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A Plan for Your Financial Future

A Plan for Your Financial Future
By Koboline • Issue #3 • View online
A roadmap for your bright financial future.
Are you tired of living in your current financial situation? Do you want to eliminate financial stress and anxiety from your life? Do you want to be financially independent and build wealth but you don’t know where to start?
What you need is a plan. Not just any plan. You need a financial plan.
Making the decision to begin the journey toward financial independence is a big deal!. It marks a fresh start with your relationship with money and it means that you’re setting out to accomplish something that can change your life for the better.
On this journey to financial independence, Most people tend to set financial goals but they end up not achieving them. Instead of setting financial goals that you might not achieve. You should instead use a financial plan.
Your financial plan will easily state what you need to do and when you need to do it without the drastic changes that goals bring. 
Goals will deal with one specific area of your finances, which is great if you need improvement in that particular area. E.g budgeting or getting out of debt. But then other areas of your finances are left out or you are left wondering what you should tackle next.
A financial plan provides your next steps. It also takes the pressure off of one area that you may be struggling in and lets you focus on the big picture.
A financial plan is a comprehensive overview of your current financial situation, your financial goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them.
The purpose of a financial plan is to help you develop an insightful representation of how to reach your financial goals while protecting your finances. It can give you a roadmap for reaching your goals and securing a bright financial future.
Having a solid financial plan will allow you to save money, afford the things you really want, and achieve long-term goals like saving for a home and retirement.
A financial plan can help you be ready for the big events in your life. You won’t wake up one day and just miraculously buy a home. You need to plan for it. You need to save up, pay back your debts if you’re going to afford the house you so dearly want. 
Some of the big events that you need to include in your plan are purchasing a home, probably starting a family, as well as retirement. Preparing for these events now will help you be ready when they happen, and if they never happen, you will be better off financially because that’s more money for you.
If you’re still in your twenties it can be a bit intimidating to plan out your finances. Since you may not be exactly sure where you want to end up financially in the future or what future goals you want to achieve. But this shouldn’t stop you from financial planning. A financial plan should be fluid, it should change as your goals and dreams change.
The best part of having a financial plan is that it keeps you focused on moving forward, even after you reach the goals that you may have set for yourself.
Without a financial plan, it can be a lot more difficult to reach your financial goals, because you do not know which goal to work on next. Your financial plan will help you be ready for each of the financial steps in your life.
Having a financial plan helps you feel secure and confident that your money is being put to good use. Having the right financial plan and following through on it can set you up for a very successful and prosperous financial future. It will help you to see everything clearly from the money that is going into the money that is going out. This helps you to be able to plan accordingly.
What is a Financial plan?
A financial plan is a document that guides your finances. The document shows your current financial situation, where you want to be, and how you’ll get there. It is a statement of your long term objectives for security, wellbeing, and a detailed savings and investment strategy to help in achieving those objectives.
A financial plan will reduce your stress about money, support your current needs, and help you build for your long-term goals. Financial planning is important because it allows you to make the most of your assets, and helps ensure you meet your future goals. 
A financial guide isn’t just for the wealthy: Creating a roadmap for your financial future is for everyone.
A financial plan can help you make long-term and short-term financial progress. Many people combine their financial plan with an investment plan, as investing is often part of what will help you save for the future.
A well thought out financial plan needs to include the following: 
  • Your Current Financial situation. To figure out where you want to go, you need to know where you are. A financial plan lets you know where you currently stand financially by gathering valuable information about your current finances. This can include your income, expenses, cash flow, debt, savings, and investments. You can look at your bank, debt and investment account statements to understand your current financial standing. This will help you know how much money you’ve put towards your goals and also help you come up with realistic long-term and short-term financial goals.
  • Set Future Financial Goals. A good financial plan helps you set short-term, mid-term and long-term money goals. A financial goal can include getting out of debt, start an emergency fund, building a trove of dollar investments, as well as a retirement plan. 
  • Set Up a Budget. It is important to make sure you are budgeting. Your budget is the key to the success of your financial plan. Your budget will let you see how much extra money you have to set aside for your financial goals. It will identify issues you have with spending or show you that you are not making enough income to reach your financial goals. This will let you fix these issues and help you make adjustments so that you can be farther down in your financial plan/journey. Budgeting makes a huge difference in whether or not you can reach your financial goals. If you need help budgeting, you should consider using apps like Inflow finance, Cowrywise, Mint and Kudabank that allows you to track your expenses and set goals for yourself. Or the Koboline financial planner that has a budgeting template and more!.
  • Protect For your Finances. It’s important to manage and protect your finances. One proven way to do this is through insurance. Like health insurance, car insurance, life insurance amongst others. Other ways of protecting your finances are through estate planning. Like setting up a will, trust or even an advance medical directive.
How to Start Your Financial Plan
To set up your financial plan, you need to identify where you stand and what your needs are. You need to start by thinking long-term. In this case, this might be looking as far as when you want to retire. To keep it simple, you can look at where you want to be in the next five or 10 years financially. Do you want to have your own home by that time? Do you want to have your own business? Are you going to start a family? How many kids are you going to have? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you determine how you’ll go about achieving your financial dreams.
Everyone’s financial plan looks different. So if you’re wondering how to create a financial plan, here are steps you can follow.
  1. Evaluate where you stand by tracking your determining your net worth and tracking your spending.
  2. Set SMART(specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) financial goals to keep you motivated and accountable as you put your money towards your future.
  3. Create a budget you can stick to so you can understand where you can afford to spend and where you should be saving. Use the 50.30/20 rule. Essentials (50%), Wants (30 %),Savings (20 %).
  4. Start an Emergency fund so you can always be prepared for whatever storm or emergency. 
  5. Pay off your debt by prioritizing the small debts first or by making minimum payments on all loans.
  6. Create an investment plan or organize your investments so you can start setting yourself up for future financial success.
  7. Get Insurance coverage so you can have a backup when there is an emergency. Consider life, health and auto insurance.
  8. Review your financial plan regularly because Situations change, and your goals and financial status are not stagnant. So your plan shouldn’t be either.
We all want to be financially independent and build wealth and a financial plan is important for this to happen. Creating a financial plan makes you think critically about what you want your future life to look like. This can be a great way to set bigger goals or make adjustments if you’re not happy with your current life or lifestyle.
The plan can help you make major financial decisions in each of the stages of your life. It can help you pursue your dreams. While you can consult a financial planner to help you with your financial plan they tend to be really expensive. We made a simple and easy to use a financial planner that you can use for your plan. You can get it here.
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