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Consequences of Online Payday Loans and Scams

Consequences of Online Payday Loans and Scams

Borrowing money from lenders can be full of dangers. Nowadays many lenders use the Internet to trap victims. Payday loans and short term loans act as covered pits for use as a trap.

Regulators and consumer groups have warned about this trap and have made it known that such loans can trap people in vicious cycles of debt. Are payday loans destroying your life? Are you in much more debt than you can pay back right now?

If you have more than two payday loans then you may be eligible for a special payday loan consolidation program that your lenders don’t want you to know about. This program can get lenders out of your bank account and help you get out of this trap.

Borrowing money from online lenders can cause you twice as many overdrafts on your bank account than who borrow from a storefront lender. According to a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, online loans typically cost an approximately 650% annual percentage rate (ApR).

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Payday loans that are paid back on time range in cost from around 300% APR which is a rate similar to those charged for store-issued payday loans, and more than 700% APR from creditors who are not licensed in all of the states where they lend.

Online lending practices harm borrowers

There are numerous reports of abuse in the online payday loan market for the last few years.

Reports include threats and fraud by lenders, debt collectors, and those posing as lenders and debt collectors. Thirty percent of borrowers report being threatened in connection with an online payday loan, 22% of online borrowers have lost bank accounts because of online payday loans, and 89% of payday loan consumer complaints are about online lenders. This information is from Pew Charitable Trusts.

Why do people seek a payday loan knowing that it’s a trap?

Many people looking for a short-term loan knowing that it’s a trap. Since the financial crisis, banks have tightened their lending policy. For borrowers, they just need a thousand dollars to make ends meet, and they have nowhere else to go.

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They have to borrow money from payday loans companies storefront and online. Check out the most common reasons why people seek payday loans.

Online payday lenders require having access to your bank account to let them directly withdraw from their accounts.

This is how the online scams got started. Some borrowers refuse to give them access to their personal bank account and choosing a secure loan using a postdated check. In this case, they undergo a longer, difficult process and waiting longer to receive the cash.

When someone gives access to their bank to make withdrawal like that, they are likely to be losing control of their bank account. Giving access to lenders is very dangerous. What can happen if you give access to the payday lenders?

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Well, they will suck you dry, hitting you with overdrafts fees and leaving you without enough money to pay your bills or rent.

Sometimes, people take a second or third payday loans to repay the old ones. Well, you are making it worse. It rapidly gets out of control. One such individual is JoAnneh Nagler, a 42-year-old artist and author who also spends her days as a yoga teacher. Eventually, she decided to put approximately $80,000 on various cards in an attempt to finance her endeavors.

Check her story Women Pays off 80,000 in Credit Card Debt .

Guidance issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2005 says that payday loans should not be made to anyone who has already been in debt from a payday loan for three months or more of the previous year.

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For online payday loans, do your homework before you apply for one. Not all lenders are bad but some of them engage in these scams and make short-term loans a trap.

Featured photo credit: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism via thebureauinvestigates.com

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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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