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Financial Planning Tips for 2021

There's a lot going on in the world. Pandemics, political changes, economic shifts, and other major transformations already in place for the 2020's mean it's essential to get your personal finances in order. There's no need to panic, but there is a need to polish skills, take a second look at the family budget, and find a few new ways of generating extra income. Whether you're single, sharing a household with one other person, or part of a large family, the following suggestions could bring peace of mind for the upcoming decade and what is shaping up to be a volatile year, 2021.

Make Saving a Habit

If you're already a regular saver, congratulations. If not, today is the time to begin. Unfortunately, too many people resist planned saving because they assume it's going to be painful. The point, however, is not how much you save but just saving on a regular basis. Take a long, honest look at your budget and see what a reasonable amount might be. How much could you easily add to savings per month without noticing? The amount is not what it's about, but making the act a habit is the initial goal. Then, later on, perhaps a year or two down the road, you can start focusing on the amount and setting specific monetary targets.

Learn About Online CFD Trading

One of the fastest and most profitable paths for anyone who wants to learn and earn at the same time is with CFD trading. Learning how to buy and sell CFDs, contracts-for-difference, online is a skill that can boost your personal bottom line. All you need to do is open a brokerage account, decide what asset you think will go up or down, study materials offered on the site, and get started. You can trade CFDs on anything from currencies, to stocks, commodities and even cryptocurrencies. The advantage of CFD trading is that you can be up and running in a very short time span, choose your favorite instrument, and not have to worry about high start-up costs.

CFDs are actually derivatives of the underlying asset whose price it tracks. With a CFD you can purchase as small an amount as you want, and all you need to do to make a profit is correctly predict the direction of the price move, up or down. Those who trade CFDs can pick and choose their market, how much they want to risk, and can even make money when prices go down, as long as they've predicted a downward trend.

Creating a Side Hustle to Earn Extra Income

Side hustles are probably the most popular way to boost your personal bottom line. What are they? Basically, it's any method you come up with to bring in a few extra dollars. Most people who create a side hustle still have traditional 9-to-5 jobs. However, they prefer to make the most of their free time by working extra hours, several days per week. What are the most financially rewarding side gigs? These micro-jobs include things like re-selling items you buy at thrift stores such as baby clothing, writing and selling short how-to digital books, and working as a personal shopper a few hours per week for local residents.