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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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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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