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Pros, cons and loans in self employment

Pros, cons and loans in self employment

Business
The pros and cons of self employment are actually pretty great in number, and they might not even be the same for every professional who’s ever dabbled with work at home. For some, hours of working alone can be refreshing, invigorating and the perfect environment for finishing projects. For others, the sheer loneliness of self employment is a deal-breaker. What does it take to work at home? Self Employment: The Pros Who doesn’t want to call the shots, be the boss and make all the decisions? Sure, self employment is great for independence. But at the same time, even that could be considered a con. What are the pros of self employment, and do these positives make up for the negatives that might come with working on one’s own? Flexible Hours. Need to be three hours late next Wedn...
How to save money and invest in a house

How to save money and invest in a house

Real Estate
Buying the first home starts with raising enough funds for a home loan deposit. While everyone understands the need to save for at least 10% to 20% of the purchase price, not many know exactly how to accumulate that amount of money. Saving money to buy a house requires some sort of planning and strategy. Here are some useful tips for raising home loan deposits. Open a First Home Saver Account First time home buyers in Australia should open a First Home Saver Account, a tax effective way to save for a house deposit. Basically, the first $5000 of individual contribution made each year to the account will see the government contributing 17% of that amount. This is much higher than any interest rate in savings accounts or fixed term deposits. The First Home Saver Account should not...
How to get very good remortgage deals

How to get very good remortgage deals

Finance
For most people a mortgage is their biggest financial commitment and it makes sense to reduce that cost wherever possible. At present mortgage interest rates are at an all time low, even the standard variable rate (SVR), which most mortgages revert to after the initial discounted offer are at very low levels. Compare Remortgage Quotes For first time buyers it’s a particularly tough time to get a good mortgage deal but for those who already have a mortgage and have an excellent credit score, it’s definitely a good time to compare some remortgage quotes from an independent mortgage broker. Despite the current low levels of interest it may still be possible to save money on a new remortgage deal. For those who are still using an endowment insurance policy to repay their mortgage it ...
How to clear college student loan debt

How to clear college student loan debt

Finance
The golden rule of college student loan debt is to never default. Although an unsecured debt, it is notoriously difficult to write off and defaulting on a student loan will leave fewer options. Income based repayment plans, forbearance and deferring repayment will no longer be possible. Repaying student loans at an affordable rate is the best option when disposable income is limited. It isn't in anyone's interest to see the borrower default so a number of different forms of assistance and guidance are now available. Income Based College Student Loan Debt Repayment Since the 1 July 2009, it is possible to cap each monthly student loan repayment at a more affordable rate. Hard-up college graduates are now able to pay just 15% of the amount of income they make that exceeds the federal p...
How to consolidate student loans: private and federal

How to consolidate student loans: private and federal

Finance
Lately, the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study shows that two-thirds of Bachelor’s degree students graduated with debt. The average debt reported was $23,186. A survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that only 19.7 percent of the college graduates were employed at the time of graduation. Experienced workers have flooded the market because of lay-offs, creating stiffer competition and decreasing entry-level compensation. Graduates with heavy student loan debt are finding that debt more difficult to repay. Why Consider Student Loan Consolidation? Loan consolidation, as with any financial decision, should be carefully considered with all the options fully weighed before making a decision. Once a consolidation loan is made, it cannot be rev...
How to Find the Best Auto Loans Available

How to Find the Best Auto Loans Available

Automobiles
In recent years, we have seen a steady incline in the use of public transportation and rideshare companies like Uber (with over 160,000 drivers). However, the need for Americans to own their own vehicle is still as strong as ever, with statistics showing that 91% of US households own at least one car. Out of that 91%, almost 85% of those cars were financed through a loan or a lease. When it comes to acquiring a loan, most people assume that you go to the dealership, pick out the car you want, and sit down with the dealer to negotiate your monthly payments and interest rate. In reality, that is one of the absolute worst ways to go about financing a new car! With the average dealership marking up costs at 2.5%, opting to go with a separate lender is a far better option. If you're l...