Five Steps You Need To Take To Guarantee You Have A Healthy Financial Future

December 2, 2020

Are you worried about the future of your finances? This is something to consider as one report has revealed that a vast percentage of people are going to die with debt that has not been paid off. That is a rather bleak outlook for the future. Luckily, there are some steps that you can consider if you want to make sure that you are in a better position with your finances. Here are the possibilities that we recommend:

Buying Property

If you want to ensure that you have a strong financial future, the first step should always be to boost your level of assets. One of the easiest ways that you can do this is by purchasing a property. Getting on the property ladder as early as you can is often the best move, even if you need help to do so. A lot of people rely on parental or government support to buy their first home and there is no shame in this. Once you have a property you can start paying off that mortgage and building up the level of equity that you have in the home. 

You might think that your situation makes it more difficult for you to own property. This could be true. However, there is always support available to you. For instance, if you are a veteran then you can explore VA loans. These are often more affordable and available specifically for vets from private lenders. It means that you will not have to worry about a mortgage driving you into debt. 

If a new home is too expensive for your budget, then you can also think about buying a pre-owned home. These are often more affordable on the market and provide the same benefits. You can also renovate and improve the property to ensure that it does increase in value and deliver you a solid profit when it’s time to sell. 

Adding A Second Income 

Financial experts agree that these days, you should always have more than one income. This is true regardless of how much you are earning with your primary income. It does not matter whether you are on $30,000 or $60,000 a year, a second or even third income will be key to keeping your finances healthy. At the same time, it is important that you do not end up in a situation where you are working your life away. You need to make sure that you still have the freedom and time to do things that you love. Ideally, your second or third income should be tied to things that you enjoy and that does not feel like a chore. 

For instance, if you love writing, then you might want to consider writing content online. You could set up your own blog or you might want to think about writing content for other people’s blogs. It is entirely your choice. Alternatively, you could explore passive incomes. You might think that passive incomes are a bit of a myth, but this is not always the case. There are lots of passive incomes available on the market. One of the best passive incomes worth exploring would be trading. If you have a little experience or even just a little luck, you can make a lot of money trading on the stock market. This is just a case of recognising patterns and knowing when a company is going to fall or rise from the ashes. 

Saving A Pension 

Next, you need to make sure that you are saving up for a pension. Many people are not fully aware of the fact that social security is finite. Eventually, it is going to run out and this is going to mean that a lot of people are going to get stuck in their jobs. Unless they have a private pension fund. Many people wonder when they should start saving for their pension and the answer is as soon as possible, particularly if you want to ensure that you retire early. To save up for a pension, it is important that you handle your finances effectively. You also need to think about your career. 

There are a lot of businesses that will offer the support of a pension pot as an incentive for joining their company. This is something that is worth looking out for on the market. It can help you build up the sizable pension that you want. Of course, you can also pursue setting up your own pension. To do this, you need to make sure that you are budgeting. Setting a budget is easy. You just need to work out your total income and then calculate all your bills that come out of your account each month. Add a little extra on for unexpected costs and then take this away from your total income. The amount you have left over is your budget for the month. You can half this and put 50% into savings. If you cannot afford to do this, then that is where you once again need to start thinking about a second or third income. Ultimately, some people are more frugal with their money. This makes things easier for them later in life. Others want to enjoy life while they are young. It is up to you which route you want to take here. 

Buying A Car

Similar to buying a home, purchasing a car is going to give you another asset that you can use. You should always be wary about purchasing a car on finance. Due to the rate at which cars depreciate, this is hardly ever going to be worth it, even if it seems like a great short term deal. You need to think about what this is going to do to your finances and whether you can afford the interest.

Instead, it can be a far smarter choice to buy a car outright that might be second hand and will be more affordable. By doing this, you take a lot of the money that you will lose through depreciation out of the equation. You also will not have to worry about issues with the car becoming a constant drain on your finances. It will also mean that you always have a form of transport. 

Making Smart Investments 

Finally, you need to ensure that you are making smart financial investments. It is not enough to save money or buy the right assets. You then need to take steps to invest your money in key areas. We have already talked about this a little in terms of both property and the trading market, however, you can go further here. Once you have bought one property, you can consider saving your money so you can afford to invest in a second. This can be a buy to let property and that can provide a nice extra cushion of cashion for you to rely on. Alternatively, you might want to think about investing in a holiday home. If there is a place where you love to go frequently it makes sense to buy real estate in this location. It could save you a fortune on hotel bills. 

Alternatively, you could think about investing in something like forex. Forex is great because you will be able to invest as much or as little as you like. As such, you never need to get too deep into this investment but it could still provide big rewards. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key ways that you can guarantee that your financial future is secure. If you take the right steps here, you won’t have to worry about issues with debt or a decline in your quality of life in your later years. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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