How To Get Out of Debt and Become Debt Free Forever

Table of contents for Debt Free Forever

  1. How To Get Out of Debt and Become Debt Free Forever
  2. Debt Free Forever – Adding Up The Debt
  3. Debt Free Forever – The Credit Card Pay Off Plan
  4. How To Get Out of Debt – Debt Free Forever

This is the first post in a series that will explore how you can become debt free, and stay debt free forever. Future posts will talk about when you should and should not use credit cards for purchases. Why you should care about your credit score, how to save money on every day expenses, will credit repair companies help you or hurt you and much more. Make sure to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss a single installment of this series.

The United States is in a debt crisis. A 2.57 trillion dollar crisis in 2007 according to the Federal Reserve. The average American household caries $8,565 in credit card debt. What makes this particularly scary is that many consumers are not getting over the heads in debt from frivolous spending. As salaries and wages haven’t kept up with rising costs, consumers are turning to their credit cards to make ends meet.

Many people are aware of the problem and would like to become debt free. But they don’t know how. Schools don’t teach finances, and with the amazing amount of both good and bad information on the internet it is hard to know where to turn. In fact, it is easy to get ripped off and end up even worse than before.

In this series I am going to give you a basic financial education and step by step directions that will help you get debt free, and stay debt free forever. You won’t need to buy anything, you won’t need to hurt your credit rating or declare bankruptcy. Each post will talk in depth about a specific credit or money topic. Then I’ll give you an assignment to work on. Stick with me, and you will become debt free forever!

Now here is your first assignment.

Assignment One: Make a Commitment
Let me be honest. This isn’t going to be easy, and you are going to make plenty of mistakes along the way. So you need to make a commitment. A strong commitment to do what it takes, and to keep doing what it takes, until you reach your goal. So today I’d like you to set the goal of becoming debt free, with the commitment to do the assignments exactly as they are assigned. And if you make a mistake and fall off the wagon, make a commitment to get right back up, brush yourself off, and get back with the program. Making a public commitment makes you more accountable, so feel free to post here if you will work with me to become debt free forever!

When To Hire a Professional – Accountant

Starting a new business? Most new businesses are bootstrapping it, trying to get the business going while spending the least amount of money. But at what point does it make sense to hire a professional? This is the first in a series on how and when to hire professionals for your business.

After 20 years of offering accounting services I can tell you when most new businesses finally hire an accountant. It is when their business has hit it’s first growth spurt and they are running to keep up with business, their accounting system (or lack thereof!) isn’t working for them, and maybe they have even gotten a letter from the IRS. Things tend to be in chaos and the business owner(s) have no idea if they are making money or not. They are just trying to keep up. I’d like to suggest hiring an account before crisis hits. You’ll save money and maybe even your sanity. Here are some times when it makes sense to visit an accountant.

Right Before You Open Your Business

This is probably the most important time to consult with an accountant. During these initial first sessions a good accountant will give you advice on how to set up an effective accounting system, how to maximize your tax deductions, and which type of business entity is best for your business. (Corporation, LLC, Sole Proprietor, etc.) They will also point you in the right direction as far as what payments and reports you need to file with various government agencies.

Tax Time

You may be an expert when it comes to doing your own taxes, but the rules are different for businesses. Not only that, with tax law constantly changing, you are probably too busy running your business to keep up on the latest tax law. Often a good tax accountant will save you more in taxes than you are paying them in fees. At the very least, have an accountant prepare your taxes the very first year you are in business.

When You Are Looking For Investors

Smart investors with lots of money don’t get that way by trusting business owners. When you have an Independent Auditor review you books you give investors the assurance that financially everything is on the up and up. They then know that your financial statements are a true reflection of your business.

When Gross Receipts Reach $100,000

Preferably earlier, but once your gross receipts reach $100,000 you need professional accounting . At this point the accountant’s knowledge of money management and tax savings will almost certainly be cost effective. And your time will be better spent running and marketing your business.

Make sure that you are not “penny wise and pound foolish” when it comes to hiring an accountant. At the very least, consult with an accountant during these key times in your business. If you are searching for an accountant, one resource I found was AccountingAisle.com. They provide a service where they will match you with a local accountant based on your specific needs. You can also check with your local chamber of commerce, or ask other successful business owners in your area to give you a referral.