In Summary
  • Look at your loans and make a plan to reduce or eliminate them.  There’s only one way to get out of debt.  By paying it back.
  • So the more important thing to figure out is where to get the money to pay it back. Avoid borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.
  • Make a mental note to not borrow especially for consumption purposes. Leave that credit card at home.

The festive season is over and most of us are back to work and real life. What do your goals for this year look like? Setting tangible and realistic goals is an important step toward becoming financially secure. If you haven’t set them, it is time to do so. Here are some pertinent questions to ask yourself as you do so.

 

1. How will your income increase?  It’s okay to write down how much you will save or invest but how will this get done if you are not planning to make more money?

You cannot grow financially by constantly earning the same amount of money year in year out.

You may be earning a salary and believe that this is not in your control. After all it is your employer who decides. Look at the role you are playing at work.

What do you need to achieve to earn more? What targets need to be met?  What value can you provide? What opportunities exist for you to go the extra mile? Have a strategy for your job so that an increase or bonus can be justified. Income can also be increased by putting a skill you have to good use.

Maybe you can cook, paint, bake, write, sing... Perhaps it’s even things you have been doing for free for friends and family.  You can also do certain investments that can give you an income.

 

2. What assets are you building? 

Too often when we start a New Year, people give vague statements about how they will save or invest more. Look at your portfolio and decide what it will look like by the end of the year.  Do you intend to invest in shares, land, business, bonds, among others. Here is the trick with assets. Start learning, doing the research and reading even before you buy it. You become an investor first by acquiring an investment mindset.  More money doesn’t necessarily make you an investor. If you want to own land, spend your weekends visiting various areas. If you want to start a business, learn what it takes to run a business.

 

3. How will you get out of debt? 

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