Let’s Talk About All Things Personal Finance

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Though you would think it’s common knowledge, there is a lot that the lay person doesn’t know about personal finances. The following contributed post is entitled, Let’s Talk About All Things Personal Finance.

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Personal finance is something that everyone needs to talk about at some point. If you have never had any advice on personal finance, then it’s a good thing that you have come across this guide. We’re not going to go too in depth on any one point, but rather we’re going to just look at some of the basics that you need to know, and you can learn more if you find yourself interested. Keep reading down below to find out our basics!

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Managing Your Money

First, you need to know that managing your personal finances is essential. You need to know how much money you have, what it is tied up in, what you have in any given bank account and so on. We suggest that you go over your budget once per month to ensure that everything is on track, and if it isn’t, sort it out. If you find that you aren’t very good at this or you don’t have the time, then you need to think about hiring someone to take care of it for you. There are professionals who work in managing personal finance so that you don’t have to. While it might be another expense each month, it may also be worth it.

Making More Money

Another thing that you need to know about is making more money for yourself. You can do this through a side hustle, or through something like investing. We do recommend that you look into US clients Forex brokers before you get started though as they are the experts. The last thing that you want is to start something like this blind, and without the tiniest of clues as to how to proceed. Using a professional will make your life that little bit easier, and make you more money than you ever thought possible from something like this.

Trust us when we say though, that there is more than one way to invest and even more ways to make money. It’s up to you which of these you choose, as long as you are choosing the option that is best for you.

Saving Money

The final thing that we are going to look at involves saving money. You need to know that you have got a little blanket of safety if things ever go wrong. Not that they are going to, but if you lose your job or need to make an urgent repair, savings will be a lifeline you didn’t know you would need. You might think that this is going to be hard, but if you include this in your budget then it is actually a super easy thing to do, just don’t touch the money in the savings account!

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you need to know about your personal finance. There are a lot of little things that come together to make up this category, and we wish you the best of luck when it comes to managing yours!

Tips for Building a Successful Property Portfolio

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Real Estate has been a pathway to wealth for many people. One of the keys is gathering up as many quality properties as possible. The following contributed post is entitled, Tips for Building a Successful Property Portfolio.

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Building a property portfolio not only takes investing money but also time and careful planning. It is crucial that you set goals, research the market and plan your property moves carefully if you want to turn it into a fully-fledged business.

Expect at the start, to be spending time and energy on ensuring the upkeep of the properties as well as general maintenance. When you have a good number of reliable properties, you can start to outsource those tasks.

Here are some top tips to help you build your property portfolio.

#1 Set clear goals

Defining exactly what you want to gain from building your property portfolio is key to success. This plan will guide all future property locations and purchases, and ensure its growth. If the main goal is building a sustainable income from property management, then you can set milestones along the way so you know how many properties you are aiming for, what investment you need, when you can outsource maintenance tasks, and a realistic timescale. Goals will also help keep you motivated.

#2 Ensure the properties are in good condition

Unless you have unlimited funds and time, investing in a property that is in decent condition can keep your project moving forwards. It may seem like a good idea to invest in a run-down property because you can purchase it at a lower cost, but it will take a lot of time, money, and energy to fix the project with the added risk of losing money rather than making money. This is where sticking to your goals is important to continue growing your business because it will mean making a profit quicker.

#3 Seek new opportunities

Once you are comfortable with a few properties, it might be time to seek new opportunities to help increase the equity in the properties. You can dedicate some of your budgets to renovate the properties and add extensions, or even add extra amenities in the house so you can divide into a house share. There are endless opportunities when you have a more flexible budget to grow your business even more.

#4 Be prepared to work hard

While growing your property business, at first it is going to mean getting your hands dirty in order to stick to the budget. This can be anything from interior and exterior repairs, maintenance, fixing any issues as well as sorting contracts. It might be beneficial to invest in basic household equipment such as cleaning supplies, high-quality tools such as lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, and the best commercial weed eaters (you know how hard those are to remove!) as well as basic office supplies such as a printer. This basic equipment can save you a lot of time and money and can be used in all the properties to cover the basic maintenance and duties of the landlord.

