable for business debts, and can as a result be sued. Also, in the event of the business owner dying, the business will cease to exist.
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December 14th, 2011 at 9:23 am
Processes, and maintaining and managing intelligent processes, are key to project success.
Thus, it is no real secret that conversion optimization programs draw real benefit from well-defined processes. Although online marketing is a reasonably complex industry with several variables that need to be taken into account, planning and sticking to the pre-defined process structure is the way to streamline your efforts. Of the various facets involved, conversion optimization specifically can very rapidly turn into a shambles if you eschew a methodical and organized plan or fail in maintaining it. There are six key terms to keep in mind that will aid in keeping your project on track, and applying these will be incredibly beneficial in day-to-day business processes.
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November 16th, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Financial and identity fraud has been rife the past decade or so. It has been viewed as the fastest growing criminal activity in the world! You never know if you might be next, therefore you should have adequate knowledge to protect yourself against these immoral criminals. The following article will show you how to identify and fight against financial and identity fraud.
Study and protect your personal information: Your primary line of defence against financial fraud is to regularly check your credit report to ensure that all you information is correct. Remember that there are different credit unions and you should examine all of them.
Be aware of e-mail or telephone fraudsters: Under no circumstances supply any of your personal or financial details on the internet or telephone unless you commenced the contact. This is particularly true with giving out your social security or credit card numbers. Be cautious of e-mails that state that they need your credit card number or account details to update your bank account or online company details, like amazon.com. So, make it a rule to NEVER supply information via e-mail.
Regularly, these emails have a link that takes you to an authentic looking website. However, more times than not, it is a scam to get your personal details and financial information.
Monthly bills: In the event where your monthly bills stop arriving you should take action rapidly and notify the companies in question. Additionally, review your monthly statements promptly and if you note any charges that you don’t recognize, get them resolved immediately.
Your social security number: Store your social security number in a safe place with your financial documents. Never carry your social security card in your wallet and ALWAYS remember to destroy your old social security statements. It is also advisable not to store your SS number on your PC since hackers might have access to it. Never print your SS number on your credit card, drivers license or cheques.
Destroy all credit card mail and old financial documents: If you receive your financial mail through the post then be sure to shred or tear up all your financial documents before discarding them in the trash. Additionally, shred all financial papers including old bank account statements, cancelled cheques or any document with your identity details.
Age issues: If you are older than 50 you are more likely to be targeted by financial fraudsters. Therefore, you should keep that in mind when you handle your daily tasks and any personal information.
Incoming and outgoing mail: Promptly pick up incoming mail and DO NOT send outgoing mail from your residential mailbox. Take every precaution to safeguard your mail when it leaves your house.
Debit and Credit Cards: Immediately report any lost or stolen credit or debit cards. Carry your bank’s phone number in your wallet so that you can stop any strange activity at once.
Most analysts predict financial fraud and identity theft to cause financial loss to thousands of people in the next five years and beyond. Fraudsters are very sneaky and you can never be 100% safe, but the above mentioned steps can assist you significantly in deterring yourself and family from becoming a victim.
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October 28th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Are you considering taking out a personal loan? Well…here are some facts that might help you. Getting a personal loan today is quicker and easier than ever before.
Once you are decided on the loan – It is time to find out how to apply for a personal loan. Brace yourself, because here’s the best part – You can apply for a personal loan on the internet, from anywhere! Sure enough, there are other ways of applying for a personal loan. For example, you can always phone a financial institution and apply for the loan telephonically, or you can even visit the lending institutions’ office in person – If you’re a bit paranoid. These methods are all fine and dandy – but doing it online is ALWAYS so much more convenient.
Tips to help you apply for a Personal Loan
Always check your credit report first. In South Africa, you must go to your bank and ask them for a credit score report. It will not cost you anything. Once you know what your credit score is – You will have some idea of what kind of interest rate you can get on a loan. In the situation where you have a brilliant credit score – you should aggressively pursue a good deal on your interest rate.
Secondly, use an online personal loan calculator. These days – You are able to find anything online, even a calculator that calculates you interest rate on a personal loan based on your personal information. Once you find an online loan calculator – Simply enter the relevant information in the required fields and the calculator will tell you what your interest rate might be from that specific lender. This also helps you to choose the cheapest option available.
Look for a lender that suits your credit score. What I mean by this is – If you have a low credit score, then you should apply for you loan at a “bad-credit” or “black-listed” credit providers. Why? – Because you stand a better chance of getting your personal loan approved. Banks and the average lending institutions are unlikely to approve a loan if a bad credit score is involved.
Never apply for a loan at too many different institutions. You should discuss your interest rate and other terms with at least 1-2 lenders – But DO NOT send any applications to more than 2 lenders at a time. Why? – Because all these financial institutions will check your credit score, and by doing this, they automatically reduces your score. Consider institutions’ reputation and client feedback before applying.
Lastly – Check the Pre-Payment penalties. Always remember to check whether a institution has pre-payment penalties before you apply for a loan. You should never take a loan that has pre-payment penalties on it, because you won’t be able to pay back the amount before the agreed period is over. This is basically a scam to keep you paying on those interest rates.