Category: Build Wealth

A Simple Checklist For Opening Your Cottage

While many cottagers wait until the famous May Two-Four weekend to open their cottage, you’re not like most cottagers. After a long winter full of bomb cyclones and last-minute flurries, you aren’t willing to wait until the mercury hits the teens to get to your home away from home. If you’re planning to make the trip soon, you’ll have a few chore-filled days ahead of you to make sure it’s up to snuff, no matter the weather. To make sure you can relax properly next to the fire, here’s a simple checklist of tasks to keep you on track.

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Building a Team For Your Startup

The number one reason startups fail is due to people problems. Beginning a business is already a stressful matter, and making first hires only intensifies the situation. Startup founders want to make sure they are hiring people who are aligned to the company’s culture and values.

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The Best Money-making Tips for Choosing a Broker When You Trade Online

A financial expert at Olsson Capital confirms that when trading online with the sense of making a huge amount of money, it is essential for you to choose only the best broker to assist you with your individual needs.

A few financial specialists will pay higher exchange commissions for a cutting-edge stage; others check costs to the exclusion of everything else. Settling on the best alternative for you implies measuring the accompanying elements, which fluctuate from broker to broker. Here are a few tips to help you make the decision:

Focus on account essentials

The amount you need to contribute may weigh down your decisions. Introductory store prerequisites at online brokerages skew toward $1,000 or more. There are two reasons for this: It’s hard for brokerage firms to profit off little records. Many common finances additionally require comparable least speculations, which implies, regardless of whether you’re ready to open a brokerage account with a little measure of cash, it could be a battle to contribute it if shared assets are what you’re after.

On the other hand, the less cash you need to contribute, the harder it is to accomplish appropriate enhancement. In the event that you have a single egg, you can put it in one crate and still manage a successful venture.

Other absolute necessities on your rundown can point to a broker with a higher least adjust prerequisite, enabling you to develop a pot of cash in a plain old bank account and at that point, exchange it over when you have enough.

Consider your trading style and tech needs

In case you’re an amateur financial specialist, you may not plan to exchange as often as possible. You ought to keep away from brokers that charge an inertia expense in the event that you don’t meet a base number of exchanges every month, quarter or year. Search for brokers that offer the ventures you need and no more sensible cost. You most likely won’t require additional items, similar to a propelled trading stage.

However, you may need training and a little hand-holding. This could incorporate recordings and instructional exercises on the broker’s site, or in-person courses at branches. Many brokers offer these administrations allowed to account holders.

Dynamic merchants will need to search for a brokerage that backings that sort of recurrence. That incorporates measuring a broker’s trading stages, investigation devices, research and information offerings notwithstanding commissions, including rebates for high-volume merchants and expenses.

A lot of excellent online brokers offer access to trading stages, instruments and research for nothing. Thus, be careful with brokers that nickel and dime each element; those expenses can include rapidly. You may get your cash’s worth from a broker that charges higher-than-normal commissions yet offers a propelled, great trading stage.

Exploit advancements

Online brokers allure new clients with bargains, offering various sans commission exchanges or a money reward on certain store sums. It isn’t insightful to pick a broker exclusively on its limited time special. A high commission over the long haul could undoubtedly wipe out any underlying reward or investment funds. However, in the event that you’re stuck between two choices, advancement may influence you one way or the other.

Watch out for account charges

Expenses can be avoided by essentially picking a broker that doesn’t charge them, or by quitting administrations that cost extra. Normal expenses to keep an eye out for are:

  • Yearly charges.
  • Dormancy expenses.
  • Additional charges for broker-helped exchanges.
  • Trading stage charges.
  • Additional charges for research and information.
  • Paper articulation expenses.

You will most likely be unable to maintain a strategic distance from account charges; however, you can limit them. Most brokers will charge an expense for exchanging out assets or shutting your record. In case you’re exchanging with another broker, that new organization may offer to repay your exchange expenses up as far as possible.

No matter whom you partner with when choosing a broker, trading online can better your financial standing. All you need to do is find an online trading style that suits your needs, accompanied by a broker to assist you to get the best out of your financial deals.

Worried About Reaching Your Financial Goals This Year? Try This

The New Year brings excitement for some, and dread for others as they despair over another potential year of failed goals. I can’t tell you how many years Rick and I spent making a New Year’s resolution to be better with money, and then proceeded to have ZERO success.

It took awhile, but eventually we learned some tips and tricks for making sure our financial (and other) goals truly have a chance of being obtained. Although total success may not happen, following these tips can help ensure you end 2018 better off financially than you did 2017. Read more

The Risks that Can Come When Frugal Turns into Cheap

I was reading another personal finance blog the other day and the writer was telling about how he had saved a LOT of money in a little bit of time. Several hundred thousand dollars in just five years.

It was a cool and inspiring post, but as I read deeper into his techniques for increasing his saving I realized via some photos he had shared that he had definitely crossed the line from “frugal” to “cheap” in his pursuit of wealth.  Read more

Investment Mistake

How to Avoid This Investment Mistake That Cost Us $750

While we have a diversified retirement portfolio mix of Roth and Traditional IRA’s and a 401k, we have decided to get into another form of retirement investments. Real estate investment. As someone who has been engrossed in the real estate investment world with other investors for the past couple of years, I have learned a lot. So much so that we decided to take the plunge on our own. This is solely to diversify our retirement investments even more with the hopes of early retirement through passive income. However, we just made our first mistake!

