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Get Rich Working For Someone Else

September 7th, 2009 Joe No comments

Once you make the decision you are going to become rich, usually you already have a job working for someone else.  I have found with my experiences that it is easier to keep that job and get rich doing something during your off time, like evenings and weekends.  I have known people who decide one day they hate their job and they are going to quit and get rich doing ________(fill in the blank).  This approach never works.  The reason why it never works is because when you have no money you are desperate and other people are repelled by desperation and dont want to work with desperate people.  The advise I give is to follow the Millionaire School guide and find something that makes you happy.  For some people that is baking, photography, gardening, painting, building, or any thing that makes you happy.  Anything can be organized for profit.  Then find a way to do this activity in your free time for profit.  Once you start making money you can start to consider quitting your job or cutting your hours back.  You will find that money comes faster this way.  Money comes faster because you are not desperate and people will like that you are working so hard to pursue your dreams.  People love those stories so tell it to as many people as possible.  Many people will support you just because they want to see you succeed.

The other reason money comes faster when you are doing this in your free time is that you have more money to put into your venture.  If you continue to work you will get a steady paycheck and be able to fund your venture better.  I know most paychecks are spread thin already but it is a fact that you will have more cash flow if you keep your job.

Get rich working for someone else, and you will have more control over your life in the long run.

Be Happy

July 7th, 2009 Joe No comments

The first step in the series getting rich 101 is to be happy and feel good.  Most of the millionaires I know and have had the pleasure to meet did not get rich doing something they did not like.  So whatever you are doing you must feel good and be happy doing it.  Sometimes this is just a mind set. Everyone has a bad day or two.  Getting rich is a process for most of us.  This sometimes takes convincing yourself that you are on the right track.  I have jumped into an investment before and then later thought I may have made a mistake.  I had to sit down and clam my own nerves.

Lesson One: If you want to get rich you must be doing something you are happy doing.

I once mentored a guy named Tom.  Tom was a coal miner.  Tom was making around $70,000 a year driving a truck at a coal mine.  Tom came to me one day and asked if I would help him invest his money.  He told me he was not happy working for the mine and wanted to get out.  I asked him what “get out” meant for him.  Did it mean he wanted to quit asap?  Did it mean he wanted to retire early?  I needed to know Toms goals before I could take him anywhere.  Toms answer was that he wanted out of the mine as soon as possible.  He did not want to spend another day there.  So I told him I would look at his financial statement and we could devise a plan.

Toms financial statement was better than many I have seen. Since he had been working at the mine he was making more money that the average person. He had been saving his money in two places one a savings account and two an IRA. He had around $100,000 in the IRA and about $400,000 in his savings. Tom was doing very well for a guy in his mid thirties. Tom had no real assets other than cash and no real liabilities other than a vehicle loan for $19 @ 0% interest.

Looking at this information I thought to myself that Tom had enough money to do something but he did not have enough to fail. My general rule is that if you do not have at least 2 million dollars you do not have enough money to fail. This means that Tom and I had to choose his exit plan wisely. It took me a few weeks and a few more interviews with Tom but I eventually put together an exit plan for Tom. The plan looked like this.

The Plan
Tom was thirty six, his retirement goal was he wanted to retire at age fifty five with an income of ten thousand dollars a month. Tom also wanted to have large bills like a mortgage. Toms last retirement goal was that he wanted to have a large nest egg of cash to fall back on if anything happened. I suggested he have between $500,000 and a million dollars as a goal for his nest egg. Some of you may be thinking this sounds like a pipe dream or a long shot. When I sat down with Tom I thought this was completely in line with where he could go.

With the goals must come an actual plan for making money. I had located a few options for Tom he decided on buying a business and a 4-plex. For all you numbers people the deal looked like this.
Tom and I found a local Laundry business that was for sale for an asking price of $300,000 and generated $85,000 a year. Tom purchased that business for $275,000 this included the property. Tom also purchased a recently build 4-plex. The building had an asking price of $300,000 and generated $57,000 a year. Tom and I negotiated the building down to $269,000. I suggested to Tom that he purchase the business with his savings and put $100,000 down on the 4-plex and get a mortgage for 10 years. This would make his payment around $22,800 a year bringing his net income from the property to around $28,500 a year plus his net income of $85,000 a year from the laundry for a total of $113,500 a year. This income was just under 10,000 a month and that is Toms goal. However Tom also had the goal of the savings. He currently has $25,000 left in savings and $100,000 in his IRA. I suggested he save $40,000 a year for the next 15 years. I know that he could get an average interest rate of at least 5% over 15 years. This would give Tom a nest egg of around 1.1 million in 15 years. By that time his 4-plex would be paid off and that would increase his income to $136,000 a year or $11,358 a month.
Goal 1 to make $10,000 a month during retirement ACHIEVED
Goal 2 to have a nest egg of $500,000-$1,000,000 by age 55 ACHIEVED
Goal 3 Retire by age 55, Tom quit from the coal mine within three months of meeting with me. He increased his monthly income by about $3,500. His retirement goal will be met 4 years early and he will be able to retire by age 51.

Tom may even retire earlier if he decides to sell the properties and that around $2,000,000 cash is enough for him to retire on. Tom did work about 20 hours a week keeping the business and property clean when he first quit the mine. It has been about 8 years and Tom is hiring a management company to care for the 4-plex and just send him his check every month. He says he can sacrifice that 10% for the freedom. This cut his work hours to about 10 a week he thinks that is the perfect amount for a retirement job. Oh yeah his is doing everything as if he is retired by age 44, he will not change one thing from age 44 to retirement. Seems to me he retired at age 44.

Tom took the first step of realizing he could not be happy continuing on at the coal mine. He was lucky enough to have a great savings so he was able to quit. However the first step was knowing he was not happy and finding a plan to get to a place where he could be happy.