The Reinvesting Strategy: How to Build Wealth Without Sacrificing Your Lifestyle
There is often the misunderstanding that building wealth comes from unlocking some secret or finding a ‘hack’ in the system. Others believe that achieving financial success always has to come from a lifetime of hard work, at least until retirement.
The real secret is that there is no secret. The truth is that you don’t have to necessarily work till retirement and live an overly restricted lifestyle until then.
The principles of building wealth aren’t overly complicated either. Anyone can harness these principles and achieve financial freedom.
Does it seem too good to be true? A bit too much like a sales gimmick?
It’s natural to be suspicious of anyone telling you that getting rich can be done by anyone and that you don’t need to work for the rest of your life to do so. If it’s so easy and accessible, why isn’t everyone rich? To dispel these suspicions let’s break down the basics of building wealth without compromising your lifestyle, as well as looking at why some people experience financial success and others don’t.
The crux of wealth generation can be summarised in two key points:
- Make more than you spend
- Invest what you earn in a strategic way
When broken down this way, it seems rather simple. As we mentioned earlier, there are no hacks or big secrets. Let’s look at these points in more detail to really get a firm grasp on how to build wealth.
Make more than you spend
It may seem like overly simplified advice, but you’d be surprised how many people struggle with this basic concept.
The first way to do this is by reducing your costs or the amount you spend day-to-day. This can be difficult for many people, as sometimes what they spend is largely out of their control. Perhaps they have a young family that they need to support, or are paying off debts.
While we mentioned that there isn’t really any secret to becoming rich, there is a need for sacrifice to some degree. There are always ways to cut costs here and there, and while it may seem like you’re only saving a small amount, it all adds up.
This may restrict your lifestyle now, but sacrificing a small amount in the short-term can provide big returns in the future.
But saving here and there will only get you so far. Many people see increasing their income as the solution. That may mean working longer hours, finding a higher paying job, or starting a business or side-hustle. Increasing your income, while saving where you can is a great way to generate wealth.
Many people will spend more as they earn more, but the key is to continue to save and increase earnings.
Being frugal and increasing your income isn’t always easy, and the methods we mentioned, such as working longer hours, can limit your lifestyle. The next step in wealth generation is all about investing – knowing where to put the money that you make as a result of making more than you spend.
Many people will pocket what they make from saving and increased income. But through strategic and well-planned investing, you can increase that income even further and generate enough wealth to shake up your life completely.
Making sound investment decisions may lead to early and independent retirement, or even allow you to leave that restrictive 9-5 lifestyle completely.
But what’s the trick to investing in a smart and strategic way? Where can you get trustworthy investment advice that meets your needs?
That’s the more difficult question to answer. Most people will know that investing is vital for wealth generation, but they don’t always know where to begin when it comes to investing. But a range of investing options exist!
Making cash investments in savings accounts. This is an extremely defensive strategy and doesn’t usually result in massive increase in income. At the same time, the risk of this investment strategy is relatively low.
Fixed interest investments, such as term deposits, government and corporate bonds are another low-risk, defensive strategy. Once again, the income generated is likely to be less than the next two strategies.
Investing your money in shares is an extremely popular investing strategy. They are considered a growth investment as their value can rise which pays dividends. This is a riskier strategy, as it is very difficult to predict how a company’s shares will perform in the future.
Share markets are also susceptible to external influences, fluctuating with political and economic circumstances across the globe. However, investing in shares can be done as soon as you have disposable income, not needing a certain deposit amount to enter the market.
It’s also a flexible way of investing, being able to pull your money out at any time.
Investing in property is also a growth investment, with the goal being to buy a property that grows in value and generates income through rental payments from the tenant. So long as you can generate enough savings for a deposit, property is a great way to generate passive income but also not restrict your lifestyle drastically.
But many people see investing in shares as a more accessible option, not only because there is no deposit required, but they also feel overwhelmed by the wealth of knowledge that exists.
But the truth is that anyone can be a property investor. There are a range of resources that can help develop your understanding of property investing, and the best real estate investing courses can fast-track the learning process!
Education and Training
Successful investors will often make the effort to continue developing their knowledge through training and education opportunities. Knowing where the next investment opportunity may arise by staying up-to-date on the latest market trends and strategies can be the reason behind an investor’s success.
Making the effort to keep your knowledge updated on a daily basis is key! Knowing more than other investors can give you that competitive edge to stay ahead.
While the formula to build wealth without sacrificing your lifestyle is simple, it takes a lot of patience and persistence to spend less than you make and pursue wise investing opportunities. But by doing so, you’ll start to see the difference and achieve financial freedom on a whole new level!