Saving money is one of the key components of enabling one to achieve financial freedom and there are a number of different ways in which a person is able to save money; however, in order to be able to save a sufficient amount of money is needed in the first instance. This can often be the biggest stumbling block when it comes to financial freedom and accruing money.
The first step in the process of accruing finances is to look at avenues in which income streams can be generated, in order to build the initial ‘nest egg’. There are several different ways in which income can be generated and it goes without saying that the most common method is through paid employment, which would guarantee a weekly or monthly income stream. The one issue with being in paid employment, is that your salary is taxable and therefore proportion of any income that you earn is siphoned off to the government. Quite often, this leaves people in a position whereby they are earning money on a monthly basis but much of this is filtered off in taxes and other expenses. At the end of the month the amount of disposable income for the average person can often be quite small and, in some drastic cases, can even be in the negative.
Always Look At Take Home Pay!
When considering exploring employment opportunities it is always worth looking at what the rate of pay is which is potentially generated by being in paid employment and equally important is what rate of taxes you are paying on your potential income. It goes without saying that one cannot be too picky, when considering specific employment opportunities and simply turning down positions based on the tax implications is certainly a ludicrous proposition. It is however always worth looking at what the actual take home pay is of any paid employment, as this will give you an accurate figure on your ‘take home’ pay and your subsequent disposable income figure amount, at the end of each month.
How to Search for Paid Employment
When considering searching for employment generated income, there are many job sites which offer a range of different employment opportunities, which you may be able to consider applying yourself for. Some of the lesser skilled job opportunities will of course pay lower amounts, but if you are in a position whereby you are not in employment, then any money generated through paid employment maybe more than what you are potentially earning at the current time. It is therefore certainly worth looking at the range of different job opportunities using the internet, as this will give you a breakdown of what the average salary is in the specific position that you are considering yourself. Try not to sell yourself short, if you are looking for employment and really think about what previous life skills and perhaps more importantly, work experience you have, which could be transferred into any potential new role. It is always worth looking at lower paid job opportunities, as there may be potential for progression. It may simply just be a case of getting your, “foot in the door” in order to get yourself into a company or organisation where they could be potential for job growth at a later stage. In cases like this, you need to balance the lower starting pay against the potential increased rate of pay that you may receive a later stage in your career.
Ever Considered going Self-Employed?
If you are in a position where you have limited finances, and you are struggling to find employment, the next step may be few to seek training opportunities, whereby you build your own skills and experience in order to apply for high-level positions at a later stage. There are a number of courses that you are able to take for relatively small amounts of money, which would enable you to accrue qualifications that may stand you in good stead against other job seeking individuals, who may not have the same qualifications. In terms of finances, clearly, the more qualified individuals are going to be looking for increased levels of pay, particularly on starting position.
It is not necessarily the case however that those who have the best qualifications start out with the highest rates of pay, as there are many individuals who have spent hundreds if not thousands of pounds on college and university education who have not gone on to achieve high rates of pay, in their first terms of employment.
Going self-employed is another viable option for those people are struggling to get into the jobs market and may have difficulties in building their nest egg. Consider what skills you have, and how you may be able to help other people. You may be surprised that some of the skills that you have accrued over the years could transfer into an income generating scheme and would therefore enable you to get your foot on the self-employed ladder. There are many different rules and regulations in terms of being self-employed and it is not everybody’s choice when it comes to commencing employment. Being self-employed can however be a viable opportunity, particularly where there are limited choices in the employment sector, and could therefore be a good starting point, in terms of building your nest egg.