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How to protect your money as a high earner

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Financial security is what almost everyone strives towards.

For high earners it is of particular importance — to try to protect the money they are earning — as there is more to keep safe.

But, how exactly can we achieve this?

 

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If you want to make the most of your assets, take a look at three of our top tips:

 

  1. Careful budgeting

Some high earners feel that they don’t need to budget. Frugality, after all, has long been associated with people earning a low income.

However, budgeting can benefit everyone — however much they earn. Monitor your money, and you’ll be less likely to face unexpected shortfalls in the future.

By creating a weekly or monthly cash flow on a simple spreadsheet, you can plan your outgoings and lifestyle in advance. Better still, carry your cash flow with you as an uploaded document on your phone or tablet, and you can look at it whenever you feel the urge to overspend.

You don’t just stand to protect your assets; you could become more confident in financial handling, too.

 

  1. Contingency funds

Budgeting isn’t just useful — it’s essential. If you put aside a certain amount of money each month, you can be prepared for any financial situation, including emergencies and changes of circumstance.

Though nobody wants to face a costly surprise, they can occur at any time. Building a contingency fund means you will be able to deal with it much better.

It could be particularly helpful if you need to take unpaid leave from work, for example. That way, you won’t have to worry about covering bills and maintaining your usual lifestyle during that period.

Equally, a fund may come in handy if you ever face redundancy. You’ll then have enough money to tide you over while you secure new employment.

Prepare well, and you can always remain financially secure.

 

  1. Pension plan

You’ll no doubt know the value that a pension plan can offer. As a high earner, you will have garnered a state pension through national insurance contributions as well as building a private or corporate pension along the way, too.

At state pension age (currently 65), Brits have the opportunity to either claim or defer their acquired sum. A deferred pension, for example, increases by a small amount, once its owner has retired. A private pension can be drawn earlier – usually around the age of 55.

Although you may be a long way of retirement age now, it’s useful to plan ahead and decide on the best option for you long-term. You can then start to save effectively. You could always consult a financial adviser to work out the best route for your retirement.

You work hard for your income, so it’s only right that you want to protect it. Follow the right steps, and you can secure your finances, both now and for the future.

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3 Finance Tips for the Self-Employed

Being self-employed is amazing. It is one of the best things I have ever done. I really can’t imagine working for anyone ever again. It feels liberating to be able to dictate the pace in which I work. And being able to work from home whilst care for my growing kids is a blessing. I am super thankful everyday for this amazing life I have been blessed with.

 

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Having said that, managing the finances can be a little tricky when you are self-employed. Especially when you are dealing with clients that never pay your invoices on time. I have had to put on my accountant hat to keep my business thriving. For those who do not know, I have a degree in Accounting (graduated university in 2006) but only practised for 1 year. The story surrounding that is a whole new blog post for another day.

Here are some finance tips I have picked up in my self-employment journey.

 

Be Careful with Credit

As a self-employed person, you need to be very careful with credit, especially credit cards. You may find it super easy to shop on your credit cards, especially when you are dealing with late payments and need to survive. If you must get some kind of credit to survive, make sure you understand the payment terms and don’t get carried away with spending money that isn’t yours.

If you have to deal with unforeseen circumstances and need quick money, a company like Cash Lady could come in handy. This company helps customers to find short-term finance solutions. So they are good for when your boiler or car break down, or when you need money quickly for urgent home improvements.

 

Keep Records

I am always on top of my records. Leaving it all until the end of the tax year will stress the life out of me. So I make a note of money coming in and going out.

Sending invoices is a great way to keep track of your money. I always send out an invoice for every project I work on. Even if the client does not request one. I need it for my books, so I get invoices sent out for my records.

 

Claim the Expenses

When filing my tax return, I make sure I claim every expense. This advice also links back to the keeping records tip. I always keep track of every expense, all year round. This makes it easier for me to claim the right amount of expenses. If you are not sure what you could claim as an expense, here is a detailed list of all expenses the self-employed are allowed to claim.

 

I hope you find these finance tips useful. If you have any finance tips for the self-employed, please share in the comments section below.

 

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