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Before You Buy Your First Home

The upcoming new year often leads people to start thinking about newer and bigger things, one of which might be the decision to become a homeowner.

As a self-professed house nerd, the home buying process fascinates me to no end. While some financial gurus say that home ownership isn’t worth the price (and in many cases they’re right) there is still something carnal in many people that yearns to own a home of their own. Read more

Is it Really Possible to Retire Early?

Many people, when they think about early retirement, think that it’s only an option for the ultra rich. I used to think that too, until a friend explained it to me this way.

“Think about it. Let’s say you need $4,000 in gross income per month to be able to retire. All you need to do is to own four rental properties that each net $1,000 a month.”

When my friend put early retirement in such simple terms, it got the wheels in my head spinning big time. I started to think about how early retirement could really be a possibility for Rick and I.

Your Early Retirement Plan

This friend/mentor of mine gave me some other tips for planning a route to early retirement too, and I’m going to share how we used his advice to make a plan – and how you can use his advice to make your own early retirement plan.

Any achievable goal has got to start with a step-by-step game plan to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. This is true with financial goals, fitness goals, relationship goals or any other goal you can think of.

So the first question you need to ask yourself if you want to retire early is:

When do I Want to Retire?

Early retirement means different things to different people. You can retire at 60 and be retired early. The general age of retirement is 65 and you can’t even collect Social Security benefits until 62, which means 60 is officially “early”.

Or maybe you want to retire at 55, 50 or 40. Whichever age you decide, you know that you’ve got the amount of years from your current age to your target early retirement age to work with. So if you’re 40 and want to retire at 50, you’ve got ten years to create and execute your early retirement plan.

Now that you’ve figured out how long you have to work with, you’ve got to create a plan by determining how much money you’ll need and how you’ll get that money.

How Much Money Do I Need for Early Retirement?

The answer to this question depends on a couple of things:

  1. What will your basic expenses be in early retirement?
  2. What kind of extras will you need to provide for in early retirement?

There are many things to consider as you search for answers to these questions. Things like: Will you still have kids to care for financially after you retire? Do you want to travel? Will you lead a simple life or an extravagant life?

Making a post-retirement budget is a great way to figure out how much money you’ll need per month in early retirement. Talk with your spouse if you’re married to make sure you’re on the same page regarding your post-retirement life.

Remember that you’ll be accounting for quite a few years of income needed if you plan on retiring early. Future potential medical expenses and other costs such as replacements for cars, etc. should be considered too as you decide on the appropriate amount of income and savings you’ll need.

Once you get a fairly clear estimate of how much money you’ll need, you need to figure out how you’ll get that money.

How Will I Get Enough Money to Retire Early?

If you read any of the early retirement blogs out there, you’ll find that most successful early retirees get their money from one or more of three different sources:

  • Investing in the stock market
  • Investing in real estate
  • Investing in or owning a business

Although there are other options, these three seem to be the most popular among successful early retirees. Your goal should be to research these three options  thoroughly and work to discover which one or combination of two or more is most suited to your personality, your risk tolerance and your interests.

That research obviously involves a whole lot more work than I could talk about in one article, but my friend and mentor that I mentioned earlier, Deacon Hayes, has just published a new book that outlines everything you need to know to determine the answer to that and other questions you might have about retiring early.

Recommended Reading: You CAN Retire Early: Everything You Need to Achieve Financial Independence When You Want it

I can personally vouch for the book that it really will tell you every single thing you need to know about gaining enough money and income to be able to be financially independent and retire early.

This book has become a financial tool that I refer to often as I look over the goals Rick and I have to obtain financial independence.

Note: As I mentioned there are other ways to amass wealth for financial independence than the three I mentioned above, but do be careful as many of the other ideas you’ll find on the Net and in books are very, very risky.

The three ways mentioned here are tried and true paths to wealth that experts such as Warren Buffett and many others have worked successfully.

Am I Willing to Make the Sacrifices Needed to Achieve Long Term Goals?

This is probably THE most important question you need to ask yourself as you plan a path to financial independence and early retirement.

Most of you will need ten years or longer to make your plan work. Are you ready to give up instant gratification spending for the sake of reaching that goal?

Are you willing to keep your nose to the grindstone day in and day out for ten years or more when those around you are buying new and shiny things and living large on credit?

Recommended Reading: How We Broke the New and Shiny Cycle

It’s not going to be easy. Temptations will come, especially as your income and net worth increase. The more money you amass as you work toward early retirement and financial independence, the more tempted you’ll be to start to coast in terms of saving and spending.

If you really want to retire early, you’re going to need to avoid those temptations like the plague. If you don’t, you won’t reach your goals.

The truth is that retirement isn’t an age, it’s a number. What number? The number of the amount of dollars you need to sustain your lifestyle for an indefinite amount of years.

For instance, if you need – like we will – $4,000 a month in gross income to survive on, and you have an investment account worth $1,000,000 that is earning a 5% return each year, you’ll make enough money to cover expenses and taxes for decades to come.

Now, saving that $1,000,000 or creating a rental property portfolio that earns you $4,000 a month isn’t going to be easy but it can be done.

With the right plan and the willingness to take the steps needed to reach your plan’s goals, you really can retire early.

Have you thought about early retirement? If so, have you made a plan to start reaching your goal?