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10 simple things every leader needs to stop doing

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I’ve spent my entire life turning struggling companies around.  After working with dozens of organizations, I’ve begun to see the patterns that led to their challenges. …

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How do student loans affect your credit report?

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The last thing that college students and recent graduates might think about is how their student loans can impact their credit reports in particular and their …

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How to make your air conditioning smart with apps and Alexa

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Summer may be winding down, but it’s not over just yet. At GearBrain, our attention is still focused on keeping the smart home cool and comfortable. …

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10 important things to know about the new tax law

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December of last year has drastically changed the United State Tax Code. For tax years 2018 through 2025, when …

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5 examples of toxic corporate behavior

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Suffering has become a hallmark of the modern workplace. In my work as a coach and consultant, I’ve listened to employees talk about coercion, being forced …

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14 smart home devices to save you money

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As fun as it is to switch lights on with your voice, activate your robotic vacuum cleaner and talk to the postman through a video doorbell, …

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Why electric cars are so expensive, and how the tide will soon turn

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It’s all about the trickle-down effect. A glance at the prices of electric cars will quickly tell you something — they are all expensive. The latest vehicle …

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How the WeWork experience is revolutionizing the workplace

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When we consider an office, we traditionally think of it as a physical space: a building or floor in one and the tables, chairs, filing cabinets, …

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A beginners guide to disability insurance & pregnancy

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Why do pregnant women need disability insurance? Because complications aren’t as uncommon as you might think – one in four pregnancies have complications that can cause …

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How often does my credit report update?

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Credit reports are the foundations on which credit scores are measured. Even though there are multiple credit scoring companies (and multiple formulas for each type of …

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8 money moves for when you expect one baby … but find out you’re having two (or three)

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Planning for the financial impact of a single baby is challenging. But if you just learned you’re having twins, triplets or more, you may be wondering …

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The dos & don’ts of buying at a wholesale club

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Because I write about smart shopping, you’d think that I’d be adept at shopping in all forms. Not always! As a new member of Costco, it …

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How long do negative items stay on my credit report?

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How long do negative items stay on my credit report? This is the question anyone in need of credit might ask if bankruptcy, collections accounts, or …

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How much does it cost to turn the average house into a smart home?

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Most people’s idea of a smart home is adding a device that can control lights, plugs and door locks. But what if you wanted to make your …

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4 times when it’s right to bundle your home & car insurance

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Most carriers don’t sell strictly homeowners, or strictly auto insurance, and nothing else. So if you go to a company for a car insurance policy, there’s …

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6 smart light platforms for transforming your home

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Along with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, a common first step into the smart home world is lighting. These LED bulbs connect …

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Millennials in the workplace: What do they love?

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When conducting a job search, millennials often scroll down to see the perks a company offers before reading the general description. They’ll likely search for the company on …

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How to keep your job when you’ve totally screwed up

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Alejandro got his first job out of college in 2009 as an associate buyer at a grocery store warehouse in Louisiana. He was responsible for ordering …

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A workplace meditation room can increase your bottom line

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Managers like to see the numbers before investing in new tools to improve their business and get the most from their workforce. So, here is a …

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What do I need to dispute a credit report?

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So, you’ve read your credit reports and found something that isn’t right. What do you do now? Get ready to file a dispute. There’s no reason …

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The truth about skipping mortgage payments when refinancing

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10 factors to consider when setting financial goals

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“How much do you cost?” is one of the most important questions I ask my clients when advising them on the structure and planning of their …

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Turn your home smart for less than $100

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Building a smart home from scratch might sound like a daunting and expensive process to undertake, but since smart speakers from Amazon and Google came onto …

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Smart home tech for millionaires: Top devices to buy when money is no object

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At GearBrain we have already covered how to build a smart home for various budgets – from as little as $100, up to the $1,000 range, …

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What every 25 year old should know about car insurance

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If you’re about to hit the quarter-century mark, or recently did, how does lower car insurance sound for a birthday gift? 25 is the age where …

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Google Pixel Watch rumors and leaks: Everything we know so far

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The company is tipped to release its first own-brand smartwatch later this year. Unless you are completely clued-up on the ins and outs of the smartwatch …

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What can I dispute on a credit report?

