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All of our “how to” articles on everything from finances to productivity.

How to Select Private Money Lenders to Buy Real Estate

How to Select Private Money Lenders to Buy Real Estate

Anyone that works in finance will tell you the immense power of leverage. Leverage is basically taking more money than you have to boost your profits in an investment. You can have someone either lend you money or invest in your venture and have more cash working for you than you can afford by yourself.

Using leverage like this works well for relatively stable investments like real estate. Buying a house and flipping it for a profit is more clear cut for most people than investing in stocks, bonds or commodities.

And the lender of choice for most people is a bank. The mortgage industry, however, isn’t what it used to be and after the last financial crisis banks have gotten pretty risk averse when it comes to making loans out to individuals.

Your chances of getting a bank loan may be reduced by certain aspects of your career and credit history and that’s where you may have to turn to private lenders.

How to Learn From Everything and Everyone

How to Learn From Everything and Everyone

Have you ever heard the saying “you either win or you learn?”

Or the popular “you have to fail forward”?

I’m sure you understand the idea of using situations, good and bad, as learning experiences, but that’s easier said than done, right?

It’s easy to talk about learning in every situation, but when you’re upset, angry or disappointed, it doesn’t seem so easy.

It starts with your perspective. Here’s how to learn from everything and everyone…

How to Start Meditating

How to Start Meditating

Meditation has been around for centuries, and yet, it can still be a controversial topic.

Most of the people who recommend meditating start by saying something like “I know you think this is some sort of eastern ritual” or “you might think you have to be Buddhist to meditate”.

I admit, it does carry that connotation, or at least it used to. I’ll spare you. I’m going to assume you’re wanting to implement meditation as a self-improvement tactic, or as a way to clear your mind and increase your focus.

That being said, here’s a guide to meditation for the average person who wants more clarity and a clear mind…

How to Use Debt Consolidation to Get Out of Debt Faster

How to Use Debt Consolidation to Get Out of Debt Faster

The mirth and merriment of Christmas are very much upon us, with the big day now getting very close. It’s a time of laughter, fun and special times with friends and family – just as it should be. Yet with the unrelenting social activities that come with it, costs of buying presents and other wallet drainers, there is no doubt that the holidays can put a strain on anyone’s budget, and maxed-out credit cards are hardly unusual by the time January dawns.

But instead of using the festive season as an excuse to exacerbate your existing high-interest debt, why not see it as the time to take action, and eliminate it instead? The path to becoming debt-free isn’t as arduous as it may seem, and with a combination of self-discipline and some clever strategic thinking, you can start getting yourself very much on track.

How to Best Invest in a Home for Your Lifestyle

How to Best Invest in a Home for Your Lifestyle

When it comes to buying a home, advice is overwhelmingly centered on buying a primary residence.

No big surprise since you need a place to live. But, before you invest in a primary residence, you need to consider your lifestyle goals to maximize your budget and your quality of life.

How to Get Your Finances in Order in 1 Hour

How to Get Your Finances in Order in 1 Hour

This is going to be extremely straight-forward.

I’m going to give you each step to get your finances in order.

At the end of one hour, you’re going to have a complete overview of your financial situation and be setting goals.

“It’s Just Money” – How to Implement the 10 Year Rule

“It’s Just Money” – How to Implement the 10 Year Rule

Money isn’t what really matters.

Sure, you need money to accomplish some of your goals or to make your life better…or at least you think you do.

We all think we need more money, more stuff. But money is just money. Stuff is just stuff.

We all know material items aren’t what’s really important.

That’s easy to say, but how do you actually live it out? It’s hard to say “it’s just money” when your only car breaks down and you have to spend $2,000 on a new transmission. It’s hard to say “it’s just money” when you might not have quite enough for the rent this month. Likewise, it’s hard to say “it’s just stuff” when something valuable is stolen or when something you just bought gets messed up.

As I was preparing this article, an interesting thing happened that really challenged me on this…

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