It is safe to say that almost no one wants to work for the remainder of their lives. Of course, people have passion projects, but honestly, who wants to stress over finances for the entirety of their life?
The desire to live financially free has led to an increase in gig work and work from home jobs. Both gig and work-from-home jobs make it easier for one to have multiple streams of income, which is essential to reaching financial freedom.
Aside from reaching financial freedom, people are drifting towards work from home gigs because they are able to save money on other financial responsibilities, like car insurance. As someone who works remotely in my home, I have cheaper car insurance on a car I rarely drive. So I am positive others who work from home do the same.
Saving money on financial responsibilities also helps one reach financial freedom faster because you get to keep more money in your pocket.
What is Financial Freedom?
The phrase “financial freedom” is used often but many do not fully understand what it means to truly be financially free. By definition, financial freedom is having a residual income that covers all living expenses.
This does not mean that you have to be rich to have freedom. What it does mean is having enough funds to cover your expenses so you can spend your free time enjoying life instead of spending your time working just to make ends’ meet.
This idea is also alternatively referred to as “financial independence,” and the easiest way to remember its definition is to remember it simply means being confident in the fact that there is enough money in your bank account to meet all of your financial needs.
Make a Plan to Work Towards Freedom
This money can cover your financial needs for a limited period of time or for the rest of your life. Understanding financial freedom is essential before attempting to gain financial independence.
Talk with Your Family about Your Plans
Now that you have an idea of what being financially free looks like, you are ready to start working towards that goal. To start making strides, though, you have to get your family involved with this goal.
If you have a spouse, children, or both, all of you have to have the same mindset when it comes to the finances of the household. The family cannot reach financial freedom if only one out of the five members is practicing healthy financial habits.
Sometimes parents can experience a struggle with your children when you decide to tighten your pockets. This can make the environment tense within your home, leading to more conflict. If previously your family had no financial goals and spent money whenever, it may be difficult for your children to accept the changes initially.
However, if you clearly communicate with your children about your financial goals and how the new habits and goals will benefit them, it will help to diminish the instances when you feel guilt or pressure for having chosen this new mindset towards financial responsibilities.
Figure Out What Amount Will Allow You to Be Financially Free
How much money will you need to cover all of your household expenses for X amount of time?
The answer to this question is an essential part of reaching financial freedom. To figure out this figure you should ask yourself how much you spend on groceries, utilities, bills, etc., each month. You should also leave room for splurge spending money for each month.
Organize Your Finances
After you decide and calculate out the amount of money you need in order to reach financial freedom, you should organize your finances in order to begin working towards that dollar figure.
There are plenty of methods to stop spending and start saving, but here are some to start you off.
Track Your Spending
To make this process smoother, you can connect apps to all your bank accounts and it will separate transactions into certain categories. From those categories, you can see what you spend on a monthly basis and make the appropriate adjustments in order to save.
If you do not want to connect an app, you can do this process manually by reviewing your monthly bank statements and dividing transactions into categories on your own.
Review Your Expenses
This method relates closely to the one mentioned above. After seeing what you spend monthly, you can begin reviewing your transaction categories and see what needs to be decreased or even eliminated.
You can also see which debt needs to be paid off first if it is taking a huge chunk of your monthly income. One specific thing to consider is when to pay off your auto loan, as it is probably one of your biggest expenses.
Reviewing your expenses is a crucial step in paying off debt, and observing your monthly expenses as they gradually decline can make paying off debt a fun process.
Make a Budget
To create a personal budget, you should use the 50/30/20 method of financial management. This method teaches that you will use 50 percent of funds for necessities, 30 percent for spending money, and 20 percent for savings.
Of course, everyone is not able to balance their money like this, but they can adjust this ratio to their personal needs and adapt it to their lifestyle.
Find Additional Ways to Make Money
Unfortunately, many individuals’ yearly salary is barely enough to cover all of the household bills. So without supplemental income, it can be hard to pay off debt faster and save money. This is why having multiple streams of income is a necessity when aiming for financial freedom.
Additionally, if you lose one stream of income, you will have other streams to fall back on. To start your hunt for supplemental income, you can make a list of things you are good at. From that list, you should search the internet for gigs in those sectors.
To make having multiple streams easier, these gigs you pick up should be remote positions. That way you can work these gigs during times that are best for you and after working hours when you are working your full-time/part-time position.
From the income you bring in from remote work and various gig jobs, you can start to save enough money to reach your money goals as well as diminish debt in order to reach financial freedom.
About the Author:
Imani Francies writes and researches for the car insurance comparison site, CarInsuranceCompanies.net. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media and specializes in various forms of media marketing.