But simply talking about savings money, can feel like a drag.
It's so important to remember that what and how we teach our children about money when they are young, will impact on their financial future. It's our responsibility to raise money smart kids.
It's no secret the COVID19 pandemic has hurt many Australians and has either derailed many of us from our financial goals or has forced us to re-prioritise our current situation.
With historically unusually low interest rates, many Australians are now prioritising their debt and looking for strategies to consolidate and pay down credit card debt much faster than they previously had planned.
This is a great step, but how do we make sure it's just not just another stand-alone opportunity to take and miss the chance to pause and refocus our thinking about what we all actually want to be doing?
Some interesting insights I thought.
He went on to list emerging business examples of the new sharing and rent-on-demand economy including renting music through Spotify, accessing movies on demand from Netflix, renting a community car (or van) from the Car Next Door and renting movies online direct from YouTube.
Add to this ever growing list of rentables the prospect of renting a driverless car in the future and it was a great high level presentation; all until he made the rookie mistake and said,
‘So what's the point of owning a house today, when I can just rent one or rent an Airbnb whenever I want?’
With that potentially naïve comment to a room of financial advisers his presentation fell off a cliff into irrelevance, all because he didn't understand the place family home ownership holds in the Australian economy.
But working for yourself involves more personal decisions, greater risks and depending upon your business structure, greater personal liability.
And if you're making this decision based simply on cost alone, this is the question you need to answer, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’
When it comes to managing our personal debts and credit cards, savings and investing, many people are quick to look for a sequence of simple steps to follow (or a three minute blog to read) to achieve what can usually be a complex outcome.
If a fast solution isn’t found, ‘it's obviously the wrong option’ so we quickly browse on elsewhere looking for that dopamine hit of ‘New’ and never really get to where we need to go.
Job losses for some, reduced work hours for others, still others forced into early retirement - ready or not - many small businesses surviving one month at a time and families trying to make sense of lockdowns and restrictions - it’s safe to say there will be many COVID-19 flow on effects yet unseen.
We’ll all need to work through in some way.
Like most long term plans, building a self sustaining business takes time; time to mature, time to stabilise in the market and time to return the capital invested.
To achieve this, the majority of business owners use debt and overdraft facilities as an ongoing business tool.
And these types of tools can quickly work against you and your family if you're unprepared.
In Australia it started in January 2020 with;
As we close out 2020, it's fair to say, ‘it's been a tough year’.
Getting on with life today regardless of our decisions yesterday is even more complicated; so it's important to talk about what matters most and know where we stand.
So how does having a history of personal drug use affect your ability to get life insurances and create a safety net for yourself and your family?
Thankfully good mental health is now becoming part of the regular conversations for many Australians.
Here are tips to help navigate the application process.