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4 Secrets of Financial Freedom

4 Secrets of Financial Freedom

Everyone is looking for financial freedom, and we try to do it by getting involved in something we are passionate about. Many people have found this freedom by starting a business or working their way to the top in a company. In the past 5 years, there have been more millionaires than in any other period looking back. Much of their success can be attributed to the popularity of the internet, and the resources available online. The cool thing is that many people have written about this success offering their insight into what makes a person successful, or what someone must do to stay ahead of their competition. These same people have mentioned the “secrets to financial freedom” and have written lengthy books while making millions of dollars through sales. Today, we’ll be going through something very special…

We’ll be exploring the “so-called” secrets and what you can do right now to start working your way towards financial freedom. However, it’s very important to mention that this freedom does not necessarily mean you’ll be happy because no amount of money can buy happiness. However, you can use the money you earn to help others and build a wall of happiness around you.

Let’s get started and your feedback will be greatly appreciated:

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1. Money Management

You might have a great foundation with your family supporting you or have a high paying career, but you won’t get closer to financial freedom if you don’t know how to manage your money. I know many people who spend more than they make, and this doesn’t bring them closer to their bottom line. To achieve true financial freedom, you must know how to manage your money and learn how to save, letting your money work for you. Many of the top money managers have stated that if your spending habits are uncontrollable, then you’ll end up worst off then some of the people who don’t make much at all. Therefore, saving money is one of the most important steps to financial freedom.

Start to understand your spending habits, and jump back on track by controlling your expenses, learning about savings and budgeting. Know what’s important right now in your life and what you can do to reinvest into your savings. Identify the areas where money spent truly pays off in a better quality of life for your core interests. For example, some people spend money on their business because they know long-term this will increase profits, grow their customer base and ultimately their business.

2. Your Career Choice

This is going to be one of the most important decisions you’ll make ever, and you should spend time making it by researching growth markets. For you to get closer to financial freedom, you must love what you do, and be earning enough money doing it. However, on the other hand, I know a lot of people who make enormous money but are miserable getting up to go to work in the morning. Follow your passion and everything else will fall into place accordingly.

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Some of the best advice I can give you about choosing a career is to get involved in one which plays to your best strengths, and where you’ll be an asset to the company. If you start your own business, then base it around those very same set of skills.

3. Always Set Goals

Someone once provided me with a great analogy about why setting goals is important, here what they said –

“When you set goals, you’ll be like a ship with a compass knowing exactly where it’s going. However, without goals, you’ll be lost at sea”.

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Therefore, you should have a clear-cut plan about what you want to accomplish, and how you’ll get there. You should set small goals which, when combined” will lead you to a higher purpose. Setting smaller goals provide you with motivation each time you check something off your list. So, what makes a great goal plan?

Let’s look at some of the questions you should be asking:

  • What is my main objective?
  • How can I achieve my end goal?
  • What is the time-limit I must meet this goal?
  • Can I network with others for help?
  • What other way can I achieve my end goals? Hiring help, working for others, etc.

4. Network with Others

This can also be commonly grouped with helping others, and building a network of people that you can rely on to get the job done No matter what successful entrepreneurs you ask, they’ll all give you the same advice – you must get help and then help others to succeed. There are people who have been involved in the same business before you so know creative ways to get the job done. They know the right people which will be a great asset when trying to grow your business, and to your bottom-line. However, for you to benefit you must reach out to people in your industry and build close relationships with them. These people can help increase your brand awareness, profits, guide you in the right direction, and finally help you from making common mistakes.

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How can you find the right people to network with? Luckily, we live in a period where resources are available online so all you should do is a quick search. I would search in Google and find bloggers, companies or even marketing companies who are in your niche. Find and connect with the right person and reach out to them making sure your follow-up afterward. Tell them about your passion and ask them for advice on how you can grow your business leading you to faster financial freedom. Remember, financial freedom is all about making enough money to save, invest and using it to provide you the freedom you are looking for.

Final Thoughts

In the end, everyone is trying to achieve that complete financial freedom so they can live a more enjoyable fulfilling life. However, gaining this freedom does require smart investing and money saving. For example, it’s difficult to gain that freedom when you have uncontrollable spending habits without a clear vision. It’s time you start saving and investing in your business so you achieve that complete financial freedom.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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