It’s no secret that millionaires have different habits, qualities, and ways of thinking than the average person. Those habits are most prevalent when it comes to the ways that they manage their money.
They have a unique way of thinking that actually helps them earn even more money by making wise financial decisions like the following 15 ways that they manage their money:
1They’re not impulsive
How many times have you made an impulse decision while at the grocery store? Or how about when you are on Amazon? It’s common for most of people to make a few impulsive decisions when making purchases. Millionaires, however, have the ability to delay gratification and hold back on making impulsive decisions.
The other option was to wait until the adult came back into the room. If they could stand to wait until the adult came back into the room, they would received two marshmallows.
Dr. Mischel has continued to follow his subjects through the years, and he discovered that those children who could wait for the marshmallows in order to receive two marshmallows instead of only receiving one, “have a lower BMI, lower rates of addiction, a lower divorce rate and higher SAT scores.”
2Know the difference between wants and needs
Millionaires also know the difference between wants and needs. We all have moments when we would like a new house, pair of shoes, car, or office. But, are they necessary? Or, do you just want that new luxury car? Sure that car is powerful and would great in your driveway. But, it’s not a necessity. Instead of spending money on things that aren’t practical, millionaires put that money towards essential items that will continue to increase their wealth.
Maybe that’s why 61% of people who earn more than R2,5 Million per year purchase the same vehicles that we do.
3Focus on the long term.
As Timothy Sykes, the Penny Stock Millionaire, says in Entrepreneur
“Long-term goals take a minimum of one to five years to accomplish. Long-term goals are excellent motivators. They enable you to look beyond the moment and put into perspective why you are spending your time today as you are.”
Your daily tasks should connect to your long-term goals, and if they do not, your goals need to be adjusted in some way. The adjustment may be altering your tasks in some way, or possibly cutting out or reducing non-essential tasks and adding some task that will benefit you in the future.
4Have multiple sources of income
After establishing some financial security, millionaires begin to look for other ways to bring in money. Why? Because they realise that their main source of income could suddenly dry-up. To avoid a possible loss of revenue, a millionaire will establish multiple sources of income that generate cash flow as a backup plan.
There are robo advisors and other ways to automate investments, such as deducting percentage of your pay cheque and placing it into a e-cash retirement account, but millionaires also invest so frequently that it’s becomes a habit.
They know how and when to take advantage of an opportunity, as well as how much to invest, seemingly without blinking an eye. But they have practiced this investment strategy often enough that they gain a definite knowledge about investment workings.
6Follow a budget
By following a budget, millionaires can see how much money is coming in and how much is going out. This allows them to create a spending plan so that they can afford the necessities and remove wasteful expenses.
There has been at least one study that says many wealthy people do not have a budget, per se, but the very wealthy know, and keep track of where their money is being spent.
7Are prepared for emergencies
Millionaires have a rainy-day fund set aside. They realise that there may be time when they’ll have a crisis, like losing their job or an unexpected family death.
Instead of borrowing money, they have the money saved up to support themselves until the crisis is over. Many disasters can be averted by being prepared with an emergency fund. I personally recommend that you have 12 months cash sitting in the bank so that if all hits the fan, you’re good.
8Only invest what in what they understand
Warren Buffett and the legendary stock investor Peter Lynch have offered the advice that you should “invest in what you know.” It’s a trick that millionaires have embraced because when they understand how a company generates income and profitability, they have a competitive edge. They’re aware of the risks and opportunities.
9Keep track of expenses
Do you know how much money you’re spending on your expenses? If you don’t, start tracking your daily, monthly, and yearly expenses – just like millionaires do. You’ll quickly realise that you’re wasting money on items that aren’t needed or can be purchased at a better rate.
10Live below their means
It’s no secret that wealthy individuals live either below or within their means. For example, Warren Buffett still lives in his Omaha, Nebraska home that he purchased in 1958 for just R31 500. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was known to fly commercial. Even though they could have owned a mansion or private jet, they opted to save their money for necessities and not luxury items.
11Willing to make sacrifices
So what if you’re driving around in a 2000 Toyota Camry. You realise that eventually, like within the next two years, you’ll be able to purchase a new vehicle because you’ll have the means to do so.
That’s how millionaires think when it comes to managing their money. They’ll make temporary sacrifices when it benefits the bigger goal.
I personally was worth millions and driving around a 2006 salvage title Hyundai Sonata till a a year ago. Make sacrifices today to live better tomorrow.
