Business


June 4, 2012 Congratulations Graduate! Your hard work over the past 4 (or 5 or 6!) years has paid off and you’ve graduated. You’ve probably been celebrating non-stop for weeks and you deserve it. But now that all of the graduation festivities are over, and you’re actually face to face with the real world reality sets in:  And that means it’s time to find a job. Oh, joy. Let’s look at…
May 21, 2012 Even professional writers occasionally struggle with writing press releases. That’s because they’re not like anything else we write. A press release may seem similar to a blog article, but it’s really in a category of its own. It has its own set of rules. Don’t get discouraged if you’re tasked with writing one, though. These 10 guidelines should get you started, and everything beyond that just comes with…
May 21, 2012 So you just graduated! Yay! You have your cap and gown...and a mountain of student loan debt!! Wait. OK, so there is more to this whole graduating thing than you expected. But you can simplify your loans and pay them off more rapidly. Here’s how: Consolidate your loans for simplicity – You may not get a lower interest rate but you will get the convenience of having just one…
May 7, 2012 In high school I came up with a master plan for my life. I was going to excel academically and participate in extracurricular activities so that I could get into a good college. And the plan worked! But sadly, in my youthful shortsightedness, I didn’t plan beyond getting there, and soon found myself in a sea of too many options. I didn’t feel too bad though--everyone around me…
May 7, 2012 You have worked hard to establish a great career--no small feat during an economic recession--and now you are ready to put your money to work for you. But where to begin? Should you hire a financial broker, or become an independent investor? Play it safe with bonds, or play the stock market?  Before you resort to stuffing cash under a mattress, take these five steps toward investing…straight…
April 23, 2012 Insurance is used as a way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the things we own against unexpected events that happen in life.  It would be lovely if you could set it up and forget about it, but as you work on building your financial foundation, your insurance coverage just becomes another area that you should review on a regular basis.  While there are many types of…
April 23, 2012 In today’s world, the speed of connection has never been faster.Our desires for human attention and self-expression have limitless opportunities with the Internet. From hobbies to dating to personal and professional networking, we have the bases covered.Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Pinterest, Myspace (yes, it still exists), FourSquare, Yelp, Couchsurf, Bing,  Google+, Instagram, Google Hangouts, BranchOut and Meet-Up are just a small sampling of what’s out there allowing…
April 9, 2012We all see them. The graphic images on Pinterest and Facebook like this one. Food porn. They lure you in and trick you into thinking you really can squeeze a gourmet lunch or breakfast everyday into your budget. But when was the last time you actually calculated the cost of your breakfast?  I calculated the cost of mine the other day just out of curiosity and was pleasantly…
April 9, 2012Beauty and brains…. Check and check for Misa Chien. This wonder woman manages to run her--let's count them--two businesses while maintaining a national modeling career.  A UCLA graduate, Misa started her ‘launch business,' Miss Misa, out of her sophomore dorm room. Miss Misa is an online jewelry store that offers unique and delicately beautiful jewelry. While most people would stop at one self-owned and -operated business, Misa started…
March 26, 2012 Do some financial strategies and terms just seem like a complete mystery to you?  Do you feel that if someone just explained it in layman’s terms you would be able to understand the foreign language of finances better?  Well, good news, I am going to crack one of the financial mysteries to help you when it comes to investing for your future financial goals. This is the rule…
March 26, 2012 You go to work, spend your money how you see fit, and live your life each day never thinking about how all that came to be. Not so long ago, women in this country couldn’t enjoy the financial freedom we take for granted today. The story of women and money is an interesting one and it is only when you take a look at the big picture that…
March 12, 2012I admit it: I am at a complete loss when it comes to applying makeup. That being said, I truly believe makeup professionals are artists. I think my hesitation when it comes to makeup makes me appreciate their effortless strokes all the more. They make us look our most beautiful, and when you meet someone who is as passionate about beauty as makeup artist Melanie Mills is, you…
March 12, 2012What do Oprah, Danielle Steel and Bethenny Frankel all have in common?  A) Their guilty pleasure is watching American Idol. B) Their business mentor is Richard Branson or C) They were all ranked as a Top Female Earners by Forbes in 2011? Choose answer C?  Then you are correct! Truth is, I’ve never met these financial wonder women so I’m not quite sure if A and B are…
February 27, 2012 Relationships can be hard enough to manage without the added stress of the almighty dollar. So, what do you do when someone you care about owes you money? Siblings drift apart, best friends become enemies and working relationships become hostile if borrowing money isn’t handled properly. Here we examine three ways to talk to your friends, family, and even coworkers about cash in a respectful way. Scenario: Your Little…
February 13, 2012 These days, we exchange images and original content at what seems like the speed of light--after all this is the Information Age. And as all of this info may appear to flow freely, in reality someone has to ensure that the creators of this content (authors, artists, publishers, etc.) are being fairly compensated. On the flipside, businesses and academic institutions need to be able to (quickly) get permission…