START SOLVING YOUR MONEY PROBLEMS TODAY

“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action” IG @Corporatebytes

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I’m going to start this article by asking several questions.

1. Do you think that, earning more money will solve your money problems?

2. Do you think higher education will solve your money problems?

3. Do high paying jobs solve money problems?

But the real question is, What does solve money problems?

Making more money does not solve your money problems. This is due to individuals tend to find new things to buy with the new money they just received. Many times, this is bought on credit which adds monthly payments to your debts.

Higher education does not solve your money problems either. We have a lot of bright individuals with Masters and Ph.D.’s that earn a lot of money but are deeply in debt.

A higher paying job does not solve your money problems. I see it all the time.

Tell me, how many pay increases have you received in your working life? How many bonuses have you received?

Are you out of bad debt yet? Ask yourself, why?

Truth is, we already know where or on what we want to spend that money before we even receive it. The reason why too many individuals cannot get ahead of the game is that they lack the real answer to the big question, Financial Education / Financial IQ.

One thing is having higher education, high paying jobs or making a lot of money; and a whole different thing to know what to do with that money to become financially free.

In order to increase your Financial IQ, Robert T. Kiyosaki wrote a book to help us all. The book “Increase your Financial IQ – Get smarter with your money” goes in-depth to explain what real Financial education is and how you can use it to get ahead of the game.

Don’t buy luxuries until you’ve built the assets to afford them. He doesn’t agree with the mentality of living below your means. He prefers to build and acquire assets that pay for the lifestyle you want. Don’t pay for luxuries out of pocket. Pay for assets out of pocket and they will buy the luxuries that you want.

Assets come in many forms. They are things that will bring money into your pockets, whether you were working for it or not.

The most common assets are paper assets. Those come in the form of investing in stocks in the stock market. Mutual funds and bonds are also in this category.

Another type of asset is Real Estate. Whether you are flipping houses or owning rental properties (house for rent or apartment for rent).

Owning your own business. Or learning how to make money online by setting up a website, blog, etc.

And finally, the less common known assets of commodities. Include owning oil, gold, silver.

What do you do?

If you want to learn how to make money, I highly encourage you to decide which one of the previous types of assets you are more interested in. Buy a few books on the topic or take some classes. Learn the inside and out of how they work. Set yourself for success.

Instead of watching TV, learn new skills and begin managing your finances.

Useful new skills for this century are podcasting, affiliate marketing, app development, furniture making, graphic design, just to name a few.

Manage your finances by learning about taxes (“Tax-Free Wealth“) or be willing to pay up for a very well educated accountant.

Start your own business. It could be inside a building or an online business. You want a proven system, then check out Timothy Ferriss’s book (“The 4-hour workweek“). A great example of his business with tips and tricks for getting what you need for less.

Learn to invest (“The Intelligent Investor“) or know that you will be paying fees and expenses to people that are as intelligent as you or not even as much.

Review and organize your finances using money calculators, build your own or be willing to pay someone to build one for you. By the way, that someone will be me in the near future. Don’t worry, it won’t be expensive.

Don’t be afraid of using coupons to buy items at lower prices. It is a great way to save money that you can put to better use by investing it and growing your account.

Don’t throw your hard-earned money in the grave or online banking. What I mean by that is, don’t leave your money in a savings account or online bank account that pays anywhere from 0.5%-2.50%. Remember that inflation increases on average 3.5% per year. You need to make investments that pay at least 3.5% just to keep up with inflation and not lose your buying power.

There are plenty of assets that can pay you 3.5% and more. Investing is not risky. Risky is depending on one source of income (aka your job), and losing it (getting fired) and no second or third sources of income to help you mitigate the hit. Now, THAT! is risky.

Begin your Road to Wealth!

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU SAVE YOUR FIRST $50,000

“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to be a millionaire” Jim Rohn

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Who we turn out to be in life, depends greatly on our early life experiences. It shapes us as a person and our personalities.

That also holds true for the experiences we have with money as a young person. It could seriously shape our whole mental outlook on finances and how we go about getting it.

I’ve always been really good at saving money. But I saved in order to buy stuff that I wanted. No one, in my family, trade in the markets, or own Real Estate or have their own business.

With no entrepreneurs in the family, it is a trait that I couldn’t learn or follow. I followed the same path as everyone else around me. I grew up in a middle-class family with high morals and values, big in sports, but mediocre in financial education.

Now, in my 30’s, my eyes have been opened to a new lifestyle. The best thing is, that lifestyle is reachable. I just have to work a little bit harder than someone younger. But I’m setting myself apart from everyone else to include family, friends, and peers.

When I say a new lifestyle, I don’t mean filthy rich and do nothing. What I mean is, a life where I can work and do what I like at the same time that my money saved is also working for me, growing and making my life easier. I don’t have to wait until retirement to enjoy it. I can use mini-retirement vacations every year and enjoy life while I’m still healthy and able to do so. Waiting until my 60’s to enjoy my money doesn’t make sense to me. How do I know if I’m still going to have good health then?

With that said, I started reading away more books about money and investing in the last 2 years than ever before in my life. (For reading books faster, read until the end).