12They don’t get into debt
Millionaires don’t allow themselves to get in debt. They don’t borrow any money and avoid using credit cards if they don’t have the money to pay the card off – unless it’s an investment to improve their business or start a new company.
In other words, if they don’t have it, they’re not going to spend it. They do without – rather than spend what they don’t have.
13They get financial advice
Millionaires know their strengths and weaknesses. Instead of spending the time and money to fix their weaknesses – they ask for help – especially when it comes to money management. Just because they built a social network or gadget, doesn’t mean that they know how to invest or save their money. They ask a financial advisor or accountant for help.
Formal education is not a prerequisite for millionaires. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Amancio Ortega all earned their fortunes without obtaining a college degree. Tai Lopez is well known for bragging about not having a formal education, yet he will be the first to tell you about self-education – Lopez reads approximately a book a day.
Like most wealthy individuals, each of these have used their specialised knowledge and continue to learn how to become more successful through self-education.
15Run the numbers before making a decision
I’m not talking about doing mathematical equations that you did back in your trigonometry class. Just basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division before making any financial decisions. For example, if you have an older vehicle that needs some repairs, a millionaire would compare the costs of repairing the car to purchasing a new vehicle. Then, the decision will be based on whatever’s more cost-effective.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
7 Steps To Achieve Financial Freedom
Achieving financial freedom doesn’t necessarily mean becoming filthy rich – not that that hurts.
In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy explains the seven steps you need to take to achieve financial freedom. Now, financial freedom doesn’t mean becoming filthy rich – lottery winners go bankrupt all the time. Instead, financial freedom is about becoming disciplined and using your money in a way that ensures you can live the sort of life you want both now and in the future.
That’s why the first step isn’t about getting a lot of money. Instead, it’s about teaching yourself to think positively about money. That way, you’ll be in the right mindset to move forward.
Click play to learn more.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
4 Ways To Become A Millionaire Even When You Start With Little
It costs nothing to take advantage of the limitless opportunities online.
The hardest part of becoming successful is getting started to begin with. But despite the challenges ahead of you, there’s a way to become a millionaire when starting with little. I’m going to show you four reasons why you can become a millionaire with just a small investment.
1First focus on learning, not big gain
Education is your greatest weapon. Focus on learning in the beginning. Don’t make the mistake of focusing on making huge gains in the beginning. Learn everything you can because this is how you build the foundations for long-term gains.
They say that if a millionaire goes bankrupt they’ll nearly always be able to get it back. And that’s because they might have lost their money, but they have the knowledge of how to get back to where they need to be.
2You can learn loads about any topic online
I’m grateful for the internet. It’s the single biggest library in the world. You’re reading this article right now and you’re acquiring knowledge you wouldn’t have been able to acquire 40 years ago. Use the internet to its fullest extent, whether that’s through reading books, browsing articles or watching video tutorials.
Set some time aside every day to learn something online. It could be a video series or a favorite blog. When you get into the habit of learning regularly you’ll find that you advance much faster.
3Focus on the niche you love
These days you can learn about anything and target the niche you’re passionate about. This is what I was able to do with penny stocks. I found a gap in the market and provided knowledge to people who wouldn’t have otherwise being able to access this sort of information.
You can do that with absolutely any niche. When you find a niche you’re passionate about and you use the reach of the Internet you start to make huge gains.
4Prove your expertise by creating free content
Your reputation as an authority is the new business card. There’s a reason I created a penny stock guide and made it free for all. You may have already seen ads for it on social media. The way to succeed with little is to create a reputation through your content.
It’s the gateway to success because through free content you start to build relationships with others who value your work. And from there everyone gets richer.
You can do lots with a little
The days when you needed a huge investment to become successful are long gone. These days you can do so much with just a little. Find what you love, advance your knowledge in that area, and create a product that fulfills a need. Finally, work on building up relationships through portraying yourself as an authority on your subject.
Combine everything together and you can accomplish anything.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
12 Millionaire Habits To Start Making Serious Money Soon And Build Wealth In A Hurry
Get-rich-quick schemes rarely work but doing the right things every day rarely fails.
There’s a mindset that’s prevalent these days. It’s one of instant gratification in an on-demand society that looks for quick results with very little effort. Entrepreneurs know that life doesn’t work that way. You need to put in the sweat equity if you’re looking to gain serious results.
