Yes retirement planning is important for all of us. This is not an easy subject for any of us to talk about, but, we must discuss it sooner rather later!
We want to be able to enjoy our golden years comfortably without having to worry about our finances. Planning your retirement is a crucial key to making this happen.
So, what do I need to do to plan for my retirement? You can start by asking and answering some or all of these questions: How long will it be before I retire? Do I have money already saved for retirement and if so, will it be enough for me to retire on? How much money should I put away for my retirement? How should I invest my money in order to achieve the amount of money I want to retire on? How much money will I need to live on to maintain my present and future lifestyle?
All of these retirement planning questions are important for you to think about in order to have solid retirement planning. Once you have answers to these questions, then proceed to start your retirement savings now!
What are some of the areas I can invest my money in for retirement? Stocks, bonds, certificate of deposits, mutual funds, 401K, IRA, Roth IRA, annuities and many other miscellaneous investment vehicles.
Where can I expect to withdraw money for my retirement? Social Security, savings, pension plans, and your investments from 401K plans, certificate of deposits and other investments.
How much money will I need for retirement? It is estimated that you will need approximately 60-80% of your current income at the time of your retirement. This will allow you to live the lifestyle you are accustomed to having by the time you retire.
When should I start saving for retirement? Now! It's never too early or late to start saving for your retirement. The sooner you start the more money you will have for your golden years to live on.
I was young and wanted some way to make extra money - something other than another fast food job. A friend of the family owned a small insurance agency. The owner decided to get into the business of process serving, and I applied for the job. Tracking people down and handing them their court subpoenas sounded like fun.
It was more interesting than most of the jobs I have had. I had to find two defendants in a lawsuit stemming from a school football injury (they worked for the school). Both had moved to the area, leaving no forwarding address. After using my best phone pretexts to get information from the family, and doing a little investigating locally, I found them both working in the same place.
I walked up to each, asked their name and handed them the papers. They were served. The problem was that the company was billing by the hour, and I had found these two quickly, meaning little profit. They dropped the idea for the new service, and dropped my job along with it. So much for getting ahead by doing a good job.
I had a wide variety of unusual jobs and other ways to make extra money when I was younger. Sitting here reminiscing at the keyboard might be considered an unusual way to make money too, but hey, it works. Here are some of the other ways.
Make Extra Money By...
Stealing cars: At twenty-one I was willing to try almost anything to make extra money. My brother's towing business got a contract to repossess cars, and I became a "repo man." Prowling the night with my brother, looking for and legally "stealing" cars - this was fun. Don't expect to make too much money doing this though, unless you live in the right area. Oh, and it did involve getting chased, having a gun pulled on us, and other little adventures.
Making walking sticks: I sold hundreds of my own handmade walking stick alongside our other items at flea markets. I added handgrips made from recycled leather jackets, so they cost about 50 cents to make. I sold them for anywhere between $6 to $26. You may also want to make a hobby into a way to make money, but there isn't too much money involved most of the time.
Financing other peoples plans. I put up the cash to buy cars for a couple friends. They knew cars, I had cash. A friend needed $3200 to buy and fix a corvette, for example, and two weeks later sold it for $4200, netting us $500 profit each. Letting your money do the work to make extra money - this is one of the best ways.
Rent rooms. At one point I had almost $10,000 per year coming in from renting the rooms in my home. I owed nothing on the home at this point, so this was a nice income. I had decent renters, and I had built a efficiency apartment on the back of the place for privacy for my wife and I. Easy ways like this are my favorite ways to make extra money.