No doubt in my mind those books changed my way of thinking about money forever. They are shaping my financial self, and they are leaving me with a nice positive cash flow which helps me cover my monthly bills and then some. Which makes me envision even bigger money goals aiming to not just help myself but my immediate family as well.

I encourage everyone to read them if you haven’t done so yet. They will transform the way you think about money and will definitely help you increase your wealth.

These are the most important books I read which have helped me save and invest my first $50,000 in only 2 years. To me, this is a milestone that could have not been possible if not for the part played by the knowledge inside. Of all those books, the ones that have stood out the most to me are the ones that follow.

1. The Millionaire Next Door

This book unmasked the typical “Millionaire” on the streets. The ones that have a lifestyle that is funded by debt and can barely find any money to spare. The authors realized that most of the millionaires in this country live just like the rest of us.

They are (PAW) or prodigious accumulator of wealth. The ones that have the lifestyle but not the income to support it are (UAW) under accumulator of wealth. Most people are (AAW) average accumulator of wealth.

You will also find in this book a simple net worth/wealth formula that will reveal to you where you stand by your age, not your peers or neighbors.

It was the first book to open my eyes to frugality, but not living like a poor person, just not wasting money in excess.

2. The Intelligent Investor

Warren Buffet (The Oracle from Omaha) is hands down the best investor in history. The wealth that he has amassed is in the billions. He calls this book, “By far the best book on investing ever written”. Coming from the best investor in history, I take that as the highest praise anyone can get.

If you ever wonder how to analyze stocks, this is your book. Benjamin Graham explains his strategy and the discipline it takes to become a smart investor.

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad

If you have not seen or heard about this book and Robert Kiyosaki, you are living under a rock. It is the best-selling personal finance book of all time! Read the last sentence again. No, seriously.

He made up his two dad’s, but the powerful lessons and inspiration in this book will make you start thinking like an investor and not a consumer.

A few things I learned:

– Not all debt is bad. You can get very wealthy if you understand debt and how to use it.

– First, buy assets that produce cash flow. Then, use that cash flow to fulfill your dreams and/or lifestyle.

– If you don’t invest in assets first, you will never get out of the rat race (slave away your life working until you die)

– Become your own boss. They believe if you are going to do it, go big or go home. But no need to jump with both feet. Personally, I’m starting small as a side job and building to the point where I won’t need my primary job anymore.

 If you want to start your own business or invest in rental properties, this is the book to read.

4. The ABCs of Real Estate Investing

Ken McElroy who is part of the Rich Dad brand (Robert Kiyosaki) wrote this book. As a mini summary, what you need to focus on is finding the right deal where you can make money off of it.

He goes over Real Estate Myths: Need a personal fortune, need to start small, or you have to be a Real Estate genius before you can get started.

If you work hard to study the markets and properties, evaluate the real income and expenses properly and improve operations, R.E. investing lets you sleep well at night all while building your massive wealth.

5. Tax-Free Wealth

Tom Wheelwright is a CPA who is also part of the Rich Dad brand, wrote this book about tax planning concepts.

He explains how to use your countries’ tax laws to your benefit. How tax laws work. And how they are designed to reduce your taxes, not to increase your taxes.

Once you understand the basic principles of tax reduction, you can begin reducing your taxes and in the future how to eliminate your taxes completely just like President Donald J Trump and Rich Dad’s own Robert Kiyosaki. You will no longer be afraid of taxes again.  

6. The 4 Hour Workweek

Timothy Ferris wrote this amazing book which gives you examples on how to properly be more effective and efficient at work and in life. He’ll explain the difference between the two.

How to build systems that can be automated. The cash flow will keep flowing in, and you will work less and less as you start removing yourself as a bottleneck of information.

Little tips and tricks on how to technically become an expert in whatever you choose to work on in very little time.

Learn to delegate tasks and get more done on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner, any type of entrepreneur, CEO, floor manager, store manager, or whatever, as long as you have individuals that work under you, you should get this book.

Your productiveness will go through the roof. And your wealth too.

7. Cashflow Quadrant

This is another of Robert Kiyosaki’s books. This one, in simple words, is about taxes.

Yawn! Right? Well, no, hang tight, you will definitely want to read it. You will learn the difference between the four types of individuals there are in the world and why some pay a lot of taxes while others pay the minimum or none at all.

The tax benefits you can get if you do things that the government wants you to do like research, create jobs, places for living, and many other things, you will probably want to give it a try and stop giving the government half your money back in taxes as an employee.

8. Unshakeable

Tony Robbins shares tips from different financial gurus like Warren Buffet (The Oracle of Omaha), Alan Greenspan (Federal Reserve USA 1987-2006) and David F. Swensen (Investor, Fund Manager).

He explains the rules of the game, key players and their agenda, and how the average person (you and me) can ride the financial storm to build your financial freedom.

Being “Unshakeable” means that no matter what happens to the economy, you will have more than enough for yourself, your loved ones and your contributions. In other words, financially secure.