When embarking on the property portfolio journey, while it can be challenging, it is worthwhile. Take time to do your research, set goals, and plan, to ensure your portfolio grows quickly and turns a good profit.

Habits Of Successful Investors

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Many people hear about investing and want to get involved, but don’t know where to begin and or to stay on track if they start. The following contributed post is entitled, Habits Of Successful Investors.

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Becoming an investor requires a lot of constant research and planning to ensure that you are successful.

Planning is key

Ensuring that you have a plan in order to reach success is key. When it comes to making a plan, you do not need to invest in a fancy plan or hire someone to create you one. First of all you need to set your main outcome or goal of investing for a certain time period. This way you have something to work towards that you can aim for. You can use things like Platinum Data to help you to move forward with your goals in a way which is easy so setting the right goal to push yourself to success is important.

You want to be using this time to be saving any extra money to allow you to use it for a later date to help you to have the chance to double it. The basic knowledge to hold is to put away at least 20% of your earnings which includes anything that your employer matched.With this in mind you need to be saving money by thinking before making every purchase to ensure it will be worth your time.


So that you make the most out of every penny you own, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the market constantly. Rather than using a lot of money on each investment, try to concentrate on the low-fee investment products as these will have a higher turn over due to its expense ratios. Research on the best investment products that will offer a good value in doing so, to avoid you losing out on money. It is normal to feel uneasy when the market drops but sticking with your instincts can continue to have a long term impact which will allow you to reach your goals that you set.

Focusing on the right things

After-tax returns could really benefit you to become big. Some accounts will have positive annuities which is a great way of getting you a better after tax return. This is often a great way of using your money to generate more on smaller amounts. These smaller amounts can add up fast. A good method is to put a varying amount of money into multiple types of accounts that are based on the tax efficiency of the tax treatment of the type of account.

Take care when looking at taxes as this shouldn’t benefit you alone as this method is just to top you up and be an added bonus.

Although investing can be a complex method, it requires smart thinking and constant watching to complete successfully yet it can help you reach your goals. The planning process can be such a big impact that it can help you to stay within your plan so you don’t go off astray that you make unnecessary investments that do not help you in the future. It is best to be confident in your plan to ensure that you make reasonable investment to be successful.

How Creatives Can Launch a Podcast on a Budget

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. In 2021, many ‘creatives’ are launching their own podcasts and becoming good at it. As the old riddle says though, “It takes money to make money.” If you want to start a podcast a budget might be helpful for you. The following contributed post is entitled, How Creatives Can Launch a Podcast on a Budget.

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It seems like everyone these days has a podcast. But if you take a look at some of the most popular podcasts, you’ll find that a lot of them are hosted by middle-aged white guys, often talking about true crime or occasionally other factual content. Fortunately, there is a more diverse range of podcast options out there, covering many different topics and hosted and produced by people from many different backgrounds. The great thing about podcasting is that it’s actually really easy to get into, even if finding your audience can take a while. Creatives can practically create a podcast for free, especially if you already have some of the necessary equipment.

Get Basic Equipment

There isn’t much that you’re going to need to get started with making a podcast. The most essential piece of equipment that you’ll need is a microphone or possible multiple microphones if you’re going to have several people on your podcast at once. Microphones are actually easy to pick up very cheap and can even give you a good quality recording without spending a lot. Of course, if you want better quality, you might need to spend just a little more money. However, it is a good investment.

Find Cheap Ways to Improve Sound Quality

Even if you have a cheap microphone, you can do some things to improve the sound quality of your podcast. One problem that you might have is popping from the microphone. You can buy a filter to stop this from happening, but there are also tutorials that show you how to make a DIY pop filter for your microphone. A DIY filter can be made for practically nothing, so there isn’t really any need to spend money on a professional filter if you don’t want to. Shielding your mic on all sides will help with the sound quality too.

