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Psychology for Money

Today lets discuss the behavior & the thinking that will not just make you rich but also help keep you rich!

1. Compounding is confusing

Compounding can make a small amount of money to start with, a huge sum defying all the logics. Good Investing isn’t just about high rate of return, its more so about time. The earlier you invest the better the compounding works for you later in the life.

2. Enough is never enough

There is no reason to risk all you have for what you don’t have! Don’t put all eggs in one basket. Always keep some emergency cash, always have enough to survive while you try to thrive!

3. Staying wealthy is harder than getting wealthy

There are thousand ways to be wealthy but to stay wealthy you will need a bit of fear, and a lot of money management skills to not risk what you for what you don’t. As warren buffet says – “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.”. To remain wealthy you just not need to make money you need to know how to preserve your capital. In order to make more money you need to be more comfortable to have it, hold it and not just spend it.

4. Wealth is what you don’t see

Spending money to show people, on things you buy for show-off is the fastest way to lose wealth! Wealth is made of your financial assets that may not be easily visible to the outer world.

5. Be Happy

To be wealthy, we need to feel good about other people being prosperous. If you have a deep seated idea that rich people are not nice, you are never gonna make it!

That’s all folks, want to know more? I recommend Reading two of the great books that helped me create this post.

unusual Investments

You would have heard a lot about Investing in Stocks, Real Estate and Gold. But have you ever heard about the not so common Investments, the Investments that not everyone knows about? Perhaps, they are worth exploring too, lets peak into some.

1 . MLPs

Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) is a unique Investment that combines the tax benefits of a limited Partnership with the liquidity of a publicly traded stock. MLPs may be a business pertaining to natural resources (like petroleum), commodities or real estate enterprises. Read more here.

2 . Wine

Wine bought at a fair discounted price and kept to age, can give good returns as Vintage Wine down the line provide you have a climate control space and enough will power not to drink your Investment. But to Invest in, it only makes sense if you are a connoisseur of wine.

3 . Classic Cars

Cars, OMG!, You are saying a liability can be an Asset? Cars are an Investment? Don’t they depreciate in value?, well hold on, pause, breathe…

Buy a Car and let it rot, well not exactly, if you are into Cars, buy a Vintage Ford, Ferrari or a Car which will potentially be replaced by a better variant while the Old becomes Gold. Down the line find a crazy car lover like you who will appreciate it for its uniqueness & antiquity.

4 . Fine Art

Probably not so uncommon, if you have an eye for Art, hodl onto it for generations and generations, well its never worth its value or is it?

Buying & selling famous paintings has been the domain of the ultra-wealthy in past, but today there are ways that the average Joe can get in the game. You can checkout Companies like Masterworks which pool people’s money and purchase blue-chip artwork. You can make up to 10% or more on your investment per year through it.

5. Music Royalties

Go to sites like SongVest.com and TheRoyaltyExchange.com and purchase a share of the song at auction. You will continue to receive royalties for up to 95 years after the Artist’s death!

Do you remember the Theme Song from the Monkees? Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees. That song still produces on average $10,000 a year. Read more about some of the weird unusual Investments here.

Looking for some popular, easy, conventional ways to Invest, read where to Invest your Money by riteFinance.

Hustle on the Side

Lost Job, Shit happened, now what?

No worries. Well yes you can’t buy Lamborghini or your favorite scarf at Gucci but definitely you can eat some Luchi (Indian Bread eaten with Chickpeas). Jokes apart, well lets discuss how to keep your cash flowing to get that necessary food on your plate! Below are five side hustles that you can do to keep some extra cash flowing that can act as an add-on to your Primary Income source or can be a savior in case you have been a victim of the Crisis like Covid. These Side hustles can earn you anywhere from $500 to $2000 a month with little effort. So without further adieu let’s dive in.

1. Online Store Dropship that scarf, or retail that shirt; whatever you choose selling items online can be a good source of Income. And with this pandemic pushing more & more people online with contact-less door to door delivery, your store can be the next big thing. So get your domain and hit that Shopify to keep the customers rolling. Now, if you are wondering you can’t get your supplies from China and hence can’t make that extra buck dropshipping, don’t be dishearten check out ever green platforms like Amazon and use it to your advantage. To read more about how to sell online click here.

2. Freelancing Web designing, writing, photography, digital marketing, online tutor you name it, anything that can be done digitally can be done through freelancing. For starters you can check out platforms like ‘Fiver‘ or ‘Upwork‘ and once you have a belt of projects completed under you, you may like to showcase the same through a personal website. If you serve your client well you may very well turn your hobby into a full blown Business. All you need to start freelancing is to master a skill, and that is where you can

3. Blogging or Vlogging, Social Media – Be a Influencer, teach something, or just crack jokes, Social Media is platform for all, provided you are ready to put in the required effort. To put the numbers in perspective those with 100,000 followers can earn around $700 per photo in Instagram. And in Youtube with 20,000 views you can earn around $100. Affiliate Marketing, Sponsors, Ads, and selling products are some ways to earn through Social Media. But remember you personal brand won’t be build overnight you will need to understand the system and leverage it to your advantage. To know more on how you can crush it on Social Media platform, there is a great book ‘Crush It’ by Gary Vaynerchuk (a Belarusian-American entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and Internet personality)

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4. Dividends – If you invest in right stocks, you can have the regular payments added to your account quarterly/annually. There are companies that pay a part of their profit at regular intervals back to the Investors, for owning their stock. All you need to do is open a account with brokerage like Zerodha and do your due diligence picking up the stocks. You can start with as little as 100 rupees.

