It’s certainly possible that your company could become a resounding success and net you several million in a sale. But that’s not likely to be the case, even if your business is a consistent earner.
We caught up with three wealth management experts – Gemma Godfrey, founder and CEO of digital wealth manager Moo.la; Garrett Gunderson, founder and chief wealth architect at Wealth Factory; and Manisha Thakor, director of wealth strategies for women at Buckingham and The BAM Alliance – to get their best advice for getting yourself on the right financial track and staying there for the long haul.
1Follow the money
This may seem like a basic suggestion, but when it comes to growing a nest egg, the fact of the matter is that many people don’t put in the time and thought necessary to monitor where their money is going. From the start, Godfrey says it is important to understand the full nature of your financial position and obligations.
“[You need to ask] what assets do you own vs. what debt you have, such as a mortgage,” she says. “What income do you generate vs. what are your outgoings?”
Gunderson agrees, noting that especially for entrepreneurs, even though they can be incredibly savvy, they do run the risk of falling into a mindset of always believing that they can make more money and not making the long-term plans needed to not only remain solvent but increase their wealth.
“They get on the proverbial treadmill, always trying to sprint,” he says. “[But] they could just keep more of what they make by stopping the leaks in the hull, and dealing with some of their personal finances.”
2Set achievable goals
Another old chestnut that really works? Don’t spend more than you make or, perhaps more realistically, don’t live beyond your means. Thakor says that self-made millionaires start saving as much money as they can as early as they can.
That manifests itself as buying a smaller house or waiting a bit longer to trade in your car for a new one. And it means that “you spend only when you think it makes good sense, not to keep up with everyone else,” Thakor says.
Godfrey and Thakor both say that setting an investment timeline and plan, while figuring out how comfortable you are taking calculated risks, is key to later financial success. But when it comes to stocks or bonds, what if you have no idea where to start?
Thakor has a simple approach that you can use as a baseline. “Invest 80 percent in stocks and 20 percent bond in your 20s, 30s and early 40s and then shift to 60 percent stocks, 40 percent bonds from your mid 40s onwards,” she says.
“You keep investments highly diversified and your costs low.”
Gunderson says that there are many small things that entrepreneurs may not know about when it comes to optimising cash flow, such as money they could be losing to taxes.
“There are thousands of dollars a month that business owners are losing out on, simply because they are overpaying interest, or they haven’t structured the loans properly,” he says.
“They don’t know how to improve their credit score to negotiate better interest rates. That’s money that [they could put] towards building that wealth, without taking risks and without burning themselves out.”
While this may seem like a lot, you don’t have to go it alone. But when you do look for financial help – and not only during tax season – Thakor says that it’s imperative that “you seek financial guidance only from advisors who practice under the fiduciary standard – which legally requires that they put your interest first,” she says, “vs. those who operate under the suitability standard – which simply says investment recommendations must be in your interest but could benefit the advisor more than you.”
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
10 Tips To Become A Millionaire This Year
Becoming a millionaire requires changing your mindset and implementing some changes.
Becoming a millionaire may seem out of your reach, but it’s possible with the right attitude and guidance. The fact of the matter is your income can only grow as quickly as you do, so you need to change your mindset to achieve your goal of becoming a millionaire.
Once you have a millionaire mind, you can’t lose it, no matter what financial or business mistakes you make along the way. To get yourself there, you’re going to need some structure. To help you, I’ve outlined the top ten tips you should follow to become a millionaire this year.
If You Think These 5 Things, You’ll Never Get Rich By The Time You’re 30
Five common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting a business and how to correct them.
Last week, I had lunch with a millennial who wanted some advice about a business he’s starting. After the usual small talk, we got down to discussing his business plan. Within a short time, it was clear that his business idea was great, his plan for executing was fairly solid and he had gathered together a strong team to help him make it happen.
So far, so good. But, to be frank, this guy has no chance of being successful with his current mentality. What it takes to be rich (or successful in any measure) has a lot more to do with your mindset than your ideas and plans.
From the time we started in business at the ripe ages of six and seven, our Grandpa Joe taught my brother Matthew and me many lessons about the details of running a profitable business. Over the years, we learned about how to create a business plan; how to market our products and services; and how to take care of customers, vendors and employees. All this knowledge has been invaluable to us in creating and running successful businesses. But, what our grandfather taught us about attitude and mindset trumps all other lessons.
Without calling out the specific individual I spoke with recently, below are five “hypothetical” attitudes that will get you nowhere in your journey to success – and the attitudes that should replace them.
5 Habits That Lead To Millionaire Business Success
You need the right habits if you’re going to succeed.
What do all millionaire businesspeople have in common? Well, a lot of things.
I found from a recent study that 80 percent of all millionaires still go to work every single day. They’re working people just like me. But, they have to keep themselves in work or it all grinds to a halt. So what are the habits you need to make your business a success?
Nothing is ever going to come easy. You can look at the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, as well as the other usual suspects, to realize that success didn’t come with their first venture. Many of them failed time and time again. It took patience for them to become successful.
I read an article recently about 36-year-old teacher Andrew Hallam who became a self-made millionaire on a teaching salary. But, in his spare time he invested smart and lived frugally.
It proves you don’t have to inherit lots of money or become an instant success to make a millionaire business.
You have to be dedicated to your craft if you’re going to become successful. Going back to Bill Gates again, he started his business in the back of his garage. Now that’s dedication.
It’s what I tell all my students. If they’re not dedicated to this, then they should leave. You need to be able to push through the barren periods if you’re going to reach the oasis of success.
3. Ambition and big dreams
Have you ever heard the quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”?
I take that to heart because even if you aim to become a billionaire and miss you still might be a millionaire many times over. Take the Wright Brothers as an example. Not content with creating a successful glider in 1902 they went on to create the world’s first airplane in 1903, making four brief flights in Kitty Hawk. It demonstrates the importance of dreaming big because you never know what you might achieve.
4. Learn from mistakes
Every good businessperson will mess something up. It’s inevitable. What’s important is how you learn from your mistakes over time. Do you adapt after making your mistakes?
Millionaire businesspeople always set some time aside to reflect. Then they create a plan of action for ensuring that it doesn’t happen again. Most failed businesspeople put it down to “bad luck.”
5. Focus on niches
This important! Try to take over a whole industry at once and you’ll inevitably get swallowed up by the competition. Start small and control your own niche before moving into another niche. When you master your small area, you can push on and expand.
You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to expand after you master your own niche/audience first.
Do you have what it takes? That’s the question I always ask novice businesspeople. You need a plan and you need the right habits if you’re going to succeed.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
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