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5 Wealth Habits All Successful Entrepreneurs Share

5 Wealth Habits All Successful Entrepreneurs Share

Habits are what make us who we are. Exceptionally successful entrepreneurs have learned to use the power of habit to their advantage. That is why they’re able to separate themselves from the rest and lead their business ventures to success.

One of the areas they channel the power of habit towards is how they handle wealth. By developing some positive habits towards wealth, making and managing money successfully comes very easy.

Some of the world’s richest people even have hordes of titles dedicated to studying the habits that made them successful managers of wealth. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates all have habits that make them insanely successful. This article will be sharing some of the habits that successful entrepreneurs embrace to keep their wealth increasing.

1. They Make Reading A Habit

First, this is the fundamental habit that every successful entrepreneur all share.

For those wondering what reading has to do with wealth, it’s true that the secrets to success are hidden in the pages of books. Warren Buffet says he reads about 600 pages every day. With so much knowledge on wealth management, it’s little wonder the billionaire investor keeps growing.

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To become better at managing wealth, start by picking up a book to read every other day. Business Insider shares a list of books Warren Buffet recommends everyone should read about wealth and money.

Warren Buffet is not the only successful entrepreneur who reads. Elon Musk taught himself rocket science through reading which, to be honest, sounds harder to learn than managing wealth. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Mark Cuban are other examples of successful entrepreneurs who love to read.

2. They’re Not Shy To Bargain For The Best

While the average person thinks it’s not worth haggling over price, successful wealth managers think otherwise.

Bargaining is simply in the blood of highly successful entrepreneurs.

“Apart from making stupid money mistakes, not wanting to get a good price from everything is a quick way to go broke,” says Yasir Khan of WealthKept.com.

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3. They Diversify Their Income

It’s a common statement that the average millionaire has several sources of income.

Income diversification is the secret to the wealth of many successful entrepreneurs. They understand that you can only make so much from running one business. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has many businesses under it and acquires continues to acquire many. Facebook, Apple, Samsung and almost all of the world’s leading companies and entrepreneurs own several businesses.

Before running for president, Donald Trump owned over 500 businesses around the globe.

To keep wealth coming you have to look into other sources of income other than your primary job or business. One way to start diversifying your source of income is by converting your earnings into profit-yielding ventures. Live off the profit and reinvest the capital.

4. They Invest

Invest first, save, then spend.

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That’s one of the main ways successful entrepreneurs get to where they are. It might not be comfortable at the start, but from constant practice and by employing discipline along the way it becomes habit.

By forming an investment-focused habit, anyone can build wealth easily. It compounds. Instead of spending away all your earnings, you put some away till it grows into a sizeable amount of money. It should be separate from your emergency savings. Once you’ve amazed a sizable amount of money, reinvesting it into something like real estate, shares or government bonds will help you create passive income.

Passive income is one way to build sustainable wealth. By cultivating the habit of investment, successful entrepreneurs are able to build several sources of passive income.

5. They Love Numbers

The human mind is easily inundated by figures and numbers. This makes looking at our accounts and tracking how we spend difficult. Successful entrepreneurs, however, know that they must make crunching numbers a habit.

If forming a habit of breaking down numbers doesn’t come easy to you, using financial management apps like Mint or Level Money, to keep track of your spending is another option.

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6. They are Frugal

Frugality is a habit that’s common among the super-rich.

Being wise about your money and prioritizing your spending is a key trait. Highly successful people don’t spend on impulse nor do they spend just to impress others. They may actually live well below their means.

This habit makes it possible for them to invest their money into things that will accumulate more wealth for them.

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

Featured photo credit: Artem Bali via unsplash.com

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