3 First Steps You Should Take to Turn Rich

A few days back, I was having a scintillating conversation with my close friend who was very much interested in frugality and financial freedom.

I was explaining about the financial illiteracy that is prevailing among youngsters.

She silently listened to the complete lecture that I was giving, and raised a million dollar question “Alright, youngsters including me know nothing about money, but where should we start to be financially aware?”.




This post is to answer her question, and I thought sharing this would also help other youngsters like her!

Firstly, know how much you’re worth financially!

Here is a video with a simple story on calculating net worth of a person or family

Here is a simple excel sheet to calculate your own net-worth

http://www.vertex42.com/Calculators/net-worth.html

If your Net worth is positive value, the you are in less risk. Or, if it is negative value, then try making it positive by fixing liabilities first.

Start Analyzing your Spending Trend!

Start tracking your monthly expenses- be it your groceries, credit card bills, phone bills, log them somewhere and see where you are over spending.

Spot out where you’re overspending, cut down the unwanted expenses, and save at least 10% of your income every month to invest in your assets

“I am using  the software Toshl Finance I enter my daily expenses every day using the mobile app, it syncs with desktop app, and generates a monthly expense chart where I could easily spot out over spending”

Sketch your own Balance Sheet!

A balance sheet clearly gives you an idea of what you own and owe.

List your income, expenses, assets and liabilities in the appropriate boxes in the diagram below. Assets are the ones that put money in your pocket, and liabilities take money out of your pocket.

Balance sheet in India
Income Statement and Balance Sheet
Balance sheet of Poor and middle class
Inspired from the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad”

Once the data is filled inside the boxes, see how the expenses are going out, and draw appropriate arrows by seeing the samples below.

In the first diagram, the income just goes as expenses without any liabilities, there is no asset creation at all.

In the second diagram, the income is spent mostly on loan payments and debt, but  few assets like home and car are created. So the second diagram is far better than the first one, see where you’re fitting in.

The Rich’s Secret Formula

Create assets that generate income without you working for it!

The following is the balance sheet of the rich. Did you notice how the income stream is generated? The income is generated from the Assets.Balance sheet of Rich

The money that you’re investing in the assets should give returns, and this is called as Return on Investment (ROI). When the ROI is generated as income, you don’t need a full time job :).

So, the secret sauce is to start building assets that give a great Return on Investment 🙂

Related: 3 Books for Financial Beginners of All Age

Prabha is a User Interface Designer (Software design) + Entrepreneur, and a passionate home organiser. She was a spendthrift until she came across the book 'Millionaire next door'. In fact, this (the book) was her turning point towards frugality and financial freedom. Read more

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