The Coronavirus has hit the global economy hard, and with so many individuals internationally affected, it’s an important time to ensure your financials are future-proof should we ever experience a pandemic like the one that has taken over the globe for the last six months.
With unemployment rates rising, incomes slashed, and a huge amount of uncertainty, ensuring your finances are in shape and can survive the pandemic is essential. Protecting your finances and ensuring they are secure is an important step to recovery during COVID-19, while economies start to recover and we get used to the new normal, ensuring your finances can survive just about anything is a clear takeaway from COVID-19.
Here are some great ways to ensure your finances are protected during a pandemic and into the future.
Cut Your Spending
This is essential when you want to ensure you are getting ahead with your finances during a financial crisis. Cut any costs where you can and work through your budget to pull out any costs that are unnecessary for your personal and professional life.
While you might need many things in your life, consider what you actually want and cut back on unnecessary costs, subscriptions, and general expenses that could make it difficult to get ahead and save. Whether you have experienced a salary cut, lost your income, or you are trying to adjust to a new normal, cutting back your costs is an important step to getting ahead.
Explore Options for Building Your Passive Income
As the old saying goes, you need to work smarter not harder, and growing your passive income through shares, ETFs, and a range of other avenues is a great way to build your financial independence without needing to go out and get a second job. Ask your financial planner or finance expert to explore more options for investing to help boost your finances and get you on the right path.
No matter what tips or tricks you focus on, the goal really is to be focused on your financial planning and being aware of your budget. COVID-19 has been a difficult time for many; however, by ensuring your finances are in order and you are working through the pandemic while retaining your savings, you can remain financially accountable and continue planning for retirement.
Explore a Side Hustle
It is important to get a little creative when you are getting through COVID and the aftermath of the pandemic, and a great way to get ahead and ensure your finances survive is to jump onto a side hustle to make some extra money.
Whether you cull your closet and sell unwanted items on eBay, get some extra hours in at your job, or create and sell items at the markets, adding to your finances with an additional income stream is beneficial to build up your savings and boost your rainy day account. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of the author. Influencive does not endorse or review brands mentioned; does not and can not investigate relationships with brands, products, and people mentioned and is up to the author to disclose. VIP Contributors and Contributors, amongst other accounts and articles, are professional fee-based.
Luke Fitzpatrick is an academic speaker at Sydney University. He enjoys writing about tech, productivity, lifestyle, and is a contributor to Forbes.