If you don’t want to be misinformed, ignorant and/or in fear of the financial markets, you must know the rules. Get this book.

WHAT NOW?

Well, there are plenty of more books but we will be here all month long. I will write about them later. But this is where I started and I can’t tell you in this article how my life changed after this. I’m fully invested in the stock market and currently taking Real Estate classes. I already set my goal to acquire my first Real Estate Investment within the next 15 months. Building my investing team and learning the game for now, but when the time comes, watch out!

READ BOOKS 10X FASTER

I just recently wrote an article where I explained how to make David and Zira read your pdf books for you and for free. If you are reading out of your computer in pdf format, they will read it to you. Check it out.

Begin your Road to Wealth!

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HOW TO MAKE DAVID OR ZIRA READ PDF BOOKS TO YOU FOR FREE!

“No one wants to help you get there, but they’ll all show up when it’s time to celebrate” IG @life_playground

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Reading

For some reason, for many, reading is not interesting. Almost as if it were their kryptonite. However, reading is where knowledge is hidden.

That’s why they force you to read at school. For you to learn.

On second thought, I think that is why many do not like to read. They made them read so many books that were not interesting, that they lost the magic and interest in reading.

If you are like me, you read the same paragraph several times. Again and again, because I get lost, get distracted by flies, or I just don’t understand something.

On average, it takes me a month to read a book of 250-350 pages. Some 10-15 pages per day before bedtime. Nor do I try hard to finish faster or read more pages per day. How great would it be for someone to read me the book?

The solution

Today, you can have your book of interest read to you, whenever you want, wherever you want and for free. That is great! How far society and technology have come! Is incredible.

It sounds even hostile, but it isn’t in the least. David and Zira are willing to read your book whenever and wherever you want. And for free. Because they are robots.

They are a reading system that many people do not know exists in pdf books and documents.

How it works

It does not work with pdf documents created by an image.

It works perfectly with pdf documents created by a text source (Microsoft Word or other word processing programs).

How to customize it

First, you must open the pdf book, and you will program it to your liking.

Click on Edit at the top, in the submenu, scroll down to preference.

In the box that opens (categories), click on reading.

You will see that as in the photo, you have the option to customize your reader.

Reading order: Left to right, top to bottom

Volume: adjust as required

Voice: Your two options are:

          Microsoft David Desktop (Male)

          Microsoft Zira Desktop (Female)

Pitch: adjust as needed between 1-10

Words per minute: this is how fast you want the document read. I am using 175.

Too fast can be difficult to hear and/or understand. Too slow may sound unnatural and saddle you to death. Find that sweet spot where you can have the best of both worlds; you are able to listen/understand and it keeps you awake, attentive and engaged.

Click Ok.

How to activate it

Now we move on to the part everyone wants to learn. For the less tech-savvy, we will do the step by step doing all the clicks. In the next part, I will give you the codes for those who like to use shortcuts.

Find the place where you want the reading to begin.

Click on the first word.

Now, at the top, click on View, then all the way to the bottom of the submenu, hover your mouse over Read Out Loud and click on Activate Read Out Loud.

* This is not going to start the reading, you are just activating the pdf.

Click on View again, hover the mouse over Read Out Loud, and you have two options here: 1. read this page only, 2. read to end of document.

Usually, most will choose to read until the end of the document.

Note that in the same process, View Read Out Loud – you also have the options to pause and/or resume the reading or stop reading completely.

Shortcuts

SHIFT + CONTROL + Y = ACTIVATE READ OUT LOUD

SHIFT + CONTROL + V = READ THIS PAGE ONLY

SHIFT + CONTROL + B = READ TO END OF DOCUMENT

SHIFT + CONTROL + C = PAUSE OR RESUME

SHIFT + CONTROL + E = STOP

Test drive

Some of my favorite books are:

The Millionaire Next Door (Personal growth / Finance)

The Intelligent Investor (Stocks, money, investing)

Tax-Free Wealth (Tax loopholes)

The ABCs of Real Estate Investing (Real Estate)

Before You Quit Your Job (Entrepreneurship, Financial IQ)

Retire Young Retire Rich (Money, Finances, Investing)

Conclusion

For many, this information will be of great help. Unfortunately, too many people today have no knowledge about this breakthrough, which can be exploited in our favor. I started a book 3 days ago using this method and I’m already on page 148. Pausing to summarize and everything. I will finish it in 6 days. Now, that is a breakthrough for me.

I hope it helps. Enjoy!

Begin your Road to Wealth! By reading more books in half the time.

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START LIVING YOUR REALITY

“The biggest risk is not taking any risks” Mark Zuckerberg

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We all want to live before we die, right? That means that at some point, we have to stop trading away our time for dollars. Money is important but we need to stop working for a salary or a wage and figure out how to make money work for us!

First thing is, you need to be honest with yourself. Answer the following questions with all honesty and see where you are. Just a simple Yes or No.

