Choosing a Bankruptcy Lawyer Without the Headache

Bankruptcy lawyers are doing a whole lot of business nowadays. Whereas this should be an advantage for anyone looking for an attorney, the number of lawyers actually makes it harder to locate the best in the lot.

There is, therefore, a need for clients to take their search seriously for better legal representation.

To help you find the best lawyer and to enable you file for bankruptcy without any disappointments, here are some factors to consider:

Your friends and relatives can come in handy when you are beginning your search. The idea is to get as many recommendations as possible so that you can have a list of candidates to choose from.

Your search for advice should be limited to those people who have hired the services of bankruptcy attorneys before. You may opt for the directory addresses you find but they are not as advantageous as having word-of-mouth recommendations.

Lawyers usually work with other lawyers, among them bankruptcy attorneys. If you know a lawyer you have worked with before, you can ask them for their opinion and advice. They might even be able to recommend the services of good attorneys they know or work with.

If you do not know any lawyers and you cannot get word-of-mouth recommendations, you can also settle for the list of the bar association in your state. With the internet here to serve us, you’re also able to hook up with a good attorney online. All you have to do is look for reviews of local attorneys.

You can narrow down your search by looking for specific bankruptcy attorneys in your state or near your area of residence. You may also opt for the actual search for an attorney, which involves visiting different law firms or offices of lawyers. This step, however, takes time.

Do not settle for a lawyer without interviewing them first. This is a necessary step as it will enable you know a bit more about the lawyer you are looking to hire for your case. Initial consultations are very helpful. Most people decide whether to hire the lawyer they interview or moving on to the next on their list at this stage. Your lawyer should be well-rounded.

She or he should know their way in and out of court. They should also have experience working with debtors, creditors and court officials. Above all, their communication skills should be unmatched, because this will be crucial in negotiating during the process.

Payment is paramount in any legal representation expect for pro-bono (free) work. Make sure that you and your lawyer work out a good and reasonable plan on how you will pay for their services. It is also wise to make a comparison of prices before you settle for any specific attorney.

This way, you can take advantage of any offers and price reductions through negotiations. Availing all materials relevant for your case is also recommended. These may include documents such as your bank statement, etcetera. The bankruptcy lawyer will then know how else you can contribute to the process.

Creativity Can Create an Income – Crafting From Home

Often times creative people need an outlet for their goods. Thinking of starting an online shop on your own might seem overwhelming. If you break down everything into baby steps, opening your own store is actually not as difficult as you might think.

If you are like many creative people, your brain is always full of ideas. In order to create a business, you need to hone in on your niche. What do you love to create? Is it an item that would sell? Can you make enough money justifying the time involved in creating this item? These are all questions you will need to invest time and thought on answering. Do your research and investigate sources such as Etsy to see how saturated that market is, how well the items are selling, and if the going price works for you.

Once you have determined your product line, it is time to create your brand. Play around with names, logos and colors. You want your brand to represent you as well as a brand that is easily recognizable.

The next step, one of the most fun steps, is very important. Search for tips online. Practice, practice, practice. Try different angles, locations, and lighting, until you have a beautiful photo.

Decide if you want to sell on a multi seller platform such as Etsy, or a stand alone site. As a beginner, someplace like Etsy is a great place to start selling your craft. If you choose to go with Etsy, dig in and start a shop. Within a few hours, you can have your shop up and running. Should you choose to start a stand alone store, you will need to research the best options for your shop.

Once you have your products listed for sale, your job will be to drive traffic to the site. This is where the dedication comes in play. In order for your shop to succeed, you will have to put in the time getting your product seen. Facebook, blogs, Instagram and Twitter are all great outlets. If you set aside a certain amount of time daily to promote your goods, you will soon see the rewards. While working from home, distractions can happen easily. Your focus and diligence will be the determining factor in whether or not your products begin to sell. So, if you are still interested in opening a shop of your own, what are you waiting for? Go forth and sell!

Home Improvements – Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a great time to take care of some of those home maintenance items that can sneak up on you when you’re not looking. Here’s a handy list of things to add to your job jar:

Maintain your lawn and garden tools:

Sharpen the blades, change the oil, and replace the filters on your lawn mower. Make sure your weed trimmers are in good condition. Oil garden tools and sharpen blades.

Inspect the locks on your doors and windows:

Make sure your home is safe and secure. Oil any sticky locks and consider a home security system. Outdoor lighting adds appeal to your home and can increase security.

Inspect Exposed Plumbing:

Check under your sinks and anywhere you can get access to exposed plumbing. Make sure there isn’t any dampness that could indicate a small leak in the plumbing.

