Technology

10 Apps I Use Every Day to Help My Productivity

For me, every day is filled with personal and professional tasks that require the use of a computer and/or a smartphone. I have articles to write. I have emails to send. I have research to do. I have a book draft to work on. I have images to edit. I have videos to edit. I …

Personal Capital Review

As I explained in a few previous posts, I am on a quest to roll over my old 401(k) into a new account with better long-term benefits. I got sidetracked a bit on this series, but today I’m going to review online financial advisor Personal Capital. If there’s one thing I learned from trading the …

Best Web Hosting Providers for 2015

Whether you’re an established small business or have started a blog or other website that’s gaining popularity, the best web hosting company will help you project a professional image and handle increased traffic. The best website hosting companies will also give you enough space and bandwidth for your needs, a range of customizable features, and …

Three Things to Watch Out for When Booking a Vacation Online

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly where you want to go. After all, the world is a big place with an infinite amount of beauty and culture to explore. When you can basically go anywhere, whittling down your choices can become an arduous task. Fortunately, the Internet has more than …

Three Apps for America’s Money Management Woes

Americans, as a whole, are not very good at managing their finances. And it seems the biggest challenge — for those of us not among the country’s wealthiest citizens, anyway — is paying our bills. There’s a number of problems surrounding our bill-paying habits, including not paying the bills on time, incurring late fees, letting some bills …

Categories: Banking, Technology

Best Tax Software for 2015: TaxACT vs TurboTax vs H&R Block

The countdown to April 15, 2015 is on and its time to get a head start looking at the best tax software options. Why? Because, according to IRS disclosures, it takes a person in the US an average of 13 hours to plan, prepare and file their federal taxes. For most of us, it can …

Best Apps to Save You Money in College

Did you hear? College is super-expensive. So here are some apps that could save you money while you’re there. Your Bank’s App Monitor your account so you can track your spending. Depending on your bank, you can also receive alerts when your funds are low, transfer money to a savings account, or find an ATM …

Small Business Saturday: Snow Is Money for Plowz & Mowz

For Wills Mahoney and Andrew Englander, snow is money. And so is an untended or overgrown lawn. The two former Syracuse University roommates are the creators of a pair of smartphone apps – Plowz & Mowz – that, as the names imply, are aimed at simplifying your life when it comes to snow plowing and …

Small Business Saturday: Meet SPOT, ‘the Uber of Parking’

For those living in overcrowded urban environments, the routine is familiar, and frustrating. You battle rush-hour traffic to get home each day, only to spend another half-hour (or more) cruising slowly around and around your neighborhood, in ever wider circles, in search of parking. And when snow is added to the equation, finding on-street parking …

This One Move Can Save You $1,000 a Year

It lets you shop endlessly on eBay. It keeps you tuned into the latest water-cooler gossip on Facebook. It allows you to follow photo stories of people — some you know, some you don’t — on Instagram. You can watch endless videos while waiting for the train. Access your email everywhere you go, and an entire music library right …

How One Social Media Mistake Can Wreck Your Financial Future

More than 100 years before Facebook was conceived in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Mark Twain, one of America’s most beloved authors, offered some words of wisdom that make a lot of sense for social media users today: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to …

Categories: Careers, Technology

Building a Nest Egg Out of Acorns

Let’s face it, investing in the future is no easy task. Taking money that you could spend right now and socking it away for decades takes discipline. That bi-monthly 401(k) paycheck deduction, the big fees wealth managers charge, and all those brokerage commissions… who wants any of it? This is especially true for new investors. Shoveling large chunks of cash …

Is It Time for You to Go Solar?

The U.S. solar industry now employs nearly 174,000 Americans, according to a recent study from The Solar Foundation. That represents a jump of nearly 22% in a single year. And it means solar employment grew nearly 20 times faster than the national average employment growth rate. Similarly staggering growth is predicted for 2015, with more …

The 21st Century Wallet: Will Mobile Payments Go Mainstream?

When I set out to write about the pros and cons of mobile payment or electronic wallet technologies, I assumed it would be a simple and interesting subject. Interesting, yes. Simple? Not at all. Apple Pay, Google Wallet, SoftCard, and PayPal are some of the leaders in the emerging mobile payments field. But how might these …

Categories: Shopping, Technology

Best Accounting Software in 2015

The Best Accounting Software, is part of an ongoing Small Business Toolkit series, here at The Simple Dollar. Parts 1, 2, and 3 covered the Best Cloud Storage Providers, Best Email Marketing Services, and Best Project Management Software. Now we turn our attention to a crucial task for all small businesses: accounting. The variety of …

This Website Saves Customers So Much Money It’s Being Sued

Aktarer Zaman’s mission was to make it easier (and cheaper) for people to explore the world. The 22-year-old New York City resident went about making that happen by designing a website, Skiplagged, that shows travelers the cheapest flight routes to their destinations. Sounds harmless, right? Apparently, Orbitz and United Airlines don’t think so. Zaman’s website is …

Categories: Technology, Travel

Coding Boot Camps: Three Months to Six Figures?

The mention of coding boot camps may conjure images of helmets and laptops. Far from it. They’re intensive programs, nine to 12 weeks on average, that provide training in computer coding so students can land jobs as Web developers. Such programs are increasing in popularity and reportedly had 2014 tuition revenue of $59 million. They often claim to increase your …

Social Media Basics for Your Business

As I suggested in 15 Ways to Grow Your Business This Year, it’s time to pick a social media platform that best suits you or your business and crush it! Below are some basic steps to start your company toward building an effective social media strategy. Do an Audit Take a snapshot of your company’s social media …

Can You Get a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card Now?

2014 seemed to be the year of big data breaches in the United States. Hacks at four major retailers — Home Depot, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, and Target — compromised the payment-card data of more than 130 million customers. Breaches like these left consumers vulnerable to fraud and identity crimes. As of Dec. 23, there had been 761 …

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