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How To Achieve Financial Independence

Now that you have clicked on this title, you must have been wondering what is financial freedom? Or…

You have already set yourself up for financial freedom in future to come but you haven’t figured out how.

That’s great! It means you have successfully gotten out of the rat race way of thinking – at least from a state of mind.

Now it’s time for action. Now it’s time to see how you will set your new life direction so that you can arrive at a new destination.

Before we start, know that different people have different meanings for financial freedom.

Does it mean being debt-free? Does it interpret as being able to travel other countries twice a year? Does it mean living your daily life without worrying that your money might run out one day or another? That depends.

What is your meaning of financial freedom?

To cut things short, this is the general outline that I learned from attending financial seminars and meet people who already obtained financial freedom and those who are already charted to that destination.

Assume we are doing this in order of sequence:

1. Work

Yup! That’s the reality of it – you have to work and by saying work it means the job you earn your main income. It’s the job you work to pay your monthly living expenses like utility bills (electricity, water or phone), housing and car installments, as well as other monthly legal obligations.

This is where it all starts – it is the first stage.

The key to this stage is when your salary comes in, who do you pay first?

Yourself!

That’s right, yourself.

You will have to allocate a certain portion of your salary aside for yourself. This leads to the next stage…

2. Savings

This is where the warm up begins – you will have to be disciplined and set your goals.

You will have to save every month until that money accumulate into a huge pile of resource. You need to calculate how much you need to save before you believe that huge resource can help you achieve that freedom.

Have a read at 5 Simple Ways To Save Money and How You Can Save $1300 A Month With $3000 Salary to get wider ideas of how you can save better!

When we already have that huge chunk of money, you might asked what happens next?

This is the point where you make money work for you.

When the time comes, when you believe you are ready to get to the next stage – whamm!!

You invest that money!

And that leads to the next big part which is investing.

But before we go any further, we’ll have to consider another important part to achieve financial freedom and this is applicable to the massive people out there.

This is simply because having a single income from a single work may not be enough to accumulate that huge chunk of money. You will need a second source of income or maybe a third or fourth.

And that leads to our 3rd step….

3. Side hustle income

Many times we’ve heard people working 2 jobs at a time to sustain their life – well you are probably right.

But the idea is that the money used from your main work to pay your loving expenses. Your daily work is used to settle your daily expenses such as basic bills (electricity, water and phone) and other recurring expenses like rents and daily foods.

On the other hand, your second job is what you use to build your fortune.

It can be any jobs, you can start by selling stuffs online, become an insurance agent, open a business, become a beekeeper or even a painter – anything that you love.

Then you save your money and build that huge chunk of money that you can invest and in return, get you that recurring income.

Or…

Without investing, you can simply get recurring income from the people’s demand provided that your service to the society gives value.

Value. This is one of the secrets that Jim Rohn, a great motivational speaker once shared – to attract the world’s wealth, we must become the people that can create and give value to the society.

And I think that’s wonderful information.

Now that you know how to accumulate the huge chunk of money, step 4 plays an even vital role.

Step 4. Invest

Invest – It’s a big meaning for a short word.

Money will lose it’s value in time to come. Things like inflation will inevitably be one of the major cause. Money will not grow unless we put it to work, now that we have worked hard enough to get money.

This is why we need to invest.

We invest to sustain our wealth. To make sure that the money grows more while we are occupied with other matters.

We have traded our time much enough that it is now time that the money will work for us and saves us more time to do the things we really want to do in life.

I always like to invest in things I already know well, and not invest into blurry confusing things. I still prefer the traditional way of investing.

This brings us to step 5.

Step 5. Passive Income

While there are many other forms of investments in this world, I will highlight the most common yet effective investing instruments that are still relevant till today.

It’s none other than by investing in properties. With this, you’ll get recurring income from renting. Imagine if you have 10 houses that each gives you $800 a month – that’s $8,000!

Can you live off with that? I know I can.

You might wonder how to start investing in properties – have an overall understanding by reading 5 traits of a good property to invest and get good rental and 7 steps guide to buy a house – the complete guide. This should help you get that booster understanding about real estates in general.

If you are still young and having fun in your 20s but are getting prepared to settle down – you’ll be ahead of your time by knowing the top 5 tips to buy a house in your 20s.

Better yet, boost your investment income by knowing the 4 unbelievable ways you can maximize your rental income!

Imagine you get yearly dividends from 20 types of stocks that each gives you $200 a month – that’s $4,000 a month!

You might be wondering how you would begin this great journey through freedom by learning stock trading. Have a brief understanding here!

Wow…

How about making that monthly commitment to save a portion of your income into the compounding bank account. Let’s say you save $600 a month for 35 years – that may grow to around $1 million after 35 years.

This is where you will be able to see how to make money works for you! Even when you are sleeping.

It’s just amazing. You can either use that money yearly – though you might lose the benefits of compounding or you can just wait for it to grow big. If you can’t benefit from it then maybe your family can!

We’ve already worked hard to get that big chunk if money and we should not risk it by investing in things we do not know – in things that may not exist 10 years to come.

