Ruth Woolery on Juggling Your Career, Family, and Dreams

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The Billable Mom with Cari Rincker, Episode 6 In this episode of The Billable Mom, Cari speaks with Ruth Woolery, an accomplished attorney who successfully pursued her legal career while raising four children. Ruth, who transitioned from being a stay-at-home mom and part-time paralegal, emphasizes the importance of knowing what you want and standing firm in your decisions. She shares …

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Mompreneur Insights with Ruth Wyman

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The Billable Mom with Cari Rincker, Episode 5 In this episode of The Billable Mom, Cari speaks with Ruth Wyman, co-founder of Empowerment Stories LLC, a platform dedicated to harnessing the power of storytelling for personal growth and community development. With a background in social work and community organizing, Ruth brings a wealth of experience in leveraging narratives to create …

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Balancing Motherhood and a Career with The Trip Trotter, Laura Freeman

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The Billable Mom with Cari Rincker, Episode 4 In this episode of The Billable Mom, Cari speaks with Laura Freeman, a travel advisor and CEO of the Trip Trotter at Tzell Travel Group LLC. Laura’s expertise in the travel industry, coupled with her role as a working mother, provides unique perspectives on managing career and family responsibilities. Tune in to …

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Angel Wawrzynek on Law and Parenthood

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The Billable Mom with Cari Rincker, Episode 3 In this episode of The Billable Mom, Cari speaks with Angel Wawrzynek, a partner at Constant Wawrzynek & Grove, a law firm in Central Illinois specializing in estate planning and trust administration. Angel’s transition to estate planning, aided by intentional career choices, improved her work-life balance. Tune in to the episode to …

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Can Artificial Intelligence Programs Write Basic Estate Planning Documents?

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With the increased coverage of artificial intelligence (AI) and all of the applications it can have in our everyday lives, some people may wonder whether an AI program can create an estate plan for them. While AI may be able to generate basic estate planning documents, including wills and trusts, there is no guarantee that they will be valid and …

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How Business Executives Can Set and Meet Their Estate Planning Goals

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As a business executive, you are used to strategizing and creating goals as part of your job. But have you devoted time to strategizing and creating goals to protect yourself and your loved ones? If not, we are here to help you address some of the goals business executives often have when looking to their future. Protecting Your Hard-Earned Money …

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Cari’s Tips: Purchasing Real Estate for Business

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Business owners must constantly weigh risks versus rewards when evaluating growth strategies. An example is owning commercial property, which involves more responsibilities and expenses than leasing a space. However, over the long term and in the right circumstances, commercial real estate may be a smart investment with a high upside. Buying a business property is a different process from buying …

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Small Business Law: How to Offer Group Health Insurance in Your Business

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Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are not legally required to offer health insurance to employees, but health coverage is one of the most desirable job benefits. Approximately two-thirds of business owners provide health insurance as a way to hire and retain the best workers. Whether employer-sponsored health insurance is required by law or is offered as an optional …

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Ask Cari: How to Lawfully Run a Contest, Sweepstakes, or Giveaway

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Running a contest or sweepstakes can improve customer engagement, create new leads for your business, increase sales, and provide valuable data for advertising campaigns. People love to win free stuff, and a contest can be a fun and cost-effective way to promote your business. However, if a promotional event does not comply with state and federal law, it could end …

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Cari’s Tips: Developing a Paid Time-Off Policy

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Americans are known for putting in long hours with little rest, which can lead to burnout, lower productivity, and decreased job engagement. Although employers are not legally required to offer paid time off (PTO) to their workforce except in a few states, most choose to do so. Those that offer PTO benefits may have a competitive advantage. Nearly a third …

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Should I Buy a Franchise?

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When starting a business, entrepreneurs typically have two options: they can either build a new business or purchase an existing business. Buying an existing business can offer the advantages of name recognition and a proven business model. The advantages can be even greater if the business is a franchise with hundreds or even thousands of locations. Purchasing an existing business, …

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Understanding Solar Lease Agreements for Farmers and Ranchers

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Solar energy projects offer farmers and ranchers a unique opportunity to diversify their income streams. However, before diving into a solar lease agreement, it’s crucial to understand the intricacies involved. In this first part of our guide, we will explore key aspects of solar lease agreements that every farmer and rancher should consider. Understanding the Structure of the Agreement Solar …

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