Ever since I founded Pacesetter Planning, I’ve worked with my clients on a wide range of financial topics. I’ve gotten a variety of questions from clients and potential clients, and while everyone’s situation is a little different, generally they fall into the following categories:
- How do I manage my finances with my husband/wife/fiance/significant other?
- How much do I need to buy a house?
- How much should I be saving for retirement?
- How do I select investments?
- Should I put extra money toward my student loans or should I direct that money elsewhere?
As you may have noticed, I’ve addressed a good number of these topics at a high level on this blog already (and will continue to do so). But, you may have picked up on something else.
All of these Questions are Interconnected
It’s hard to make financial decisions in a vacuum. Often times, the hard part isn’t answering these individual questions, but finding the right answer to them all at the same time. It often isn’t practical to increase your saving for retirement and buy a house and pay extra on your student loans all at once. These decisions need to be made together, and there’s usually not a clear right or wrong answer.
That, of course, is where I come in. I help my clients develop plans to manage their finances, prioritize their goals, and help them allocate their money accordingly. We set targets and track progress against these goals, updating as needed.
You Need a Framework to Make these Decisions
While everyone’s circumstances are a little bit different, I use a strict framework and process to help clients make these decisions.
And I’d like to share it with all of you.
On Tuesday, March 7 at 8 PM EST, I’ll be hosting a free webinar called “How to Organize Your Finances and Create A Roadmap Toward Financial Freedom”.
On this webinar, we’ll discuss:
- How I recommend clients structure their accounts to keep track of their finances
- How to implement a system to manage your income month to month to pay yourself first
- How much money you’ll need to retire, and what it will take to get there
- How to balance your everyday spending with your short and long term financial goals
We Face Greater Financial Challenges than our Parents and Grandparents. Plan Accordingly.
Sometimes I get pushback when I say this, but I truly believe that millennials face much greater challenges than previous generations. Think about it for a minute.
Most of our grandparents worked 40 years at the same job, retired and received a pension from their company to fund their retirement. They have Social Security. When they were our age and looking to buy a home, housing prices were about twice the average annual salary.
Many of our parents may have had multiple jobs over the course of their careers, but most of them only had one job at a time. Some of them may still have a pension, but all will (barring some sort of catastrophe) receive Social Security. And again, the average home price when they were in their twenties was around twice the average annual salary.
Now? The average millennial changes jobs four times before turning 32. More than 1/3 of millennials have a side job. The average price for a home has jumped to about 3.5x the average annual salary. Most of us have some type of student loans.
Pensions? Social Security? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
We have some big challenges ahead of us. The good news is that these challenges can be beaten. But, you need a method and a plan to get you there. I’ve got it for you.
I Want to Teach You Everything I Know
I didn’t get into financial planning to only work with rich clients. My goal is to help make all of my clients wealthy someday. The more people I can help, the better.