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Achieving Financial Freedom Is Not Difficult At All

Updated on November 5, 2012

Everyone wants financial freedom. But, only a few are able to achieve this. Some people do not even make efforts to achieve this because they think that the steps involved for realizing this dream are quite complex. But, in reality, these people do not have the courage of conviction and willpower to make attempts to achieve it. If they have the determination, they will not mind taking the steps involved even if they are complex.

But, the fact of the matter is that there are some simple steps for achieving this aim. At the same time, you should not expect instant results, though the steps are simple. If you are ready to take these steps consistently and patiently, you can certainly achieve the desired goal in due course of time. Some of these steps are discussed here:

- You should have a budget every month and ensure to adhere to it strictly. If you prepare a chart of your expenses, you will come to know where you spend more. You should find out if there are any possibilities of reducing the expenses on this particular head. So, by making a budget, you can know your cash flow.

- You should invariably make it a point to save at least 10% of your earnings. As soon a you receive your salary, you should set aside this amount. You should make your monthly budget for the remaining amount only. As your income increases, you can keep increasing the amount you save.

- Many people commit the mistake of viewing insurance as a wealth-building option. The fact is that insurance is there to cover the risks involved in your life. It may not fetch you as good returns as other investments do.

- There are several ways to save money so that you can build your wealth. You have not only traditional investments but other forms like equities, real estate, mutual funds, precious metals such gold and silver and unit trust. But, it is necessary that you should do your research properly before choosing the right type of investment. Your investments should earn you good returns but at the same time, the money should be safe also. For example, when you decide to invest in equities, you should adopt a cautious approach before it is a highly volatile market. Though it is true that returns can be very good in equity market, there are chances of losing everything in this market. So, you must choose only those shares that can consistently give good returns. You should invest only in companies that are financially sound. These companies should be financially strong enough to withstand the vagaries of the stock market volatility. You should also bear in mind that you must not invest more than you can afford to lose. You should not also borrow money for investing in equity market.

- Most importantly, your monthly expenses should not exceed your income. This is very important if you want to achieve financial freedom.

- Though you may not like to borrow money, you may sometimes be forced to raise loans. But, you should be careful while doing so. Your debts should not exceed more than 40% of the income you earn.

- You should always be alert and keep learning about new concepts, savings methods, etc. that can improve your financial situation. You can choose the concepts and methods that can suit you and adopt them meticulously so that you can achieve financial freedom soon.


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      Raman Kuppuswamy 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for your useful comments. I went through your profile and am very much impressed. BTW, my Zodiac is also Gemini.


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      Marie Flint 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Yes, money, if you have it, is fairly easy to manage once you decide to do so. Some people are compulsive buyers. There are lots of books on the subject giving recommended ratios for spending on rent or mortgage, payments to creditors and, most importantly, savings, which can quickly be wiped out when there's an accident or natural disaster. The key is to rule whatever money you have--not to let the money rule you. Many people get upset and worried when they feel they can't afford something. To attract money, we have to sense that we already have it and that all problems are already solved. Attitude is everything.

      You stated that debts should not exceed 40% of your income. To clarify this, I remember that the total monthly payment to interest-bearing creditors should not exceed 20% of your monthly income. If it does, some money counseling and a financial advisor are in order. It's a little like going on a diet or achieving any goal you have set for yourself. It helps to read and reread that goal every day, and ask yourself, "What steps have I taken today to make my goal happen?"

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!