What a society we live in. The boundaries between public and private realms have dissolved. The Internet and social media have encouraged people to share just about everything with everyone. Although inappropriate Facebook posts spark “TMI” (Too Much Information) protests, the soul baring continues apace.
Honestly, who needs online reviews? What business professionals in their right minds would willingly encourage people to rant about their performance in full view of current and prospective customers?
Young people’s eyes are afixed on the future “Where am I headed?” they ask. “How will I get there?” “And what fun will I have along the way?” During their journeys, they learn how to identify the people, wisdom, and money they need to fulfill their dreams.
As a business owner, you know it’s important to rank highly in Google search. Since nearly all consumers use Google to find providers, you’ll lose out unless you appear on the first (or first several) pages of results. To enhance your online visibility, the National Ethics Association now includes your name in your Profile’s web address (URL).
Service contracts or “extended warranties” can add hundreds to your purchase price and are rarely worth the cost. Some duplicate warranty coverage you get automatically from a manufacturer or dealer. Ask these questions before you agree to one of these contracts.
The possibility of losing your home to foreclosure can be terrifying. The reality that scam artists are preying on desperate homeowners is equally frightening. Many companies say they can get a change to your loan that will reduce your monthly mortgage payment or take other steps to save your home. Some claim that nearly all their customers get successful results and even offer a money-back guarantee. Others say they're affiliated with the government or your lender and still others promise the help of attorneys or real estate experts.
Going through a divorce? Launching a business? Hurt in a car accident? Writing a will? Facing a lawsuit? In any of these situations, you may consider hiring a lawyer to advise you or represent your interests. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following advice to help you be smart when you choose — and use — legal representation.