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Reviewing your credit reports is one of the most important steps you can take to solidify your financial health. After all, your credit reports inform your …

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Adulting isn’t easy — but these 12 things can help

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Millennials get a bad rap (full disclosure: I am one). In fact, we get dragged for a lot. We’re apparently ruining the housing market, living at …

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8 Ways the wealthy think differently

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LeBron James is obviously a great basketball player, but it turns out he’s savvy about business and understands how to build wealth, too. For example, he’s …

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39 ways for teens to make money

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Is your teen asking you for extra cash for new clothes, shoes, or a new phone? Whether you’re a teenager looking for a job or a …

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25 ways you can start saving money right now

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It’s easy to say you want to save more money. It’s harder to know where exactly to start. But it’s easier than you think. Here are …

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5 negative items that can appear on your credit reports

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If you’ve declared bankruptcy in the past, you probably won’t be surprised to see this on your credit report. What might surprise you is how long …

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11 Acronyms business owners need to know

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If you don’t know the difference between the EEOC and OSHA, no one can blame you. There are tons of acronyms business owners may come across …

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The simple thing that could destroy your credit

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You’ve got your credit report, you’ve reviewed all your accounts, and you now know that nothing is amiss on your payment history. That’s it, right? You’re …

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Protect your home with these smart security systems

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As fun as smart home technology can be, there is a more serious side: Security systems. These can start off as simple as a single camera …

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How smart home devices can save you money on homeowners insurance

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Home security measures aren’t limited to traditional burglar alarms or monitored systems. Smart home devices like cameras, doorbells, and smoke detectors, whether installed individually or as …

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12 time-saving tips for business owners

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Owning your own business is a lot of work, and despite your best efforts at adding in that extra hour to the day or the much …

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Half of US adults think smart home devices record their conversations

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Almost half of smart home device owners believe their private conversations are being recorded so they can be sent targeted advertisements. This is the result of …

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These 6 companies are making the self-driving truck a reality

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It is easy to be distracted by the autonomous car industry as shiny, self-driving vehicles from Waymo, Tesla, GM, and others navigate without (much) human guidance. …

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The must-visit farmers market in each state

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As COVID-19 restrictions relax and summer approaches, more and more farmers markets are resuming normal or close-to-normal operations. If you’re ready to break out your canvas …

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11 summer getaways that don’t feel cheap (but are)

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Traveling even short distances can be expensive during peak vacation months like July and August. But with creativity and planning, having a holiday on the cheap …

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11 women-focused business grants

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Women are a core pillar in business, but in far too many cases women face inordinate challenges and find themselves behind their male counterparts based on …

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How to upgrade your car stereo to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: 5 of our favorites

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CarPlay is Apple’s answer to the car infotainment system. Run by your iPhone, CarPlay replaces the navigation, media, phone, and messaging controls of your car with …

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The Amazon Echo starter kit: 6 Alexa devices to kickstart your smart home

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The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers are fun, useful and entertaining devices in their own right. They play music, answer questions, read the news, …

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Best smart security camera options for renters

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Home security cameras have been around for a long time, but the recent boom in the smart home market means they are simpler and smarter than …

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How to buy a car with bad credit

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When you need a new car, it can sometimes feel like you needed it yesterday. Sure, there are times when our cars become predictably unreliable, and …

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Travel hacks: 6 ways to save on Airbnb

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If your heart is set on seeing the world, you’ve probably spent some time browsing through Airbnb. The short-term rental marketplace was founded in 2008 as …

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8 crucial elements of a world-class presentation

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There will be times in your career when you need to nail a presentation. These are the moments of truth, the relatively few opportunities that have …

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Is it time to de-dox your timeline?

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If you know anyone who maintains social media accounts and works in law enforcement, and they don’t use an alias, send them this article. Scratch that. …

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This summer side dish costs less than 50 cents per barbecue guest

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It’s fun getting together with friends during the summer for backyard barbecues, pool parties and picnics in the park. But it can also get expensive when …