Are you happy with the amount of money you're taking home each year? If you're like most of us, a little bit of extra cash each month could go a long way. So, why not start a side hustle to supplement your income? Don't worry. You don't have to sacrifice all of your free time to start a successful side hustle. One of the big advantages of side hustling is that you can do it when you want and as much (or as little) as you want. The best advice I can give you is to start. Use any extra time you can find and make a little bit of progress every day. Soon you'll be addicted to the side hustle lifestyle. So, how much money can you really make with a side hustle? Well, that's the other awesome thing about side hustling, the income is virtually limitless. Since you're not getting paid by the hour or a set salary, it's really up to you to decide how much you want to earn. The more you feed your side hustle, the more it grows.
Notice how I wrote significant other; this financial tip doesn't just apply to married couples. Money fights can affect any relationship. The best way to avoid fighting about money with your S/O is to talk to them about it. Remember that you're a team! You should be talking to each other about your financial goals, and you should set a date once a month to go over your finances together. I recently started doing a monthly money meeting with my girlfriend and it's actually been pretty fun. We get to see where each other are at with our financial goals and we keep ourselves motivated to accomplish those goals. The bottom line? Don't let money ruin a great relationship.
Investing is one of the best ways to increase your net worth, but a lot of people stay away from it because they're scared of losing money. So instead of investing, they keep their money in a savings account. That's great, and you should have some money in a savings account for emergencies, but the truth is: Money in a savings account loses value over time. See, the average savings account has a very tiny 0.06% APY (annual percentage yield), while inflation is around 1.7%. That means that each year, the money you have in a savings account is going to have less and less buying power. So, what can you invest in to stay ahead of inflation? Here are some options:
If you lost your job tomorrow would you have enough money to live off while you look for a new one? If not then you're not alone. This study found that although Americans are doing a better job at saving, around 24 percent of them (57 million people) don't have an emergency fund. Now I don't want to be a negative Nancy or a Debbie downer, but emergencies happen all the time. They may not happen to you, but it's always good to be prepared. You can't predict an emergency, but you can prepare for one. The best way to do so is to set up an emergency fund of 3-6 months living expenses. That means if you lost your job tomorrow, you'd be able to live off your emergency fund for 3-6 months while you look for a new one. Here are some common financial emergencies:
Net worth can seem like a tricky topic, but it's quite simple. Your net worth is how much money you are worth. If you were to sell everything you own, then pay off everything you owe, how much money would be left? That's your net worth. Here's what that looks like in equation form: Net worth = Assets (what you own) – Liabilities (what you owe) Ready to calculate your net worth? Here's how: First, create a list of all your assets (what you own) and their estimated value. Here are some examples of assets:
Yeah, yeah, I know, it sounds obvious, right? Well, it must not be because according to CNBC, 78% of Americans working full-time are living paycheck to paycheck. Here's the thing: It's easy to KNOW that you should be spending less than you earn, it's a lot harder to actually do it. However, if you want to escape the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle that so many others live, you need to spend less than you earn. This is one of the most crucial but basic personal finance tips ever. In order to do this, you need to track your spending. You can do this by either writing your purchases down or by using a free personal finance app.
You might hear the word “budget” and cringe a little, but you shouldn't. Budgeting is not hard, and it doesn't mean you have to stop doing things you enjoy. Budgeting is simply creating a plan for your money so you have a better idea of where it's going every month. A popular and effective way to budget is with the 50/30/20 rule. How it works is 50% of your income goes towards the necessities (bills, food, housing, etc.), 20% of your income goes towards savings and the remaining 30% you can use for whatever you please. This is a nice and easy way to break down your paycheck, but you might need to adjust it a bit to fit your lifestyle.
Credit for this one goes to user GeekLimit on Reddit – one of my favorite personal finance tips! This is an odd little trick that can change the perspective you have about your money, and help you budget better. It's all about breaking your income and expenses down into daily values, like this:
This personal finance tip — supposedly coined by George S. Clason, author of The Richest Man In Babylon — is another common one that can have a huge impact on your finances. When you pay yourself first, you're investing in your financial future; you're investing in future you, and future you will thank present you for doing so. So, why not just pay yourself at the end of the month? That's a lot easier, right? Well, the reason why paying yourself first works so well is that once that money is sent to a savings account, you're a lot less likely to spend it. If you wait until the end of the month to pay yourself, you might not have any money left! Future you will be very sad with no money. Make future you happy by investing in yourself! PS. The best way to pay yourself first is to do it automatically. Set up an auto-deposit with WealthSimple and you'll never have to think about saving money again – it will just happen.
If you want to accomplish financial goals, you need to figure out what goals are important to you first. Having a clear goal can keep you motivated and help you come up with a plan to reach that goal even faster. Now, don't think that you need to set outrageous goals. If this is your first time thinking about personal financial goals, start off small and work your way up from there. I'd suggest coming up with a few different goals in each of these categories: