The most important step to financial freedom is to have a Financial Plan! Many people leave this until it’s too late in life. Not having a plan equals less choice in your later years, causing much stress and anxiety in your family relationships that could be well avoided if only you had a good financial plan in place. How to start ...
STEP 1: Clear all your non-mortgage debts
Put a budget in place and live within your means ...
STEP 2: Build up your savings
Once your non-mortgage debt is under control, start a disciplined saving habit, here's how:
- Invest regularly in a high interest savings account
Set up a regular direct debit or BPAY into a high interest savings account. You’ll hardly miss the money and watch it grow.
- Salary sacrifice to super
For your long-term retirement savings, begin to salary sacrifice to your super; super is a very tax-effective means for savings.
STEP 3: Speak to a qualified Financial Planner
Markets are global and changing all the time. It is difficult for an unqualified person to understand the benefits of tax-effective savings and super contributions, never mind how to invest in managed or listed funds. This is where a qualified Financial Planner will help you personalise a plan that will see you transition from now into your retirement.