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

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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2015 Financial Resolutions for Parents-to-Be

Dec 29, 2014

Congratulations: You’re expecting a baby! Becoming a parent creates wonderful new experiences – but it also comes with a hefty price tag. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it’ll now cost the typical American family approximately $245,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18. Here are three financial resolutions for 2015 […]

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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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