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Five ways to make your College Application stand out..

Let’s face it, filling out all of those college apps can be a not so fun process, but here are some simple tips to keep in mind when you start your next application. 1) Apply to Schools That Fit Your Lifestyle and Goals Online applications have changed the way students apply to college. According to 2011 data released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), students are now applying to seven or more schools. While in some cases this is good, it also means that many students are simply checking a box and are not fully invested in a school. Admissions counselors can recognize this type of blanket (and generic) application. However, the admissions office can also spot a strong applicant who knows why they want to attend a college. Maybe you’re a graphic design major and want to live in a city with a big art scene, or you want to attend law school after college and need to […]
By |April 22nd, 2013|Strategies|0 Comments

Buying a Car? Watch for 6 Slippery Sales Strategies

With the auto industry limping through the recession, most car dealers are desperate to make sales. It may be a buyer’s market, but that’s no reason to let your guard down in the showroom. Experienced salespeople have one goal in mind: to put you in a new car today. And it’s their job to get as much profit out of every sale as possible. While most car salespeople are honest and forthright, others may be looking to take you for a ride. So before you set foot on the lot, be aware of sales tactics that could bait you into paying hundreds or thousands more than you should. The Four Square A salesman puts four numbers in front of you: the new vehicle price, your trade-in value, your down payment, and the monthly payment. He’s looking for your “hot button.” When you focus on one of the numbers (say you demand more for your trade-in) he knows he can hook you by […]
By |April 22nd, 2013|Strategies|0 Comments

5 Hobbies That Can Boost Your Income

Have you ever thought of turning your hobby into a paying gig? Many people have a skill outside of their chosen career that could earn them cash on the side. Before you quit your day job though, here are some tips on 5 different skills that can help usher you into an era of multiple income streams: Photography: The right photo may be worth a thousand words (or even dollars!). Think niche photography if you want to get paid: Do you like shooting people’s faces? Headshots or weddings are your niche. Are you a lighting fanatic? Shoot products for a business. Learn to take great photos by talking to professionals and practicing. Eventually, start a portfolio of your best work and network to find people who are interested in viewing it and perhaps hiring you do shoot something for them. The Caveat: Photography is an expensive hobby to get into, especially if you don’t have a camera. SLR cameras are the […]
By |April 22nd, 2013|Budgeting|0 Comments