4 Steps to Build Financial Confidence
When it comes to being in control of your money, confidence is one of the most important attributes you can have. But many people lack that confidence. Below are four simple suggestions that can help you increase your financial confidence, so you’ll know you’re making smart decisions for yourself, your family, and your future. 1. Get organized. Not too long ago, it didn’t take much work for the average person to organize their finances. Unless you were very wealthy, money matters were fairly straightforward — you might have had checking and savings accounts, an insurance policy, maybe some stock investments and bonds, and a mortgage. If you were lucky, you had a pension. You could easily store all your financial information in a single accordion file. Today, things are more complicated. Credit cards, home equity lines of credit, student loans, 401(k)s and IRAs, 529 plans for college expenses — the list of things to keep track of seems endless. It’s easy for things to get lost or overlooked. That in turn can lead to mistakes that can weaken your financial confidence. Getting organized will give back a feeling of control. There are numerous strategies for getting organized. The best approach for you depends on your specific situation and your personality. Some people stick with that old-fashioned accordion file. Others go completely digital, taking advantage of apps and online document storage to keep everything straight. Whatever solution you choose, you need to know all the details of your finances — how much you bring in, how much you owe, how much you’re worth, and how much you’re saving. 2. Get educated. When you start a new job, you may feel nervous and on edge. There’s a lot to learn, and you may not be confident that you’ll succeed in your new position. But if you commit yourself to learning new skills and the ins-and-outs of how your new organization functions, your confidence will gradually increase. The same holds true for your finances. Simply taking the time to learn more about finances and managing your money can do wonders for how you feel about your life. Basic financial literary isn’t really covered in most school curricula, so many otherwise savvy adults are clueless in this area. Fortunately, increasing your financial literacy is not hard; it just requires a little bit of effort. Many community colleges, churches, and nonprofit groups offer classes, or you can sign up for a class online. If you don’t want to go back to school, consider watching videos or reading articles that review financial concepts that you’re unfamiliar with. 3. Get a financial plan. Making financial decisions on a day-to-day basis with no larger purpose or focus in mind may work for some people, but it’s not likely to help you become financially confident. If you don’t have any idea what might (or what you want to) happen, you’re not likely to be very confident about your future. To achieve true financial confidence, you need a plan. Setting goals and making meaningful progress toward those goals will do wonders for your financial self-esteem. Having a financial plan will also help you prepare to cope with an uncertain world. You’ll be better prepared for the unexpected. In fact, people who engage in financial planning are more likely to report that they live comfortably and are on track to meet all of their financial goals. Why is a financial plan so important? It brings together all the threads of your financial life. Having a solid financial plan in place that covers everything from preparing for emergencies to planning for retirement is key to boosting your financial confidence. 4. Get help. Getting reliable advice from an outside expert can do wonders for your financial confidence. Just like a doctor supports and guides you in making decisions about your health, and a personal trainer is there to encourage and motivate you to get fit, a financial advisor is there to make sure you’re sticking to your financial plan. Even if you’re organized and financially savvy, there are many decisions that are difficult to make on your own, from deciding how much to save for retirement to choosing investments for your portfolio.
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