We have embarked on the information age in that massive amounts of information is available at our disposal. This information age has come on the heels of the technology explosion. What used to be unheard of doing on-line has now become common place. I remember the closest thing to on-line banking being driving up to a banking window and placing checks in a little tube before sending it to the teller through air pressured pipelines. Now there's even mobile banking where checks can be deposited via a smartphone, and who knew that the day would come when you could order dinner or even grocery shop on-line.
Today it is imperative to leverage technology to increase efficiency. With the proper usage of technology productivity and efficiency skyrocket. What used to take hours and days to complete can be done in a fraction of that time. Handling the accounting for a small business is time consuming and mundane. Keeping up with the tax and accounting functions of running a small business can take the back seat to more pressing issues. For lawyers keeping up with accounting can be even more of a challenge due to the nature of working on pressing, time demanding, high stakes matters that other professionals may not be faced with. Lawyers also have to be cautious of properly managing trust and operating accounts which add more time and tediousness to working on the accounting.
Running a small business is not a cake walk. Taking the time to work on it for several hours a week to stay on top of it can be almost impossible and for a busy lawyer it can be impractical. Busy lawyers can take advantage of timesaving tools like QuickBooks mobile receipt capture feature to keep track of expenses on the go and GoPayment to get paid on the go to help simplify law firm accounting.
Written by Lakisha Lynette Bealer, MBA
Mastered. “To conquer or overcome”, “To rule or direct as master”. Don’t shoot the messenger that is the definition of Mastered on www.dictionary.com. Don’t believe me? Google it yourself. So now that we got that out of the way. Let's move on. No one likes to be mastered by anyone or anything. When we think of masters all kinds of negative connotations come up like slave masters in the antebellum south, or biblical accounts of Jewish slaves, or Slavish slaves in the 10th century. No one likes to be mastered by anyone or by anything so to think that an inanimate object like a dollar or a coin mastering a person is outrageous right? Before you discard this notion as mere poppy cock look at these four areas and see if any one of them apply to you are at least half of the people that you know. This is not about judging. It’s about understanding the beliefs, attitudes, and actions caused by money.
The first step in any deliberate attempt at change starts in the mind. Belief and perception are reality. Whether that belief is founded in truth or not the experience that follows that belief will not and cannot deviate from the belief held about it. That is how humans stay sane. To go against a belief causes cognitive dissonance. Huh? Cognitive What? Cognitive Who? I know what you're thinking. I don’t know him. Well maybe I do know him. There was that one night back in college when I went to this party and had one too many drinks and someone introduced himself. It could have been this Cognitive Dissonance you're speaking of. Lol! Cognitive dissonance is like holding two opposite beliefs about something in one’s mind about the same thing. Talk about crazy making. It is like the placebo effect. If someone is thought to have been given a cure for an ailment studies indicate that their body begins to line up with the thought of healing. The opposite is also true when someone believes that they are sick and the symptoms of sickness begin to manifest in the body. This is how money works in many of our psyche’s. Especially here in the United States. It takes form into what we do and think about ourselves and others.
Money has mastered many people. It dictates how strangers are treated, spouses, relatives, and close associates. It determines how one perceives them self, and ultimately it dictates the life that we all live. Now back to our little test. Look at these four areas and see if any of them apply to you or at least half of the people that you know:
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Written by: Lakisha Lynette Bealer, MBA
The Keys to Money Mastery
Discover All You Need to Know About Money!
Money! Money! Money! How do you get it when you need it How do you manage it properly when you have it How do you determine the worth that it has in your life without allowing your worth to be determined by it? These are all questions that this course will explore and answer. This course provides the information, resources, and methods that anyone can put into practice in their personal and/or business finances to master money and bring financial stability. It will be studied as a means of exchange to obtain the things that are both needs and wants.
In order to live a stress free, stable, productive life money is necessary. Some believe that it is the root of everything evil, but truth be told even those that use that language most likely use it for their necessities. Before today's current money system was created things like shells, cattle, and even barter were used as as a medium of exchange. Interaction between people, businesses, and places require that there be a means of exchange that the various individuals and entities involved give equal weight to. Without this common agreement it would be difficult to obtain goods and services without the devaluing of services and/or goods in the marketplace.
Money is studied from various angles, philosophies, and perspectives, but the bottom line is most if not all people need it to survive. Even those who take vows of poverty most likely use it in one form or another since it is still the most widely accepted form of exchange in the world. Whether that be the dollar, euro, yen, etc..
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90 Days to Money Mastery for College Students
Now that you're out on your own how you handle your finances is extremely important. You can finish school with a degree in hand, but saddled with so much credit card and student loan debt that you have to take a job you don't want just to make ends meet. At this point you may start questioning why you even went to college. A college education is supposed to provide a path to a stable career. The saying that knowledge is power applies to the knowledge of finances too. If you learn how to master money while you are in college when you graduate you will be light years ahead of your peers. You will also ensure that you are able to make a career decision based on your passions, skills, and education not on money alone.
90 Days to Money Mastery for Divorcees
This on-line seminar focuses on the money challenges specific to people who are currently or have gone through a divorce. The money concerns that you have now are totally different from what they were when you were married. There are certain issues that you deal with as you are going through the divorce and a separate set of issues after the divorce is finalized. This seminar aims to assist you with navigating through this rough terrain.
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90 Days to Money Mastery for Single Mothers
You love and adore your children and you want what's best for them, but money challenges has become your norm and it is taking its toll on you. Being a single mother is a challenge to say the least. It's a challenge that women tend to struggle with more than men. Although there are single fathers the majority of single parents are women. Financial challenges cause emotional, psychological, employment, and relational issues. Dealing with money for a single mother is complex. Choosing whether to pay the light bill, purchase groceries, or buy gas to get to work is a decision that no one should ever have to make. This course will address the financial challenges that single mothers deal with in order to bring empowerment so that money issues will be a thing of the past.
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90 Days to Money Mastery for Seniors
Now that you have retired and are living on your retirement income, social security, and or your savings you may find it difficult to make ends meet. The topics that will be covered in this session aim to provide you with the tools to be financially independent. The following topics will be covered:
This course will assist with ensuring that you have enough money to not only make ends meet but to treat yourself. You deserve it. You have worked, raised children, and/or contributed to society now it's your turn to enjoy your life.
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