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Nancy Mann Jackson

Career and Finance

Freelance journalist Nancy Mann Jackson writes regularly about personal finance, small business, healthcare and education. Her work has appeared in Entrepreneur, CNNMoney.com, Bankrate, Working Mother and many other publications. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their three boys.

How to Think Big Even When You’re Small

Every business starts out small, which may make it difficult to attract the attention of investors, clients and others without the staff and resources of a larger company. So what’s an entrepreneur to do? Once, when Sarah Crossman Sullivan was...

How We Paid Off $440,500 in Debt

Americans owe more than $11 trillion in consumer debt, including almost $857 billion in credit card debt. For many households, all those monthly payments and skyrocketing interest rates are crippling — making it hard just to purchase necessities,...

Six Real-Life Lessons in Crisis Management

Every business goes through its ups and downs. There may be office politics, cash flow issues or staffing challenges — issues that are tough, but manageable. When a true disaster or crisis strikes, though, it can sometimes be the breaking point. ...

Anatomy of a Credit Report: What You Should Know

When you’re trying to build your credit — or just being vigilant about avoiding identity theft — it’s important to check your credit report regularly. Each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) will...

CPA, CFP or CFA? How to Find the Right Financial Pro

If you’re not a CPA, CFA, CFP or another of the myriad acronyms used to identify financial professionals, those extra letters after someone’s name can get confusing, quick. But when you’re looking for help with financial matters, it’s important...

I Had My Identity Stolen

How 5 Identity Theft Victims Rebuilt Their Credit -- and Their Lives

How I Paid Off $30,000 in Debt in 18 Months

By the time I was 26, my finances were a complete wreck. I was $30,000 in debt with no savings, but plenty of bad money habits.   How did I get into that position? For the most part, it was unconscious spending. The $29,500 I earned as an...

5 Staples That’ll Cost You More This Year – and Why

If any of your money-related resolutions involve sticking to a budget in the coming year (and we hope they do!), we have good news and bad news. The good: Many economists predict that the price of gasoline will actually decrease in 2014. The bad:...

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