Money Money Money
Have the economic problems of the past few years made you more conscious of your finances? Or is it just time to get yourself smarter? Do you need ideas to educate your family? Or your employees? There are a lot of great resources available.
Money Smart Week is April 17th – 24th this year.
Start with the federal government – almost anything you might want to know has been written about. Start with this great overview and lots of resources from mymoney.gov.
Here are some of my other favorites:
- All the Federal Reserve Banks have great info. Start with Building Wealth, which has booklets, videos and games
- Or look at an overview of all Federal Reserve educational materials. What a treasure trove.
Investing scares a lot of us.
For information on how to do what effectively, not to mention how to avoid being scammed, you can’t go wrong with information from the SEC.
What about non-governmental resources?
There are a lot of reputable private organizations which provide good financial information. If you have investments, start by taking a look at what your broker or retirement plan provider offers. Here are some others:
- The Financial Planning Association offers a lot of information for consumers
- Choose to Save is designed to help prepare for retirement
- More information on 401(k)/403(b) issues for individuals and employers
While I hope these resources help you, we both know that the hardest part is to make the time to educate yourself and then implement.
You can do it. The question is, will you?
- Patricia’s exclusive Women Grow Business three-part series on capacity building
- The new Rand Center for Financial Literacy
- Thursday Bram’s interview with the Taxgirl at Grow Smart Business
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Regular contributor Patricia A. Frame is an experienced management consultant, speaker, and executive with expertise in human capital. Launching a new Women Grow Business series on human resources for small business, Patricia is founder of Strategies for Human Resources. She helps small to mid-size organizations achieve their goals through more effective human capital strategy and management. She can be reached through her website SHRinsight.com, where archives for her ongoing management series can be found.