Bankruptcy happens when a person or a business is unable to repay their existing debts. The process starts once the debtor or creditor filed a petition. In other times, bankruptcy allows a person or a business to start fresh. The company will offer creditors a chance to obtain a measure of repayment options based on what type of resources are available.
With that said, here are the five common tips to stay away from bankruptcy:
1) Sell your Assets- Once you notice you’re behind on your payments, take immediate action. Sell any item you have at home (books, old cds, bags, computer etc.) and use your earnings to pay off your debts. These days, there are several ways to sell stuffs: You can direct sell it and you can sell it online (Amazon, eBay, etc.)
2) Find Ways to Increase Income- Your hobbies and skills can absolutely help you earn some extra money to stop bankruptcy. If you can, you can choose to work overtime or apply for part-time jobs. Try browsing the web and apply for any virtual assistant tasks (link building, content writing, computer programming, etc.).
3) Ask for Help- Don’t be afraid to speak what’s inside your mind. Kindly inform your creditors about your current situation. These creditors are also human beings and they understand. But at the end of the day, you need to give your willingness on how you can pay your debts. If possible, ask them if they can ease your burden of lowering your interest rates and monthly fees.
4) Borrow Money- To me, borrowing money from family and friends is absolutely a bad idea. They have a life of their own and they also have their own way of escaping financial crisis. But in the real life, there’s always an exception to every rule. Before borrowing money, take a hard look at what you can contribute. Create a plan on how and when you can repay them. After doing all that, it’s time for you to talk with friends and family. If you talk with the right people, they can help you for sure. If your family and friends can help you, hire a lawyer.
5) Settle- Debt settlement is one of those things that must be avoided under any normal circumstances. Anyone who’s in the brink of bankruptcy is not normal. If you need to choose between settling a number of debts and filing bankruptcy, you must go with settling the debts but never rely on Debt Settlement Company. Too much time and extra money are wasted if you choose to deal with these companies. You also don’t settle any current debt instead focus your attention to those that have been charged off or sent to collection. Lastly, pay as soon as the agreement is made.