Everywhere you look you can find get-rich-quick schemes that promise a shortcut to building wealth for anyone who believes them. Yet, more often than not, these schemes carry significant risk, and most investors who take them on end up losing money rather than making what they were promised. Instead of falling victim to these sorts of promises, focus on building your wealth with traditional, prudent methods. This requires smart wealth management skills, a comprehensive investment strategy, and a long-term mindset.
If you’re ready to be disciplined about building your wealth over time, check out the eight tips below.
As a small business owner, have you wondered whether you need a financial advisor? Most often, the answer is yes.
While there are certain parts of running a business that you can teach yourself as you go along, managing your business finances with little or no background may not be one of them. In fact, poor money management is one of the most common reasons businesses fail. If you’d like help with things like building a budget, developing a smart tax strategy, and fine-tuning your cash flow, it may be time to hire a financial advisor. Read on to learn about the benefits and how to choose the best advisor for you.
Estate planning for small business owners isn’t always at the top of the to-do list, but it’s one of the most important steps you should take to set up a legacy of success. It may feel overwhelming to think about what happens when you pass on, but it’s critical to have conversations now to ensure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste.
If you don’t have an estate plan, then your local state law will likely dictate where your business goes after you die. There are many things you can do now to prepare, from focusing on tax efficiencies to drafting up a solid will and estate plan, that will help you secure the proper transition of your company.
Read on for six smart estate planning tips for small business owners.
Even if they’re still quite young, it’s never too soon to begin planning strategies to help your kids pay for college in the future. Higher education is already expensive, and because college costs increase at about two times the rate of inflation each year, it will only get pricier as the years go by. Currently, it’s estimated that today’s toddlers – who will start college around 2038 – can expect to spend around $35,592.339 each year on tuition, fees, room, and board for an in-state public school. For kids who want to go to a private school, they can expect to spend around $81,470.95 yearly for the same.
Luckily, there are many financial aid opportunities, scholarships, and grants that can help your child cover college costs. In addition to these, there are also some key financial planning strategies that can make college costs a bit more manageable.
Planning for retirement can feel overwhelming, especially if you happen to be getting a late start. However, it is essential to prepare your finances for retirement, especially as you enter your fifties and sixties, and have more clarity on what you want out of this next phase of your life. Use the three steps below as a roadmap to get started, or to help ensure your current retirement plan covers these essential areas.
If you’re a small business owner, you should be using every tool in your arsenal to grow and protect your business. This includes taking advantage of the many federal tax credits available. Since this can be a confusing topic, I’m going to share a primer on how tax credits work, which ones you should be aware of, and the forms you need to file in order to capitalize on them.
It’s no secret that healthcare costs are on the rise and there are no signs of prices falling anytime soon. In the face of skyrocketing costs, many people are turning to their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to help pay for current and future healthcare costs. Often, these accounts are offered through an employer, but they can also be opened individually. To qualify, you must be covered under a high-deductible insurance plan, and if you are, you can take advantage of an impressive array of benefits.
If you have an HSA but you aren’t sure you’re optimizing it, read on for eight important benefits.