These are the first three titles in a new series coproduced by Nolo and USA Today. In The Busy Family's Guide, USA Today personal finance columnists Block, John Waggoner, and Kathy Chu focus on the building blocks of family security: budgets, savings, investing, insurance, and estate planning. They begin by coaching readers on how to talk about money and how to set up a plan, then tackle taxes and tax breaks, controlling and dealing with debt, home buying and mortgages, and the components of an estate plan. A chapter on investments demystifies the options by comparing and explaining cash investments, stocks, and mutual funds.
Attorneys Fishman (Lower Taxes in 7 Easy Steps) and Fitzpatrick's Work from Home Handbook is for those considering working at home either as an employee or a freelancer. Essentially, it is a narrative checklist of issues to consider and the steps to take to make home-based employment feasible. Readers will learn to assess whether a job can be done from home, how to make the case for it with an employer, and how to find existing telecommuting jobs. The section on freelancing helps those ready to create their own home-based businesses with information on setting fees, finding clients, and dealing with tax implications.
Finally, in Retire Happy, attorney Stim (Patent Pending in 24 Hours) and Nolo cofounder Warner (How To Run a Thriving Business) advocate thinking through retirement well before turning out the office lights. They present strategies for constructing the elements of a successful retirement (e.g., health, money, rewarding activities, a circle of friends) and devote significant space toretirement money issues. Particularly useful is the section on calculating the amount needed for a long and secure retirement. Each of these books is clear, practical, and nicely enhanced by charts and checklists. Recommended for public libraries.