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Use Free Editing Software

You also need the right software to edit your podcast. You have a couple of free options that you can use, which will mean you don’t have to spend money on a software license or subscription. If you already have an Apple computer, you can use Garageband, which comes free on any Mac. Another option is Audacity, which you can use to record and edit your podcast, as well as export them when they’re finished. If you don’t have a Mac, this is a great free alternative for you to use.

Choose Free or Cheap Hosting

You need hosting for your podcast before you can put it on streaming sites, such as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. Podbean offers a free plan, which can be useful if you’re just getting started with your podcast, as well as a paid option if you want more storage, bandwidth, and stats. Other cheaper options are available, such as Libsyn. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Blubrry offers slightly more expensive monthly plans that come with plenty of features.

It’s easy to start a podcast without many resources. You just need to have a great idea and someone to host or appear on the podcast.

5 Mistakes That Can Lead Young Filipinos to a Financial Nightmare

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Our overall financial health come down to a number of factors but decision making plays a major role. This is true for all ethnic groups. The following guest post is entitled, 5 Mistakes That Can Lead Young Filipinos to a Financial Nightmare.

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Today, more and more young Filipinos are paying attention to their finances thanks to the increasing accessibility to financial tools and knowledge sources, something that their parents and grandparents were not lucky enough to have. However, there are still a lot of youngsters in the country that are committing the same mistakes that their predecessors did, as well as some new ones that came with modern technology.

Here are some of the most common ones, and how Filipinos, both old and young, can avoid them:

1. Taking out unnecessary loans

Whether it’s because of “petsa de peligro”, an expensive gadget, or an unexpected expense, many young Filipinos turn to payday loans to make ends meet before the next paycheck. While these types of loans may provide quick and easy cash, they also come with exorbitant interest rates that make borrowers pay more than half of the original amount. The result? Blown up debt that can make one’s finances even harder to manage.

The best way to avoid this problem is by establishing an emergency fund and practicing delayed gratification. With an emergency fund, one can pay for unexpected expenses without draining their main bank accounts and resorting to loans. And by practicing delayed gratification, one’s ‘wants’ won’t be a good enough reason to take out a high-interest loan.

2. Waiting too long to take out insurance

When it comes to insurance, many Filipinos display the “I don’t need it yet, I’m young and healthy” attitude, mostly because they don’t want to lose part of their income to something intangible or something that won’t immediately benefit them. However, no one knows when sickness, accident, or death can befall someone; health or life insurance plans and other types of coverage help protect the insured and their family in case something were to happen.

Moreover, insurance premiums increase with age. By waiting too long to take out insurance, young Filipinos are missing out on lower payments while they are still considered low-risk.

3. Spending too much on online shopping

With the massive popularity of online shopping platforms like Lazada and Shopee, it’s no wonder why so many Filipinos–both young and old–are finding themselves spending too much on their online purchases. Even with the frequent promotional ‘sales’ that these platforms offer, money spent is still money spent, no matter how big the discount is.

And that’s exactly the problem, too many online shoppers are blinded by sales, hefty discounts, and free shipping promos that they often buy things that they don’t even need. There’s nothing wrong with shopping online. In fact, it’s a safe and convenient way of shopping amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it may be causing shoppers to spend more money than necessary, and sometimes, money that they don’t even have.

4. Not planning for retirement

For the older generations, especially Filipinos, their children are their retirement plans. It’s a common tradition in the country to “give back” to one’s parents upon entering the workforce, and going against the grain is often seen as taboo or being ‘ungrateful’. Needless to say, this is a toxic belief that is putting too much pressure on young Filipinos and leaving them unable to prepare for their retirement at the same time. As a result, these young Filipinos will also depend on their children for their needs in the future, hence, a generational financial curse.

That said, it’s crucial for Filipino millennials and Gen Zs to break this cycle by planning for their retirement. This could mean taking out long-term investing plans, making contributions to pension plans, and building their nest egg as early as now. Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too early to start planning for retirement–even if it’s forty or fifty years away.

