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Planning Out Your Future
None of us can predict the future but with the right amount of planning for your education, career, finances and family you are better positioned than most. Just doing what you think is right is not enough tough because you need to listen and research your future well. The harder you work on it now the easier your life will become in the future.
Protecting Yourself with Insurance
Your first port of call for protecting your future against the unexpected needs to be insurance, as this will protect you in most circumstances. While you are most likely going to purchase car and home insurance you also need to think about other aspects of your life. This is where good life insurance can be very helpful, especially if you are providing for a family.
If you are the sole bread winner in your family then you should also consider some form of income protection insurance beyond the basic type offered by your superannuation plan. This means that even if you happen to lose your job through sickness or other reasons you will still have some money coming in to pay the bills. Once you have peace of mind by being fully insured you need to start saving for your future, your lifestyle and your retirement.
Saving for the Future
Saving is something that not all of us do that well but it is also something that we are not born with. Start getting into the habit of putting away any extra cash that you have. Even if you are not saving huge amounts at one time it will all add up. You should also not be afraid to use your savings if you really need it, because saving for an emergency is the point after all.
If you are happy with your job and the industry it is in then you should always look at ways of enhancing your career development. This could be something simple like starting your own small business or even taking on some part time study while you work. The point is to never stop learning and always be on the lookout for ways you can become a better employee.
You should also concentrate on the type of work life balance that you are comfortable with. It is no good making all the money in the world and having no time to enjoy it. This will become increasingly important when you have a family so work harder when you are younger so you can have more time with your children later on.
Even if your retirement is a long way off you should start planning for it now so that you are prepared. Some ways youcan do this are:
- Adding extra contributions to your superannuation
- Creating an investment portfolio
- Buying a home as a future asset
- Seeing a financial planner to sort out your finances
Whatever you are planning for your future make sure it will make you happy. There is no point planning things for others as you are the one that will have to live by these choices.