1. Do you operate your household with a budget?

2. Do you know how much debt do you currently have? (Total debt)

3. Do you routinely pay your bills on time?

4. Do you have savings for an emergency? (At least $1,000)

5. Do you have a plan for tackling your debt?

6. Do you regularly charge your credit cards because you spend more than your paycheck?

7. Do you hide bills from your family?

8. Have you been turned down for credit/loans?

9. Do you prefer to buy fun things today than buying assets for the future?

10. Do you think the government and social security should provide enough to cover your expenses in retirement?

See how you did…

If you answered ‘Yes’ to questions 1-5, that’s great! You are already taking control of your cash flow…

If you answered ‘No’ to questions 6-10, that’s also great! … You have the right mindset and probably just need a little push…

If your answers are mixed, you have some work to do…

If your answers are completely inverted, You are headed toward financial disaster. You need to re-evaluate your life big time.

At first, it is difficult to change your bad habits. You bet it is. But your life can dramatically change for the better and it all depends on you. See how you spend your time and that will give you an idea where your life is headed.

I come to figure out in my 30’s, that I do like to read. As a young person, I thought I didn’t like to read. Actually, I figured out that when it comes to making my money grow faster and faster, I can’t stop reading once I start.

Everyone is money-oriented. Some to spend, some to accumulate. The difference is financial knowledge and literacy. The ones that read about money and apply it in real life, get ahead of the game. The ones that not, live through struggle their whole life.

I will make several recommendations of books that I have read and have been illuminated by new knowledge that when I started putting it all together, my life started to change for good. There is no stopping now.

Note: Although it was not the first book I read, it is highly recommended you start with Twelve Pillars for a solid foundation…. but getting back to the article…

The first book I read was:

#1. How to make money in stocks by William J O’Neil – in short, he follows and shows how to use the CAN SLIM formula (yes, it’s an acronym), uses both a few fundamentals and a little bit of technical analysis. He doesn’t use a get rich quick scheme. Slow and steady wins the race.

#2. How to make money in stocks complete investing system: your ultimate guide to winning in good times and bad. Also by O’Neil.

#3. The intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham – he teaches you to keep emotions under control and invest like an intelligent individual. No high IQ needed, or inside information or luck. You can’t ignore that some of his disciples have shown the possibilities when you put it all together. Like who you said? Nothing more than Warren Buffett who says this is the best book in investing ever written by far. Mr. Buffett is currently the 3rd richest person in the world with over $80 billion dollars.

#4. The millionaire next door – opened my eyes to the possibility that anyone with any type of income sources can get to where they want if they so desire. No high income is needed because everything comes down to your spending and savings habits. It shows you a simple formula to measure your wealth! Now, you will instantly know if you are ahead of the game or not. Are you a PAW, AAW or UAW?

#5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – has expanded my knowledge to immense proportions. In summary, Robert’s real dad (poor dad) and his best friend’s dad (rich dad), shaped his life with the way they see money and investing. You don’t need big degrees or high incomes to be rich. You just need financial literacy about money and how the rich make money work for them and not the other way around.

I’m telling you, if you start with these 5 books, you will be way ahead of 80% of individuals I know because no one wants to read. If you feel like one of those too, let me show you a trick; read 10 pages every night before you jump into bed. For example, the millionaire next door is 270 pgs, at 10 pgs per night you will finish it in 27 days. Just under a month, you will have new knowledge that if applied, you can start your own road to wealth.

Knowledge is power, only if put into action. You can know it all, but if you don’t start, it just goes to waste. Don’t be one of those 10 years from now saying, only if it would have started earlier.

I’m glad I didn’t wait that long but still would have loved to have all this knowledge when in college. My life would have been even better than what it is right now, which is not bad at all. I mean, I just doubled my wealth in 2 years and 8 months.

Don’t be left behind. Jump on the bandwagon and give me company on this journey in the road to wealth.

#BONUS#: We spoke about habits earlier. If you want to pick up good habits, you might want to check “The 7 habits of highly effective people“.

To our wealth! Leave your comment below.

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YOUR DEBT, IS IT GOOD OR BAD?

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Albert Einstein.

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Hello friends, we haven’t talked for more than a month. And I already missed you all. I can tell you quickly that I live in a new state due to work. The months of June and July have been crazy. On top of that, I signed up for real estate classes and other types of investments.

Obviously, as long as my knowledge expands, I will be sharing with you so that we can all progress. Among many other things that are new to me, I learned that there are two types of debts. All my life I thought all debt was bad.

Before getting into debt, I have to say that managing your money is just the beginning. Then comes the interesting thing, learn about money and how to make it work for you while you are not present.

We have to recover our cash flow and use it to obtain assets that give us money back, that work hard to generate more money for us. Not objects that take money out of our pockets. That is the magnificent secret of security and financial freedom.

What nobody tells you…

Debts are divided into two types, good and bad. Most people learn to have bad debts.

Debts are like everything in life. Depending on how you use it, it can be good or bad.

A gun can be good or bad depending on the person who uses it.

Drugs can be good or bad depending on how the person uses them.

If you do your part and learn how to use debt, it can be your slavery for life or your independence for life. You choose.

What are bad debts?

Bad debts are personal loans, car or home loans, student loans, and credit cards.

Why are they considered bad debts?

