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How To Become a Travel Agent in 2024

Published 09/29/2023 by Lacey Stark

If your travel is your passion and you’re motivated and organized, a career in the travel industry may be a good fit for you. As a successful travel agent, you can follow multiple paths, whether you’re looking for a side gig or a full-time career. Options include working for a travel agency, becoming an independent contractor with a host agency, or being a fully independent travel agent with your own business.

How To Start an Airbnb Business

Published 09/28/2023 by Lacey Stark

Using a vacation rental as an Airbnb property for short-term rentals can be a great way to make extra income. It will take some time, plenty of research, and a financial commitment to run a successful Airbnb business. Still, if you do your due diligence and create a compelling Airbnb listing, you could find yourself running a very lucrative small business.

You may not realize that many credit and debit cards have a security feature that allows you to lock or freeze your account for a period of time. This is primarily a great way to stop your credit card from making purchases if it is stolen or temporarily misplaced, though the card lock feature can also come in handy for other purposes.

If you want to access your home’s equity without resorting to a cash-out refinance — which can be harder to qualify for and may raise your interest rate — you have several options available. A home equity loan, a home equity line of credit (HELOC), or a shared equity agreement are only a few alternatives to cash-out refinancing. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, and not every choice is right for all individuals, so it’s worth looking into each option before deciding which is best for you.

When Is the Best Time To Buy Furniture?

Published 08/23/2023 by Lacey Stark

The best time to buy furniture — and get a good deal on it — typically depends on what type of furniture you’re looking for. In general, if you’re looking to buy outdoor furniture to spruce up your deck or patio, plan to shop in late summer to early fall. For indoor furniture, try shopping in late winter or early spring, when furniture retailers make way for new furniture styles. Certain holiday weekends can also be a good time to find excellent furniture sales.

These days, most major airlines offer in-flight Wi-Fi, which means you can text on a plane over the internet by using certain text-messaging apps even without a cellular connection. Depending on the airline, you may need to pay for internet access, although some airlines offer in-flight internet for free and/or free text messaging services.

Depending on your company’s needs, there are two funding options you can choose from: a revolving line of credit (such as a business credit card or certain types of loans) or an installment loan (such as an equipment loan). Revolving small business loans are often useful to handle short-term cash-flow needs, whereas installment loans can be more useful for large purchases or when you need a lump sum of money to expand your business.

How Much Is a Building Permit in 2024?

Published 08/15/2023 by Lacey Stark

Building permit costs vary based on where you live and the size and nature of the project. You may be charged a flat fee or a percentage of the estimated construction costs, including labor and materials, depending on the project. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 for small projects to $2,000 or more for major renovations or complete construction. In any case, regardless of the cost, you are legally required to obtain the necessary building permits before you begin a construction project.

Trusts are typically only one element of a comprehensive estate plan and provide a way for people to manage their assets, as well as to control the distribution of those trust assets to beneficiaries once they pass away. For very simple trusts, you may be able to create one by yourself or with the help of an online service. However, most experts agree that for more complex trusts, it’s in your best interest to hire an estate planning attorney to help you.

Death certificates can be obtained at a state or county vital records office and can be requested by mail, online, or in person. They are important because a certified copy is needed by family members, the executor of the will, or a legal representative to settle the estate, as well as for other legal and financial purposes that may be impacted by a person’s passing.

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