Want to retire rich? Three golden tips to plan your golden years

Highlights

  • It takes grit and discipline to achieve your retirement goals and starting early can kickstart your journey.
  • Falling in the trap of get-rich-quick schemes would more often than not take you a step backward in your financial journey.
  • Making tax-efficient investments, taking tax rebates (wherever possible), etc. can surely help save tons of money.

Most often, retirement planning features on people’s to-do lists only when they are quite close to calling time on their career, very few think of starting early, having wasted a lot of precious time in their young age. This is one of the main reasons why people, in general, face challenges to meet their retirement goals.

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This has become even more challenging today as the new generation of retirees are wanting to quit their jobs earlier than their 60s, giving them even less time to meet their retirement objectives. As exciting as it sounds to lead a relaxed life after retirement with sufficient corpus; in reality, it takes grit and discipline to achieve these goals. If you feel your retirement planning is out of kilter, here are a few tips that might stand you in good stead.

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  1. Create multiple sources of income

Most of the people are working their 9 to 5 jobs and only rely on this income for salary. Embarking on a side hustle is mostly avoided as it has been stereotyped as something that eats up a lot of time, effort and money.

Want to retire rich? Three golden tips to plan your golden years

However, as they say, “the beginning is always the hardest”. One can start a side hustle with minimal effort and money. This is something that easy access of internet has brought to the table. You could be writing an e-book, or maybe affiliate marketing is your cup of tea. Whatever it is, multiple sources of income can really give that extra boost you need to meet your financial goals.

  1. ‘Get-rich-quick’ schemes should be a big no-no

No matter how big or small your financial goals are, there are no shortcuts. Falling in the trap of get-rich-quick schemes would surely take you a step backward in your financial journey.

People are often lured towards risky investments, so-called ‘sureshot’ stock market tips or other investment avenues promising a very high return on investment, but they fail to understand the inherent risks hidden in these bogus schemes. It’s way better to make sound investments without taking a very high risk, even though the returns are lower, as you are playing a long-term game.

  1. Become tax smart

Taxes are one of the most overlooked areas of one’s finances for reasons such as challenges in understanding the complicated taxation system, figuring out ways to legally minimise taxes, etc. However, one can always go to a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) to outsource all this hard work, which would be fruitful in the long-term.

Making tax-efficient investments, taking tax rebates (wherever possible), etc. can surely help save tons of money till retirement, which could be invested yearly for an added return.

Bottom Line

Preparing for your golden years might seem a distant task in your younger age, but this mistake is what keeps people from reaching their financial goals. Saving more on taxes, avoiding the trap of bogus schemes promising to make you rich in a jiffy and increasing your income are some of the minor adjustments you can make to your retirement plan to make it more achievable.

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