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Navigating Large Loss in a Small Business

Having your own business can be an extremely rewarding endeavor. All businesses encounter risks, but successful ones know how to approach those risks in a calculated and strategic fashion. However, even calculated decisions sometimes cannot predict situations that lead to financial loss. Specifically, business losses occur when operating expenses exceed the revenue earned during a certain period. A wide range of variables can lead to...

What Happens if I Don’t Use My FSA Funds by the End of the Plan Year?

Given the complexities associated with the health insurance industry in the United States, more people are turning to tax-advantaged alternatives like Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Employers offer FSAs as part of a group benefits package. Unfortunately, funds in an FSA are subject to a “use-it-or-lose-it” rule, where unused funds are forfeited at the end of the plan’s term. Therefore, strategic...

Strategies to Combat Employee Theft

Employee theft is a major issue that many business owners must unfortunately confront, damaging employer-employee trust and creating an intolerable financial burden on operations. Taking proactive measures to prevent and address instances of theft is crucial to protecting the business community. On average, workplace theft results in a staggering $50 billion in losses each year. The Alarming Scope of Employee Theft The growing prevalence of...

Replacement Cost vs. Market Value: What's the Difference?

If you were asked to describe the state of the housing market over the past few years, it could be summarized in one word: expensive.According to Home Bay, a real estate education platform, U.S. home prices increased an astounding 42% in the three years between March 2020 and March 2023.That data also showed that the national median home price rose to $468,000 as of 2022,...

Your Quick and Easy Guide to Electrical Safety at Home

Electrical dangers are serious business. From risk of shock to potential fires, you’ve got plenty of reasons to make sure your home’s electrical systems are in good shape and safe working order. Fortunately, in most houses, a simple walkthrough can help you identify and avoid the most common risks. (Having the right homeowners insurance can provide peace of mind, too.)Most fixes are simple and inexpensive, if...