Advertising
Advertising

7 Smart Financial Moves to Make Right Now

7 Smart Financial Moves to Make Right Now

Life can be unpredictable and you have to be smart about your choices. Financial independence is something that you must aim to achieve as soon as possible. It is easy to get lost in your plans for the future, so much so that you can lose sight of your financial goals. However, it is possible to stay on track! Not only that but you can use these tips to bring yourself out of debt. The pointers below involve different aspects of your life that will ensure you are financially sound now and in the future.

Here are some things that you must do right now to live a financially stress-free life.

Advertising

1. Revise your budget.

Time has elapsed since you set your last budget. Revise your budget as your financial needs may be different now. It will also be a good opportunity to make your budget even more realistic. You will get an idea of expenses you need to cut down as well.

2. Don’t take the focus off your health.

Don’t let your health suffer because of money. Check different health insurance options that make the best of your health. Go visit a physician if you haven’t already. Ask your workplace about reimbursement or discounts on gym memberships. You will be surprised how easy it is to save money on health.

Advertising

3. Calculate and pay your taxes.

It is your responsibility to pay your taxes. It is a lot easier for you to pay them in quarterly installments. If you are a freelancer, you are obligated to file and pay your taxes in quarters. The I.R.S will not fine nor penalize you if you pay your second quarter taxes by June 15 of the tax year. Paying your taxes quarterly is more beneficial than paying them annually, as it is easier and more convenient to calculate as well as pay them.

4. Review your performance at work.

It is one of the most important yet the most ignored to-do chore. You don’t realize that the better you perform, the greater benefits you will get. You can ask for a raise, flexible hours or even an office. So review your performance against your workplace benchmarks and then set up a meeting to check in and negotiate with your boss.

Advertising

5. Involve your partner in setting a financial goal.

Your partner should be a part of all life-altering decisions. Involve them in making financial decisions as they will be affected by them too. You can both work together to form a financial plan. You can either maintain a single joint account, or decide to keep separate accounts. You could make either a short-term goal or a long term goal, such as saving for retirement, a house, kids’ college tuition or even a cruise holiday. Establish each others’ role and responsibilities that will discipline you into reaching that financial goal.

6. Save as much as possible.

Spend as little as you can and make as much as you can; that way you can save more. If you are enjoying retirement, spend carefully, but if you are in the peak of your youth save as much as possible. Create emergency funds so you can have a safety net to pull you through hard times.

Advertising

7. Pay in cash.

The rule is: “If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it”; measure your affordability in cash so you don’t have to opt for a credit card and enslave yourself to debt. The “pay in cash” rule should be followed no matter what stage of life you’re in. Make wise choices when spending your cash because you could have easily saved that amount for emergencies or future expenditure.

Featured photo credit: Ken Teegardin via flickr.com

More by this author

Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

10 Traits of Sucessful Heroic Leaders 25 Signs That You’re A Mentally Strong Person 10 Astonishing Benefits of Marmite That Will Turn Your Hatred Into Love 5 Fun Ways to Make Money Online That You Should Try 4 Crucial Startup Mistakes That Can Kill Your Business: How You Can Avoid

Trending in Money

1 How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps 2 How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide) 3 9 Millionaire Success Habits That Will Inspire Your Life 4 Top 5 Spending Tracker Apps to Manage Your Budget Smart in 2020 5 How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

Advertising

2. Become Goal-Orientated

It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

Advertising

If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

Advertising

4. Never Stop Learning

The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

Advertising

5. Think Big

While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

6. Enjoy the Attention

To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

More About Thinking Smart

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

Read Next