Thursday, December 7, 2006

How to get rich?

If you’ve ever wondered how the rich get so obscenely rich, it’s not because it’s in their blood or because they attend the best schools. The reason is much simpler than that. You see, while you work hard for your money, rich people make their money work hard for them; they have the power of Passive Income!.

There are three types of income - earned, portfolio and passive income. Most types of passive income are derived from real estate/property, while other types of passive income are derived from royalties from patents or license agreements.

An income stream falling into passive income category is one where money is received usually on a regular basis, without continuing effort. This does not mean no effort at all; most passive income streams require great effort to start with.

Some Examples:
  • Automated web business.
  • Interest Income paid from bank deposits.
  • Rental income from real estate/property.
  • Royalties from writing a book.
  • Dividends from shares holding.
  • Selling digital files like software / ebooks or scripts or offering a service that doesn't require the merchant's intervention. In these cases, PayPal IPN may be used to achieve this.
  • Network marketing.

Have fun choosing your favorite way to financial success!

Loose those credit card debts!

Today it’s possible to transfer the higher-interest credit card balances onto a credit card with a lower interest rate. It is possible with balance transfer feature available on most credit card offered in the market.

Opening a new credit card may seem like the last smart thing to do when faced with mounting credit card debt. In one case, however, this may make sense and wind up saving you a lot of money as well. This special exception is a credit card balance transfer.

In an effort to lure consumers to their credit card, many companies offer free balance transfers from your old credit card. Once the money is safely owed to the new company, they will often provide a grace period where they charge far less on the transferred balance. Finding two, one, or even zero percent interest is possible. Often, this introductory rate lasts for around six months to a year after the balance transfer takes place.

For a savvy consumer, this can be an excellent method of reducing credit card debt. It leaves the person free to pay down the balance on a credit card without incurring interest charges. Using this strategy, a person could potentially open a new account that offers a balance transfer when the old one expires. Then transfer all of the balance to the new card to begin a new grace period of low or non-existent finance charges. If you plan to do a balance transfer, be sure to close your old account immediately; having more than two credit card accounts open may damage credit scores.

Making a balance transfer work for you is an excellent practice, but diligence is required. Sometimes there is fine print attached with hidden charges. Some banks may charge a transfer fee that can be a percentage of the balance transferred. Be sure that there is a cap on the amount, like fifty or seventy-five dollars, or else a balance transfer in the thousands may end up costing a couple hundred dollars. Also, be sure the bank doesn't charge a high annual fee, or joining fee. The credit card companies are already getting your business, so don't let them take the upper hand in a balance transfer.