Because they only take money out of your pocket and in the end, they don’t have the same value as when you bought them.

The plan is to get out of all your bad debts, and when you get out of all your bad debts, then you will get more debts. Whaaaatttttt?!?!

It is true, but this time you will get good debt.

What are good debts?

Good debt comes in many forms. Good debts are those that can give you financial freedom in the future. For example, you buy an apartment to rent it. Yes, it is a debt, but it has several points in its favor.

#1. The payment of your loan does not come out of your pocket. You have a lease that pays your debt. In the end, when the loan is repaid, you are the owner of an apartment and it can produce passive income for the rest of your life and perhaps your children after your die if you have not sold it. Best part is, nothing came out of your pocket. That is how wealth can be passed down from generation to generation.

#2. You get equity or value in the apartment over the years. So, if you decide to sell, you can earn capital gains.

#3. You have government tax breaks because you are providing a service/lodging.

#4. You can repeat this cycle as many times as you want, until you receive enough in passive income to the point where you do not depend on a job and can retire early and enjoy life.

Now that is real security and financial freedom.

As you can see, this type of debt is what the rich use to get richer.

If you focus on blaming the government, you think that social security should maintain you in your retirement years, you dedicate yourself to studying and continue to accumulate student debt; I am sorry to tell you that you will never rise from being poor or middle class.

To enter the group of those who have wealth, you have to learn about money and how it works. Do not be left behind.

For today, we have learned that not all debts are bad. I will return soon with more so we can all progress.

Until next time.

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR FINANCES!

“Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream” – Hugh Hefner

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Did you know that destinations are made from small actions? It is true, and although the habit does not make the monk, those habits forge our future.

If you are surprised when looking at your finances because they are almost in intensive care, do not worry. We will talk about various habits that may be causing you an unnecessary exit of money; and how to solve it.

1. The habit that affects both men and women, Make shopping a therapy. There are many therapies that do not spend your hard-earned money. See if you can give an opportunity to some of the following: listening to music, cycling, playing sports, and even cursing the referees. All these things help you reduce stress and do not affect your pocket.

2. Bad vibes. Crying about money all the time, makes you attract bad energies which prevent you from getting what you really want. Need to be more positive. Start each morning saying “Things get better every day”, or something like that. The important thing is that with positive thoughts, you attract good vibes.

3. Do not finance yourself in pawnshops. Interest rates can reach 200%. It should not be an option. That’s it.

4. Eat out more than three times a week. There are very few people who travel for work all the time and those people usually get money to spend on food from their companies. They are not spending out of pocket. This means that eating out is more of a luxury than a necessity. Nothing wrong with going out on a weekend to eat with friends or family; doing it too often is the problem.

5. Do not pay the minimum on credit cards. Banks and businesses mail you the minimum payment, but it’s not to help you. While paying the minimum, it will take you longer to pay off the card which means that they will steal more money in interest each month. Don’t do it.

6. You save very little, and what you save, sits in a common bank account where you do not earn anything in interest but you do get charged for service fees.

You have three options:

A. Use an account that automatically invests your savings in the market and helps you generate more money. For example, Acorns. This is a very user-friendly platform, which helps you save and invest without requiring any time spent from you. It also helps you get cash back when you buy directly from the application in your favorite stores such as Groupon, Amazon, AT&T, Adidas, Bed Bath & Beyond, Xfinity, Dell, ESPN+, eBay, Forever 21, GNC, Kay Jewelers, and about 300 other businesses.

B. Open an account with Robinhood which is an investment platform with a commission FREE policy. Also, get a free stock when you open your account. It’s great since you are already in profits as soon as the stock moves one cent in your direction. Take into consideration that it will consume more time since you have to transfer the money and decide on the companies that you will invest.

C. Open an account with an online bank that can pay you an interest of 2% or more. These online banks are better than common banks with buildings and employees because by not having to pay rent or wages, they can pay up higher interest to you. Mine is MySavingsDirect which pays me a 2.37%.

I hope it helps! Leave your comment below.

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM YOU WILL EVER NEED

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Let’s learn how to take control of our financial freedom today. Use the exact same blueprint I used for my financial freedom.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY MAKING APPROACH?

There are thousands’ of money making models out there, so I guess you are here to see which of them is the best fit for you. If you need someone with a financial background, like a B.A. in Accounting, you get one here, for free. I’ve been trying different approaches at growing my money in order to not depend solely on my job; especially after retirement.

I learned that the average millionaire has 7 to 8 sources of income. Following on their footsteps, I have become financially free. What I mean by free is, my passive income is making me an amount of money which surpasses my expenses.

DO YOU NEED A BACHELORS IN FINANCE TO DO THIS?

Now remember, it was not done in a month or two. It took some work, sacrifices, discipline and time. It takes money to make money, right?

HOW DID I DO IT?

1. Automate your savings and grow them at the same time

First thing I did was opening a savings account that will help me grow my money over time. It has an easy set up and it is one of those set it and forget it type of models. Just let it compound over the years.

