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Know How To Manage Your Money: 10 Personal Finance Books You Need To Read

Know How To Manage Your Money: 10 Personal Finance Books You Need To Read

Managing your money is one of the most important things you can do. It doesn’t matter if you’re personally wealthy and trying to figure out how to invest or flat broke living paycheck to paycheck. Proper management techniques can save you money, make you money, and keep things in order. Here are some personal finance books that can help you do just that.

1. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley, Ph.D.

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    First up is a delightful read called The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas J Stanely. This is a great book for people in their 20’s. It takes years of research and boils it down in solid, easy-to-understand rules that people can use to manage their finances and become more financially stable. Some of the lessons are pretty well known such as “spend less than you make.” It’s a great read and definitely worth your time.

    2. The Investment Answer by Gordon Murray and Daniel C. Goldie

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      For young people, reading about finance is boring. I’m writing this article and even I shudder at the thought of learning about it. It’s complex and full of rules, regulations, risks, and rewards. The Investment Answer comes recommended by Business Insider as very approachable and easy to understand which makes it great for investment beginners. That said, it may be a bit weak for those who are already familiar with investments.

      3. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? by Cary Siegel

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        As the name implies, this book is about all of the basic personal finance lessons that they probably should’ve taught us in school and didn’t. There are 99 tips, tricks, and lessons for personal finance that pretty much everyone should know and reviewers have called it a “great gift idea for high school and college graduates.” We happen to agree.

        4. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman

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          Being broke can be a horrible thing. You have rising debt, you’re stuck in a hole, and you don’t know what to do. This book can help you figure out what to do. It doesn’t matter if it’s credit card debt, student loans, or some other financial malady, Suze Orman has advice to help you get rid of it for good.

          5. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Hary Eker

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            In this book, you’ll learn exactly what separates rich people from everyone else on a subconscious level. According to Eker, millionaires are millionaires because of how they approach money, and it has little (if anything) to do with skill, talent, or knowledge in their business. It’s an interesting read and one that may help you change your tune financially.

            6. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie J Zelinski

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              Why do we work? So we can take care of ourselves. However, the second reason we work is so that one day, we don’t have to work anymore. In this book. Zelinski not only shows you how to retire well financially but also how you can enjoy life even if you don’t retire with a million bucks. It’s lighthearted, fun, and for people of all ages.

              7. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

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                If you’re looking for something less philosophical and more direct, this is a great book to read. Here you’ll find a six week course that’ll help you set your financial life straight. It’s not an end-all-be-all solution but after the six weeks you should be on a much better track financially. It’s very highly rated on Amazon and word is that it’s also humorous and personable which is a change of pace for personal finance.

                8. Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth

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                  J.D. Roth is truly an inspiration when it comes to personal finance. He started out dirt poor, did the research, and found out the missing links that was preventing him from being successful. He started a blog and eventually wrote this book. If you’re not doing well financially and want to turn it around, this is a great place to start.

                  9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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                    The first thing you should know about Daniel Kahneman is that he’s so good at economics, they gave him a Nobel Prize for it. That means his opinion is probably one that should be respected. In this book, Kahneman explores the way we think about money and has determined that we either make decisions quickly or slowly. He explains the pros and cons of each and when we should use each one to make financial decisions. It’s a little complex but it’s definitely worth a read.

                    10. You’re So Money: Live Rich, Even When You’re Not by Farnoosh Torabi

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                      Last on our list is a book that shows you how to have fun even when you don’t make enough money to have fun. This book is a great way to get the things that you want without going broke or going into debt. It preaches making sacrifices in some areas so you can have fun for others. One cited example is taking out your significant other on an expensive date, but eating PB&J for several days to make up for it. If you want nice things but don’t make that kind of money, check this book out.

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                      Published on November 8, 2018

                      How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                      How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                      After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                      But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                      Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                      Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                      Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                      Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                      The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                      1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                      Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                      With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                      Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                      Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                      For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                      Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                      It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                      2. Set your own boundaries

                      Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                      Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                      Here are some important traits to consider:

                      • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                      • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                      • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                      These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                      3. Continuously invest in yourself

                      Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                      You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                      Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                      Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                      Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                      It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                      4. Document the value you bring

                      Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                      To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                      A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                      Here are some ideas:

                      • joesmith.com
                      • joeasmith.com
                      • joesmithprojects.com

                      Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                      During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                      5. Hide your salary requirements

                      Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                      But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                      The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                      Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                      6. Do just enough research

                      Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                      Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                      Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                      Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                      7. Get compensated by your value

                      Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                      Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                      Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                      You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                      The bottom line

                      You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                      You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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