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6 Keys to Building Multiple Streams of Income

6 Keys to Building Multiple Streams of Income

For most successful entrepreneurs, building multiple streams of income is the key to financial success and independence. You have to diversify your income to achieve a consistent cash flow throughout the years.

Let us take lessons from the story of Ramit Sethi and how he was able to build his massive income-generating streams.  According to him, before you start building your streams of income, you need to consider some key points.

1. Attitude –

Your attitude over money matters. To many, money is just a piece of paper, especially if it’s just a $1 bill. To the prosperous, a one dollar bill is a seed which they can plant and turn into a money tree. Imagine setting aside 1 dollar a day. That will be 7 dollars in a week and $365 in a year. Let’s say you have more dollars to spare. You put aside $5 a day. That will be $35 in a week and $1,825 in a year. You can speed up the process by saving more dollars each day.

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2. Consistency –

Saving and investing can be boring and difficult at times, but you can’t stop. You will reap what you sow in the future and you’ll be surprised at how far your dollar has gone.

3. Focus –

Start with a single stream of income first. Do not be distracted with new strategies or new business opportunities. Continue with what you started until you are able to generate a consistent income. Then you can add another stream of income.

4. Leverage –

Instead of adding a completely different stream of income, you can add a complimentary income stream by leveraging business that you already worked so hard for.

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5. Invest –

The stock market can be overwhelming, but you can focus on these three tasks to make it simple: filtering, timing in and timing out. Mutual funds are a great investment and they are everywhere. How do you choose? Select the one that has the longest track record. Furthermore, the longer you invest, the lower is the risk.

6. Educate yourself –

Before you engage in a business or investment, you must arm yourself with knowledge. Learning about the particular business market will help you make an informed decision and plan better.

It is great to have financial freedom, but it does not happen overnight. If you decide to create multiple streams of income, build your initial income stream first. When you are comfortable with it and know how to handle it well, then you can start building your next stream of income.

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You have to know your niche clearly. You have to know who to sell your product/service to, what solutions you can provide to your customers, what outcomes you can help your customers achieve and why they should work with you. You should have a signature strategy that you will apply on all your income streams to help your customers achieve results. Without a strategy, marketing your product will be hard and your time and energy will just go to waste due to frustration.

Once you have a clear marketing strategy, use it on your initial income stream and find ways to make it more effective. After finding the right formula, apply it to all your streams of income.

It is not true that building multiple streams of income can make you a millionaire overnight. You must have a clear focus and strategy that is consistent in all your streams of income. In addition, just because a new strategy is making a buzz in the business world does not mean your strategy no longer works. To ramp up your revenue stream, you should perfect your strategy and apply it on all your existing and future income streams.

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To sum it all up, you should have a clear mind and a clear focus when you want to build multiple streams of income. Start with one stream of income, apply your strategy and learn from it. Get all the positive points, eliminate the bad points and apply your perfected strategy to all your income-generating endeavors.

If you know of other ways on how to create multiple income, please share it on the comments section below. Share this article with your friends and start earning while enjoying the things you love most.

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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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