It has several features:

A. Saves your money automatically by rounding up your debit/credit card to the next dollar. When it hits $5, it transfers it out from your checking account into the app account. Then the next feature takes place…

B. The money that you just saved will automatically be invested in the stock market. You can choose if you want to be more heavily invested in stocks, bonds or a mix of both. This step needs to be done only once. It will automatically do it for you after first time set up. Also receive dividends from the stocks you hold.

C. Found money feature lets you buy at your favorite brands and stores through the app and they will give you cash back or reinvest into your account.

Get your ACORNS account.

2. Easy source of income with Real Estate

Then I saved $500 to open an account where I can get some exposition to Real Estate. The reason why I prefer to do it digitally is because I became a landlord without the hassle.

For this type of investment I have a longer time horizon, meaning years. I’m planning on getting money out after I retire, not before. And since Real Estate takes it’s time to develop, I will take my time to let it panned out.

The $500 will get you in with the Starter Portfolio where you can split your money between two portfolios. In order to start using all the features available you need to save $1,000 to reach the next level called Core. By all means you can start here if you have the money available.

After reaching Core level you choose between 3 investment plans…

Supplemental Income

  • Aim to earn returns via quarterly dividends, with less appreciation.
  • Invest in an income-oriented real estate private equity strategy
  • Portfolio allocated primarily to debt real estate assets

Balanced Investing

  • Aim to earn returns via a blend of dividends and appreciation
  • Invest in a balanced mix of income and growth strategies
  • Portfolio allocated across both debt and equity real estate assets

Long Term Growth

  • Aim to earn returns via appreciation in share value, with fewer dividends
  • Invest in a growth-oriented real estate private equity strategy
  • Portfolio allocated more towardequity real estate assets

If you want to get into Real Estate, FUNDRISE is your way to go.

3. Be the Bank

Just as Real Estate has stood the test of time, so have Loans. With this advance in technology now you can become the bank, lend $25 per loan and get paid.

The downside here is you need money to open this account. If you want just the basic stuff you need $1,000 to be exact; although they recommend you begin with $2,500 in order to mitigate risk of losing. If you want to get free notes with full features and $75 bonus, then you need to save $5,000.

Now to the good part. They claim historical returns over the long term is 3%-8% but as you can see on the picture below, I’m currently at 11.55%. If you open an account shoot me an email and I will show you a few tricks to weed out bad investments. Free of charge of course.

LENDINGCLUB is your pass to play the Bank, but with real money, getting paid for real; not Monopoly money.

Note: Currently only residents of the following States may invest in LENDINGCLUB notes: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY.

4. Build a wealth mindset

Ever dreamed of becoming a trader and making money on the markets? Today is your lucky day because you can open your account, and receive a free stock like Sprint, Apple, Microsoft or many others.

The simplest way you can do this is by buying dividend paying stocks. I suggest you take a look at this list.

Great Dividend Stocks include stocks with both consistent multi-year dividend growth and steady price appreciation.

Dividend Achievers are stocks that trade on the NYSE  or NASDAQ and have increased its annual dividend for at least 10 years or more.

Dividend Aristocrats, are stocks that have increased its annual dividend for 25 years or more.

Dividend Kings are stocks that have increased its annual dividend for 50 years or more.

You can buy some of this stocks and know that price will increase over time but almost surely your dividend will increase yearly. Giving you bigger payouts.

Get your ROBINHOOD account today.

5. Extra Income

The following accounts I don’t use to build wealth but to get some extra cash every month. They are similar but offer many options when it comes to receiving your money.

SWAGBUCKS will pay you for giving your opinion on surveys, watching videos, and a wide variety of other ways.

INBOXDOLLARS will also pay you for giving your opinion on surveys, watching videos, and many other ways.

LUCKTASTIC is the modern way to play Lottery by scratching digital tickets. You can win cash, gift cards or tokens.

6. Fix your credit score

If you want to become wealthy, one way you need to get started is by improving your credit score. Credit Sesame will give you tips by email to help you get where you need to be.

7. Save, get cash back and much more…

Ease on your pocket by getting the best you can in Car insurance. Gabi will compare your current insurance and will find you if any other Insurance Company is offering the same insurance at a lower price.

Get offers, save and get cash back in your groceries. It is a great way to stay in budget and keep your fridge full. Ibotta will give you this and much more. Give it a try.

Paribus is a program that will scan your emails and get you cash back when the item you bought drops in price. It also gets you compensated when your shipment is late. Don’t delete your emails anymore and rip the benefits of this program.

