Discover the straightforward strategies you can use to turn your finances around, and create true wealth that will change your life, starting today.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating True Wealth
Money. So easy to spend, but so hard to accumulate, right? We would all love to have more money than we could reasonably spend, but sometimes it seems that true wealth is out of our reach. It is easy to think that to get rich, you need to be very lucky, really clever…or perhaps extremely ruthless.
In reality, that is not the case. Millions of ordinary people have discovered that they can create all the wealth they need by sticking to a few basic principles. They may not be billionaires, but they are financially comfortable, and they never have to worry about paying the bills. If they want to buy a new car or go on vacation, the funds are there when they need them.
How the Rich Get Richer…and You Can, Too!
No need to get jealous though, because you can do exactly the same thing. All you have to do is get serious about sticking to the basics, and you can turn your finances around.
You don’t need a get-rich-quick scheme, and you don’t need to invent the next Google or win the lottery. All you need is to build your finances sensibly using basic principles that work. Here are 10 simple strategies that could transform your financial future.
Spend Less Than You Earn
Ouch! For some people that is going to hurt. In today’s credit-card crazy world, we have all been conditioned to think that getting deeper and deeper into debt is normal. But getting your spending under control is the very first step in creating wealth. You are never going to start getting richer until you are spending less than you earn.
So the first step is to create a budget. Write down the details of all your income and all your expenditure – and don’t cheat! If your expenditure is greater than your income, you need to look at what expenses you can cut out to get your budget back on track.
Maximize Your Income
Whilst cutting out those unnecessary expenses is important, there is only so far you can go with saving money. You have to eat, after all. So the best route towards improving your finances is maximizing your income.
Could you find a job that pays better than your current one? Is there an opportunity for you to do a side hustle or some freelance work to pay a few of the bills? Anything that you can do to increase your income is going to set you one step further on the way to creating wealth.
Get Rid of High-Interest Debt
Credit cards and payday loans are your worst enemy in the financial world – they sap your finances as fast as that iceberg sank the Titanic. You need to fix those big leaks fast, before they take you under.
Do whatever you have to do to pay off your most expensive debt. Cancel your vacation, sell the second car, get a weekend job…whatever it takes to get these debt monsters out of your life. There are plenty of professionals who can help you eliminate debt, so you don’t have to do it alone.
Use all the Tax Breaks You Can Get
It’s not often that the government does ordinary people a favor. So when it does, make the most of it. Look closely into your savings accounts, your retirement accounts and your other finances to see where tax breaks are available.
Remember that the benefit of these tax breaks compounds year by year. So while you may not seem to gain very much in one year, the benefits really add up over time.
Grab All the Free Money You Can
Does your employer pay contributions into your retirement fund? Make sure that you are making the most of this option if it is available. This money is a free gift that truly adds up as the years go by. When retirement rolls around, you will be really glad that you made the most of this opportunity if you get it right now.
Re-invest Dividends and Investment Income
When you are doing all of the above, you will find that your finances improve and you have money left over for investing. And while it may be tempting to spend those dividend payments when they come in, you can make even more money if you re-invest them.
When you reinvest money, it snowballs over time. This is compound interest at work, and it is a wonderful thing. You won’t miss that extra money now, but it will be creating true wealth for you as it compounds year by year.
Hold onto Your Investments
Techniques like day-trading might seem like a lot of fun. But remember that Warren Buffett became one of the world’s richest people by sticking to the traditional strategy of buy and hold.
When you keep trading your investments, you get hit by the costs of broker commissions, spread costs and capital gains tax. But when you buy and hold, your investments can accumulate without these costs, and you end up with a substantial lump sum when you need it most.
Invest in Yourself
Remember that you are your greatest asset. Money spent on educating yourself is rarely wasted. Whether you learn about personal finance, investing or running a business, you can acquire valuable skills that will help you increase your wealth still further.
I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on training and self-improvement programs over the years, and I don’t regret a single cent of it. Although I have put tens of thousands in, I have also got hundreds of thousands out. I will take that kind of return on investment any day of the week.
Start Your Own Business
There is no doubt about it. Most of the self-made millionaires in the world today accumulated their wealth by starting their own business. And that is now easier to do now than ever before. Even a couple of decades ago, starting a successful business required tens of thousands of dollars of capital.
That is no longer the case. You can start a blog for just a few bucks, and turn this into a million-dollar business from your spare bedroom. This really is the best time in history to be an entrepreneur.
Make Yourself Rich
So the choice is down to you. You can continue to overspend and find yourself stuck in a downward spiral of debt. Or you can change your financial habits starting today, and begin a new and better life.