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Do you know what isn’t fun? Budgeting. Saving. Investing. But these are proven ways to build wealth and reach financial freedom.
I mean, who wants to sacrifice everything you want right now, and delay gratification until later? Me either! However, these are the things that take time to understand, perfect and turn into consistent habits.
I promise that by the time you’re done reading this you will actually be excited about investing! Why?
Because there’s a simple investment that you will actually enjoy and see big returns. What is it?
Yourself! The best investment you can make, is in YOU. Here are ten ways to invest in yourself and watch your life change.
1. Read books and blogs
Whenever you talk to millionaires and business owners, one of the things they always recommend as a way of attaining success is to read books. Books give you the power to learn new things and bust through career slumps.
In other words, books can take you to places you’ve never been and give you ideas you never thought of.
And these days there are no excuses not to continuously read. I mean, you can listen to audio books while you work out, do chores or when you’re on the road.
Take some time this week to read a book or listen to a new author. Not only is it fun, but it will get your creative juices flowing!
2. Become the boss of your money
Start getting your spending and saving under control now! Debt is no fun at all and it is dragging you down. Until you are debt free, your money is not truly yours.
Eradicating debt is your first step in controlling your finances so they can’t control you. Then you’ll become less stressed, sleep better and have more peace.
And don’t forget about stashing away cash so you can fund your dreams! Saving enough money to pay cash for what you want will give you the ability to quit a job you despise, start a business you love or simply have the financial freedom you want.
Having extra cash for both emergencies and possibilities is an amazing investment in yourself. For starters you can improve your financial profile by opening a tax-free saving account.
Those dreams you shelved when you accepted a life of financial chaos can become realities with a little financial planning, budgeting and self-control. Sounds awesome, yeah?
3. Invest in your future
Don’t wait until retirement age to start saving for retirement. DUH! But seriously, you need to start thinking about your future and how you’re going to afford the lifestyle you want.
As business owners, we’re more tech-savvy and have access to awesome products and services that make our financial better. Don’t skimp on investing in your future!
One example of how I invest in my future is with Betterment. Betterment is the online investment service I use for my Roth IRA and retirement savings.
It allows you to automatically save for retirement, even if you only have a small amount of money. Plus, they offer 401K accounts for self-employed individuals.
You open a free account, transfer your first $10 or $25 and you’re on your way to building wealth.
But even if you don’t use Betterment, set up automatic withdrawals from your checking account into the your investment account each month. Then, you simply watch your money grow through regular deposits. It’s as simple as that!
4. Never stop learning
I’m currently going through a phase in a my business where I’m a bit restless. I feel like I’m verging on the edge of being bored and being burned out. I’m sure you can relate.
Each of us will go through phases in our businesses where we aren’t as busy as we’d like, that’s the perfect time to continue learning. Take a moment to think.
What’s a skill you’ve been dying to learn? What’s something in your biz that you’re frustrated with that you know could be better?
For me, I knew I was under utilizing Pinterest, so I took a Pinterest course and started implementing those strategies. Now, I’m interested in learning more about CSS and building my own site from scratch. Because of this I enrolled in an online CSS class!
Ready to take action and start learning? Check out the Asana For Bloggers course! It’s only $25.
5. Give yourself a break
You already know the importance of self-care but how often do you actually make time for this in your daily life? From taking a break to watch Netflix (anyone binge watch #Girlboss like I did?) to simply enjoying a bubble bath, giving yourself a break is key to avoiding burnout.
One thing I like to do to take a break is simply get outside, and sometimes it’s for an entire weekend. A weekend getaway is a great time to recharge and reinvigorate yourself as a person — not just a business owner.
Give yourself permission to take a break and don’t feel guilty about doing so!
6. Find a business coach
Your path to investing in yourself doesn’t have to be a solo trip. Find yourself a business coach or mentor who can guide you when you get discouraged or feel lost.
When you work for yourself, you need someone on your team, who can figure out what’s working and what’s not, what’s valuable and what’s not. A business coach can be your biggest advocate!
Most importantly, they will help you figure out how to make your dream business a reality. I know it’s difficult to part with your hard earned cash but a business coach may be the very best investment you can make in yourself and your business.
A financial planner could also be a great asset to your team. They will often have your best financial interest at heart, and can direct you towards a future of wealth and stability.
Both a financial planner and a business coach can help turn your business into what you want — a successful and thriving venture.
7. Insure yourself
Insurance is totally boring, I know. However, it is also necessary. While assuming the best is a great way to live, preparing for the worst is the prudent way to live.
The basic insurance types everyone should have includes — life (for those with dependents), auto (provided you have one), homeowner’s/renter’s, and health insurance.
When you’re self-employed the cost to insure yourself can be quite high so it’s important to shop around. When it comes to health insurance specifically, you have many other affordable options than the traditional route.
The point is though, you need to protect yourself, and your family and insuring yourself allows for that peace of mind. Invest in yourself for a happier now, and a brighter future!
8. Create multiple income streams
With an ever-changing economy you need to have multiple income streams. We can no longer rely on a single job or income stream to pay our bills.
If you want to earn passive income, creating multiple streams of revenue is vital to being financially stable. Having more control over your money means reducing the risk of a single revenue source and earning money from different avenues.
Not only will this help you sleep better at night, but you might uncover a passion you have for something you never even realized.
9. Know your limits and respect them
No one can take advantage of you if you don’t let them. That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a business owner — sometimes saying NO is just as important as saying YES.
You must learn to say YES and NO to the right things and create boundaries within your life. And just because you say NO to something doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, knowing your limits and respecting them is what will make you a great person!
Understanding your strengths and knowing your weaknesses will make you stronger individual and business owner.
10. Make money on the side
Earning money on the side of your day job is different than creating multiple income streams. How? A side hustle isn’t necessarily about investing or saving small amounts of money.
Earning money in your spare time often means developing a skill that you can offer as a service to clients. For example, you could learn how to become a freelance writer in just 30 days and start getting paying clients.
Or you could start a Pinterest Virtual Assistant business where you can command several thousands of dollars each month. And the best part about a side hustle is that you can make money on the side of your day job.
All the extra money is like getting a nice bonus! Which means you can use the bonus funds for travel, paying off debt or buying your dream home or taking a much-needed vacation.
How to invest in yourself
Most of the time when people suggest ways for how to invest in yourself they are usually talking about a monetary investment. And while this is true, sometimes it’s just as important to invest time into yourself.
Learn how to strike the proper balance between investing time and investing money. In other words, be patient. Know when to splurge and when to save, or when to invest and when to let time do it’s thing.
Remember, an investment in yourself is the greatest one you can make.