MY RATING SYSTEM

I give ratings to my investments from 0 to 10. Main variables are:

* Ease of set up

* Ability to make money

* Consistency

* Price

* Special features

ACORNS 9/10 (only downside is if the market sells off, although we know it will be temporarily, everything else is great)

FUNDRISE 9/10 (it is a slow investment, need patience but it’s totally worth it)

LENDINGCLUB 9/10 (only hurdle is the amount of money to get started, once you get over that hurdle you will not stop smiling)

ROBINHOOD 8/10 (super simple platform, need more features if you plan to day trade)

SWAGBUCKS 7/10 (need time for surveys, you can let videos run in the background)

INBOXDOLLARS 7/10 (need time for surveys, you can let videos run in the background)

LUCKTASTIC 6/10 (at least for me the cash prices have been low, although I read about others making $100, maybe I’m not lucky enough, lol)

CREDIT SESAME 10/10 (everything you need to improve your credit score you can find here)

GABI 10/10 (super easy to do and save me over $900 for the year by switching to the new insurance company)

IBOTTA 9/10 (easy to use and offers many options)

PARIBUS 10/10 (easy set up and you have to do nothing but wait)

CONCLUSIONS

Hopefully, you’ve already put an eye on a money making technique that you liked. If you are still unsure, start from the simplest techniques and move up. I recommend you open an account for each type of approach. They are uncorrelated and that will help you grow faster when the cycle comes around. Like the Chinese saying goes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today”. Today is your day to plant your tree.

Hope it helps! Leave your comment below.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Don’t forget to share it in social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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WIN MONEY FROM YOUR PHONE

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We need several things to become wealthy. Discipline, hard work, knowledge, drive and motivation, and to certain extent, Luck. Today we are going to relax at home and make some money from our phones; and have some fun while we are at it.

What is more satisfying than buying a scratch-off ticket at the gas station and winning? Well, playing scratch-off for free on your phone and winning!

You can play and earn for free with Lucktastic (sorry iphoners, Android only).

Lucktastic is supported by advertising, allowing high payouts and free games. They say instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. Besides cash, there is also tokens that you earn and you can redeem free gift cards from big retailers or enter contests. Daily contests you can win gift cards, free groceries for a month, free gas for a month or become a millionaire with the millionaire contest.

You can also redeem your cash. Need $10 or above for a check. From $5 to $9.99 you can get an instant gift card. Or get a visa gift card with $100 or above. Get a bonus for inviting your friends.

Get you app here.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Share it in social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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HOW TO BUILD AN EASY, S.M.A.R.T. BUDGET

“Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire” – Unknown.

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My friends! We have a simple goal here, and the goal is to become rich, not just look rich. So, how do we get there? Well, you have to put your money to work for you. In order to do that, you need to ensure that every single cent that you receive as income has a job to do.

But Joey, what does that mean? It means that you have to prepare a plan, follow that plan and tweak it as necessary. If you still don’t understand or don’t know how to budget, don’t be ashamed. You are not alone!

What I learned from wealthy friends is, they know how much they will make, they know how much has to go towards paying the bills. They also know how much they want to save and invest. Finally, they know how much they will have for fun. Yes, when you prepare your budget, ensure to account for some fun and entertainment too.

Let’s begin with the basics. Before we draw our map, we need to understand what we are doing. We will definitely not learn this on Instagram or Twitter. You have several options. If you know Excel, you can do this a lot quicker than most since the formulas will help you automate the results. If you are not tech-savvy, then you can write it on paper and will probably need a calculator to plug in the numbers and results.

What is a S.M.A.R.T. budget? It is an easy acronym that helps you remember what is important when you are planning and preparing your budget.

Specific – you need to be specific with your financial goal and know what do you want to do with your money. That includes the short term (buying something now) and long term (plans for retirement).

Measurable – as you go, you want to see your progress. That is how you will know if you need to step it up or just keep going with the flow. It will also help you see if you overspent or underspent and where.

Achievable – In order for your budget to be successful, it needs to be achievable. If necessary, you can examine your budget at the end of the month to compare your projected numbers against your actual numbers. Make adjustments as you go and if necessary.

Realistic – you need to be honest. For example, you plan to spend $20 eating out at your favorite restaurants but you know you like to order Dominos, take friends or family to Burger King and pay for them, and end up at the Chinese buffet to end the week. Know your tendencies and patterns.

Time-oriented – In order to achieve your financial goals and meet your timeline, you need to break down the big goals into small steps that will gradually take you to where you want to be.

Now that you have a better understanding of what a SMART budget is, know that making your budget is just the first step. You need to keep planning. Discipline and perseverance will help you sustain it and improve it.

Few tricks to making a budget that works are:

* Ensure every penny of your income has a job to do. If you don’t account for every cent you make and don’t give it a job before you even receive it, that penny will find a place to land and most likely will not be where you want.

* Do not charge your credit cards more than you can afford. A big problem is that many of us use our credit cards when we already used up all of our cash. But we are wrong. The right way to use a credit card is having the funds available in your account. That way it won’t hurt you when it’s time to pay off your card. A rule you can use is the rule of 7. When you are tempted to buy something, wait 7 days. Then ask yourself again if you still want it. More than likely you won’t.

* Review your budget several times for adjustments. You want to have this budget ready before you get paid. Do not wait until you start paying your bills, or your money will have control over you instead of the other way around. It is essential that you sit down, review your budget and make adjustments. Stay on top of your game. The great MLB hitters are the ones that prepare for the pitcher they will face. They don’t wait until the pitcher is on the mount to ask for a scouting report.

* Know how much money you have at all times. Staying with the MLB analogy, life is great at throwing us curve balls. We need to know what we have in order to prepare for the unexpected things that happen every month.

