SEO Essentials Every Small Business Website Needs to Get Results

No matter what the nature of your small business is it's never enough to just exist — you need to get the word out about your business. One of the most effective ways to do this is by utilizing what's known as search engine optimization (SEO). While SEO helps potential customers find your business easily and organically, Business.com reports that less than half of all small business take advantage of these...

Financial Tips for Newlyweds

No matter how you look at it getting married can have a huge effect on your finances. From the exorbitant cost of a wedding to merging incomes and debts, it's no wonder that money is such an important topic for newlyweds. That's why Trent Hamm at Lifehacker recently compiled a list of financial tips for newly married couples. Never hide your spending from your partner While many couples end up...

Tax Day 2016: Where Does Your Tax Dollar Go?

Today — April 18th — is Tax Day 2016 when millions of procrastinating Americans are sending off their 2015 tax returns to meet today's filing deadline. When preparing your return you often have to break down your earning and spending into categories and see where at least some of the money you brought in went. So have you ever wondered where the money you pay in taxes goes specifically? Obviously we...

When is Peak Season for Financial Apps? Not Yet

With the many lessons one can learn about monetary habits from preparing your tax returns you might expect that the early months of the year leading up to April would be when mobile FinTech apps would see the most downloads and purchases. However it seems like that assumption would be wrong. According to a new report by Liftoff financial apps actually have two different peaks — installations and purchases — but neither...

New Job Offer? Think Beyond Salary Before Accepting

So you've just been offered a new job in your same field but for a higher (perhaps much higher) salary. It's time to celebrate, right? Not so fast. When it comes to compensation there's more to consider than just salary alone. So before popping the bubbly you should take a closer look at all the monetary pros and cons of your new position and decide if it truly measures up to...

Tax Audit Myths and Scams You Should Know About

If you asked random Americans to make a list of the things they were most afraid of, getting audited by the IRS would likely land in the top ten. This fear of audits has caused many of us go out of our way to make sure we avoid them. However over the years things have been exaggerated that make these audits sound worse than they are or distort the truth about...

FinTech Lenders Form Marketplace Lending Association

FinTech lending leaders Lending Club, Prosper, and Funding Circle are coming together to form the Marketplace Lending Association (MLA) in an effort to help legitimize the sector. According to a press release the newly formed non-profit organization will work to promote responsible business practices and sound public policies that will benefit both borrowers and investors. The joint effort touts the transparency and efficiency that marketplace lending offers while also dispelling concerns some may...

Building Equity: A Guide to Home Improvement Loan Options

Has the spring cleaning bug hit you yet? If so, while you're straightening up your home, you may discover that you need more space or that  you'd love to tackle some larger projects like bathroom or kitchen remodels. In addition to the welcome aesthetic and functional change that renovations provide homeowners, they can also increase the value of your house significantly. But like so many other things in life, you...