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8 Time-Saving Online Banking Services

8 Time-Saving Online Banking Services

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business, or life in general. Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What’s your favorite online-only banking service, for personal or business use?

1. Ally

Andrew Schrage

    My favorite online-only banking service is Ally (www.ally.com), mostly because of its stellar customer service. Nothing upsets me more than having a difficult time contacting an online-only banking provider when I have a question, but Ally poses no problem. A CSR always answers the phone promptly and quickly takes care of my needs. – Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

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    2. Dwolla

    doreen-bloch

      Dwolla (www.dwolla.com) is a new tool we’ve been using at Poshly for online banking. It’s the best peer-to-peer money transfer system I’ve seen so far. It’s incredibly simple to set up, and their customer service is incredible. We have our team using it for reimbursements and monthly paychecks. – Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

      3. Bill.com

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      David Ehrenberg

        While Bill.com (www.bill.com) isn’t exactly an “online-only banking service,” it is a fantastic online bill pay service, offering a great way to streamline your payables while eliminating paper. You can easily enter bills, pay them (or submit for approval), record payments, create invoices, send invoices, and send invoice reminders. Clients can even sign in to a secured portal to pay invoices. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services

        4. Chase

        W. Michael Hsu

          Chase (www.chase.com) has been pretty tech-savvy with their online banking, and, so far, we’ve had great pleasure working with them. I’d say their strength is allowing read-only access for your advisers to pull data from, and their weakness is some of the transaction descriptions they provide. Overall, I’d give them an eight out of ten for ease of use, as well as price point. – W. Michael Hsu, DeepSky

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          5. Charles Schwab

          Nathalie Lussier

            I love Charles Schwab (www.schwab.com/) because their interface is straightforward; They have an amazing mobile app, and they make banking with them really easy. You can use any ATM and they reimburse you the fees, and you can also take a picture of incoming checks with your smartphone to be deposited electronically. I’m a very happy customer. – Nathalie Lussier, The Website Checkup Tool

            6. Simple

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            Chuck Reynolds

              For online-only banking, you have to strongly look at Simple (www.simple.com). It’s a real bank without all the fees and BS associated with the old-school mentality of the current brick-and-mortars. Other than a very nice UI, there are category features like Mint and some very useful graphing functions, too. – Chuck Reynolds, Vuurr

              7. Wells Fargo

              Chad Halvorson

                Wells Fargo (www.wellsfargo.com) has, by far, the best online banking experience I’ve ever seen. That’s not to say it couldn’t be improved, but that is to say that everything else is absolutely horrid. On a scale from one to ten, Wells Fargo’s online banking experience is a solid seven, whereas everyone else is at a three or lower. Overall, I think the online banking space is chomping at the bit for reinvention. – Chad Halvorson, When I Work

                8. PerkStreet Financial

                Lane Sutton

                  A local Boston startup, PerkStreet Financial (www.perkstreet.com), aims to provide convenience by acting as an online bank with access to ATMs, surcharge-free. Account owners earn “perks” as cash back for what they spend, hence the name. The online account is tracked via a simple interface for history and mobile alerts. Customers will appreciate 24/7 customer service, as TD Bank, Ally and other institutions have adopted. – Lane Sutton, Social Media from a Teen

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                  Published on November 20, 2018

                  The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

                  The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

                  The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

                  Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

                  In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

                  Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

                  Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

                  If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

                  I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

                  It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

                  For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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                  How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

                  Stop manually tracking your spending.

                  Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

                  When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

                  Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

                  The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

                  Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

                  Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

                  Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

                  If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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                  Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

                  Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

                  1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
                  2. Only buy nice things after saving
                  3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

                  These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

                  How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

                  Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

                  So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

                  By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

                  This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

                  For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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                  Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

                  A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

                  Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

                  You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

                  What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

                  Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

                  Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

                  During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

                  Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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                  Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

                  Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

                  By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

                  The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

                  Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

                  Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

                  What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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