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Job Security: Mislead From a Young Age

Job Security: Mislead From a Young Age

We have all heard the phrase from a young age “Go to school and study hard so you can get a safe secure job” right? Did you believe it like I did? I mean I must have heard that a hundred times from well-meaning authority figures like parents, grand parents, teachers and other mentors when I was young. So if that was so true why was I downsized out of 3 jobs in 4 years by the companies I was working for? I will tell you why because what we were taught is not good advice in todays marketplace. If you think you have job security working for someone else I bet you believe in the Easter Bunny. Don’t take it personally but it job security does not exist. … Continue Reading

Matthew Sapaula Provides Financial Tips for Military Personnel on SCORE TV

Matthew Sapaula Provides Financial Tips for Military Personnel on SCORE TV

Whether you are in the military now, plan to be in the future, or have recently left you need to be on top of your game regarding future financial plans and taking full advantage of all your veteran’s benefits. Matthew Sapaula recently met with SCORE Chicago to discuss some strategic financial planning moves for those who are in the military and some tips for fully utilizing benefits once you are out.

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Can’t Find a Job? Make One!

Can’t Find a Job? Make One!
Can’t find a job? Welcome to 2010. At the end of 2009, unemployment for 20-24 year olds stood at 16% , which was 50% more than the overall unemployment rate.

If you’re one of the many young people who is currently unemployed (or you’re serving frappucinos for a living) you have three options right now: be one of the fortunate few to land reasonable employment, live at home, or start your own business.

I know what you’re thinking. “Start your own business? Doesn’t that take money and experience?” Not necessarily. While I don’t recommend starting a biotech company in your basement, if you have a skill that other people will pay money for then you should considering striking off on your own. I did 8 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.

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Should You Be Out of Debt Before Starting a Business?

Should You Be Out of Debt Before Starting a Business?

You are in for a treat…I wish I had someone who had answered this question for me many years ago when I decided to leave the military and launch my business.  Where would I be today if I knew now, what I wished I would have known back then!  There are so many dynamics that impact this decision about your personal financial situation in starting a business, I am glad that Dorethia Conner can shed her wisdom to answering this pressing question.  She is also connected with me on Facebook so be sure to send her a friend request too.

Enter guest blogger, Dorethia Conner – Financial Coach

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VIDEO: Rollin’ in Chicago with Real Estate on Radio’s Ron Vergara – WLS 890 AM

VIDEO: Rollin’ in Chicago with Real Estate on Radio’s Ron Vergara – WLS 890 AM

Would you like to accelerate your financial goals, dream towards financial independence and create a lifestlye of freedom and choice by 100 mph?  That can readily be accomplished by surrounding yourself with the right people.  Jim Rohn, Mark Victor Hansen, Anthony Robbins along with the rest of the personal development gurus will tell you that you are a product of your environment.  Choosing your friends, associates and advisors is directly related to the enjoyment, fulfillment and happiness you experience throughout your life.  Here’s a quick peek into one of my Friday afternoons with good friend, Ron Vergara of the Real Estate on Radio Show.

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11 Top Questions for Using Self-Directed IRAs to Invest in Real Estate

11 Top Questions for Using Self-Directed IRAs to Invest in Real Estate

Over the last few weeks on the Real Estate on Radio Show, airing on Chicago’s WLS 890 AM, I have been covering a little-known alternative to traditional forms of retirement planning…utilizing a self-directed IRA. Plenty of those who have invested in their employer-sponsored 401(k) plan or have an individual retirement account (IRA)  at a brokerage account have experienced severe losses in their investments throughout this recession.  Many are hoping to ride this stock market wave back up yet still feel very skeptical in this economic recovery.  Investing in real estate is extremely attractive right now, since picking up properties as such rock-bottom prices has never been seen before, especially in Chicago since the early 80s.

I have received plenty of emails pouring into my inbox and I thought it would be smart to list the top questions being sent through.  I appreciate your intense desire to learn and uncover every stone possible, in taking financial control of your retirement plan and preventing any further losses from holding back your financial plans.  We are always eager to answer your questions, that’s why our Chicago-based financial talk radio show is here…for you!

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Want to Start Investing in Real Estate But Don’t Think You Have the Cash or Credit?

Want to Start Investing in Real Estate But Don’t Think You Have the Cash or Credit?
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Most people I have spoken to last week are from emails, Facebook comments and Twitter replies that commonly say, “I hear you! I’d like to look into investing in real estate and would like to start…but I don’t have the credit score OR the cash!”  I understand you, so here is a question I pose right back.  What if I told you that you may have unused, sometimes-forgotten-and-overlooked set of assets that can be repositioned to help you get in the real estate game?

Would you like to know what it is or where to find it?  This podcast from last weekend’s Real Estate on Radio Show on WLS 890 AM will explore your alternatives.

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Real Estate Investors and Wealth Building Networking Event hosted by “Uncle” Frank Montro

Real Estate Investors and Wealth Building Networking Event hosted by “Uncle” Frank Montro

Would you like to know how to get involved in real estate investing?  Would you like to connect the dots with your financial plan and how to take advantage of the opportunities existing right now in the current real estate market?  Do you want to really know what it means to buy low and sell high?

Would you like to learn from a successful Chicagoland real estate investor who sold over 280 properties last year, in the middle of a recession?  Don’t be fooled in thinking that no one is making money right now…Frank wants to share his ideas, his contacts, his systems for FREE.  Learn from the “Uncle” who help put money in your pocket and not take it away!

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Chris Searcy: How an Indie Artist Turned His Passion into Profit

Chris Searcy: How an Indie Artist Turned His Passion into Profit
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Once a week, we profile an entrepreneur that has taken the courage to go way past their comfort zone to achieve the dream that God has placed solely in their heart.  This week’s featured entrepreneur is, Chris Searcy, an indie (independent) artist who produced his own hit song, Addicted.  By continuing to follow his passion, in the midst of a recession and amongst naysayers or “haters”, his song Addicted has climbed up the charts to #14 on the Gospel Music Channel’s top 20 songs.  His story and example is truly one that exemplifies an individual that has found their passion and found a way to turn it into profit.

What does an indie artist have to do with being an entrepreneur? Everything!  Without a major music label backing him, Chris not only has created his own hit song, but his own music label My Radio Records and is responsible for the management and marketing of his work.  Enjoy this video highlight of Chris Searcy and be sure to download the full interview below.

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Matthew Sapaula appears on Chicago’s WLS 890 AM Real Estate on Radio Show

Matthew Sapaula appears on Chicago’s WLS 890 AM Real Estate on Radio Show

After a couple “Tweets”, mentions by common clients and a power lunch with Ron Vergara and Sebastian Walas, co-hosts of Chicago’s WLS 890 AM Real Estate on Radio Show, it became apparent that the worlds of Chicago financial planning and real estate investing needed to combine.  While reviewing the show strategy and business alignment over oxtail potstickers, chicken adobo and a Thai omelet at Sunda downtown, Ron Vergara states in his own words, “Matthew Sapaula completes me!”

Okay, stop with the snarkled laughter…

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