|By Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®|
What does financial freedom mean for women? Is it simply having enough money to cover basic living expenses? Or is it something more?
Financial freedom for women is about much more than just having enough money to cover basic living expenses. It's about financial empowerment–giving women the knowledge, tools and confidence to make sound financial decisions for themselves and their families. And when women are financially empowered, they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Too often, women have been left out of the financial planning process altogether, or have been given second-class status when it comes to financial decision-making. As a result, many women don't have the financial knowledge or confidence to make sound financial choices for themselves and their families.
I was honored to be mentioned in Terry Fossum's book, the Oxcart Technique with an essential tip:
Financial freedom is knowing what you own and owe, and living below your means. The bottom line is–spend only part of the money you have; don't spend any of the money you don't have.
Respect yourself by paying yourself first, and do it every month by saving for your long term goals like retirement, as well as shorter term goals, like a new car.
And always keep in mind: You will save more if you care less what other people think
Speaking of books, in my new book, Facing Financial Fears, you'll learn how to overcome the doubts that hinder you from financial success. With careful planning and a commitment to taking control of your financial future, financial freedom is within reach for all women.
Here are a few reasons why financial freedom is the path to economic empowerment for women:
Having Total Control Over Your Financial Life
This includes everything from setting and achieving financial goals to managing your day-to-day spending. One of the most important steps towards financial freedom is personal financial planning. This means:
- Taking the time to understand your current financial situation
- Setting financial goals
- Creating a plan to achieve them.
It may also involve making changes to your spending habits and learning how to invest wisely. However, the effort is worth it as personal financial planning can help you take control of your finances and pursue financial freedom.
No More Financial Constraints or Limitations
As a woman, you can take control of your future and work toward dreams. You can travel wherever you want, start your own business, or simply enjoy a stress-free lifestyle knowing that your finances are in order. With proper planning and management, financial freedom is within reach for any woman.
The Ability to Live Your Life on Your Own Terms
When you're in control of your finances, you're in control of your life. This means being able to make choices without worrying about money–being able to afford the things you want and need, without going into debt.
You have the flexibility to work when and where you want, or to retire early if you so choose. Financial freedom gives you the power to live your life exactly as you want to.
One of the most important aspects of financial freedom is feeling confident in your future. As a woman, you can feel confident knowing that your finances are in order.
With proper planning and management, you can pursue financial independence and confidence. This means having the confidence to face any challenges that come your way.
A Bright Future for Yourself and Your Family
You open up more possibilities for yourself and your family. You can provide them with the stability and confidence they need to thrive.
You can also set your sights on bigger goals, such as sending your kids to college or saving for a comfortable retirement. With careful planning and discipline, financial freedom can help you achieve anything you set your mind to.
As a Spokane Financial Advisor, I've seen how financial freedom is the key to economic empowerment for women. It is the path to a better life for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
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