When it comes to making money, certain good habits push us forward while some bad habits deter us from getting rich or even making any semblance of serious money.
Clearly, many people are making money and some are making lots, but if they mismanage it and pilfer it away on mindless pursuits, building the proverbial empire is going to be far harder.
Making money is one thing, but creating wealth is an entirely different thing. Obviously, most people can quickly make an extra $100 by selling used items or doing a small gig on a site like Fiverr, but if you’re looking for the kind of cash that can make a significant difference in your life, embrace these 12 millionaire habits. They are sure to drive you in the right direction. You’ll find ways to create real wealth by beckoning financial opportunity and potential windfalls through a positive mindset and a sound emotional, spiritual and mental state. That is quite literally the most powerful mixture of habits that exists for entrepreneurs.
1Always add value
Value makes the world go round. Everyone wants to get value out of an exchange. The most successful entrepreneurs in the world know that if you’re going to make lots of money, then you need to always be adding value. Always seek to add more value to whatever services, information or products you’re selling.
2Wake up early
The early morning hours are replete with quiet solitude. It’s when you can refine your thoughts and implement your plans before all the distractions of the day. If you are constantly dealing with interruptions throughout your day, find your happy place in the morning. Wake up early so you can plan whatever will advance you toward your goals.
Making money isn’t just about implementing good career or business habits. You need to be fit emotionally and physically to fire on all pistons. Exercise in the morning, even if briefly. Exercising gets the blood flowing and oxygenation to the cells, helping you to think clearly and be laser-focused. This habit is implemented by some of the world’s richest entrepreneurs.
4Daily goal setting
You have your long-term goals in place but, if you’re looking to make serious money and quickly, you have to set goals every single day. These are milestones on your way to your biggest and most outlandish goals. Do this when you wake up, first thing in the morning, so that you stay on track and on target. Decide what will move you closer to those financial goals by the end of the day, then go out there and do it.
5Effective time management
Everyone in this world has the same amount of time. The 24 hours of each day is life’s greatest equaliser. It doesn’t matter what we do, where we’re from or how much money we have, we all have the same amount of time.
Effective time management is a must for those looking to get ahead. Whether your goal is to earn a lot of money over time or you just need to earn a little bit of extra cash quickly, properly managing your finite time is what makes it possible to succeed.
Networking is one of the most important habits to have in life. The sayings go, your network is your net worth, and if you lie down with dogs, you’ll definitely come up with fleas. Reach out to others and find out what you can do to add value to their world.
Don’t ask for anything in return, especially not right away. Just insert yourself into the mix, and eventually the opportunities will find you.
John Assaraf, who built up a billion-dollar real estate business and is featured in the movie The Secret, preaches the importance of “innercising” in his NeuroGym system. Innercising is mental exercise to reprogram subliminal conditioning deeply embedded in our subconscious. The goal is to frame the mind with a positive financial outlook which attracts money and opportunities to our lives, rather than pushing them away.
Will eating healthier help you to attract more wealth or make more money in the interim? You can bet it will. Sound body, sound mind. To have the precision thinking and focus of a highly-trained athlete, you need to eat healthily. Our bodies spend a large amount of their energy on processing foods. Unhealthy eating leaves us with less energy for achieving our goals, whatever they are.
9Saving and investing
Obviously, saving and investing is fundamental to building wealth. It won’t happen as fast as you’d like, but the larger component at play is having moment-of-the-opportunity cash to invest when something requires your attention immediately. When you have capital and are no longer living paycheck-to-paycheck, you’re ready to earn more money when the opportunity presents.
If you play a cutthroat game and walk all over people, few opportunities will come your way. Being mindful and respectful of others attracts opportunities that you can eventually convert into cash. Be mindful about how you act and what you say so it doesn’t come back to bite you in the butt.
11Work with a mentor
Mentors are great for helping you to earn extra income, whether small or large. A mentor who’s achieved outlandish goals in your industry will offer guidance to help you get where you’re looking to go.
Find a mentor and work with them daily. Ask for their help and guidance as you navigate the choppy waters towards success.
12Contribute to others
Contribution is born from an abundant mindset. When you are sated and have enough for yourself, look to contribute. You can trick your mind into an abundant mindset by simply contributing your time to others. You don’t have to give money. Only time. It’s a subconscious mind trick that moves you away from scarcity to attract more money and opportunities into your life.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
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