August 15, 2019
Life Insurance for Business Owners

Life Insurance Basics – Considerations for Business Owners

When my firm begins working with business owners, we often have to correct, fix, improve, or shore up their life insurance policies. Many times, the client won’t have the right insurances, or they’re paying too much for coverage. And sometimes, the client won’t even have a life insurance policy. So right off the bat, when my personal planning process begins, the team helps place the clients into the correct life insurance policies. I want you to have a baseline understanding of how we make life insurance financially simple, so let’s cover the basics of Life Insurance for business owners.  Podcast Time Index for “Life Insurance 101 for Business Owners” 01:20 – Life Insurance 101 For Business Owners 03:28 – What is Life Insurance? 04:22 – Do You Need it? 06:31 – Types of Life Insurance: Term Insurance 08:42 – Whole Life 11:10 – Variable 12:06 – Universal 13:13 – […]
July 25, 2019

What is an Umbrella Insurance Policy and Why Do You Need One?

Today, I want to talk about one of the most significant holes I see in the personal insurance side of risk management. Often, business owners will have this coverage for their business but not realize they need it for their own lives, too. It’s so important that I recommend (in writing) that all of my clients purchase this type of policy. What am I talking about? I’m talking about an umbrella policy. Specifically, I want to answer: What is an umbrella insurance policy, and why do you need one?
July 23, 2019
Review Your Homeowners Insurance Policy

Are You Adequately Covered? Review Your Homeowners Insurance Policy

After helping hundreds of business owners with their personal and business finances over the years, I’ve learned a few things. One of the most interesting things I’ve learned is that people rarely review their homeowners insurance policy once they purchase it. However, property values tend to rise. The coverage you had on your house ten years ago is probably not the amount of coverage you need on it today. Therefore, you should probably review your homeowners insurance coverage yearly to make sure you are adequately covered. Here’s what you need to know.
July 18, 2019
Auto Insurance 101 for the business owner

Auto Insurance 101 – What You Need to Know

If you drive a car, you must have auto insurance. In fact, it’s illegal not to have car insurance and if you happen to be in an accident, not only will you be fined, but you could be sued. If you’re a business owner, you’re trying to increase your net worth, not decrease it. Thus, you need to have adequate car insurance to protect yourself and your finances. So let’s talk Auto Insurance 101 – what you need to know about insurance for your car, truck, and other vehicles.
July 16, 2019
Captive vs Independent Insurance Agent Save You Money

Captive vs Independent Insurance Agent – Who Saves You More Money?

Insurance is a necessity of life, but it can feel burdensome to business owners. Not only do they have to pay high premiums for good coverage, they have to carry multiple personal and business policies. If you’re like most business owners I know, you feel “insurance poor.” However, if you understand the distinction between a captive vs independent insurance agent, you can actually reduce the cost of your insurance.
July 11, 2019
What Type of Mortgage Should a Business Owner Have

What Type of Mortgage Should a Business Owner Have on a House?

Since becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in 2006, I’ve worked with hundreds, possibly thousands, of business owners. Eventually, their questions start to sound familiar, especially when they start asking me about their home mortgages. I’ve heard, “Justin, how much should I put down on my house?”. Others ask, “Hey Justin, should I finance 100% of my mortgage or not?”. Similarly, other clients ask, “Justin, should I move the equity from my current house to my next house?”, or “Is it better for me to take out a 15-year mortgage or a 30-year mortgage?”. Whether my clients are asking me about ARM loans, balloon notes, down payments, mortgage terms or the like, they’re all asking me the same basic question. What type of mortgage should a business owner have on a house?