5. Succumbing to lifestyle inflation

Lifestyle inflation is a problem not exclusive to Filipinos, but it certainly is a common issue in the country, especially with a culture that makes people believe that when they move up in life, they should have something to show for it. For many Filipinos, this means buying a bigger house, taking out the latest car model, buying more expensive clothes, or going to high-end sources of entertainment when they start earning more money.

Lifestyle inflation, to a certain extent, is acceptable. However, when the expenses start equating to income, you’re probably spending too much and may be well on your way to debt.

These are just some of the financial mistakes that a lot of young Filipinos are guilty of, but are definitely some of the worst ones. If you’re still committing one or more of these mistakes, it’s high time to start taking more control of your finances for a brighter financial future.

The Technological Shift in the World of Finance

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Technology. As our world gets steadily more digital, we may be moving away from mainstays which we assumed would always be there like physical paper money and coinage. Other innovations are on the horizon as well. The following guest post is entitled, The Technological Shift in the World of Finance.

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For a long time, the only way people could transact money is through commercial banks. They would need to go to the location personally, fill up forms, and wait for the teller to call them forward. All the transactions were done over the counter until automated teller machines (ATM) came into the picture.

With the rise of ATMs, making basic transactions such as withdrawing and depositing money no longer had to be done over the counter. People could access their money easily through debit cards, and sometimes, they can opt to use those cards in place of money itself.

Establishments and businesses have adapted to this change to accommodate payments through cards instead of cash. Then, newer forms of cashless transaction methods were introduced through mobile payment platforms, online banking, and other technologies in the finance industry.

Online Banking

Gone are the days when people depended solely on brick-and-mortar banks, especially not with online banking that can be accessed through mobile devices. Most, if not all, of the traditional banks have now gone online through various mobile applications and websites.

This digital transformation has allowed customers to track their expenses, pay their bills, transfer money between accounts, and do other activities with a few mere taps on their phones. Online banking is a welcome change compared to the need to travel and transact with tellers physically.

Through the applications, people can apply for loans, make deposits, or open accounts without going through the complex processes in person. Although there is still a need for physical branches for those who have no access to mobile devices or an internet connection, online banking can very soon be the preferred method of transacting.

Digital Lending

Applying for bank loans for business and other purposes is time-consuming. This is because traditional banks can take an average of three to five weeks to decide the credibility of the borrower, depending on their credit score and documents.

After the decision has been made, it can take up to three months to actually cash out the loan so that it can be used for whatever purpose the borrower needs. These two processes alone can already cost the borrower more than four months in total, which feels like forever in the rather instantaneous way that people are now accustomed to.

To resolve this problematic time-factor, leading banks worldwide are looking towards digital lending to cut down the total processing time to one day, at the maximum. This includes the approval and cashing aspects that usually took months before being processed.

These are made possible through different technologies such as automation of processes, using credit scoring platforms, and fraud detection tools that can easily eliminate deceitful borrowers. With processes made so much easier, business owners should have no trouble getting loans through lending.

Mobile Wallets

Banks aren’t the only ones going digital. With mobile wallets, even the need for physical credit or debit cards is rendered unnecessary because people can transact with establishments through an application on their smartphones.

Anyone can download an app and open an account through a mobile wallet, which further eliminates the worrisome credit scores typically associated with banks. Mobile wallet users can pay their bills, transfer money to others, purchase products, and do almost any other financial transaction.

Mobile wallets are becoming the preferred method for cashless transactions that can contribute to green initiatives. This is because going cashless can eliminate carbon footprints and paper trails that come with printing receipts and bills.

Most establishments that can accommodate such payment methods have adapted by investing in mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems or terminals in place of cash registers. The introduction of mobile POS systems is beneficial to businesses because it eliminates the need for physical checkout counters.

These aren’t the only technological innovations in the finance industry. Artificial intelligence technologies are being used to detect fraudulent activities through complex algorithms in both banks and credit card companies.

Digital currencies, or cryptocurrencies, that exist completely online are growing in popularity by the day and are being exchanged like stocks or foreign currencies in the global market. These currencies are made possible through blockchain technology, which is basically digital ledger systems.