5. Real estate A vacant land, or a building is referred to as Real Estate. Real estate investing is the purchase, ownership, management, rental or sale of real estate for profit. A way to start this is get a duplex, and rent either one or both the portions, using rent to pay off the mortgage payment.The loans also provide income tax benefits under Section 80C (up to Rs. 1.5 Lakh on the principal) and Section 24(b) (up to Rs. 2 Lakh on the interest paid).

Bonus content – ‘Flipping’ – you can flip anywhere from a book to a watch, you can even do something called ‘Domain Flipping’. A Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald has even flipped red paper clip for a house, doing a series of 14 trades online. You can also use eBay or Amazon to flip. Refer this link here to know more on how to flip items on eBay. Flipping items is all about art of selling, master it and you will never sleep hungry anytime.

Don’t forget Successful businesses can also start out as side hustles.

Thank you for reading 🙂

The Rich Way

7 Things that Rich do different than Poor. Welcome on-board, lets help you put that extra buck in your pocket.

  • Passive Income – Rich earn even in their sleep. Yes, they have a source of Income that puts Money constantly into their pocket even when they are not working. Passive Income of 1000 INR is worth more than 10,000 INR, how?, just imagine the time saved and the freedom gained. After all wealth is for ones Financial Freedom. One source of passive Income is by buying stocks that pays you dividends regularly (after every quarter or so). You can start with a small investment, all you need to do is open a Demat account with a brokerage like Zerodha and take it from there (check out our blog post on how to avoid investment mistake before investing, also follow this space for more tips and tricks)

  • Keeping money is harder than making – Money management is not easy. The expenditure for majority of people grow proportionally with their Income. This is also the reason why almost all lottery winners end up spending what they have won. The urge to spend the money to show Rich than to be Rich is strong. Rich definitely know better Money Management than Poor. Once you made your first crore to make the second all you need to do is replicate. But how to save & invest and let your Money grow on its own is not something majority understands.

  • Focus on Increasing income not cutting the cost – Yes, you heard it right. Rich don’t try cut the cost in small things. Majority will walk an extra mile saving cost rather than focusing on earning more. Instead of cutting cost every now & than, we urge you to first think like Minority and Increase your Income, so that you can afford all the nice things in your life. How?, May be learn a new skill that pays you more, or do some side hustle that help put some extra cash in your pocket.

  • Over 50% of Rich earnings go to investments – Yes, Invest like crazy! If you want to be wealthy, you need to have a tight grasp on your savings & investments. You need to be able to park enough money (the more the better) in different assets. You may diversify your portfolio in assets like Gold, Real Estate and Stocks. If you want some quick tips on Investment do check out our very first blog here. Almost all wealthy people and brands invest more than 50% of their earnings. If you are beginner and don’t know where to start you may like to read our blog post here. To start Investing in Stock Market, you can open a demat account here.

  • Don’t borrow Money if it is not to make Money – This rule applies strictly for the elites. Rich don’t borrow unless the money helps them make more Money. They won’t pay bank the interest unless they make their cut. By borrowing money like majority to finance your new house or buy a new car your making the Bank & Bankers wealthy while putting yourself in debt. Debt not taken for the assets that put Money in your pocket is useless. So think whom you want to make rich, yourself? or them?

  • Multiple Streams of Income – To be wealthy you definitely need to have the money flowing in through multiple ways. A side hustle, a full time Business or job, a passive source of Income; you need to work hard to at least grow the 3 sources of Income. Multiple Source of Income also keeps you portfolio hedge against a Crisis. You are less likely to be victim of a Crisis, and more likely to be at peace. An Online side hustle, free lancing etc may come handy.

  • Invest in self – Investing in self is one of the most underrated advice. Ever wondered why Successful people read more than an average person?, the answer is simple your knowledge = future returns, the more skills you know the greater the opportunity to multiply your Money. This is the same reason why a Businessman earns more than an employee, they have figured out a solution, they know the full breadth of the System and not just a single piece of the puzzle like the employee who may be specialized on a single task. So learn a new skill, or grab a book, even better listen to two free books of your choice here at Audible.

Lastly but not the least, if you want to know more definitely check out this video by Alux.com. This article is inspired by the same. While the opinion above is completely ours, the primary source nevertheless remains this video.

Thank you for reading. Do follow us for more. Together lets be Financially Free.

Caution! Dalal Street Ahead

Yes, you heard it right, there are things that you should avoid, no matter what its a Big No. Like Trespassing Area 51, or buying the stock of your favorite Pizza Chain. Just Kidding, there is more to it, today lets talk Stocks.

When it comes to Stock Market Investing you should do your due diligence before Investing and never listen to any random guy online, but trust me you can listen this random guy (me) on this one.

