START SOLVING YOUR MONEY PROBLEMS TODAY

By Joey Ortiz

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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.

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LOW-COST FRANCHISES TO FUND YOUR RETIREMENT

“Quit feeling sorry for yourself, make shit happen” – Unknown.

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Many Americans love the idea and fantasize about one day becoming their own boss. Too many of them are realizing that they don’t have enough money saved for retirement.

On that same token, they are scared of failing by starting their own business. Losing their savings and digging a deeper hole for themselves.

One way to avoid that is by buying a proven concept, rather than starting a business from scratch.

That means, buy a franchise.

The thing is, many of the well-known franchises today, come with a hefty price tag. But I will give you a few low-cost franchises that can help you achieve your goals of financial freedom.

Note: In order to get more details on these franchises, read this article on CNBC.

Since we are talking about low cost, we will begin with our highest “low cost” on this list and work our way down.

1. United Country Real Estate

          With 443 franchises in the U.S., this franchise has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees range from $1,200 – $2,400 per month.

2. Rhea Lana’s

          With only 89 franchises in the U.S., this franchise also has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees range from 1% – 3% of gross sales.

3. Image One

          It has 103 franchises in the U.S and has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees are 10% of annual gross revenue.

4. Help-U-Sell Real Estate

          It has 102 franchises in the U.S. and has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees are 6% of gross commissions.

5. Motto Mortgage

          It has only 70 franchises in the U.S., with a start-up cost of $12,000. Royalty fees are $0 for the first 6 months, increasing to $4,500 per month after one year in business. With Real Estate heating up the way it is, the low amount of franchises and the low start-up cost makes sense for a great investment.

6. Cruise Planners

          Has 2,569 franchises in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,995. Royalty fees range from 1% – 3% of gross commissionable fares. Competition is a bit steep here with over 2K franchises open.

7. TSS Photography

          Has 176 franchises open in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,500. Royalty fees will depend on print production costs which varies by state.

8. Showhomes Home Staging

          Only 55 franchises in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,000. Royalty fees are 10% of annual gross revenue. Again, Real Estate is hot lately and this investment has a lot of upsides. Not too many franchises to compete, low start-up cost and a very generous royalty program.

9. Complete Weddings + Events

          Has 192 franchises in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,000. Royalty fees are 8% of annual gross revenue.

10. Dream Vacations

          It has over 1,200 franchises in the U.S. and the lowest start-up cost at $9,800. Royalty fees range from 1.5% – 3% of annual commissionable sales.

As you see, some of these franchises are well known with over 1K franchises up and running in the U.S. Others, are rather new which will give you an edge to really reach your financial freedom once people get to know you and trust you with minimal competition.

I prefer to receive my income from the (I) Investor quadrant but nothing wrong with being your own boss and be part of the (B) Business quadrant. Both quadrants come with great benefits from a tax perspective.

If you want to learn more about the Cash Flow Quadrants, tax benefits and much more, get your hands on this great book “Rich Dad Cashflow Quadrant” by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

For more on the (I) Investors quadrant, you can learn about:

Real Estate:         

                    Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich teach their kids about money

                    Retire Young, Retire Rich

                    The ABCs of Real Estate Investing

Stock Investing:  

                    The Intelligent Investor

                    How to make money in Stocks

Tax loopholes:

                    Tax-Free Wealth: How to build massive wealth by permanently lowering your taxes

These books have empowered me with the knowledge to set myself and my family for success in the future. The small investment I paid for this type of knowledge, has paid dividends a lot sooner than I expect. The difference is knowledge by itself, is not power. Knowledge with action is power.

Set yourself for success!

To our wealth! Leave your comment below.

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