With all the advancements in technology every day, it would be foolish to think that it can end at some point. There is no such thing as an end in technology because people will always find more flaws in the existing technologies and develop better solutions to these flaws. It’s a never-ending cycle that can benefit the whole world in the process.

4 Simple Ways To Maximize Your Income

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. In the money world, an important skill is stretching our your dollars and maximizing your earnings. This can be done in any number of ways. The following contributed post is entitled, 4 Simple Ways To Maximize Your Income.

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When it comes to looking at your net worth and gross salary, you may wonder how you do not have as much saved as you should. It can be easy to be reckless with your money if you have some to play with after each paycheck but do not let that happen. If you do, you will never be able to maximize your earnings and save enough for your dream home or goals.

Let’s take a look at how to maximize your income in four simple steps.

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Invest Your Spare Money

After most monthly paychecks, you will have some spare money that most would spend on clothes or unnecessary foods. Instead, you could put that money aside and invest. There are numerous areas to invest in nowadays from property to cryptocurrency, which is wildly popular now and you can get more help on swyftx.ca.

When it comes to investing, it is important to look at what’s not hot. If you invest your money into something that is already popular, you may not be able to maximize your money. Investing wisely in smaller pots maybe offer you more of a guaranteed income and will minimize risk.

If you want a greater return, you will usually have to take more risks. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you’re saving over the short term, it’s wise not to take too much of a risk.

Negotiate Your Salary

If you have been on the same salary for a while, yet are taking on more work and responsibility, it might be a good time to ask for a salary increase.

Not negotiating is a huge mistake. Many employers who start with a lowball offer never ask for an increase, which they are entitled to if you are working harder and completing more work. Missing out on more annual income makes a huge difference, especially since future raises are typically based on starting salary.

Enhance Your Skills

Education is expensive. But, acquiring credentials and learning new skills can make you more employable and boost your earnings, as long as you pick a practical field.

For example, say you want to take the next step on the ladder in your current job, you may need an extra qualification. Taking that course may be costly and timely, but it will be worth it when you start earning more money.

Even if you don’t want to spend the time or money to go through an entire degree program, find out about training opportunities at work or certifications you could acquire to put you on track toward the promotion and more money.

Pursue A Side Hustle

If you have a passion or hobby that involves making a product or offering a service, there is no harm in turning it into a side hustle. If you have spare time at the weekends to make your favorite candles, you could sell them at a market or online to earn extra cash.

It may even turn into a full-time career, who knows? You will never know until you try.

Dollars And Sense: How To Manage Your Money Better

A key focus of my blog in Financial Literacy/Money. Winning with money requires more than just its generation. The management of it is also key. Even a relatively small income can be leveraged into strong financial position if managed correctly. The following contributed post is entitled, Dollars And Sense: How To Manage Your Money Better.

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Let’s face it – most of us aren’t particularly good at managing our money. We have all these plans we’d like to carry out in our lives, but we never quite have the resources to make them happen.

Mostly, the problem isn’t lack of income – it’s financial mismanagement and lack of planning.

Like it or not, money is an optimization game. The earlier you start thinking about your future, the better. When it comes to personal finances, you can’t fly by wire.

Start Your Planning Now

It doesn’t matter how young you are, financial planning should begin immediately. You need to map out what you want from your financial life ahead of time to ensure that you eventually get there. If you don’t know where you’re going years in advance, you’ll remain in a financial quagmire, unable to escape, according to Inc.com.

Work out how much money you’re likely to get paid over the next ten years. Think carefully about how you’ll spend and save it, and what you want to do with it. Work out how much money you’ll have leftover (that you don’t have to spend on essentials) for all your most-wanted projects and purchases.

Don’t Be Afraid To Borrow

Borrowing is good for two reasons. It helps to improve your credit score and it allows you to shift your consumption to the present – a great idea if you’re low on income right now.

Sites like paydayloanspro.com/, for instance, will provide additional money if you have a regular income.

Building up your credit score is a good idea in a low-interest rate economy like ours. It is much better, for instance, to pay for a car with zero-interest installments than it is to pay the full price upfront.

