Money

Why You Need to Spread Your Income

I remembered a childhood discussion I had with my father today about the importance of a stable job. He would implore me to work hard, get a good education, then climb onto the corporate ladder. A good job, he would say, would provide all the income I’d need. Funny thing to remember as we still come to grips with the world economic collapse. This advice belongs in my childhood and should stay there forever, like Peter Pan, in never never land.

Those days are long gone. Today, we need to look at our income sources much differently and spread our income generating sources based on the likelihood of income risk. The riskier your income sources, the broader based your portfolio should be. If you have a stable government job as your primary income source, your risk exposure will be quite low. In contrast, if you have a manufacturing job as your primary income source, your risk exposure will be high. This is so because its existence will be tightly tied to the health of the economy. When the economy weakens, so does the need for a company to reduce the number of jobs. Unfortunately, this is precisely when you need the job the most. As a result, you need to diversify your income sources to reduce your risk exposure.

Like all investments, you should ease into diversifying your income. The more successful you become at generating alternative sources of income, the greater opportunity to further diversify. There are several types of income that people can earn: earned income – the type we gain from the nine to five grind; residual income – the type we gain from things like rental income or royalties; and finally, investment income – the type we gain from interest or dividents on our investment.

Here is a primer for how you could spread your income sources:

Newbie:

Earned income: 90%
Residual income: 5%
Investment income: 5%

Balanced:

Earned income: 70%
Residual income: 10%
Investment income: 15%

Leveraged:

Earned income: 60%
Residual income: 20%
Investment income: 20%

To better manage your income risk exposure take the time to find the right income mix for you. This simple approach will save you from childhood advice once and for all.

Have you found your income mix?

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Generating Multiple Income Streams

Last night, I joined my friends at the outdoor patio for a beer to catch up on our lives. The beer was cold, the nachos were plenty, and the conversation was effortless. Each of us had good jobs and good life break experiences, but we couldn’t stop talking about how important it was to develop multiple streams of income, no matter how small, no matter how silly, no matter what source. The important thing was not to put all our eggs, our livelihood, into one basket.

We dared not take the path of the ‘average.’ It was too scary to imagine one income stream as our sole support mechanism. The world economic collapse brought home the cold reality of the reliance on a single income source. We recognized that we couldn’t protect ourselves from downsizing activities or layoffs, but we could lessen the blow by diversifying our incomes to reduce our risk.

Generating multiple streams of income will give you more flexibility and time in your life. Leveraging income gives you the means to:

  1. Lessen risks to economic ups and downs by removing the dependence on a single source of income.
  2. Multiple revenue streams with multiple profit levels and different interests with regular income generation.
  3. Diversification of career interests.

Receiving income from a single source is one of the world’s greatest follies and a key factor in why so many people become trapped in the spinning wheel of the workplace. Your optimum scenario is to automate your income flows and get others to work for you.

There are several constants in time; there are 168 hours in a week. The average person works 40 hours a week. The average person sleeps eight hours a day, leaving each person approximately 72 hours a week to devote to personal pursuits. There’s no excuse. We do have time in our lives to do things that matter most! What you need to do is to remove those “time wasters,” reduce the time you devote to mindless entertainment, such as watching TV, Facebook, and other social media. I’m not saying to eliminate these things; just reduce your reliance and dependence on them. Take this newfound “time” to find and generate your diverse income sources, such as:

  • An automated online store
  • Develop a blog and begin creating your brand or expertise
  • Begin consulting or freelance work
  • Write a book or articles
  • Research and understand the stock market
  • Research real estate opportunities

To develop diverse sources of income, you need to invest in time to do other things. As you can see, it’s easier than you would have thought. However, when we do activities that are fulfilling, it doesn’t feel like work; rather, it’s considered a pursuit. Your energy level usually increases, your focus remains positive, and you become happier. This is an investment in your future. It will take some time and effort, but you’ll never regret the outcome.

Have you figured out your multiple income sources?

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Why the Means to Money Matter

The sun was peaking out from behind clouds sending streaks of warm rays cascading downward. A good slather of SPF 40 was once again applied to my arms and legs, readying for another round of bathing light. The sounds of the waterfall into the pool created a hypnotic hum resting my mind from the chaotic days that I just endured. Alas, a break. Me, my book, the pool, and the sun. If only I were rich, I thought to myself, then I could enjoy this experience each and every day. Wealth would be the savior and my road to, well, everything.

Hmmm, wealth? An interesting thought. Wealth is actually something I already had and lots of it. Wealth is what we need to survive and live happily. It’s the food and water we need to live, the health we enjoy, the relationships we embrace, and the freedom we have. So, in essence, it wasn’t wealth that I was really thinking about, it was money. However, money is a symbolic process we use to help gain elements of wealth, but it’s not wealth in itself.

Money, on the other hand is really only a perceived value. To put this in context, I couldn’t help but to think about the 1929 Great Depression when the world economies nose-dived. Virtually every country in the world was impacted. Peoples’ incomes, profits, and prices all plunged, and international trade dropped by more than 50%. The value of money was severely impacted; however, none of the physical resources, trees, coal, etc., had changed. The ‘means’ to wealth were still there, only the value we placed on money had changed, and radically at that. This is not much different from the recent world economic collapse – the value of things dropped dramatically but once again the ‘means’ to generate the wealth were unchanged.

This is a profound lesson. It’s important to focus on the ‘means’ to create value not the perceived value itself. If I’m going to make an investment, it’s far better to base the decision on the ability of the company to produce ongoing value, not on the price of the stock at any given point in time, because as we all know, stock prices will vary ad nauseam. This change in perception will bring greater clarity to anyone’s decision making process.

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