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5 Ideas for Building Wealth in 2011

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We’re into another year, and you probably have some New Year’s resolutions aimed at building wealth. Many people, though, find themselves behind in their goals at this point in the year. Even if you have gone off track a little bit, it’s not too late to get back on the right path. There are a number of actions you can take to improve your financial situation for the rest of the year.

If you are looking for some wealth-building ideas, you might try one (or all) of the following five actions to help you take a few more steps down the road to financial freedom:

1. Pay Down Your Debt

One of the first rules of building wealth is keeping your own money. That is hard to do when you are making interest payments. Interest is money you pay for the privilege of borrowing. When you pay interest, you aren’t getting anything of real value in return; you are simply lining someone else’s pockets. If you want to keep more of your money, and use it to build wealth, you have to first get rid of your high interest debt.

Credit card debt can be especially damaging, with its high rates and low minimum payments that keep you paying for years. Pay down your debt as quickly as you can, reduce what you are giving away to others in interest, and keep more of your money.

2. Educate Yourself About Money

Building wealth isn’t just about having money. It’s also about knowing how money works so that you are earning interest rather than paying it. Learn about different ways that money can be put to work for you. Find out about different investments, and learn about risk. Consider your own risk tolerance, and how you can use appropriate risk to create a portfolio that helps you reach your wealth goals. 2011 is a great time to learn about money.

3. Increase Your Savings

Begin increasing your savings. Whether you need to get a little more money in your emergency fund, or boost your retirement savings, try to put more in. This is especially important if your employer offers a match and you aren’t taking full advantage of it. Don’t leave that free money on the table. Even if you aren’t getting the advantage of a match, putting extra money in savings is a good idea. The power of compounding interest can help you in the long run. While you can find the extra funds by cutting back on expenses, you should also consider that you are getting a FICA tax break this year. Your paycheck should be a little bit bigger each month. This is money you should use to boost your savings.

4. Begin Building an Income Portfolio

If you are looking to create an alternative income stream, you might consider putting together an income portfolio. This is a portfolio comprised of investments that offer regular payments to you. In many cases, an income portfolio is comprised of dividend stocks and/or bonds. You can also invest in income funds. You will receive regular payments, which can be used to shore up savings, or be invested elsewhere.

5. Start a Home Business

Technology offers a number of opportunities to create wealth. You can start a home business with little more than a computer and a high speed Internet connection. From starting a web site to operating an online storefront to freelancing to offering your services as a virtual assistant, it’s possible to start a side job. You can create a stream of income that will help you to build wealth.

With some practicality and a little creativity, it is possible to improve your financial situation. What will you do to build wealth in 2011?

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8 Responses to “5 Ideas for Building Wealth in 2011”

  1. I completely agree with your 5 points! My wife and I have paid off our debts recently, we’re building our retirement portfolio, and we’re saving for a downpayment on our first house!

    We both are also starting our own home businesses as well. Mine is a financial blog, and hers is a photography business. They are both already making money and we feel great that we’re not dependent on our day-jobs.

    Side gigs are important, and sometimes, they can replace your main gigs!

  2. I love #5. With technology, one can make money by providing useful knowledge even while doing something else. My friend and I are still in school and we started our own financial/economic website. We haven’t monatized it yet but are planning on doing so in the next six months. Using some free time to develop and online business can give you a nice stream of income to bolster whatever else your doing, and it can turn into a full time business in the future.

  3. Strebkr says:

    I think #2 is most important. Without that, you don’t understand #1,3, or 4. And if you don’t know how to manage money, you #5 business will probably fail.

    Education is vital!

  4. I like #4, having an income portfolio. One of the best in terms of dividend yield is Annaly Capital Management which pays 14.4%. The Motley Fool lists NLY as it’s top three dividend stock for 2011.

  5. zapeta says:

    I think starting a business or side income is really key to increasing your wealth…you can only cut expenses so much but you can grow your income to huge amounts. The take your money and do 3 and 4!

  6. skylog says:

    a good list that would get just about anyone on the right path. i would love to start my own online business, but that one seems easier said than done. that is not to say it can not be done, but finding that right niche is the tough part.

  7. Chinita says:

    I agree with everything except putting money to the 401k. It’s taxed either traditional IRA or not. I’d rather invest in stocks and other avenue.

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