Congratulations! You are your own CFO
Look around. Is there any volunteer willing to take responsibility for your finances?
No? Nothing to despair. Quite the opposite: a partner might be busy or not even fit for the role. Relatives have already done what they could in the past. Government programs won’t always timely answer your current needs. Friends are always available for tips, but you are ultimately the most qualified and accountable person to take control of your own finances.
The fact that you might not have studied finance nor business is not a limit; it is also prevalent and understandable if you have never taken a particular interest in prosaic “money matters”.
Nevertheless, as life evolves, needs, and responsibilities arise, governments programs worldwide tend to reduce resources dedicated to welfare (public education, pensions, healthcare). There is always a moment in someone’s life when we feel the need to control our financial future fully. As usual, the sooner, the better.
In such moments, it is good to view the household as a small business and take advantage of entrepreneurs’ tools and resources. In business terms, you are your own Chief Financial Officer (CFO); this is a good thing. Congratulations!
It is up to you to know where you stand with your finances, make sure there are the proper use and allocation of money and resources, arrange to live within your means, avoid unnecessary risks and come up with a clear path towards your financial goals. You can take advantage of tools commonly used in business to monitor and control your finances: Budget, Profit and Loss statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow, etc.
Does it sound overwhelming? Time-consuming? Or is it something that requires simple financial expertise easily applicable?
Even if financial jargon can sound intimidating, and some tools and services appear complex. However, sound financial principles are utterly simple, and their application requires few tactics and hacks.
Like in every market, some financial providers tend to make things sound more complex than they really are. Complexity causes extra costs and delays; it is the enemy of execution: no one needs that. You don’t need that.
If the principles and the required set of actions can be simple to understand, their execution does not come easy. That’s common law in life and business: any achievement requires 20% inspiration (knowledge) and 80% perspiration (execution). When going outside our comfort zone, there is an effort required to learn new things and methodically apply them. It often requires the creation of new Habits.
Overall, knowledge is not enough: it is necessary to implement that knowledge, to execute. Knowledge itself is not power; applied knowledge (wisdom) is. Quoting Michael DELL: “Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not”.
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Embrace your role as CFO and…Sweat Your Assets!