The world flipped on its head during the coronavirus pandemic, hitting businesses and individuals hard throughout it. People weren’t prepared for this, which resulted in countless job losses, lack of steady income, not knowing where the next paycheck was coming from, and what would happen to their credit.
Credit is more important now than ever, as a bad credit score can be the be all and end all when it comes to making that purchase you desperately need. Fortunately credit consultant and expert Jose Rodriguez, aka The Credit Dude has the knowledge and expertise to maximise your credit, even during the toughest of times. Here The Credit Dude shares 5 tips to get your credit score in check.
- Always Call Your Creditors
Ignoring phone calls, emails and letters regarding past due accounts is never a good idea. It is the time to take control and find out exactly what is available to you, and if creditors can offer any kind of accommodations. If you decide to ignore your accounts that you’re required to pay and make no mention that you had been affected by COVID-19, then you’ll definitely not be able to take any kind of advantage of courtesy adjustments that may be on offer.
Make a habit of picking up the phone to see what is available for you, and for how long. A 2 or 3 month deferment on your mortgage or car can even allow you to breathe and pay down other accounts – or even build a nest egg for you and your family’s future. Make sure to ask if it is required of you to pay the deferred payments amount in full, or if they’re able to place it on the back end of the loan – once you’ve gotten past the accommodation period.
- Ensure You Apply for a Personal Loan
A personal loan application at your local credit union can prove to be a big advantage. This is because it allows you to pay off your credit cards and make just one monthly payment towards your personal loan. This keeps the credit cards open, however it transfers the debt from revolving to installment – which will cause your credit score to improve.
Don’t apply for a long term, 60-month loan. Keep it short and sweet, around the 24-36 month range. One of the last things you want to do, would be to take out a loan for 4 years, and then proceed to once again max out your credit cards, leaving you in a far worse position than before.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask for Credit Limit Increases
The higher your credit limits are, the higher your credit score can be – but only if you have low balances on your credit cards. If you do get approved for a personal loan to pay down your credit cards or if you’re able to pay off your credit cards on your own, ask for an increase in your limit once the balance is under 30% of the credit limit.
This increases your available credit, which ultimately contributes to maximizing your credit score. The amount you owe on your credit cards compared to the available credit, should be 30% of your credit score, or roughly 165 points.
- Use Turo To Rent Your Car
Turo is a business that enables you to rent your car out to people. And get paid for it. This can be a massive help when it comes to covering monthly payments. You can even make more money to cover other expenses and bills you may have. Some people in his network even have 2 or 3 cars on Turo. Not only are their car payments covered, but they can use anything extra they make to go towards their electric, water and cable bills.
Visit their site or download their app to check out reviews and scope out other cars in your area, in order to see how much you’d be able to rent your car out for. If for example, your normal car payment is around $400 a month. Let’s say you can use Toro to rent your car out for $50 a day, imagine what you could make renting out your car for the whole month – that’s an extra $1,500 per month.
- Start Your Own Business
Having a back up plan is more important now than ever. If you are lucky enough to have some kind of talent or a hobby that could make you money – leverage it. There are so many products in demand, and you can make nearly anything and sell it on Etsy or Amazon. “I have seen people go to garage sales and buy something for a few bucks and then sell it on Ebay for a lot more -making a pretty amazing profit. Even if it’s bracelets, facemasks, or even over a service like laundry, haircuts, or even cutting hair, that can help you start a business” Jose says.
You could be generating an extra $500 a month, which could go towards paying off your credit cards or other kinds of debt on your credit report. Every cent is important when it comes to paying off your debt. It helps with not only maximizing your credit score but saves you money interest if you can pay it off sooner.
So, there you go. Jose’s 5 tips will help you to maximize your credit score and get your credit back on track post COVID-19. Make sure to go follow Jose on Instagram at @thecreditdude where he shares daily tips on how to improve your credit and master your finances. You can also visit his website if you’d like to learn more.
The Power of Using Correct Communications Skills
Effective communication at work can be transformative for individuals, teams, and businesses. We’re here to show you why communication is vital in the workplace and how to start building your and your team’s communication skills today.
Communication skills are, however, more than just verbal or written in nature and include several non-verbal cues such as kinesics, proxemics, and paralinguistics, in addition to human centricity and being able to communicate in a soft touch low feel world successfully.
It is about communicating positively with clarity, developing strong, active listening skills, being able to read other people’s behaviors, effectively managing conflict, navigating difficult conversations successfully, and being empathetic and adaptable.
Communication in the workplace is important because it boosts employee morale, engagement, productivity, and satisfaction. Communication is also vital for better team collaboration and cooperation. Ultimately, effective workplace communication helps drive better results for individuals, teams, and organizations.
To take it a step further, specifically as a manager, building good communication skills has profound short- and long-term benefits for your organization. Effective communicators can motivate their team to get more done with better results and fewer misunderstandings. And who doesn’t want fewer misunderstandings?
All of these things can contribute to the company’s success — and your success as a leader.
Not all work communication is made equal. We’ve all had the experience of sitting through a tedious, lengthy meeting with the thought, “This should have been an email.”
Different communication channels are ideal for different types of communication. Depending on the type of information conveyed, those other channels can enhance — or detract — from how it is received. Effective communicators will develop different skills and tools to match the type of communication needed.
1. Leadership communication
2. Upward communication
6. Customer communications
7. Informal interactions
Every year communication tops the list of skills in demand by employers. There’s a reason. Communication is what makes our professional and personal relationships go smoothly. It’s how we show care, catalyze change, and get things done.
That’s reason enough to improve — and keep improving — these critical skills. Luckily, we can all learn to communicate better.
Although presentation skills may not be used frequently by most of us, however, there are times when we do need this skill to present information to a group of people, either in a formal or informal setting.
The ability to write and convey effectively is the key to communication. This skill is not just limited to authors or journalists. A poorly written communication can be pretty frustrating for the reader and may also communicate the message inappropriately or incorrectly. Written skills are of great significance in a corporate setup, where communication occurs via email.
While we may not realize the importance of personal skills such as maintaining a healthy body and mind, they enhance communication. For instance, improving your self-esteem and building your confidence helps you feel more positive about yourself, including your ability to communicate effectively. If you have an in-depth understanding of yourself and a more relaxed and positive outlook toward life, you are more likely to be charming, which further aids the way you communicate. Lastly, good communication skill is also directly linked to assertiveness – standing up for what you truly believe in.
An individual who has the experience of such skills and has worked in this line to help many people to get the benefits from it is our inspiration for today’s article – Linda K Clemons. Linda has studied Marketing and is certified in Analytical Interviewing. Professionally she has achieved the titles of Top Sales Producer, Entrepreneur, Trainer, and Speaker.
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