Tips to Become Financially Independent

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Saving money, investing, lessons from the pandemic, financial independenceMoney is the biggest cause of stress for many people. People often spend a lot of their time worrying about if they are making enough money, if they will have enough money in retirement, and the rising cost of living. Therefore, it is understandable that so many people want to achieve financial independence where they no longer have to spend so much time and energy worrying about money and scrutinizing every single purchase. This post will show you how you can achieve financial independence and ways to boost your financial well-being, which could improve your life in many different ways.

Establish Your Goals

First, you need to determine what financial independence means for you. For some people, this will be reaching a point where they can retire early without having to worry about money. For others, it simply means leading a comfortable lifestyle and not having to sacrifice anything due to concerns about money. Once you know what you want to achieve, you can then set smaller goals to help you achieve your goals.

Create a Budget

Charity Navigator, Wounded Warrior Project, Money, spendingMany people struggle to improve their financial well-being because they do not have a system in place that controls their spending. You need to look at your total household income and outgoings and establish a budget that will control your spending, which should help to prevent frivolous spending and allow you to build up savings to achieve financial independence.

Clear Debt

In order to achieve financial independence, you will need to rid yourself of debt. It can take some time, but you should prioritize debt clearance so that you can then start to become financially independent and keep the money that you earn.

Use Personal Loans

Becoming financially independent often involves spending intelligently, which can be tricky to manage. When you need to spend a large sum, you may find that personal loans from companies like OneMain Financial are a good option. You could use a personal loan to pay for large, planned expenses such as new furniture, and pay back the amount borrowed over several months or years with a fixed payment. Personal loans can also be used to cover some emergency expenses without the uncertainty behind the monthly repayment amount of a credit card.

Build Your Savings

Piggy bank, saving, coinsTo achieve financial independence, you need to build up your savings, and you need to think about money for the short, medium, and long term. Money that you need within five years should be kept in a high-interest savings account, but anything more than this could be invested or put into your pension pot for the future.

Maximize Your Earning Potential

You should also identify ways to maximize your earning potential. This could involve achieving a qualification that would help you to earn more money, moving to a different job, or setting up a side hustle to boost your income.

These are the key areas to focus on if you want to achieve financial independence. Money is a constant source of stress for many, but when you take control of your situation and have a plan in place, you can find ways to achieve freedom and improve your lifestyle.

 

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at aknextphase.com. She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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