The Son of Jaws Meets the Bride of Tuna

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 150-May 30 “There’s a sucker born every minute.”—P.T. Barnum “Easy money!” The ads seem to scream. “Work at home part-time and make thousands of dollars!” Solicitations arrive in the mail: “You’re already a winner of one of these four fabulous prizes: a new car, a new television, a new stereo, or luggage. Send your check for $39.95 shipping and handling to….” Of course you get the luggage—a plastic little fold-up airline bag worth $1.49. I know because I fell for that one. Have you? Here are the Top Ten Telemarketing Frauds, as reported by the national Fraud Information Center: Work-at-Home … [Read more...]

The Chinese Version of Heaven and Hell

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 149-May 29 “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”—James M. Barrie This is a story I heard years ago, origin unknown: In the Chinese vision of Hell, many people are seated around a large table. The table is laden with fine food, piled high in the middle of the table, looking scrumptious and smelling delicious. At each place setting, there is a set of very long chopsticks with which each person can reach the food in the middle. But the chopsticks are too long for the people to be able to get the food into their mouths. So they are all wailing, angry and … [Read more...]

Tax Advice

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 148-May 28 “There’s only one thing worse than paying income tax; and that’s not paying it!”—Anonymous   I am not a CPA, nor an enrolled agent. I don’t prepare tax returns, so I am not going to give you specific tax advice. This is just the general news I think everyone needs to know: Get professional advice. Pay the money. I never had a tax preparer that didn’t save me more money on my taxes than his or her fee cost me. In The Millionaire Next Door, authors Stanley and Danko outline many areas where the typical millionaire saves money, buying second-hand cars, resoling their shoes, etc. “But … [Read more...]

Whose Advice Are You Taking?

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 145-May 25 “If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from people who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.”—Joseph Marshall Wade Jeff, a music producer enrolled in my workshop, was working on pricing his services. He had a strong feeling that he was undercharging his clients, and that he could improve his profitability significantly by raising his rates. I asked him what amount of … [Read more...]

Pick Your Price

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 144-May 24 “Certainly there are things in life that money can’t buy, but did you ever try buying them without any money?”—Ogden Nash Whether you work for yourself and have many clients who pay you, or you have one major client (i.e., you have a full-time job), you have to decide on the price you want to be paid and feel comfortable asking for the money before you can get it. Make sure you understand the value of what you’re doing for your customer. My dad gave me a great tip when I first started job hunting. He said to me, “The main thing to understand is that anywhere you go to interview for a job, … [Read more...]