What do I do with my BONUS?

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Photo: CreateSheStock

Receiving a bonus is awesome!! Let's define what a bonus is before going further.  A bonus is additional money awarded usually based on a company's and/or employee's performances.  Pay outs are typically given in the first quarter of the new year.  Bonuses ranges from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.  

Now that you have this windfall of extra money you need to do something with it before it burns a hole in your pocket.  Here are some wise ways to distribute your bonus money.  

  • Boost your online savings account, check out www.BankRate.com for recommendations
  • Payoff high interest credit cards or the card with the smallest amount of debt for a quick win
  • Invest in your passion project or small business by registering you company with your Secretary of State, buy the domain for your business...start by getting started
  • Open a small business checking account, check out this NerdWallet blog post for insight https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/best-free-business-checking-accounts/ 

Of, course do something to reward yourself with a portion of the money, just don't spend it all in one place. Last, year I used my bonus money to invest in my business by purchasing a new laptop, having a professional photoshoot and hiring a creative web developer to assist me with relaunching  my business.  I powered my pivot by performing well at work, receiving a bonus that bootstrapped my small business. I didn't have to tap into my salary because I used my bonus wisely. Accomplishing your goals at work can help boost your bonus!  Reference the blogpost about being a model employee and goal setting to refresh your memory.  Be creative with how you invest your bonus and propel yourself forward personally and professionally.

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