Wealth Secret One A: Take Control of Your Money! Reach Wealth through your Budget.
For you to achieve your goals and Reach Wealth you must control your money. To do that properly you need to learn how to Budget. If you truly want to Reach the seemingly elusive goal of Wealth, learn this step well.
A budget is not just for you, personally, it is essential for all businesses and Governments. My belief is that we/they should all budget for surpluses and build wealth.
How to Budget
This is a Step-by-Step Process to Identify ALL your Current Expenses and Income.
- List all of your Yearly Expenses.
- Insurance - House, Health etc.
- Registration - Car, Business etc.
- Rates & Taxes - Property, Government etc.
- Utilities - Electricity, Heating etc.
- Memberships - Clubs, Associations etc.
- List all your Weekly/Bi-weekly/Monthly Expenses.
- List all your Sources of Income
- Salary or Wages.
- Share Dividends.
- Interest on Savings.
Multiply Weekly Expenses by 52, Bi-Weekly Expenses by 26, Monthly Expenses by 12 and add these Totals and the Yearly Expenses together.
Divide the Total Expenses by 52 - this is your TOTAL Weekly Expense.
Multiply your Weekly Income by 52, Bi-Weekly Income by 26, Monthly Income by 12 and add these Totals and the Yearly Incomes together.
Divide the Total income by 52 - this is your TOTAL Weekly Income.
When you subtract your Total Weekly Expenses from your Total Weekly Income you will discover your Total Weekly Profit/Loss.
Phew! or Arrrgh!
Which side of the Balance Sheet are your weekly finances? If you are 'in the black
' (you have a cash surplus) then you are potentially reaching towards wealth. If you are 'in the red
' (you have a cash deficit) then you need to make urgent and rapid reductions in your expenses.
Fixing the Budget
This is the 'meat' of budgeting. Once you have established your budget
(details below) it is absolutely crucial
that you stick to it
. No budget is any use if it isn't followed. You cannot reach wealth if you cannot control your cash flow Remember also that a budget is a guide
line for your finances and can be modified to manage changes
in your life as long as you keep the overall budget in balance
. This means that if you have increased expenses in one area, you need to either reduce expenses in another area or increase your total income by at least the increase in cost.
Pay yourself First.
You have worked hard for your income. It only makes sense to work as hard as you do if you make sure that you keep some
of that money for your own future. Who wants to spend all their working life helping someone else reach wealth?
Deduct 10% from your Income For You.
Keep it in an envelope at home if You have to or in a low/no charge savings account until it has accumulated
enough to invest. This accumulating money is not for holidays, cars, rent, general bills. It is ONLY
for your future. ONLY
to help you reach your wealth. Read the page on how to
Reach Wealth with Compounding
to Discover why. Keep your expenses below your remaining income. You cannot possibly reach your personal wealth targets if you keep blowing the budget. You may need to reduce or remove any expense that is not essential. Some of these are:- Entertainment, Clothing, Telephone, Transport etc. Some expenses are fixed and/or controlled by some one else. It is difficult to change these charges. Examples are:- Insurance, Registration, Rates & Taxes, Utilities etc.
Begin increasing your income.
You can find many different ways to add a little extra
money into your Budget process. It need not be an extra job, it could be as simple as a car boot or garage sale. Perhaps you can mow a couple of extra lawns on the weekend for the neighbours and make an extra $100. Run some errands for a house-bound person. Simple steps put your budget into surplus and start you building wealth. You can also
Reach Wealth with your own business
. Treat any extra income in the same manner as your normal income. Put 10% into your saving for your future.
You need to put aside the amount of the expenses you have calculated each week. Put the expenses money into it's own envelope / account and only use it to pay the bills as they come due. If you have done your calculations correctly, you will always
have the money to pay
the bills as they fall due
. There is nothing that feels quite as good
as knowing that when you open any bill you can pay it. You will feel wealthier and you will feel as though reaching wealth is something you can achieve. In the beginning you might be a little short because the accumulation is a little behind the bills but it will all balance out if you stick with it.
If you follow this simple Budget carefully and consistently, you will get your finances under control, your bills will be paid on time, you will have an ever increasing investment account and you will have much reduced stress levels. I understand that this looks very simple. It is. The steps to Reaching Wealth are simple, persisting on the path is not. Leaving your savings and expenses money alone when you see it growing and you think that you 'need' that new gizmo or widget is far More Difficult. Be Strong and begin the process of Reaching your Personal Wealth - the end result is well worth the initial difficulty.
Please take the time to invest in your own future.
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Reach for Wealth
online. This link could be the first step you take for you to Reach Wealth.