Inspect for termites and other pests:

Inspect the basement or crawl space, eaves, and attic for termites, carpenter ants, and other wood pests. If you see signs of wood damage, call a professional exterminator. Look under the eaves for wasp or hornet nests. Handle wasp or hornet nests with care and call in a professional if necessary.

Patios and porches:

Clean the barbecue and hose down brick or concrete patio surfaces. Replace any broken bricks and patch concrete cracks. Wash outdoor or screened-in porch floors. Plant annuals in pots, or replant existing planters. Lubricate patio doors. Bring out and clean up your patio or porch furniture.

Complete painting projects:

If you’re painting your house yourself, wash your house first using a home cleaning formula. Scrape off crumbling paint, smooth rough areas with sandpaper, and fill in damaged areas with a best-quality filler. Choose the best paint you can afford. Prime any bare patches with a quality exterior alkyd primer before completing the job with an acrylic latex paint.

You might consider schedule interior painting projects too because warm temperatures allow for better ventilation and quick drying times.

Build or repair fences:

Repair any damaged areas of existing fencing and refinish as necessary. If you’re building a new fence, look carefully at the increasing variety of fencing materials. Make sure your fence complies with local codes and doesn’t encroach on city or neighbouring properties. Be sure to call your local natural gas utility or Call before You Dig agency to make sure you don’t have an accident and hit an underground gas line or other buried utility.

Inspect siding:

Check siding and trim around windows and doors for holes, dents, and gaps. Repair with wood filler or according to manufacturer’s instructions. If your home’s siding needs to be replaced entirely, summer is the best time for this one- to two-week project. Make sure you are aware of all the new choices in siding materials.

Garage Doors:

Now’s a great time to lubricate the tracks on your garage doors.

Replace your roof:

If you need a new roof, have it installed during summer’s warm, dry weather. Consider fire-resistant roof material if you live in an area prone to wildfire and if your current roof is not fireproof. Look for a reputable company that offers a good warranty.

Repair and seal driveways:

Renew the surface of asphalt driveways with sealer. Repair damage to concrete driveways as soon as possible (this project may require a professional).

Are You a Reluctant Wanderlust in Business?

Are you a multi-talented, multi-passionate person who finds it hard to “commit” to doing “just one thing”?

Sometimes I feel like a loser when I couldn’t just “stick with it” when something ceases to give me a deep sense of excitement and purpose. Some may call it ADD.

Do you identify with being a “wanderlust” in life – not only having a desire to travel physically but also (and more importantly) to embark on a personal journey that involves experiencing all parts of SELF and all aspects of LIFE?

In different stages of my life, and especially in my own business, sometimes the tension between the strong pull to EXPERIMENT, to DARE, to chase FREEDOM, and the fear that comes up when I untether from the “known” would tear me apart.

Do you know the wanderlust part of you and the primal part of you may be at odds with each other, resulting in conflicting/self-sabotaging behaviors that hold of you back from soaring in your business?

Sometimes the restlessness eats me up as it turns into a nervous energy. Sometimes I fall into the comparison trap when I see my college classmates climb up the corporate ladder and score impressive titles. Sometimes I just feel plain lost and doubt… why can’t I just be everyone else and “settle down?”

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COMMITMENT. FREEDOM. ANCHORED. EXPERIMENT.

HOME. WANDERLUST.

What some consider to be a daring experiment may be judged by others as “hopping from one thing to another” or being a flake.

It’s hard enough when the judgment comes from outside of us. But it can be downright self-sabotaging when the conflict comes from within ourselves.

The tension created by Commitment vs. Abandonment, the longing to Trust vs. the need for Certainty sends mix messages – to our selves, to others, and to the universe.

The conflict turns us into Reluctant Wanderlusts.

I don’t know about you but I have heard enough of those “free calls” to encounter quite a few of them talking about “commitment”… and, ha, to commit you just pull out your credit card and pay the money… only if it’s that easy!

“Commitment” on a superficial level can feel binding to us who has a fierce streak of wanderlust. How do we discern being committed from “staying put” out of fears or past/outdated conditioning?

When are we going to stop beating ourselves up from not being able to “stick with it”… just because others manage to stay in the same job for 10 years?

What is being daring, adventurous and open to experimenting to uncover a deeper part of us, to challenge the status quo and to stretch ourselves; and what is just plain “avoidance” – running away from what we have to face in order to expand and grow (but feel hard and gut-wrenching)?

The lower chakras’ need for certainty and safety fighting the upper chakras’ desire for inspiration and expansion creates conflicts that muddle up our energy and make everything feels like we have one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.