Paying full price means that you deny yourself to invest the capital for the duration of the loan and gain interest for yourself.

Think About What You Really Want

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How many people do you know who buy things on a whim and never really use them? A lot, probably.

And there’s a good reason for this: modern marketing is very clever. It knows how to get under our collective skin and make us believe we need things that we really don’t.

Therefore, it’s worth taking a step back and really thinking hard about what you want. Make a list of stuff you want to buy on a whim and a list of items that you’ve wanted for a long time. The stuff on the second list should always be your priority. That Friday-night take-out can wait!

Put Your Money In Tax Wrappers

Nobody wants to get to retirement age, only to discover that they have to pay a massive tax bill on their income. Fortunately, there are plenty of “tax wrapper” accounts out there that allow you to make massive financial savings. With these, you either pay the tax upfront and don’t have to pay any capital gains when you drawdown or you pay tax when you draw down but none on your income upfront.

How Owning A Corporation Massively Adds To Your Wealth

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Becoming wealthy doesn’t come of out of nowhere. There is a lot of planning and strategizing involved and a part of that involves creating business structures such as corporations. The following contributed post is entitled, How Owning A Corporation Massively Adds To Your Wealth.

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What’s the secret of the rich?

It’s not (usually) meeting in darkened rooms and plotting how to take over the world. And it’s (usually) not exploiting people endlessly.

Instead, it’s using a legal tool called a corporation.

Corporations aren’t just nice titles that companies have. They have real legal status and can have a massive impact on the amount of tax that you wind up paying.

The Value Of Corporations

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Let’s say that you sell lifestyle coaching services online.

If you operate as a sole trader, you have to pay full income taxes – regardless of what you do with the money you receive.

However, when you own a corporation, it’s a different story. You only pay taxes on earnings net of your expenses. And there are many accepted accounting practices you can use to reduce your liabilities.

The wealthy use corporations as a kind of shield from high rates of taxation to protect themselves from income taxes and to increase the amount of money they can invest.

When a person owns a corporation, they pay a lower rate of tax on any money they make within the business. They can then plow this money into investments and draw down on their returns later, without having to pay tax on income first.

Yes – corporation owners still have to pay tax when taking dividends. But they often only do this once interest accumulates on their investments held within the company. And that means that the burden of taxation is actually a lot less than it would have been otherwise.

Corporation taxes are a big deal. Upper rate taxpayers usually pay around 50 percent of their income in various types of income taxes. But corporations only pay corporation tax rates on their earnings – usually a much more reasonable 20 percent or so.

Can you see the difference here? If you earn money outside of a corporation, your tax rate is much higher, and more of your income winds up going to the government. But when you protect your labor inside limited liability companies, you massively reduce your tax bills.

Wealth Is A Mindset

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Most workers don’t know about the benefits of corporations. And to the cynical observer, this seems deliberate. If everyone used these corporate vehicles, the state would have to find other ways to raise taxes, probably by increasing rates on companies.

But a lot of it has to do with mindset. People don’t see themselves as companies, and they don’t understand the advantage of using them for tax purposes.

In many ways, this is a reflection of mindset. A lot of individuals can’t imagine themselves as anything other than poor. And so they spend their entire lives working, instead of taking the steps necessary to improve their situation.

Acquiring a wealth mindset is all about seeing yourself in a different light.

If you’re the type of person who says things like “I’ll never earn more than X amount during my life,” then you probably have a scarcity mindset. You’re putting limits on what you can achieve.

Mostly, people who are victims of this mentality aren’t even aware they’re doing it. It’s all unconscious, but it informs the decisions they make daily.

The good news is that you can often change this inner belief to something more positive, even if you’re living in a state of literal poverty right now. It requires identifying the false beliefs that you hold and consciously disregarding them.

Once you change your mindset, the prospect of owning a company makes a lot of sense, even if you’re the only person in it.

Growth Is Also A Mindset

Owning a company also changes your mindset regarding growth too.

When you’re a sole trader, you come to believe that it’s you against the world. You’re by yourself.

But when you own a company, the psychology changes enormously. All of a sudden, you see opportunities to grow and expand, increasing your overall earnings significantly.

