Who doesn't want money? For most of us, having lots of money is a good thing. You can buy whatever you want. You won't have problems paying your bills. Or simply, you can just enjoy life without thinking of where to get money to buy this and that. You can go anywhere you want. Most everyone wants to be a millionaire someday and not have to work for so many hours a day in the office or in the field.
Of the world's population, only a small percentage is actually rich. Sometimes you wish you were one of these fortunate folks, but have you thought of how they achieved their status? As the saying goes, getting to the top is never easy. Unless you are instantly endowed with millions in inheritance money, you have to work your way up to succeed. So here are some of the tips that can make you a millionaire.
There are no magic formulas. Unless you are extremely lucky and can pick the winning numbers at a lottery, hard work is still the tried but true way to accumulate wealth. You can start a business that is so unique and promising that it can make you a millionaire in five years. But business is risky and there is a possibility that your business will not succeed.
Save. This is an old strategy too. Saving alone won't get you to the millionaire's club but it will actually cultivate the habit in you. Get the discipline of saving. Save a portion of your income every month, and stick to this plan. Do not touch your savings unless there really is an emergency. Build an emergency fund first before anything else to keep you covered. Six to eight months of what you would normally make at your job is a good amount to have in your emergency fund.
Invest. When you develop the habit of saving and when you have attained your ideal emergency fund savings, start investing. A savings account cannot generate much interest (and might even be overtaken by inflation), so go find an investment vehicle that can give you at least a higher return than the inflation rate. There are many investment vehicles to choose from: stocks, bonds, mutual funds and the like. However, don't just dive in--study each instrument. Higher rates of return often mean higher risk, too. Stocks are riskiest among the three, but they can generate the highest return for your money. Consult a financial expert to assess your risk profile so that you can invest in the right investment vehicle for you. Some investment professionals can even diversify your holdings so you are protected from risk as much as possible.
Cut costs. Even if you are a millionaire, your money will be depleted if you don't cut costs. This is usually the case of one-day millionaires. They win the lottery one day, and yet they easily return to their previous financial state in a very short time because of unwise purchases. Study your expenses and eliminate costs that you can live without.
Lastly, avoid scams. There are so many money scams out there. Remember that if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Be wise and study the ins and outs of an investment vehicle before putting your money in it. At the end of the day, there is no one else to blame but you, if you lose your hard-earned money to a scam.
These methods will take time, but if you really want financial freedom, you have to work hard at it. You'll be glad you did!