And that brings us to the final step.

Step 6. Dream

Now that you have worked your ass off, you can now live your life without worrying about money!

Your debt is settled and no one have any claims on you every single day because now you are free.

Free to do what you want and free to live how you want it to be.

This is where you can do the really significant things in life because you have solved the money problem.

This is where you can buy your dream.

It can be anything.

Spending time with your wife and kids. Innovate something creative and beneficial to the society or even as simple as helping/coach other people become financially free – just like you did.

You can also opt to help poor people when you are free. Help them escape poverty and coach them the ways of attracting wealth. In return, you will feel what it means to truly live. You will only gain more when you give more because giving to charity makes you richer.

a quote by Tony Robbins from one of his greatest books, “Money: Master The Game” –

The secret to living is giving.

It’s a noble cause.

This is why financial freedom is important. You’ll be able to chase matters beyond any money concerns because you are now free. Upon achieving financial freedom, you can now chase a life purpose that is bigger than just making money and meeting ends meet – with financial freedom, you will be able to create a more meaningful life.

4 Great Tips For Getting your Housing Loan Approved

1. Usage of credit cards

There is nothing wrong with having 10 credit cards but you must pay on time. The problem with credit cards is abusing the given credit amount – you swiped your credit card one time.. and then one more… and another swipe.. and at the end of the month you found out you have used more than you can pay – yikes!

I attend a talk by a professional bank officer regarding credit cards and it was an eye-opener. I found out that bankers will see you as having little money the more you use your credit cards. It is also recommended that you use a maximum usage of 75% of your full credit amount – recommendably 50% for better chances of getting your loan approved.

It is also recommended that you use a maximum usage of 75% of your full credit amount –

recommendably 50% for better

chances of getting your loan

approved.

It was also discovered that if ever, there is a record that shows you paid your credit cards late – there is high likelihood that your loan applications get rejected. To sum up, high use of credit cards equals high chances loan applications gets rejected.

So what’s a good credit card practice to get most of your loan applications approved?

  1. Maintain good track record of credit card payments
  2. Maintain credit card usage approximately 50% of total amount

2. Status of work or company

Lets say if you are a creditor or a bank yourself, would you be concerned what your debtors are working as? – of course you do!

From bank’s perspective, they do not know how credible you are and whether or not you are able to meet your commitments. This is why what you work as and who you work for are important.

Banks would normally opt to lend to people from companies with credible backgrounds and track records. A company that always pay their employees’ salaries or EPF fees late are excluded from being reliable.

The lenders would also need to have a job that can proof to the banks that they can ensure a continuous income to meet their monthly commitments to the banks. Banks would normally see contract-based workers as risky lenders because their work contract can be terminated at any time. But then again, in this situation maybe you will be able to convince the banks by your high savings amount – that may work.

3. Savings

Having a certain amount of savings is an extra point you get from the banks. It would be much easier for banks to assess your risks and behaviour from the money you saved. The best amount of savings is around 6 months of your salary – why so? This is because in normal circumstances people are able to settle down and look for a job or to restructure their short term plans within 6 months – I call this the calm down period.

‘The best amount of savings is around 6 months of your salary’

Savings can come from anywhere such as bank accounts, asb, tabung haji, or an investment account. However, savings are not income. Incomes are money that comes in your bank account on regular basis with an estimated amount each period unlike savings which you don’t earn on them.

What if you own company shares or you act as a shadow director for a company and receive dividends on it? Is it considered as income?

Yes! It is an income and I urge you to save the dividends as banks would see the dividend incomes as part of your earnings. Save around 30% to 40% of your income as this will help banks to determine your capability and credibility to meet your commitments with the banks – remember, every dollar you save is a dollar you earn.

4. CCRIS records

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The Central Credit Reference Information System or commonly known as CCRIS is a system that helps gather credit information from borrowers who participates in financial institutions – banks, insurance brokers, or private companies in normal circumstances and produces credit reports (contains outstanding loans, special attention account, or bankruptcy status of a person) that will be utilise by the financial institutions. CCRIS record is important to gauge our financial capabilities.

So, what is a good CCRIS record?

  1. Your credit report shows 0:0:0. This is the ideal record because the higher the number means no months having outstanding loan. PTPTN, housing, and car loan is normally included as part of CCRIS assessment.
  2. No 12 months outstanding credit payments.
  3. No outstanding amount in your special attention account. Take note that you may thought that the card can cancel itself after you have used up all your credits with the intention of not using it anymore and you think its okay not to manually cancel it – this is where it gets scary. The credit you didn’t pay will be transferred into your special attention account and it will be there forever until you manually call the banks to cancel and pay the outstandings. Whenever you want to apply for a housing loan, make sure to clear any outstandings you may have due for a long time.

To sum it all, you will be able to obtain higher chances of getting your loan approved by applying the 4 main tips as aforementioned. Also, you may need to take into consideration of what you can actually own. Sometimes the banks may approve of your loan but you may face difficulties to pay the banks’monthly installments – so don’t bite more than you can chew. Take things slowly and enjoy your wealth growing process.