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Seven steps to financial freedom

You must have certain fundamental elements in place if you want to become financially independent or at least financially sound. Accumulating and investing on the spur of the moment will not pay off in the long run if you don't have a plan in place.

Here are seven methods to help you organise your finances.

1. Organise your finances.

First, get your finances in order. Consolidating all of your money, investments, insurance, personal and business debt, and non-financial assets into one place might take a long time. The design for your future financial life will not emerge with clarity unless you know where you stand now in terms of your cash.

2. Manage cash flow and debt

Next, make a list of all the distinct inflow and outflow sources. Salary or business income, interest or dividend income, rental income, and bonuses are all examples of inflow sources. Consider your spouse's income as well. Sort the inflow into groups based on their frequency. This will provide you a clearer picture of financial inflows, allowing you to make smarter judgments. Prepare an outflow statement for domestic spending, business and professional expenses, loan repayment, and any other outflows. Some of the expenses may be elective, while others may be mandatory. Segregating outflow over monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annual basis will help make informed decisions while managing money. Also, figure out how much debt you have. A home loan is the only constructive debt because the value of a home is predicted to rise over time. Make a plan to pay off all non-constructive debt as soon as possible. The goal should be to have positive cash flow year after year.

3. Risk management and emergency cash

Now is the moment to prepare for the worst—job loss, medical emergencies, economic and geopolitical uncertainties, and so on. You may need to make financial arrangements to get through such situations. As a result, set up an emergency fund. For complete protection, purchase appropriate professional indemnity, property insurance, life insurance, and health insurance.

4. Managing your financial objectives
You must have a well-thought-out plan in place to achieve your financial objectives. Begin by determining your financial objectives, then estimate the cost and time frame required to reach them. To arrive at the true cost for which you will have to save on a regular basis, the objective at present cost must be inflated. This is the fundamental and initial step in achieving any financial objective.

5. Creating wealth and a second source of income
Long-term wealth creation is a time-consuming process that requires patience. The appropriate asset allocation is one of the most critical aspects of wealth generation. You must design an asset allocation plan based on your risk profile and goals, then change it frequently based on time horizon, risk capacity, and market conditions until the goals are met. The distribution of funds to shares, debt, and alternative investments will go a long way toward generating wealth in the long run. Consider income-generating assets when building wealth.

6. Managing Your Wealth
As your wealth grows, you must take all necessary precautions to guarantee that it continues to develop rather than decrease during the accumulation phase. How successfully you manage risks, goals, savings, and investments will influence your ability to manage money over time.

7. Make an estate plan
The final stage is to transfer your assets or the riches you have accumulated. A proper succession plan is required to facilitate a smooth transfer of money to your legal heirs. Make a Will that addresses the financial requirements and ambitions of all family members without the need for future legal intervention.

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