Even if you aren’t fully invested in the stock market, almost every long-term financial plan approved by a financial advisor will have some degree of exposure to stocks. The stock market can be a scary thing when the U.S. economy experiences a cyclical decline. Historically, however, investors who have lost their nerve and sold during downturns have been punished in the long run. Many people panicked in 2008, when the S&P 500 lost roughly half its value during the financial crisis. Today, less than a decade later, the S&P 500 is now more than 76 percent higher than its 2007 peak.
Live proactively, not reactively. You have two choices in life: React to life as it is thrown at you, or you can go out and create your own life, one that you define and you work for. Don’t get caught in a passive life being tossed around like a boat in a hurricane. Be the hurricane.
Brandon Turner (G+ | Twitter) spends a lot of time on BiggerPockets.com. Like… seriously… a lot. Oh, and he is also an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, traveler, third-person speaker, husband, and author of “The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down“, and “The Book on Rental Property Investing” which you should probably read if you want to do more deals.
Perhaps you enjoy writing, managing Facebook pages or doing a little bit of graphic design in your spare time. There are so many freelance jobs out there that require simple skills or just time that someone else might not have.
I didn’t know where to start… so I went to iTunes and looked up the word “millionaire”. I found a few people that were okay with saying they were millionaires. I sent a few quick emails asking them for an interview. I assumed that none of them would say “yes” because I didn’t have a podcast, website or anything… but to my surprise, they all said “yes”!
Chances are, you don’t know what you don’t know. So you’ll need to start really educating yourself about how you could conceivably achieve your goal. You’ll need to get bolder about the work you’re doing. You’ll need to create more, and fail more. Over and over, in fact. Quantity is often the fastest path to quality.
Want to become a millionaire? Making it happen in the next five years doesn’t have to be a fantasy. That’s the view of Steve Siebold, 50, author of How Rich People Think. Siebold, a self-made millionaire who consults for corporate sales teams and gives speeches across the country, says that in fact, people over 50 have the advantage when it comes to getting rich. That’s right: 50 is the new 40.
Getting paid to take surveys is a fun way to earn a little side cash and free gift cards, while at the same time impacting the development and/or improvement of the products and services that you use in your daily life.
I have always subscribed to paying yourself first, keeping debt under control and living within my means. Fortunately my wife and I have always made pretty good money so it was fairly pain free to be successful. We were so fortunate to not have any breaks in our work history which is a huge factor. For those who need to dip into savings to cover a long period of work outage, it can be devastating. I’m now at retirement age, house is paid for, no debt, million++ in investments…. You don’t know good it feels to be able to sleep good at night knowing that you can deal with anything that comes up.
Of course, my battle buddy didn’t like this idea. When I told my soon-to-be-wife about the situation, she shut me down really fast. But, there’s even more bad news. Since I had already hinted to my mother that I would do it, I had to go back and tell her I changed my mind.
How long it takes you to reach seven figures depends on how much you start with, how much you add to your kitty and how often, and how much you earn on your investments. Over the haul, U.S. stocks have returned an annualized 10%, including dividends. Building at that rate, it would take a bit less than 32 years to turn $50,000 into $1 million. If you invest $10,000 per year, it would take 24 years to reach the milestone. (The calculations assume that you invest in a tax-deferred account.)
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What do you do on a Saturday morning? What do you do on a Saturday morning before everyone else is awake? This can be incredibly revealing to what you’re passionate about and what you like to spend your time on. Examples: Browsing fashion websites, working on your car, reading fitness subreddits, etc.
#8 phheeww. This took awhile to get to. And a lot of hours. And that’s why freelance writing is in extremely high demand. Blogs need content – every. single. day. And business owners simply don’t have the time to research, plan, and post a new article everyday. If you have a skill with words – you can easily start off making money at around $15/hr as a freelance writer. The bigger companies you score deals with – those rates can go up to $100/hr…for writing 🙂
Just as you wouldn’t build a skyscraper before excavating deeply underground the construction site and setting the foundation, you wouldn’t start to develop the foundation for a successful life without first understanding where you come from and what drives you. Dig deep to understand what core truths truly motivate you and what you really care about before you start building yourself up. A career built on a shaky foundation will never stand the test of time.
Finally, there are some companies that will hire you to work from the comfort of your own home. If you’re interested in working for someone else, while still making your own schedule and deciding where to work from, here are a few companies that will let you do just that:
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