7 Alternatives to Quicken That Are Easy to Use

The personal finance program Quicken has been the industry’s darling for many years. When it was sold to HIG Capital last year, it was with the assurance that users would continue to enjoy the same benefits as before, but with the added expansion and enthusiasm (read: new features) that new ownership can bring. However, this […]


Maxing Out Retirement Accounts: How Rich Could You Be?

Everywhere you look, experts are telling you to contribute to your retirement accounts. Whether it’s advice from newspapers, blogs, financial planners, or friends, any advice that is worth taking must include planning for retirement. Why? Because it’s that important! Over time, setting aside a small portion of your monthly income can mean the difference between living a comfortable retirement and […]


Can You Use Retirement Accounts to Buy Your First Home?

We recently received the following question from a reader named Sam: My question: As a first time home buyer, is it possible to leverage retirement accounts as a down payment? Is this a good idea? Does it matter whether its a TSP, Roth IRA, IRA, etc? I seem to be finding conflicting opinions/statements. The answer is not […]


11 Ways to Promote Your Blog for Free

Knowing how to start a blog and actually getting people to read it are two completely separate things. You can create an amazing design and write fantastic content, but nobody is going to read it if they don’t know you’re out there. But, if you want to make money blogging, you’ve got to get people […]


A Small Business Owner’s Bookkeeping Checklist

As I’ve mentioned several times before, I love being self-employed. Although there are some pressures and stresses not found at the typical hourly job, for me, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Being self-employed means that I am in control of my own destiny. I don’t have to depend on anyone else for my livilihood. Plus, […]


How to Start a Website for a Home-Based Business

This post is sponsored by GoDaddy. The content and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone. So, you’ve decided to make the leap and become an entrepreneur? Maybe you’ve been in business for a while, or maybe you’ve recently decided to strike out on your own. Either way, congratulations! While the uncertainty of business (and your […]