Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle produces financial, small business and identity restoration content for The Allstate Blog and's Tools & Resources section, as well as family content for Allstate Good Life.

Stories by Nicole Markle

Cabin Fever? 3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Feb 24, 2015

Winter usually means cold weather and a lot of time spent inside. Instead of counting the days till spring, why not update your home’s décor to help bring spring indoors? If you’re ready to bring spring into your home a little early, try one of the following creative ideas. They’re so easy, even the kids […]

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Understanding Credit Inquiries and Guarding Against Identity Theft

Feb 19, 2015

If you’ve recently applied for a new credit card, mortgage or car loan, chances are your credit report reflects this activity. That’s because each time your credit history is accessed, a credit inquiry is noted on your report, according to Experian. Keeping track of inquiries on your credit report can help guard against identity theft, Experian says, as an […]

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How to Recover from a Business Mistake With a Client

Feb 05, 2015

No matter how careful you are, it can happen: You may anger an important client by missing a meeting or making a mistake on a project or sale. When you’re a small business owner, a big goof-up with a customer could cost you their business or tarnish your reputation. However, making a mistake with a […]

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Should Your Graduate Get Private Student Loans for College?

Jan 29, 2015

For some people, college is the best time of their life. It’s a chance to make lifelong friends, get an education and help shape the future. But it can also be a big financial burden. Between tuition, books, and room and board, the cost can add up quickly, and many people have to take out student […]

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I Want to Make a Business Preparedness Plan: Now What?

Jan 27, 2015

Crossing your fingers and hoping for the best aren’t enough when it comes to business preparedness. Developing a sound plan to sustain your business in the event of an emergency is vital to keeping your doors open. Nobody can predict the future; but with some advance planning, you can improve your company’s chances of surviving a […]

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7 Ways to Save Money on Small Business Travel

Jan 22, 2015

If you consider a business trip an inconvenience, an interruption from “real work” or an unnecessary expense, you’re not alone. With email, texting and videoconferencing available today, why would you actually pay to go see clients and vendors, right? Not so fast, says small business expert Rhonda Abrams. “You should consider travel an invaluable investment […]

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The Top 4 Reasons to Make a Will

Jan 20, 2015

More than half of American adults don’t have a will, says a survey by legal website Are you among them? Although creating a will can raise sensitive end-of-life questions, it can also help you and your family protect what matters most. Consider these four important reasons for making a will. You Decide Who Executes Your Estate […]

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Should You Become a One-Car Household in Retirement?

Jan 08, 2015

To make the most of their fixed income, many couples choose to downsize in retirement. This often can include consolidating from two or more vehicles down to one. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the cost to own and operate a vehicle can add up to almost $9,000 a year on average for every 15,000 […]

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Networking Tips for Introverts (And People Who Just Hate Networking)

Jan 07, 2015

Networking is one of those “must-do” tasks for all small business owners. After all, new clients and projects don’t automatically show up at your doorstep. They’re often the result of connecting with other business owners in your community and work niche. But what do you do if the thought of striking up conversations with strangers […]

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What to Do if Your Child’s Toy Is Recalled

Jan 06, 2015

It seems like all kids have a favorite toy they take with them everywhere. But what happens if that toy gets recalled? While it may be scary to think your child’s toy could be dangerous, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) says a toy recall shows the manufacturer is making a commitment to creating safe products. That’s good […]

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