We’re talking about how you can plan your life for the future, financially. To achieve financial stability, you must first retrospect your current finances and make steps towards your goal.
How to achieve financial stability?
At its core, a financial plan is straightforward. It’s an outline of how you will spend your money in the foreseeable future. You make one to help you save money, grow it, and cut debt. It’s meant to reduce hassle, stress and ensure that you spend your money wisely so you can achieve your financial goals.
In your plan for financial stability, you simply state your goals and outline measurable milestones that’ll tell you if you’re on the right track. You’ll also create a list of time-bound, specific steps to achieve those goals. It’s like planning a picnic or vacation, but in this case, your finances are what’s at stake. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. You don’t have to be an accountant to plan where your money goes. You don’t have to feel anxious or intimidated. You must learn how to discard this emotional baggage that will only keep you from achieving your goals.
Nevertheless, knowing where to start can be challenging; implementing it will be harder. You can choose to rely on the assistance and technical know-how of someone with a background in finance to help you deal with these matters. A professional will be more than willing to assist you in building and reviewing your financial plan. You can make a bullet point or list of what you want to do with your money, and your financial advisor can help you figure out how to make those things happen. In the process, you’ll get to learn as well.
Planning for the future financially
Even without a financial advisor, you can sit down and try to answer these questions:
By coming up with possible answers to these questions, you’ll make it easier to consult with a financial advisor. They can provide you with some input to refine your plan and implement it accordingly.
Planning for the future: How are your finances?
Review the money you have: assets versus liabilities. In the assets column, write down your current savings, your cash at hand, your monthly net income from business or from work, and your valuables and properties that can be sold (such as jewelry or land).
If you are earning income from lease payments, write that down as well. In a separate list, note down any insurance coverage and retirement plans you already have.
In the liabilities column, write down your monthly expenditures, debts, mortgages, premium payments, and loans. In a third column, compare your monthly income and savings with that of your expenses. Is the balance in the red, or negative? If so, that means you have to cut certain expenditures, sell assets, or find ways to supplement your income to reduce the red balance.
You will talk about this with your financial adviser so he or she can help you refine your financial goals.
What do you want to achieve within the next few months? 5 year financial plan?
Before you think about your financial goals, make a list of things you need to buy or keep spending money on. Bills, insurance premiums, food, mortgage payments, transportation, and other living expenses and capital expenditures are examples of “needs.” Then, write down the things you want to buy but are clearly not priorities.
All of this information will feed into your immediate and short-term goals. You can also make a rough outline of what you want to achieve in the future, as long as you distinguish between long-term needs and long-term wants. Your financial advisor will help you trim your list to specific goals and phrase them in a logical, doable manner.
What are the steps you need to take?
Under each main goal, write down specific actions you can take. These steps will also serve as milestone indicators. If you accomplished all these actions within the prescribed period of your plan, then you can say you achieved your goal, and move on to another. Your success or failure in accomplishing these steps will help improve your plan by indicating what areas you need to work on.
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