One of the major goals we often help clients plan for is financial independence. Imagine the freedom of knowing you do not have to work. You would be free to start the company you have always dreamed of, serve an organization you are passionate about regardless of pay or take an extended trip with your family or friends. Maybe you would worry less about money and the minutia of your daily finances.
What if I told you that it is possible to experience some of that same freedom before you are financially independent? Or if you already are financially independent, that you could experience even more freedom than you already enjoy?
A common misconception about financial planning is that its purpose is for you to sacrifice today for a life that may seem like it’s off in the distant future. In reality, good financial planning involves taking steps that allow you to worry less about your finances and have more free time today while feeling confident that you are moving in the direction of achieving your long term life goals.
A few years ago, as a new husband and dad, I can remember the low grade stress associated with the long list of financial items on my family’s to-do list. As Crystal and I worked through our list, I was amazed at the sense of freedom that came from no longer having that nagging feeling that we were missing something, that we hadn’t properly protected our family or that we forgot to pay one of our bills.
Today, I worry about our finances less, have more time to spend with my family and feel confident knowing that we are working towards accomplishing the things that are important to us. And
if when life throws something unexpected our way we’ve done the proper planning to ensure that we will be OK.
You can experience that same sense of freedom by accomplishing some of the following financial planning items.
- Create or update your will and estate plan
- Organize all your important documents in one place
- Review the types and amounts of your insurance coverage
- Set all your bills for automatic payment
- Consolidate your old IRAs and 401(k)s as much as possible
- Update the beneficiary information on your life insurance and IRA accounts
- Delegate the things that can be delegated to a professional
This being the week that we celebrate our nation’s independence, check something off your to-do list and take a step towards financial freedom.
Send me an email if you’d like to see our whole checklist.
Have a great weekend!