Let me tell you about my new favorite website…it’s a one-stop-shop for managing all your finances, and it’s totally free. Check it out at http://www.mint.com. The set-up process only took me about 10 minutes yesterday, and I was able to upload all my account information from my bank, credit cards and investment accounts. The website is clean, easy to use, and worth mentioning twice: It’s Free!
In this craptastic economy, I believe that everyone (especially entrepreneurs) need to get smart and responsible about money. I often given seminars to budding entrepreneurs called Business 101, and the audience is usually comprised of non-profit professionals or small business owners. There seems to be a feeling that we shouldn’t make money, or that money is bad in some way. Abuse of money is bad and greed will destroy all, but money itself is our friend if handled responsibly and used for good. We live in a capitalist economy, with money being the mechanism of how the economy thrives or dives. Embrace it for what it is.
So this year, I challenge you to examine your relationship with money and start understanding how to manage it. Start with Mint.com to get an idea of where you are, and where you need to go. Now I’m off to go spend way too much money for final Christmas shopping…happy budgeting!