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

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 RocketLawyer.com. 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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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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Tax Deductions to Consider For Filing in 2015

Dec 08, 2014

You may not normally think about taxes until April, but now’s the time to start gathering documents related to your 2014 tax-related transactions. The following tax deductions and credits might be worth exploring to help you reduce your tax burden come April 15. Tuition and College Expenses If you paid for things like tuition, fees […]

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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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