Here you'll find my latest podcasts and new articles. And, as always, I am happy to answer your credit questions!
I was recently asked to share my thoughts for an article about what everyone should know about credit before age 25. Do you agree or disagree with this advice...? What do you wish you had known before age 25?
FICO has announced UltraFICO, a new FICO score that helps individuals with little credit history by allowing you to link bank accounts and get "credit" for good financial health. I was interviewed in Kiplinger's about UltraFICO and how it may help make it easier to get a loan. Read the full story:
This entrepreneur's story of triumph over trials literally brought tears to my eyes. I hope you'll find it as inspiring as I do!
Insurance can be very confusing for small business owners.
I'm pleased to be featured in this story on FitSmallBusiness.com offering expert insurance strategies for entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship can be lonely, especially in the early days before a business is large enough to hire a team. Many entrepreneurs are turning to co-working spaces to get out of their home (or coffee shop) and to meet other entrepreneurs.
But these spaces aren’t available in every city — or in rural areas, in particular — and they cost money, which is often in short supply. It can be especially hard to justify spending money on a membership if you only need to use it occasionally.
But there’s a co-working space that can be found in most communities across the country, and best of all it’s free. Have you guessed it? Read the article now.
What do you think of when you hear the word "file?"
If you're older, you probably picture a manila file folder suitable for holding paper of some kind. If you're younger, a computer file may come to mind. The word “report” might conjure up a school project or a formal written document—perhaps of a legal, medical or business nature.
It's understandable that when consumers hear the words "credit report" or "credit file" they picture something that may not be entirely accurate. Their misconceptions about what those terms mean can create confusion when they review their credit or dispute errors. Let's clear up that confusion.
If you want to start your small business right and reduce your chances of failing, you’re in luck. All across the country, there are experts who have seen firsthand what business owners often do wrong—and right—and can help you avoid similar mistakes. Follow their advice to succeed - here’s how.
Should you freeze your credit after the Equifax breach? Maybe...or maybe not. My take on this issue may surprise you.
When Calvin first started tracking his credit scores with his Nav account, he was struck by how much his personal credit score would fluctuate from month to month. In the first four months he monitored it, his score went up 52 points, down 42 points then back up again by 46 points. (All of these changes were in relation to his original score.)
When you start a business, plenty of people will think you’re crazy, even if they don’t say it to your face. The fact you’re taking a risk and seizing an opportunity might make them both nervous and envious. But what if you start a business in your 70’s?
It was bound to happen at some point: I became a victim of identity theft. After a 20+ year career writing and educating consumers about credit, including identity theft, I found myself on the other side of the story.
Looking for fast financing for your small business? PayPal has announced it has acquired Swift Capital, and for some small business owners this could mean access to faster loans at attractive terms. But will they be right for your business?
You’re slammed with the daily challenges of running your business. How do you find time to learn about ways to solve sticky problems or learn new strategies to help you grow your business?
One solution: Listen to small business podcasts.
You’ve put your heart and soul into launching your small business. Now you need to help customers find you. In addition to investing in sales and marketing efforts, you can get your business in front of your prospects via a variety of online sources, many of which offer free basic listings. Here are nine essential places to start.
Do you monitor your credit scores and reports? If you do, and you have a judgment or tax lien on your credit reports, you may be in for a welcome surprise. After July 1, 2017, many of those items won’t appear on credit reports.