From surviving to thriving – 6 tips to help you boost your income and improve your standard of living

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No matter how much they have, everybody always wants more. The freedom and security that come with having a higher income are understandable goals, but it can often be hard to see how you could possibly get there. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips to help you boost your income and improve your standard of living, without having to sacrifice your quality of life.

Get out of debt

Owing money is one of the main reasons people struggle financially. As time goes on, interest compounds and payments become less manageable with each cycle. This is known as the debt spiral. To avoid falling into one (or to get yourself out if you’re already spiraling), you’re going to want to pay down your debts as quickly as possible. 

The easiest way to do this is to consolidate what you owe into a single payment that carries good terms. In this instance, low interest loans from community lenders are your best bet as you’re generally going to be paying a much lower rate of interest and fees.

Pay yourself first

Now that you’ve got a system in place for dealing with debt, it’s time to start building an emergency fund. This “just in case” money is going to be your buffer for when you have setbacks with the next few steps. Stash it away in a high yield savings account and forget it exists unless you really need it.

Make a budget

We know that everyone tells you to do this, but it’s for good reason. If you don’t know where your money is going, you’re not in control of your spending. And if you’re not in control of your spending, you’re not going to be able to build wealth. Just make the budget, trust us.

Put your money to work

Now it’s time to move to the income boosting part of your plan. Any money saved that doesn’t need to go into your emergency fund can be invested for profit. You’ll need to do all your own research here because everyone’s situation is different, but if you can find a good investment, and you’re happy to leave your money in there long enough to see a return, you’ll be able to grow your nest egg over time.

Start a passion project

You know the saying “if you’re good at it, never do it for free” – apply that to your hobbies. There’s a market for pretty much anything you enjoy making, you just have to find it. List your homemade products on social media and other selling platforms, see what kind of returns you make, and adjust your strategy accordingly. It won’t bring in megabucks instantly, but you will be able to boost your income without feeling like you’re doing a ton of extra work.

Sell unneeded items

You’d be surprised by how much clutter we accrue in our day to day lives. Start by going through a room a month and listing any items you no longer want or need for sale. By the time you’ve gone through the whole house, you’ll probably be able to start again. This obviously won’t provide massive returns either, but it will put some extra cash in your pocket with the added benefit of decluttering your home.

So there you have it – six tips to help you boost your income and improve your standard of living. Getting to a better place financially takes time and effort, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.