* Always track your spending. Your rent, car loan, and some other bills rarely change. We know we won’t overspend there. But dining out, buying groceries, buying on vending machines at school or work can throw us off. By the way, get cashback and great offers in groceries with Ibotta. Just register for free and see how much you will save each month.

Without further ado, let’s see how a budget should look like. At the beginning of the month, we use projected numbers but at the end of the month we use actual numbers to know what adjustments are needed.

Let’s begin with:

Projected income:

All of your income, paycheck, wages or whatever and add any extra income you make, like answering surveys online, washing cars, paint houses, cut grass, etc.

Projected Housing expenses:

Mortgage / Rent, Phone, Electricity, Gas, Water and sewer, cable/internet, waste removal, maintenance or repairs, supplies, other

Projected Loans:

Personal loans, student loans, credit cards, etc.

Projected transportation expenses:

Vehicle payment, insurance, gas, maintenance, other.

Projected savings:

Savings will vary by individual needs. You can use a percentage of your income. If you choose that option, then do this step first before anything. Another option is to use a specific amount. Option three is taking an amount from what is left after paying all bills.

Projected entertainment:

Movies, concerts, sporting events, other.

Projected balance:

This is what you projected as your income and subtract all the expenses and savings. Ensure this number is positive. This is the amount that you will have left for your personal use or whatever you decide to spend it on.

Tools used to aid with budgeting:

Acorns – automated savings, investing and cashback rewards, rolled into one. Just $1 monthly fee. (full report)

Credit Sesame – raise your credit score and follow their tips. You will be able to get lower rates in future loans, hence pay less and save money. (full report)

Fundrise – easiest way to save and grow your money while becoming a landlord without the hassle. The best part is you can start with only $500. (full report)

Gabi – is a service that will help you find the lowest price you can find for your car insurance. I saved $936 when I switched. And it took me no more than 10 minutes. (full report)

Ibotta – Save on groceries, get offers and rewards every week. Bonuses and cashback. (full report)

Inboxdollars – watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, get paid, transfer to your paypal account. I use it for extra income (full report)

Lucktastic – extra income, scratch digital lottery tickets, join different contests to win free groceries, free gas, or cash. (full report)

Swagbucks – extra income, get paid to watch videos, search the web, answer surveys and much, much more. (full report)

LendingClub – is my number one (#1) choice to save, and grow your money substantially. But, it is restricted to the United States and some states can’t invest either. Cross your fingers your state is in and not out. Also, you will need some money saved to begin. In order to get all the bonuses, you need to begin with $5,000. If you don’t want the bonuses, it is recommended you begin with half of that. (full report)

Paribus – will verify your emails, keep track of the price you paid for items and get your money back when the item’s price drops. Also, can get you compensated when your shipment is late. Everything while you sleep or go about your day. (full report)

Robinhood – my number one platform for trading. Commission-free and simple. Plus get a free stock like Amazon or Coca Cola when you sign up. (full report)

S’more – easy extra income, download to your phone, get paid every morning when you unlock your phone. Get extra points when you watch videos or complete surveys. Redeem prices. (full report)

Sweatcoin – more extra income, download to your phone, get paid to walk outside your house or building. The idea is to give incentives to individuals while helping them to get or stay in shape. (full report)

Truebill – save on monthly bills and stop overpaying for them too. This app will search for refunds and it will also negotiate on your behalf to get better deals. (full report)

Wish.com – Is my favorite site to buy items coming from China, cutting the middle man out of the picture. Cheaper than eBay, Amazon, Walmart, you name it. Use code: PJXXZYH (full report)

I will leave you with a picture so you know what it needs to look like. At the beginning of the month is going to be projected, but ensure that you keep track of your numbers throughout the month and do it again at the end of the month with your actual numbers. That is how you know, what type of adjustments you have to make. Also, modify it as necessary. Everyone’s circumstances are different.

I hope it helps! Leave your comment below.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Don’t forget to share it on social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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EASY WAY TO GET MONEY BACK EVERY MONTH

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Let’s save money even when we don’t think we are. If you do a considerable amount of online shopping, all you have to do, do not delete your emails. Deleting your emails might be costing you money.

There is a tool out there that gets you money back when you purchase online. It’s free to sign up. When you sign up, it will scan your email for any receipts that you may have. It will monitor if you purchased something from one of its retailers (Target, Kohl’s, GAP, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and more), it will track the item’s price and it will get you a refund when the price drops.

Paribus is the way to go.

Even better, if your shipment shows up late, it will help you get compensated.

Need to find a deal last minute? Go to the deals tab and find the recent top drops!

While you are at it, you can check what else you can be saving on! (wink, wink, more deals and discounts)

Stop deleting your emails, stop trying digging up some extra cash and stop worrying you didn’t find a great deal. Paribus will do it for you even when you are not looking for it.

Just shop online like you normally would but don’t delete your email receipt.

Try it first, I assure you that you will like it so much, that you will share the love with your friends on facebook.

Hope it helps.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth and using tools to help you get money back is a way to go. If you liked it, pay it forward. Share it in social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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