The second column is entitled, “Who Can Help?” List people you already know who have skills to help you start or complete the wealth building activities. These people already know you and are very willing to give advice. If these people are unable to help, they may be referral resources for someone else who could help you achieve your goals and accelerate your wealth. Examples of people you already know can be your family (Mom, Dad, sisters, brother-in-law), friends (college, parents of your children’s friends, health club), neighbors or people from work. Go through your address book for additional people who can help.
GENERAL LEDGER: Once upon a time, accounting systems were kept in a book that listed the increases and decreases in all the accounts of the company. That book was called the general ledger. Today, you probably have a computerized accounting system. Still, the general ledger is a collection of all Balance Sheet and Income Statement accounts.all the assets, liabilities and equity. It is the report that shows ALL the activity in the company. Often this listing is called a detail trial balance on the report menu of your accounting program. The detail trial balance is my favorite report when I am trying to find a mistake, or make sure that we have entered information in the right accounts.
Then, there is Robert G. Allen who wrote ‘Multiple Stream Of Income’ and in it he listed down ten recommended money habits which includes managing money. He goes to the extent of asking for a receipt every time you make a purchase and by the end of the month, you make an inventory of it. If there is a leak in your financial boat, you want to know where it is so you can plug it, right?
Your credit will affect many aspects of your adult life such as whether you can get a car loan, a mortgage, and even some jobs. That is why it is very important to keep an eye on your credit score and your credit report. Make sure that you are paying your bills on time, and make sure you are not approaching the upper bounds of your credit limits. You should utilize sites that offer free tips on how to improvement your credit score on a regular basis.
For example, the cash flow examples is simply a detailed “budget”. You take your monthly sales assumptions and add any other incoming “cash” (loan dollars for example) and subtract your expenses. Carry over any extra (or loss) to the next month until you have populated the statement for 12 months. Voila! Another section completed.
Make sure your financial statements are put together correctly – balance sheet balances, cash flow ties in with the balance sheet and the income statement. This is a skill just like fixing your car. If you don’t know how to do it, do bluff – hire someone to build the statements for you. This does not have to be an expensive accountant or consultant. You can probably find a local MBA finance student who can do it for you as long as you provide the appropriate numbers.
Yes, if you do not have accountability, you have taken away your own money! According to NLP experts, 95% of the people in this world live their live below the line. They blame others for their own problems, come up with excuses and worst of all, deny what they are doing is their fault. Sounds too common? Many people blame the government, blame the economy, and blame the VAT or GST (tax) increase etc for their business woes. The remaining 5% of the people (successful people) live their live above the line. They take ownership of their situation, take responsibility for their actions, and be accountable to themselves.