How I Used My Writing Skills To Build My Own Business

How I Used My Writing Skills To Build My Own Business

I Was Almost Too Afraid To Get Out Of The Car

I sat across the street in my car staring at the door to building number 824. I was 21 years old.

If I didn’t go inside soon, I’d be late for the interview.

But the scene gave me pause. When I was a kid, this was one of Baltimore City’s no-go neighborhoods. In fact, though I’d spent all of my 21 years living in Baltimore, I’d never driven down East Baltimore Street before. (more…)

Smart Money Tip #16 – Can Your Business Run With … or Without You?

Smart Money Tip #16 – Can Your Business Run With … or Without You?

The downside most business owners face is not being able to take a break. When working with a business owner, these are the questions I frequently ask:

  • How confident are you about leaving your business for a few days, a week, a month?
  • Do you end up glued to your computer or smart phone when you take a family vacation?
  • What would it be like if your business could literally run without you?

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Smart Women Tip #15 –  Estate Planning: Planning for the Unexpected

Smart Women Tip #15 – Estate Planning: Planning for the Unexpected

Almost 20 years ago when my mother married my step-father, they came to me for estate and financial planning.  My parents created their own trusts and set-up some assets in joint accounts.  To simplify things, they consolidated all financial assets into a brokerage account with American Express Financial Advisors, and I was their financial planner.

Everything was perfect, right?  Well almost. (more…)

Smart Women Tip:  #14 – Could Your Money Personality be Sabotaging Your Marriage?

Smart Women Tip: #14 – Could Your Money Personality be Sabotaging Your Marriage?

It’s hard to believe that my husband, Mark, and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary this month. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with my husband. He’s not only my partner, but he’s also my best friend and loudest cheerleader. Our marriage has always been strong, but I confess that I wish I had known then what I know now … especially regarding money psychology or money personality.

According to a survey by SunTrust Bank, money is the leading cause of stress in relationships. Although divorce rates are falling, nearly 40% of all marriages are dissolved before a couple reaches their ten-year anniversary. Again, money is the primary culprit. I realize no one enters a marriage with the anticipation of ending it, but there are ways to safeguard your union. (more…)

Smart Money Tip # 13- Four Steps to Creating Wealth

Smart Money Tip # 13- Four Steps to Creating Wealth

I attended a fabulous retreat in Baltimore with one of my mentors, Barbara Stanny, a few years ago. The retreat on Sacred Success was for women who had reached affluence and were looking to make a difference in the world. When I called the retreat center to ask how to get from the airport to the retreat center, they gave me two options: take a cab for $120 round trip or use the light rail for $3.20 round trip.

Being from the Midwest where public transportation is sparse, I never use it. Mulling over my options, I began to think I would just take a cab. After all, I had invested thousands of dollars on this retreat, and besides, I could afford it. Right? (more…)

Smart Money Tip # 12: When Parents Need Care:  How to be Prepared for that Call in the Night with the Designated Caregiver™ Five-Step-Process

Smart Money Tip # 12: When Parents Need Care: How to be Prepared for that Call in the Night with the Designated Caregiver™ Five-Step-Process

Watching our parents age is not always easy. We all dread the idea of that “call in the night” – the one that means we must step into the Designated Caregiver™ role to manage our parents’ lives and make tough decisions about their care, finances, and welfare. (more…)

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