Many adeptians handle their daily finances. Pay bill? Check. Shop for the best deals on that new TV? Check.
But what happens with a bigger picture? If you have felt a felt money you can work harder and smarter, consider doing some financial planning.
The process is like a train ride near the nearest mountain to get a great view. It will take time and a little effort. But, with the landscape placed in front of you, it can be easier to find the best way to any destination. Plus, you might see a new area that is interesting to explore.
How does it work? Financial planning begins by taking a holistic view of short-term and long-term goals. Next, followed by making a financial plan to achieve these goals. Make your dollar according to your values, and meet your overall needs. You might be surprised to find the larger strategy you ignored.
There are times when it’s best to look for professional advice, but there is a lot you can do myself. First, we will explore the steps you can take. Then we will find out when it’s smart hiring a pro.
Financial Planning “Do-it-It-Yourself”
Here are some planning actions that you can take.
Think about short-term and long-term goals. What is your dream? Do you want to buy a house, get a bachelor’s degree, or travel the world? Maybe you are a long time retired. Start a notebook or online diary to record your goals.
Take an inventory where you are now. How many savings do you have? How many income and expenses? What are your assets and debts? Record your expenses at least for 3 months to really get the idea of where your money goes. You can use resources such as Mint.com, Kiplinger budget forms, or programs like Quicken.
PANTAINAP YOUR basic needs, including risk management. Make sure you have the right type of insurance for health, home and property. If you have dependents, or have something, make sure you have the will or trust so you can say what happens after you leave.
Choose a goal and make an action plan. Say you want to buy a house, but don’t have savings. It is recommended that monthly payments and other housing costs do not exceed 30% of your average income. Work with this number to see what you can, and what you need to save for a down payment. Go to Bankrate.com for a calculator that will tell you how long it takes.
Review and get back your goals and progress every month.
When to employ a professional planner – if you arrange a big wedding or event, recruit catering will be smart. And most of us will go to medical professionals for health problems that we don’t understand. Likewise, consider employing competent financial planners if you find yourself in the following situations.
If the amount is large, consider additional assistance. Do you get payment of life insurance, or inherit Bibi Susan’s plantation? If you are lucky enough to have received a downturn or inheritance fortune, you are a good candidate for help.
If your finances are complex or bother you, get help. Did you go to bankruptcy or juggling too much debt? Not sure if you will fulfill retirement purposes?
If you have divorce or loss of a couple recently, consider help. This is the time when people feel fragile, and maybe not the best to make a decision based on information. Ask professional trusted what your choice is, and then take the time to reflect before acting.
If you can’t move forward or make a decision about your money, find help. This might be the only step you need to get your finances in sequence.