Remember, when you have a company, you limit your personal liabilities. Thus, you can take risks that would seem unthinkable as a sole trader. If things go wrong, your house and car are not on the line.

That’s another reason the rich absolutely love limited companies. They allow them to privatize the gains from enterprise while socializing the losses.

If a company doesn’t make money, it’s no big deal. Administrators come in and liquidate all the assets the company owns, and the entrepreneur walks away with their house, car, and private investments intact.

It seems like a crazy setup – and it is – but again, most people don’t know about it. They’re still going about their lives, believing that working for a corporation is the only option. That’s not true. Being a corporation is a much better strategy.

Think about how your attitude toward growth would change if your investments were less risky. All of a sudden, you’d start thinking of ways to expand your services and hire more people. Ultimately, you’d look for ways to make more money and get ahead of the curve.

Plot Your Own Path

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Another reason people struggle with their finances and don’t set up corporations is that they’re following the path other people have laid out for them.

Again, this is a big no-no.

Most wealthy people do not follow the advice of others. Instead, they rely on their own judgment and use it to chart a new course that nobody has tried before.

And, for the most part, that involves owning a corporation in one form or another.

Remember, corporations offer so many advantages over traditional sole trader status or partnerships. And that makes them incredibly flexible. You can, for instance, sell goods in multiple countries but only pay taxes in one. Or take out loans in your company’s name, not your own, to get the equipment you need to thrive.

So, in summary, corporations are tools that you can use to massively add to your wealth. They protect you against risk and tax while allowing you to build wealth and expand.

Can Everything Be Monetized In This Day And Age

Three focuses of my blog are Business/Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy/Money and Technology. In today’s digital world, there are multiple ways to make money besides working a nine to five job. You are literally limited by your own imagination. The following contributed post is entitled, Can Everything Be Monetized In This Day And Age.

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Today, we’re talking about monetization. In brief, this refers to taking something and making money out of it. Specifically, I want to discuss the idea that everything can be monetized in our society. If you have an idea or see something, you can basically think of a way to make money from it. Well, that’s the hypothesis – is it true?

I’m certainly in the mind that almost everything you can think of can be monetized. There are a few examples in this post that go a long way to explaining this in more detail:

The rise of the influencer

Influencer marketing is a prime example of how anything and anyone can be monetized. Nowadays, if you have a large following on social media, you can monetize your profile. People will pay you to post pictures on Instagram, you get paid to write tweets, and you can make money from YouTube videos. This is all possible because you have an audience that’s interested in everything you do.

As a result, businesses recognize your influence and are keen to capitalize on it. To them, it represents a more effective way of targeting their audiences. I guess the overall point here is that anything can be monetized if it suits the needs of businesses. Or, more accurately, if it can help a business market its products.

The growing CBD market

CBD is just one example of many things that fall into the following category. In essence, I’m speaking about monetizing things that aren’t technically legal. In the case of CBD, it’s a way of legally monetizing marijuana/cannabis. You can’t buy and sell cannabis in some states, but you most certainly can extract chemicals from the cannabis plant and sell them as CBD concoctions.

In turn, this opens the door to many other money-making opportunities. Companies will produce things like a joint case to store marijuana joints in. It’s technically legal because you’re not selling weed at all. For me, the whole CBD and cannabis industry is a great example of how things can be monetized even when the actual product itself might not be able to be sold.

Monetizing knowledge

Lastly, let’s look at the idea of monetizing knowledge. If you know a lot about something, you can make money from it. Even if it’s as simple as understanding a foreign language. Now, you can sell this ability to other people online, with relative ease.

The same goes for anything; trading knowledge, marketing knowledge, business knowledge – the list goes on. The online world has given us platforms to share our knowledge with millions of other people, at a price! It’s almost impossible to learn anything for free – you have to pay for it these days.

This whole article shows you how everything and anything can be monetized in modern society. What does all of this mean to you? Well, it shows that there are so many ways you can make money! If you put your mind to it, you can find something that you’re able to sell for money.