Financial independence is the ability to live comfortably on one’s savings with having zero debts. Now one may raise his eyebrows and just shove of the thought that it can be possible most especially with how life have become difficult. But what makes it difficult for an individual depends on several factors. And if you would like to live comfortably and provide everything that your family needs, you must make ways on how to make things work for you.
1. Envision then create a plan. This mean that be able to visualize what you want to achieve. By asking financial experts, they may be able to lay down on you how much you really need to work on to make you achieve financial independence. The plan that you decide on may defer on every individual. But what is certain is that when you make your plan early on in life, it will produce a better outcome because you are able to have more time to save and invest.
2. Learn how to budget your expenses. Set a certain amount for the things that you need to spend on monthly. Then save the money that is left. There should be no thinking of “having some dollars to spend on beer or for a night out”. Think of it as your way of abstaining yourself from every little “money-sucking” activity.
3. When credit cards were first introduced, it was meant to be a way of helping out consumers buy things that are NECESSARY when they do not have enough money to spend on. However, the evil minds started to use it as a means of acquiring things more than they can actually afford. The more credit cards, the merrier? If that is how you think, then you will really be doomed forever. Try to spend less than you earn. Never make it a habit to buy things that are not really important. Always think of “saving up for the rainy day”.
4. Provide safety nets. Set out an amount that will serve as part of your emergency fund or for insurance. It may be best to open up an account for that. You should be able to have the amount of money needed if you suddenly need to have an appliance fixed or other unexpected expenses.
5. Eliminate debts. More than having housing loans or car loans, people have just gotten into this hype of acquiring so many things without realizing that the things that they have bought may not have any use to them at all. Imagine how malls would encourage their customers to buy things at a discounted price. People get instantly attracted when they see that a certain item have been marked down. They buy these things and charge them on their credit cards. But these new things that they may have bought would just end up as additional clutter into their homes. Such waste of money! Remember how much money you throw away when you do not pay your credit card on time.
6. Consider your career choice. You may be employed right now and that would mean having a limit on the amount of money that comes into your savings account. If you think of taking a step of creating an additional source of income, example, if you have the skills of writing, you may want to accept writing jobs that you can do during free time. Any form of additional income should be taken as an opportunity to increase your stakes at financial independence. Of course, choosing to put up your own business may have risks and to start up with a certain amount of money may be a problem for some. But if your heart is into something that you know you can handle and that you are happy about, then there should be no stopping you from taking that step.
7. You may be living in a huge apartment where half of your salary goes to every month. You may want to consider moving out to a small, inexpensive one so you can save a few hundred dollars to be added to your emergency funds. Sometimes, we need to be practical. We don’t need to be in competition with others just because you see them having a comfortable like and we try to mimic their lifestyle even if our money doesn’t allow it. Being humble is cheaper than being flamboyant with an empty bank account.
8. Consider investing your money on stocks, bonds or real estate. Let experts tell you how things work and be diligent enough to make your homework about what you are about to start with. Remember to just deal with credible people and not be fooled by people who will promise you with a huge turn around in just a short time. That would be like pyramiding schemes which so many have fallen trapped.
To become financially independent means you have to be careful with every step you take, ensuring that you are doing the right things in making your life better. There is always a bit of sacrifice on matters that we want to achieve. But with these little sacrifices come big outcomes.
Financial independence is a goal that everyone has. It is just the matter of having that willingness to make small changes in the kind of lifestyle that we have been accustomed to and welcome changes positively so that good results will ensure.