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Tips to Start Your Own Small Business in VA & NC

You may have spent years developing your skills and knowledge and are ready to start your own business to put your expertise and passion to good use. But starting your own business officially and independently—no matter the size—is quite a complicated process. From creating a solid plan to registering with the proper agencies and finding … Continued

Your Essential Guide to Password Security

How secure are your online accounts? With cybersecurity attacks increasing each year, it’s a good time to brush up on your knowledge of password security to better protect yourself from hackers. Follow these tips for creating stronger passwords, changing them regularly, and keeping track of your unique login credentials across accounts.   Best practices for … Continued

Everything You Need to Know About Buy Now, Pay Later

Installment plans have been around forever, but today’s iternation, known as Buy Now, Pay Later, is growing in popularity and platforms. With Apple entering the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) market, and the number of consumers using BNPL predicted to grow to over 59 million this year, you may be wondering if BNPL is right … Continued

6 Tips To Improve Your Credit Score

Like your blood pressure or cholesterol level, your credit score is a key indicator of your overall financial health. A good credit score can help you get an apartment, a job, or a new credit account. On the other hand, a low score can hold you back from achieving your personal and financial goals in … Continued

How to Prevent Phone Hacking

For many of us, our cell phones are within reach at almost every waking minute of the day. Our lives are centered around these small devices, whether we’re checking in on work emails, ordering groceries, or moving money around in our online banking app. But with so much of our personal information now being held … Continued

4 Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Whichever stage of life you’re in, you need an estate plan. It can be short and simple or longer and more complex, depending on your situation. Avoid making these four important estate planning mistakes:   1. Not having an estate plan This is the cardinal sin of the estate planning process. Not having an estate … Continued

6 Home Improvements With The Best ROI

Your home is likely the biggest financial investment that you will ever make in your lifetime, so why not get the most out of it that you can? With property prices at an all-time high, looking for ways to boost the value even further can see you making even more return on your investment. Almost … Continued

5 Strategies to Prevent Online Fraud

Like sand through the hourglass, the world keeps on turning and scammers keep trying to trick consumers and businesses with online fraud. Whether the purpose is to steal your money, personal information, or gain access to your employer’s data, becoming a victim of online fraud can have serious consequences. It’s also a huge pain to … Continued

Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Cybersecurity

According to the Department of Homeland Security, kids between the ages of 8 and 18 kids spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes each day online. But the sheer amount of time spent online is only one of the many issues revolving around digital exposure. Most parents are painfully aware of how nefarious … Continued

Beware Phishing Scams in 2022: Know How to Spot the Signs

If you sometimes feel like you’re experiencing “information overload,” you’re not alone. Thanks to the Internet and 24-hour news cycle, there is always a “breaking news” article to read and share with others. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of our fractured attention to try and slip a phishing message past us undetected. Whether through email, text … Continued