You landed on my page probably because you were looking for the ways to become wealthy in 10 years or so. You want to know how to retire early with the hole in your pocket that you currently have. If you are seeking a way to get rich quickly and easily then you’re in the wrong place. If you are serious and are willing to put a good effort in reaching your goal during the next 5-10 years, let’s look at things realistically and make a plan.
3 Ways to Get Rich Quick
The only 3 rather probable than possible scenarios I can think of for “Get Rich Quick” idea without breaking the law are:
Win a lottery.
Invent Facebook, Google, Uber, or because these applications were invented before you, come up with something genius like that but entirely new. These sophomore students of the University of Maryland seem to be on the right track:
Let’s look briefly at these options:
How great is the chance to win the lottery? It’s probably very slim. How much money would you spend on tickets before you win a lottery? If you ever win, what your amount will be, and how much tax will you pay on your award? The cash to keep could easily happen to be smaller than the amount you paid over the years to buy the tickets.
If you decide to take this route, there is nothing I can do to help you because nothing depends on you. It’s a pure chance. If you’d like to proceed this route, go ahead and buy your lottery tickets and spend a lot of money on them. This is NOT my advice, but your choice.
The second option to get rich quickly was to receive an inheritance. Do you have an elderly relative who loves you dearly and is wealthy? If that’s so, you are the lucky one. However, I doubt that this is your case because you wouldn’t be searching the web for an advice on how to get rich quickly.
Option# 3 was to invent something genius.
How old are you?
Genius is a rare creature. Maybe you are a new Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Garrett Camp, or Travis Kalanick. This is NOT a “get rich overnight” solution, but these people became rich pretty quickly. If you are in your twenties and have a special gift – everything is ahead of you: you might have such genius in you. This is the only realistic option that actually depends on you solely. Then again, what are you doing on my page? Go and create!
If you are not in your twenties anymore, wouldn’t a genie come out by now?
Then, you may want to stay with me here and see what I have to offer in order to build your wealth in a reasonable time frame.
Like I said, I am here to offer you some realistic ideas, help you plan your future and guide you to a solution of getting wealth within a reasonable period, let’s say 5 to 10 years. I do believe that such solutions exist but of course not for everybody and not at any age.
First, I’d like to speak with you, my young reader, who wants to get rich within the next 10 years.
I know it’s possible, and I know of young people who had it done even without M. Zuckerberg and L. Page’s talent. However, you need to give up a lot in your lifestyle. In order to build wealth, you need to have a start-up capital, which in young age means that you need to quickly save a good amount of money. Let me explain why I believe that extreme frugality is not appropriate at a young age, at least for someone like myself.
When I was in my 20s and 30s, I already had a family and responsibilities and yet, I wanted to enjoy my youth. I did not want to save every penny. Like most young people I wanted to socialize and entertain myself. Parties, concerts, travel, sports, different courses per interests – all of that requires money, but these experiences make your life happy. And of course, all that after taking care of your bills and other financial responsibilities. I wanted to live the life to its fullest. I truly believe that young age is for education, fun, and enjoyment (and a hard work to support all that). I can’t suggest saving for the future by taking away from the present. Why would anyone sacrifice the best time of their life for money in the future? What do you need money for if not to live and enjoy the life?
While extreme frugality is a proven working solution for gaining wealth, it’s against my own nature. Therefore, I will not spend more time discussing this approach in this article. Young people, experience life, be kind and generous, make mistakes, experiment with ideas, fall down and get back on your feet, move onward and upward.
Also, when you are young, your expenses are higher than when you are older, while your income is lower. You may go to college. You may have to pay your student loans. You may buy a house and pay the mortgage. Then, you build a family and raise your children. You want to help them with their education. Those are your needs, and in order to accomplish them, you need to plan smartly and earn good money.
I’ll help you with planning ideas in another post. But, while you have so many needs and obligations, savings on top of covering all current expenses, would be more complicated. Unless you manage to earn way more than an average young professional, I suggest that in your late young age worry about having enough to cover your and your family needs, spend some extra on social life and entertainment and put aside as much as you can for your financial freedom in your older age. That’s on its own is already not easy to accomplish.
Do start saving while you are young. Put aside as much as would not significantly affect your lifestyle: little is better than nothing.
First, you’d need some emergency fund, which is an easily accessible lump sum – 3-6 months of your monthly income. I recommend keeping this fund in a money market account – you may find an interest rate that will keep up with the inflation rate. Once monthly pay x 6 amount is reached – forget about this account, don’t touch it! – it’s your emergency fund, remember? And the emergency is when you can’t receive your monthly income due to injury, illness or other cause of the loss of a job.
Then, start contributing to qualified retirement plans (especially if your employer makes a matching contribution!) and/or investing on your own.
Your young age is your advantage. Even before an early retirement you still have 20-30 years of work ahead of you (unless, like I said above, you want to be that extreme saver). Those, who think ahead and plan early can achieve greater results with less effort. That’s you! So, continue reading and take my advice for older people now: you don’t have to wait until you are 40+; you can start at any time, and proceed at your comfortable pace.
Become wealthy in 10 years.
If you are over 40 years old and would like to improve your financial situation in the next 5 to 10 years, then let’s talk about your plan, my dear reader. Would you like to maybe even retire early? Let’s look into what you can do to accomplish this.
