Atlanta Small Business Profile – Jane Reid, Can You Imagine? Residential Gift Solutions

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, Ted Jenkin sits down with CEO of Can You Imagine? Residential Gift Solutions, Jane Reid. Can You Imagine? has been partnering with property management companies in the multi-family industry for over 20 years. They help property managers build and strengthen their relationships with residents from day one. From prospect to renewal, Can You Imagine? strives to assist properties in boosting their annual renewal rates. According to Jane, gifts are an amenity at any property. Welcoming residents properly, and starting that relationship off strong, sets the tone for the entire living experience. Jane believes that the value of a gift can go a long way. Not just a branded swag bag, but a nice blend of gifts that say thank you, and express your appreciation can initiate a strong connection between resident and manager. To find out more about Jane and Can You Imagine?, be sure to watch our full interview ...

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The Atlanta Small Business Show on Peachtree TV: Episode 9

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Show, we kicked things off with Emily Schunior, customer experience specialist and owner of Arc Speed Strategies. We then took a look at this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, where our host, Ted Jenkin, spoke with Danny Bacher, CEO of Topper, a worldwide chauffeured transportation company. Next up was an Advice From the Pros segment with Leslie Kuban, franchise industry expert. Next, we caught up with Jesse Itzler, founder of ZICO Coconut Water. Then, we took a look at another Advice From the Pros segment, this time, featuring Verne Harnish, founder of EO and Scaling Up. Rounding out the show was Dr. Lee Davenport, author of “Profit With Your Personality“. ...

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The Three Most Important Letters In Retirement R M D

What is a required minimum distribution? (*) You’ll sometimes hear that you have important financial decisions to make when you turn the age of 70 ½.  The IRS has never seen a nickel of tax revenue on account you may have started in your early 20’s, so now they are wanting to get their due.  An RMD or required minimum distribution is the amount that the tax laws require you to take out of certain types of retirement accounts once you reach the age of 70 ½. If you have a traditional IRA, a 401(k) account, 403(b), or other types of retirement plans, then you’ll generally have to start taking RMDs once the provisions of the law kick in. The rules apply to certain inherited retirement accounts as well, so be very careful when you inherit an IRA. Required minimum distributions must be made in cash, and you’re generally required to complete the withdrawal by the end of the calendar ...

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How Much Should You Be Tipping?

There was an excellent story written a few years ago interviewing Michael Lynn, who had written more than 50 papers on tipping.  In his excerpts (source: PBS) he said there are five basic motives for tipping. Some people tip to show off. Some people tip to help the server, to supplement their income and make them happy. Some people tip to get future service. And then other people tip to avoid disapproval: You don’t want the server to think badly of you. And some people tip out of a sense of duty. There are people who tip to reward servers for service. If the server does a great job, I want to express my gratitude so that is another motivation for tipping. But how strong is that motivation? My research suggests it’s not terribly strong. I find the relationship is so weak that it would be wrong to use tipping as a measure of service quality. People often say that’s ...

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35 Billion Ways to not be Jeff Bezos

You might have seen recently that the King of Amazon, Jeff Bezos got into some trouble and ended up in divorce.  While the details of the settlement are not disclosed, it looks like he did not have his wealth in a trust.  And all of his Amazon shares seems to be in his personal name.  This means his ex-wife is going to end up with around $35 Billion.  But don’t cry too much for Jeff, he should still be worth over $100 Billion when it’s done.  His mistress has now announced she is also getting divorced, so you know Jeff will be making some post-divorce moves before he ties the knot again. While you might not have billions on the line, here are a few things you should do after a divorce. 1. Check Your Beneficiaries– Most people list the beneficiaries on their 401(k), IRA’s, and insurance policies when they set up the accounts and forget all about them.  While ...

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Four Ways Your Kids Can Ruin Your Retirement

Retirement generally only happens one time in our life.  It is that transition period where we hope our work, parental, and personal responsibilities dissipate to the point where we only have to worry about ourselves.  It is a time in our lives where we don’t have to be on a time clock, don’t have to worry about checking e-mail, and there are no meetings that we have to be at on the schedule of someone else. Nobody really tells you what kinds of responsibilities come with having children until you actually have a child.  You work hard to raise your child the right way, and you hope one day that they will be a fully self-sufficient individual.  Your greatest fear may be your own children’s failure to launch.  Here are four ways your children can ruin your retirement: Their Debt Becomes Your Guilt Many parents believe it is their responsibility to make sure their child graduates college with no debt.  ...

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What Is A Financial Bubble?

A lot of clients ask me: When is the bubble going to pop? What is the next bubble on the horizon? How do we prepare for the next bubble? My question back to them is always: Do you know what a bubble is and how it works? A bubble, in the financial and economic sense, is a fast rise in an asset’s price followed by a contraction. Bubbles typically happen when the price of an asset is not justified by the asset itself but rather by the over-exuberant behavior of investors. When there are no more investors willing to pay the overinflated price, people panic and sell and the bubble bursts. We have seen countless examples of this over decades of economic events in the United States. Heck, even in the last 15 years we’ve seen multiple bubbles. 2005: An asset bubble occurred in real estate. Hedge fund managers created a huge demand for credit default swaps that insured mortgage-backed ...

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Financial Moves To Make When You Become A Freelancer

Imagine this: You recently lost your job or your job lost you, and now you have decided to take some freelance consulting job to pick up some spare cash. Or, you are finally starting that side hustle you’ve always dreamed of and your Etsy store is about to be up and running. Sound familiar? You fill out a W-9 in order to get paid, and a few weeks later a check comes in the mail made out to you.  You are overwhelmed with excitement because this is the first time no taxes have been taken out of your paycheck and you are feeling flush with cash.  At some point in 2020, you’ll be getting your first 1099’s in the mail, but what should you be doing here in 2019 to make sure your ducks are in a row come tax filing time? The reality is that most of you who earned your first 1099 will likely file Schedule C (sole ...

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