Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle

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

Stories by Nicole Markle

4 Things to Know Before Hiring Your Teen

Dec 18, 2014

If you’re a small business owner with simple tasks you’d like to delegate, hiring your teenage kids can be a win-win situation. Your kids learn basic job skills and earn a little money, while you get some extra office help and a business tax deduction. Annette Nellen, professor of accounting and finance at San Jose State University, […]

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4 Reasons Taking Vacation Is Crucial for Your Small Business

Dec 09, 2014

If you can’t remember the last time you took more than a day off work for fun, you’re cheating your small business. Say what? It may sound counterintuitive, but taking breaks from work is one of the best ways to keep your business in top shape. According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management […]

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How to Get Last-Minute Tax Deductions for 2014

Dec 08, 2014

As the end of 2014 approaches, so comes the end of the tax year. You may not normally think about taxes until April, but taking action before the end of the year could help you reduce your tax burden when it’s time to file. The following tax deductions and credits might be worth exploring this […]

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Thrifty Gifting for Parents: Inexpensive Toddler Gifts (INFOGRAPHIC)

Dec 04, 2014

Finding the perfect presents for your 1- to 3-year-old this holiday season doesn’t have to put you in debt. The Allstate Blog and Quicken Loans’ Zing Blog compiled the stats and suggestions below to help you enjoy gift giving this season without breaking your budget.

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5 Low-Cost Ways to Recognize Your Employees

Nov 28, 2014

Big companies often have large-scale programs to reward star-performing employees. As a small business owner, you probably don’t have the resources to give workers big bonuses for landing new clients or trips to exotic locations for increasing their sales quotas. But business expert Kevin Kruse, author of “Employee Engagement for Everyone,” says you can always find […]

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Nov 20, 2014

When families and friends get together on Thanksgiving, it can often be an all-day and even weekend-long affair. And why not? For some, it may be one of the few times of the year the whole family gets together for a meal. But the big turkey dinner is only a small part of the holiday. […]

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Cats, Dogs and Thanksgiving: How to Keep Pets Calm This Season

Nov 20, 2014

Your pets are part of your family, and you probably want them to be there during your Thanksgiving celebration. But what if your cat or dog isn’t used to having a lot of people around? According to the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), dogs and cats can get anxious or stressed over big crowds and […]

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Emergency Funds 201: Where to Stash Your Savings

Nov 19, 2014

Personal finance journalist and Get Rich Slowly blogger Kristin Wong knows a thing or two about emergency funds: She’s researched and written extensively about the topic. In this two-part series about emergency funds, Wong answers our questions about this important vehicle for financial stability. Part one covered the basics of what an emergency fund is and why everyone […]

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Emergency Funds 101: When, Why and How Much to Save

Nov 19, 2014

Emergency funds are an important piece of a sound financial plan. Personal finance journalist and blogger Kristin Wong learned the value of an emergency fund the hard way after college, when she was caught without one and had to scramble to pay for an unexpected car problem. Wong, a staff writer for personal finance blog Get Rich […]

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From Guest Room to Ground Rules: What to Consider When Parents Move In

Nov 18, 2014

As parents get older and become less independent, having them in the next room can be easier than trekking across town — or even the state — to provide care. And you wouldn’t be alone: These days, an estimated 34 million Americans are personally providing care for older family members, according to Caregiver.org. Even though […]

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