Retirement by definition is “the fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work”. Let’s see what happens if you retire at 50. Do you really want to stop working completely at that age? I promise you that even if you had many hobbies, you’d still be bored in no time. Let’s consider retirement as leaving a job that you don’t enjoy doing, stopping working the hours you don’t feel like working, staying away from the long commute, uncomfortable workplaces, and unappreciative bosses.
At this age, our goal is to supplement our day-job with additional sources of income and eventually replace the job we want to retire with what we start up today. Please remember that you are not eligible for your social security payments until you are 62 years old, and you can’t withdraw money without penalties from your qualified retirement plans until you are 59.5 (with the narrow exceptions to this rule).
When you eventually reach the retirement age and are able to use your 401K/403b/IRA funds, you also want to be flexible and take into account the Market fluctuations. All financial advisers recommend being conservative in your investments when you are close to your retirement age. Why? Because if you must take your money out when the market is down, your conservative portfolio will not be at loss as much as an aggressive one, but still it will lose some. Isn’t it better to have flexibility in income sources and not withdraw money at all from the accounts involving investment risk while the economy is down? If you can avoid an immediate need to withdraw your money, you can invest aggressively at any age, do you agree?
A diversity is always a clever idea, and diversifying your income streams is a very practical approach.
There are 3 types of income:
Before retirement, the majority of us mostly rely on the active (earned) income. In order to retire, we need to assure that about the same amount of money is coming in from the passive and investment income. As discussed above, your savings were invested and produce some income. But if you share my views in respect to the value of life experiences and did not practice an extreme frugality in your 20s and 30s, you probably didn’t invest enough to fully rely on this one source of income. It’s okay. We don’t want to rely fully on the stream of income under the investment risk. That’s the reason to establish the dependable sources of the passive income before we retire.
And… as we spoke at the beginning of this chapter, you’d get terribly bored if you retire your day job and don’t work at all. You’d be much better off working from the comfort of your home on your own part-time schedule producing something you are passionate about. Therefore, I suggest starting your own part-time business while you are still working your day job. What kind of business? The kind that will result in a passive income in a few years.
According to Investopedia, the definition of “passive income” is: “earnings derived from a rental property, limited partnership or other enterprise in which a person is not actively involved.”
Limited partnership and rental property assume the availability of the initial capital. But I promised to give you a tip on how to retire early with little money. So, how to make a passive income then? Well, there was this third option in the definition: “…or other enterprise in which a person is not actively involved.”
You would need to start working smart and hard today in order to create passive income for the near future. Depending on your personalities, a preferred style of learning and working, it could be an online marketing business or face-to-face work with customers and partners under MLM umbrella. Neither option is an easy work at the start, but either choice requires low investment (definitely under $1,000.00), may produce supplemental income in a relatively short period (6 months to 2 years), depending on how many hours and how much energy you can dedicate to it, and either one creates a passive income source for the future.
However, there is a lot of scams in each of these fields because scammers find it easy to use online marketing or direct network marketing business model to cover their fraud. I’ve done my own investigation, and have my preferred solution for either of these two types of business.
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Retire Early with the Confidence in Your Financial Well Being.
Well, even a $1,000.00/ mo is a good supplement to your day job earning. But don’t stop on a thousand. When you start receiving 6-digit annual income from your business, maybe it’s time to quit your job.
You can run your business until you enjoy doing so. If you decide to slow down before your retirement age, you’d still have your passive income from the work you’ve done these years building your business. The team you created in MLM will still share with you a percentage of its earnings. The blogs you posted a long time ago will still bring you commissions. And you can now start something completely new – for example, create some artworks as a hobby. The good thing is that you would do it for your own pleasure and entertainment, but you don’t have to keep all your work for yourself – you are now an expert in selling products online or offline.
Use your passive income for living, still work a little just to keep your business alive, sell your hobby, enjoy your life! If you are in online business, you can run it from everywhere in the world. You can work on a beach or in a park on a nice sunny day.
When the time comes and you reach full retirement age, you’d be able to supplement your active and passive income by social security paychecks and decide when is a good time to use your invested savings. If you purchased from WFG good insurance products with cash value, that’s yet another stream of your retirement income.
Enjoy your life – that’s the most important thing. Building wealth and skipping years of beautiful youth is nonsense.
Balance is the key. You do need to think of your financial stability and sufficiency starting at a young age. Don’t go partying too crazy! Enjoy your social life but remember your needs and responsibilities. Educate yourself and let curiosity guide your way. Spend money on experiences, save on things. Retain leftovers and invest.
In your mid-age, work hard and smart to build wealth. Passive income is the must. There are only so many hours a person can work per day. Hourly pay, even if high, is still limited. Create income streams where you can keep earning continuously on the work done once.
Variety of income streams assure flexibility and ability to invest aggressively without making age adjustments.
Put your hobby to work in your financial favor.
Thank you for reading. I hope you found some value in my advice. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Are you a spender or a keeper? Do you value experiences, prefer things, or would rather save for later? I’d be pleased to hear what you think and what your lifestyle is. If you have any questions for me – don’t hesitate to ask them below. If you need to contact me privately, use this form to email me.
is a founder of LiveWealthyRetirement.com. She is a caregiver to her adult son with disabilities, and therefore a full-time work in a remote office is no longer an option for her. Julia established her own online business to help others with similar needs to work from home on their own schedule. She also teaches people how to achieve financial independence in the senior years even if they were unable to start saving for the retirement in their youth.