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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Are Your Employees Robbing You Blind?

 By Catherine Powell

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If you're a business owner, then you know that keeping a business profitable is an uphill battle.  If it isn't things like COVID and inflation that make it difficult to keep your ship of commerce off the rocks, then it's increases in the cost of supplies and taxes that cause you to lose sleep at night.  As bad as all of those things can be to your company's bottom line, there's one item that can prove far more devastating to profitability: employee theft.  Like it or not, all employees don't have an employer's best interest at heart.  Some of them can and will use your business to go into business for themselves, while others are interested in doing your business in.  If you don't have the proper safeguards and oversight in place, you may soon find that your employees are taking your business for a ride to a place you don't want to go.  Below are the top-10 ways employees can rip your business off and what you can do to keep them from rob you blind.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The ABCs of Submitting a Homeowners Insurance Claim

 By Catherine Powell

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As we enter the time of year when thunderstorms are an almost daily occurrence in North Florida, I thought I'd take the time to walk you through the basics of submitting a homeowners insurance claim.  Whether a claim is the result of the weather is beside the point.  While lightning strikes and wind damage are common during the summer months, the same process holds true if your home is damaged by a fire or a burst pipe.  What's vitally important when your home is damaged is that you understand the ins and outs of the claim process.  Get it right and you'll be able to make your property as good as new.  Get it wrong and you could wind up  getting less than you deserve from your insurer or having your claim denied.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

How to Find a Reputable Contractor

 By Catherine Powell

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As much as most people fret over filing a homeowner's insurance claim, one thing that pains them even more is worrying about hiring a contractor to repair a damaged home.  Face it, working with a contractor can be a high stress situation at best and a roller coaster ride at worst that can wind up emptying your bank account without successfully completing the task at hand.  Get it right and your property will be as good as new.  Get it wrong and you could wind up paying far more than the insurance company's check will cover.  To keep you from losing sleep over dealing with contractors, I thought I'd take the time to give you some helpful hints designed to weed out the good from the bad.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

10 Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Season

 By Catherine Powell

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With the relatively docile weather pattern that north Florida has been experiencing lately, most folks probably don't realize that hurricane season is right around the corner.  That's right, the official start of hurricane season is June 1, which is exactly one week away.  NOAA is predicting 21 named storms with 10 hurricanes for the coming season.  While they can't say when or where they are likely to hit, you can bet your bottom dollar that Florida is high on the list of potential landfalls.  The last major storms that caused any damage to north Florida were Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma in 2016 & 2017.  So, odds are there's a hurricane in the not too distant future that could come our way.  With that being said, I thought it was high time that I covered ten ways to help prep your home so you can better weather the storm.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

10 Travel Scams to Avoid This Summer

 By Catherine Powell

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Now that COVID-19 has backed off a bit, this has many families longing to take a summer vacation this year.  While you and yours may be champing at the bit to stretch your legs and tour foreign lands, before you wind up being taken for a ride on your next trip there are some underhanded schemes that thieves who prey on tourists are apt to use.  Knowing these tactics will not only save you money, depending on where you visit, it could save you a lot of time by keeping you from trying to explain to the local gendarme the petty crime that befell you.  While the list below isn't all-encompassing, it will introduce you to the top 10 cons that are likely to be pulled on you wherever you happen to visit.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

10 Car Dealer Tricks to Avoid

 By Catherine Powell

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Buying a new or used car is expensive enough these days.  According to Money Magazine, the price of an average used car jumped to $29,969 in 2021.  That's about the same price people paid for a home back in 1972.  During the past 50 years, while prices for just about everything have soared, the one thing that has remained practically the same are the tactics used by underhanded car dealers.  If you're thinking about purchasing a vehicle, below are 10 tricks you need to avoid if you don't want to be taken for a ride.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

10 Ways to Pay Less at the Gas Pump

By Catherine Powell 

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I don't know about you, but I consider it bad news when $3.99 a gallon is considered a good price for gasoline.  I mean, it wasn't that long ago when gas prices were about half as much.  If you're tired of paying through the nose every time to go to the pump, there are a few things you can do other than trading your gas guzzler in for an electric car.  Below are ten ways to save money on every fill up.

Are Your Employees Robbing You Blind?

 By Catherine Powell Image courtesy Pixabay If you're a business owner, then you know that keeping a business profitable is an uphill ba...