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4 Tips for Getting a Loan for Dental Work

4 Tips for Getting a Loan for Dental Work

Unfortunately, dental work can be quite expensive, and if you don’t have dental insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover your procedure, you can be put in a pretty difficult situation. And if you’re in pain, you might not have a lot of time to wait to figure out where you’re going to get the money. Thankfully, there are a few techniques to make paying for these expensive procedures a little easier. If you’re considering take out a loan to pay for your dental work, save your wallet and make use of these tips.

Look at Your Budget and Make Sure You Can’t Afford It

Before you apply for a loan, it’s worth checking to see if you’re absolutely sure you can’t afford it otherwise. You may have already gone through all your checkbooks and tallied up all your budgets, but if you haven’t done this yet, it’s worth seeing if there’s anywhere you can tighten your pocketbook.

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If you can, categorize your expenses into wants and needs. Using a budgeting tool such as Mint or You Need a Budget can be helpful if you feel overwhelmed going through your expenses by yourself. Then, it’s as simple as eliminating the non-necessities from your budget. For instance, could you cut out all your entertainment costs for the month to help pay for your dental care? Even if you aren’t able to cover the entire cost of the procedure, you can at least limit the amount of money you need to borrow.

Check if Your Clinic Offers Repayment Plans

Your dental clinic might not expect you to pay the entire lump sum for your procedure right out of pocket. You should check with your dentist to see if there might be a repayment plan that would make paying for your procedure a lot easier. In addition, many dental practices accept government-based aid programs such as Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program; if you haven’t looked into these programs already, see if you are eligible. It’s worth noting that a repayment plan set up through your clinic probably won’t be reported to a credit union, so while you should make every effort to pay on time each month, you might get a little more leeway than financing through a loan or credit card.

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Even if you are eligible for aid and you’re able to work out a repayment plan with your dental clinic, there might still be some expenses that aren’t covered. While you might need to take out a loan to cover the rest of the costs, at least they will be made a little manageable when spaced out on a monthly basis. In addition, if you share your financial limitations with your clinic, they may be able to suggest lower-cost procedures or prescribe you less expensive medications. In cases such as these, every penny counts, and getting put on a cheaper prescription will help in the long run.

Finance With Your Credit Card or Dental Financing

If you have a credit card, you might be able to get away with putting your dental procedure on the card. Keep in mind that every credit card is different, so you should check your card’s terms and conditions to make sure this is possible, and if so, what the repayment stipulations are. In many cases, credit card companies will offer a 0% APR for the first year or so after signing up for a new card. As long as you’re able to pay off the balance within this time frame, you won’t have to worry about interest, but once you do slip out of this period, you can expect interest rates as high as 20% – or worse.

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If you don’t plan on using a credit card outside of financing your dental work, or you don’t want to get a credit card regardless, there are similar financing options that cater to helping patients pay for their health care. CareCredit is one such financing service, and they offer multiple repayment plans over different time frames. Of course, there are other similar financing service options out there, but if you’re having trouble finding the right one for your needs, talk with your clinic to see if they have partnered with any of these services.

Apply for a Payday Loan

If money is tight and you’re out of time, you can usually turn to a payday loan company for help. Nowadays, you don’t even need to leave your home to get one, as there are many online payday loans you can apply for. The appeal of this option is that it can be one of the quickest ways to get a loan with the fewest hoops you must jump through. Oftentimes, these companies require you to be over the age of 18 and working at a job earning at least $1000 every month. Once you can prove that, you’ll be in the clear for a loan.

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Many payday loans require no credit checks, meaning that you can rest assured that you’ll be able to pay off your expenses no matter where you are financially. Remember, though, that if you can’t afford to pay back the loan, you’ll rack up huge bills of interest and your credit score will be damaged. That said, if you’re confident that you’ll be able to afford the repayments of a payday loan, it might be the option for you. When it comes to health, you don’t want to leave things any later than need be.

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Published on November 8, 2018

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

2. Set your own boundaries

Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

Here are some important traits to consider:

  • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
  • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
  • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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3. Continuously invest in yourself

Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

4. Document the value you bring

Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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Here are some ideas:

  • joesmith.com
  • joeasmith.com
  • joesmithprojects.com

Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

5. Hide your salary requirements

Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

6. Do just enough research

Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

7. Get compensated by your value

Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

The bottom line

You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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