Below are the 5 mistakes every Investors should be avoid –

  1. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) – As the name suggest it refers to the Fear of missing out on the Opportunity. It is one of most common mistake that a new Investor makes. Basically when you see a stock rally you worry that you might miss the boat and hence try to invest as much as you can to get your share of the pie. But often times it leads to unnecessary investment, and at times you end up buying stock way too higher than its intrinsic value.
  2. Panic Selling – Selling a stock when its price is low i.e. in a Bear Market. When a stock is undergoing correction or has been the victim of some bad speculations, we as an Investor turn on our Panic mode and again let the emotions rule our judgement resulting into selling of the stock when it is undervalued.
  3. Trying to Time the Market – The common mistake every Investor make is trying hard to time the Market and failing to do so (which almost everybody do). Rather a good Investment strategy is to invest consistently for the long terms and be patient about your Investments. Remember nobody can accurately time the Market, not even Warren Buffet.
  4. Sunk Cost Fallacy Tendency to Invest in the fallen stock in order to recover the money invested. For example – I bought xyz corp share for INR 100 and the price fell to INR 50 in few weeks, without rethinking my strategy, doing research/analysis, I kept on buying more and more shares in order to average out the cost to be able to reap the benefits of future rise, But the future rise may never come.
  5. Failing to Diversify – One mistake every investor should avoid in long run is to invest only in a single sector or a very few stocks. One should diversify his/her portfolio in order to reduce the risk by investing in multiple sector so that if there is a Crisis or the Investment value goes down across one sector the other is there to back it up, hedging against the risk.

Greed, Fear, lack of Patience and often the lack of Understanding of the Investment is something we all should avoid as an Investor. A Investment should be done with all due diligence and rationality. Emotions, get rich quick schemes and lack of understanding is not good for any Investment. It is something I learnt the hard way, I too have committed to a few of the above mistakes. One thing you should always remember in the long run Market always tend to go up and hence by all means one should avoid emotions rule the decision making process. And if you are new to Investment, it is always a better idea to start with some sort of Index fund in order to lower the risk from Market fluctuations.

Bonus Content – One good Investment Strategy to follow during crisis like Covid is to be a Nibbler i.e. to keep buying small bites of a great company slowly as its share price fall, given it has enough cash reserve to survive the pandemic.

That’s all folks. Until next time, stay healthy, stay happy and keep Investing!

And if you are new to Investment you can consider opening a Demat Account at a brokerage firm like Zerodha.

Covid happened, what does it mean for Personal Finance?

Spend less, Save more and hope for the best. Well, yes but not exactly. Covid has left many Businesses and firms bankrupt, leaving millions of employees jobless.  News of Recession and Economic downturn is all around. And no one knows, how long the Economy is going to take to recover or will it even further go down! While we agree its a tough time, nevertheless every tough situation has some thing important to teach us.

One thing Covid teaches us is the Importance of Emergency Fund. It echoes clearly that Emergency Fund is a must. So What is Emergency Fund?, Why everyone should have it?, and How?.

What is Emergency Fund?

As the name suggest it’s a fund set aside only to be used in an Emergency. So can you use it to buy the next new iPhone?, or that fancy Car down the road? The answer is obviously not! It’s the amount only to be used when you have no other source of Income coming in. When you can’t manage your expenses, and is being laid off or became victim of a crisis like Covid.

Why everyone should have it?

Yes, you heard it correct. Not just Individuals, even a Business needs to have some sort of Emergency fund to safeguard its employees and help the Business survive the Crisis by being able to pay off all the basic minimum expenditure. That is not to say, Business shouldn’t look for alternative or cut costs. A healthy Business is the one who is capable of doing it all. Surviving a Crisis is not easy especially if you are operating in a sector that is being hit hard (for example – ‘Theatres’, ‘Cinema Halls’, ‘Gyms’ and ‘Restaurants’ in current Covid19), but having the reserve cash set aside to meet the basic minimum of your operational cost and other expenditures for a period of 3 to 6 months gives you enough time to think with clarity and plan for better handling of Crisis or even turn it into an Opportunity.

For Individuals ‘especially’ keeping aside the Cash can keep their Stress at check, and help them be better prepared to cope with Crisis. Emergency fund won’t  give you a lavish lifestyle or won’t guarantee you funding for the period till the Crisis resolve, you will still have to think of alternative, but it will give you enough Mental Peace to be able to focus on the next steps.

How to have it?

Now that we have established the importance of Emergency fund/Reserved cash for Crisis, you may be wondering how can one have it? Well the answer is pretty obvious Save 3 to 6 months of personal expenditure in a separate account that you can’t touch unless until its an Emergency! Yes, there is no secret sauce to it. You need to, you must Save, Save before you Spend, Save before you Invest, In fact don’t start Investing unless you have the Emergency Fund setup. After all Money is a tool and if it can’t get you peace, it is useless.

All the fancy items can be bought back later, first you need to live below your means and get the Fund setup. It is an essential first step towards your Financial Freedom. And if you already spend more than you earn than by all means either Earn more or Spend less!

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