How do we commit, without feeling being tethered? How do we make the wanderlust in us and our need for certainty play nice together so we can finally lift the foot from the break?

With the propensity toward “freedom” also comes the intense desire to find “home.” Without properly defining what each one means, we fall prey to internal conflict that keeps us from moving forward.

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Can “wanderlust” and “home” co-exist?

1. Accept

Accept that we have that wanderlust part in us, and we have the “cave(wo)men” part in us. They are all parts of us being us and denial or avoidance will only create more tension that triggers self-sabotaging behaviors.

We need to have ALL of us on board for the actions we need to take, in order for the actions to be aligned, meaningful and impactful.

2. Commit

Commit to BEING someone, not to DOING something.

Make that commitment to yourself, not to someone else.

Commit to an identity and use it to guide actions. This can be exceptionally freeing because there is room for possibilities, adventure and experiment.

3. Anchor

Life is dynamic, not static. To soar upward, there needs to be a grounded-ness.

We need some kind of reference point, or else we can be just plain lost.

But you are free to choose your anchor. What can give you an unwavering reference point so you can feel SAFE in the world?

If the “primal” part of you doesn’t feel its need for “safety” acknowledged, the subconscious mind (which affects 95% of our thoughts!) can throw a thousand “blocks” at you.

Is this anchor something you can hold onto, something you have “control” over? If it depends on other people or external circumstances, you can get into a shaky situation when the rug gets pulled out under you.

4. Find your place in the world

This is “home” (which doesn’t mean a physical location); this is your CORE message. When you know what you are about, you develop a deep Trust to give you a sense of Inevitability that serves as rocket fuel behind all your intentions and actions.

“Niching”, in its truest and broadest sense, is about finding our role in the community, our place in the world.

When you can articulate your core message into how you fit into the larger ecosystem (aka, how you create value and why you are relevant to the community you want to serve), you have found home through your business endeavor – a “home” that allows you to be YOU anywhere in the world.

When you find the WORDS to talk about how your conviction is translated into your work, you turn the inkling in your Guts into something your “logical mind” can get on board with.

When you find the WORDS so you can step up to own what you do, you voice it and set the intention for it to materialize.

When you get your entire SELF on board, you find a renewed excitement and commitment for your business.

Ling is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients find their Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to work it, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Easily Build Your Business Credit Simple Steps

Business Credit is credit that is obtained in a Name. With credit, the business builds its own credit profile and credit score. With an established credit profile and score, the business will then qualify for credit. This credit is in the name and based on the business’s ability to pay. Since the business qualifies for the credit, in some cases there is no personal credit check required from the business owner.

A starts building a brand new credit profile much the same as a consumer does. The starts with no credit profile. The business gets approved for new credit that reports to the business credit reporting agencies. The uses the credit and pays the bill timely. A positive business credit profile is established. As the business continues using the credit and pays bills timely it will qualify for more credit.

A cell or home phone number as your main business line could get you “flagged” as an un-established business that is too high of a risk. DON’T give a personal cell phone or residential phone as the business phone number. You can forward a virtual number to any cell or landline phone number.

Credit providers will research your company on the internet. It is best if they learned everything directly from your company website. Not having a company website will severely hurt their chances of obtaining business credit. There are many places online that offer affordable business websites so you can have an internet presence that displays an overview of your company’s services and contact information.

It is important to get a company email address for your business. It’s not only professional, but greatly helps your chances of getting the thumbs up from a credit provider. Setting up a business email address is just too easy and inexpensive to neglect.

One of the most common mistakes when building credit for your company is non-matching business addresses on your business licenses. Even worse is not having the “required” licenses for your type of business to operate legally. You will need to contact the State, County, and City Government offices to see if there are any required licenses and permits to operate your type of business.

A business credit report can be started much the same as a consumer report commonly is, with small credit cards. The business can be approved for small credit cards to help them build an initial credit profile. These types of initial cards in the business world are commonly referred to as “vendor credit”.

A vendor line of credit is when a company (vendor) extends a line of credit to your business on “Net 15, 30, 60 or 90” day terms. This means that you can purchase their products or services up to a maximum dollar amount and you have 15, 30, 60 or 90 days to pay the bill in full. So if you’re set-up on Net 30 terms and were to purchase $300 worth of goods today, then that $300 is due within the next 30 days.

Always apply first without using your SSN. Some vendors will request it and some will even tell you on the phone they need to have it, but submit first without it. When your first Net 30 account reports your “tradeline” to Dun & Bradstreet, the DUNS system will automatically activate your file if it isn’t already. This is also true for Experian and Equifax.