Financial Habits Preventing Your Success
When it comes to finance, some people have developed habits from the time they started handling money that has brought them some level of achievement in their lives whether that be having good enough credit to putting money away for emergencies or future investments.
But most people aren't quite as good at managing their money.
You don't have to become a financial guru to be successful, but there are three habits that nearly everyone does that are very likely going to prevent you from achieving the success that you desire.
As a solopreneur who has to keep a close eye on income and expenses, it's something I always keep in mind.
Spending Money on Convenience
One of the worst bad habits that people have, especially in the United States, is wasting money on convenience.
Store owners know this too, and they take advantage of it.
For example, while you might be able to go to a big box department store and buy motor oil for $2.50, you'll be paying $5 or $6 if you get it at a convenience store.
Knowing that you are paying a great deal more money for not much more convenience will allow you to stop yourself when you are considering it.
Put that money in savings instead.
You'll find the two other habits below this picture.
Failing to Create or Stick to a Budget
Another thing that people do is fail to create a budget, or even if they have a budget, they often do not stick to it.
This means that they are less likely to save money and will not learn the skills that are going to be required to start a business and run the financial aspect of it down the road.
Creating and adhering to a budget is directly related to success in business, and many of the top entrepreneurs in the world say it is one of the most critical skills to have.
Not Keeping Good Records
One of the worst financial habits to give in to that will make it difficult for you to be successful is not keeping proper records.
Keeping records of your income and expenses is important because then you know what you are earning and spending in relation to each other and can see ways that you might be able to save money.
Saving money is vital to future financial success because it is available in the case of an emergency, it will help you avoid credit card debt that could block your path to wealth, and it could become your startup money when the next great idea comes along.
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