Housesitting usually means you’re working for free, but sometimes you do get paid. If you aren’t getting paid, it’s a free place to stay and you may stay in some very nice homes as well.
This can be a great way to make money while traveling or at least a way to cut your travel costs.
7. Work remotely.
I know someone who traveled for around one year and still kept their day job. Yes, I understand that most employers cannot/will not be this flexible, but there is a chance that yours may be fine with this option.
If you have a job which may allow you to work remotely, you may want to think about popping this question. If you plan on traveling anyway then what’s the worst that could happen?
Nothing is certain in life including your financial future. However, the 4% Rule gives us a solid framework to plan with.
Life is a bit of a game. If you’re lucky enough to have been born in a place with opportunity where hard work is rewarded, you can take your life in any direction you want. However, a large determiner of your success and well being can also be attributed to your attitude. You can choose to worry about scenarios that probably won’t come true or chase down your dreams.
I encourage you to strongly consider the latter.
I believe your dreams have a far greater chance of coming true.
And if you ever see a Komodo dragon, keep your distance.
It would be wise for us to stop always asking how to acquire more and instead, start asking what to do with the influence we already have.
The interactions we have in this world offer both a great and challenging opportunity. They can be positive or negative. They can add value to the lives of others or they can take value away. Our opportunity for influence can become an important agent for change or it can further cement the status quo. It can make our world a better place to be or a crummier place to endure. There are no neutral contributors in this world.
Now not all “boring” people are rich and not all rich people are “boring.” But the more laid back lifestyle you lead could likely lead you to an accumulation of wealth over long periods of time.
When helping folks with finances I always like to show people two pictures of houses. One is a brand new mansion and the other is a modest rambler that was built in the 80’s. I often ask “who is successful?” Of course everyone would pick the person in the large mansion, but when you tell people that person has more than $1,000,000.00 in debt and eventually lost their house whereas the person in the other house has it paid off along with over $700,000.00 in savings and investments it presents a whole different point of view.
The ability to overcome your distractions in life whether financial or not likely leads to successful outcomes. When you can keep your life under control you limit the distractions and stresses in life. Often times we are the ones who cause the problems not everyone else. Sometimes we just need to point that finger back at ourselves for our financial situations instead of pointing at others. Yes there will be some people get rich fast and have the ability to hold on to it, but they are the exception and not the norm.
Do or do not do. There is no try, young Skywalker. Start now.
I write because that is what I was born to do. I can’t stop writing. But I’ll admit, sometimes it’s awful tough to get started. Some days I need a little extra push to get going. We all do. But once you get that ball of momentum rolling down the hill, it’s tough to stop.
Even the most hard-core marathon runner often struggles with the first few steps on a cold November morning. However, the same runner knows full well the Boston Marathon is only a few short months away and so they stop trying and simply do.
Spain — In last few years (and despite the economic downturn), Spain has become one of the premier places to teach English. There are plenty of jobs, the government has an active program for attracting teachers, and your visa means you can freely travel around Europe. There are also many opportunities to teach private lessons on the side. You don’t get many benefits (or high pay compared to Asia or the Middle East), but the pay is still enough to live off of.
Finding happiness isn’t simple as stating the obvious: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll—or whatever the short-term equivalent might be—won’t bring you happiness. Hopefully, most of us either know this intuitively or have figured it out without too much damage.
And it’s not as easy to find as some might say, for ultimately happiness is a combination of many things: current state of being, progress toward long-term goals, social environment, family history, and possibly other factors that are hard to identify.
Number 6: Stick close to home.
This one is debated a lot. Some of the very best deals these days are in cities like Detroit. However, if you live in Oklahoma, trying to buy right and manage a rental property in a city far away is probably not the right path. Later maybe, but not for your first.
You want to invest if possible in your city so that you can drive by your investment a couple of times a month just to see how the exterior looks. It’s also kind of nice to see your investment sitting there, unlike shares of stock sitting in your broker’s safe or on a computer somewhere. You also can check out repairs and major issues and shop for the best service to correct problems. Then you can check quality before paying the bill.
Sticking to a budget is more than just keeping your spending under control. Yes, that’s important, but unexpected financial pitfalls can completely blindside you and wreck your budget, too. These fall under three basic categories.
Financial writer Trea Branch rounds up three general pitfalls that can wreck your budget. Here they are, along with a few tips for managing:
6. PAY WITH CASH
“To help prevent going over your budget, especially when shopping at a mall or store, use cash,” said Daniel Fayette in his one-minute money tip. If your bank account balance tends to get too close for comfort to $0 each month, this is a smart trick to keep your spending on track.
“Having to actually take money out of your wallet or purse helps remind you how much you’re really spending instead of just seeing a number in a bank account go down,” Fayette said. “You can even set a cash limit on your spending by only carrying the max amount of cash you want to spend for the trip.”