Not all of us are aware that our future will be here before we even know it. Sure we are all encouraged to live in the here and now, make the most of every moment, but we also have a courtesy to ensure that our future selves are going to be money savvy and prepared, for when life changes. We all have financial goals and aspirations we want to reach.
Let’s face it right now, at some point you won’t have a regular wage going in each month, you will have retired from what might have been a much loved career and entering into a new chapter of your life. One that involves a chance to take on new hobbies or pick up on old ones, a chance to travel and see the world or just slow down so you can spend more time with your loved ones. It is actually going to be a fantastic period of your life, but you can do things right now to ensure that your future self and your finances are as they should be. Providing you with that lifestyle and also that security that things are good. I wanted to share with you what some of them are.
Getting on the property ladder.
One of the first things you could consider doing right now, if you haven’t already, is getting on the property ladder. Having a property is one of the biggest purchases and investments you will likely make in your life, but it is also one of the ones that can help you in the future. Property tends to increase in value, especially if you make improvements or even step up the ladder. The sooner you do it, the sooner your mortgage will be paid off. You may want to speak with a financial advisor to help you with mortgages and investments. Your property can then provide you with money for your retirement. For example, you may sell it and downsize to free up equity. You might consider staying and doing something like equity release to enjoy some of the value from your home. It provides you with more options than you could know, so if you haven’t thought about getting on the property ladder start considering it sooner rather than later.
Having a will in place
It is also extremely important, even now, to consider having a will in place. Especially if you are already on the property ladder, and have savings or even assets. If something were to happen to you, the estate would be decided exactly how you want it to be. It can really help friends and family in the process. Meeting up with a specialist isn’t as scary as it sounds, and it can actually be a great way to ensure that you have everything you want noted down and that it is then kept safe and secure for you to forget about. It may sound unnecessary now, but time does move quickly and really none of us have any idea of what is actually around the corner when it comes to our lives.
Making long-term savings investments
At the moment, savings aren’t exactly earning you a fortune, especially if they are sat there in an easy-access savings account. With some banks or building society, if you are prepared to invest long term, then the rate of interest and earning potential are far more desirable. There tend to be a range of long-term savings accounts on offer, and it is worth considering how much you invest as you may need to have some access to savings for those rainy day moments or unforeseen circumstances. But if there is an amount that you can miss, it might be worth it it invest long term.
Putting a little way each week now
Ever wondered if there was anything else you could do that was a little more practical and in your control? Saving little and often could be it. Some people consider things that they could do without for the week. It might be one take-out coffee or choosing to take your own out instead. It might be that take-out meal once a week or a vice-like drinking or smoking. Using the money spent on these things and saving them each week won’t feel like you are missing a lot of money, in some terms it would have already been spent, but over the months and years, these small amounts will really add up. It could even be put towards things like a holiday.
Spending time looking into pensions or future income streams
We are all encouraged at some point to consider future finances and pensions can be one of the ways we earn when we no longer have a job. Some people have this already sorted for them as you can pay through your employment and even they pay in for you too. But others like to consider private ones that can be more lucrative. You may even want to look into the ways you make extra money now and see if there is any longevity in it, blogging income, mystery shopping, and filling out surveys, for example. All of these things can help to provide an income when you can no longer rely on what was a stable and steady stream of money. A great tip is to evaluate what sort of lifestyle you would want, know how much that would cost, and then put plans in place for the future that will help you sustain it.
Creating something like a business
Finally, if you are really thinking of the future then now might be the time to start up your own business from home. Something you can build and nurture in your spare time. It might be blogging or creating video content on YouTube. It might be freelancing and earning extra that way. It may even be online side hustles like selling on eBay or completing mystery shopping. Creating your own business for earning money just gives you more options for your future. Perhaps reciting early to focus on it full time, or even just having saved the extra income for when the time comes that you need it.
Let’s hope that this has given you some food for thought to help you take control of your future finances.