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There are many ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur, including the number of new ideas launched, the revenue and profits earned, and the ways in which he or she serves an industry or a community. But perhaps the chief among these is the impact the entrepreneur is able to have on the lives of employees. Beyond tangible rewards such as pay, and intangibles such as mentoring, a business owner can profoundly shape a worker's life by providing a generous package of employee benefits. Indeed, many entrepreneurs acknowledge that the effect they have on the lives of workers is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a business owner.

It also has the potential to keep you up at night.

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When employers talk about an employee's total compensation package, they oftentimes include the expenses associated with providing benefits.  These are the on and off-the-job perks that companies provide at little or no cost to the employee.

In this article, we're first going to provide an overview of employee benefits programs, and why it makes sense to offer them to employees.  Next up, we're going to talk about mandated versus optional benefits programs.  Then we're going to finish up by providing a variety of statistics, including the most common benefits offered today, as well as those employees value the most.

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Young adults are taught many things in school, but simple home economics concepts like balancing a budget are often test overlooked.  Without a plan, it's nearly impossible to meet the savings goals individuals and families need to reach their financial freedom.

In this article, we're going to explain the basics of household budgeting. This includes how to identify a home's sources of income as well as mandatory and discretionary expenses.  We're also going to talk about savings targets, and why they're important. Finally, we're going to finish up with a template that everyone can use to create their own monthly budget.

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Mention “employee perks and benefits” and you’re likely to conjure images of Silicon Valley shuffleboard tournaments and off-site staff retreats in Maui. But the kinds of benefits job seekers are after are far more traditional–and more essential for hiring–than employers may think.

According to job search and salary comparison site Glassdoor, 57% of job seekers list benefits and perks among their chief concerns when evaluating a job offer. Further, 80% of employees would choose an added perk instead of a raise.

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Being overweight isn’t linked only to heart risk (although it is that, too)–it’s connected to a constellation of factors that collectively increase a person’s risk for diabetes, cancer, stroke and even dementia. So losing weight is not by any stretch just about a single body system. Weight loss is important for almost every system–and a new study suggests that even for people who are obese, weight loss doesn’t have to be extreme to provide a person with some measurable health benefits. In fact, losing 5% of one’s body weight, the study finds, is linked to significant improvements in a number areas.