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Your Road Map to Financial Independence

wealth-69524_640“Two ways to get rich —spend less than what you make and make more than what you spend.”  Jon Gonzales

Your Road map to Financial Independence. I know this is a topic that most people in the beauty profession ignores;but in my opinion, this is  topic that is critically important,a topic usually ignored in the beauty profession

One of the pitfalls we face as hairdressers and salon owners is that, more often than not, our jobs do not provide us with pension plans, medical insurance, sick leave, paid vacation, or other benefit packages that other professions offer.

As a result, many in our profession end up living paycheck to paycheck seldom taking the time to plan about their futures when it comes to financial and retirement planning, which is a mistake none of us can afford to make in these difficult times.

In spite of these challenges, a career in the beauty industry can be your ticket to financial independence if you plan ahead and set financial goals. This is one of the few professions where you can literally get all the overtime you want, once you create a demand for your services. A career in the beauty profession in my opinion,unlimited possibilities and be to financial independence as well as lead to many other opportunities you never thought possible. The sky’s the limit.

It isn’t how much you earn that determines your ultimate financial security, it’s what you do with what you earn that makes all the difference in planning for your retirement and financial future.

Saving and Investing Your Money is Your Key to Your
Long-Term Financial Stability

It is never too late to start saving for retirement. In fact, the younger you start the better, the quicker your money grows. Learn the power of compounding interest in making your money grow, it is quite extraordinary.

For example, if you started saving for retirement at age 20 and contributed $5,000 a year to an IRA with an 8% average annual return, by age 65 you’d wind up with over $1.93 million—that’s over eight times the amount you contributed! But if you wait until you’re 40 to start saving $5,000 a year, at the same rate you’ll only end up with $365,000 when you retire at age 65.

You see, every year you delay saving for retirement makes an enormous difference in the size of your nest egg down the road. Don’t worry if you didn’t start early, though. The important thing is to start now.

Choosing a Retirement Plan

The easiest way to start saving for your future is to open a Traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a Roth IRA.
With both of these IRA options, you can invest up to $5,000 a year if you are age 49 or under, or up to $6,000 annually if you are age 50 or above. If possible, try to invest the maximum allowed contribution in January every year to maximize the interest you’ll earn on your investment. Even if you can only invest $50 or $100 each month, do it. The power of compounding interest, over time, will make your money grow more than you could have ever imagined.

Now here is a comparison of these two popular IRA options to help you decide which one might be best for you:

Traditional IRA

Advantages: • No income restrictions, available to everyone.
• Deposits are tax deductible (depending on your income) and can reduce your taxable income.
• You can invest your money in stocks, mutual funds, and other insured investment vehicles.

Disadvantages: • Earnings are taxed after the funds are withdrawn.
• Early withdrawals made before age 59½ are subject to a 10% penalty (subject to exception).
• You must begin taking distributions from the account by age 70½.

Roth IRA

Advantages: • Offers greater long-term tax savings.
• Earnings left in a Roth IRA account for at least five years and withdrawn after age 59½ are tax tree.
• There is no mandatory distribution age, which means you can leave your funds in longer.
• No penalty on early withdrawal of principal contributions (subject to some conditions). However, there is a penalty for withdrawing any earnings your money has made before age 59½.
• You can invest your money in stocks, mutual funds, and other insured investment vehicles.

Disadvantages: • Contributions are not tax deductible.
• Income restrictions apply. The ranges for the 2008 tax year are:
Single-filers earning no more than $101,000 annually can make the maximum Roth contribution, and earning $101,000-$116,000 are eligible to make a partial contribution.

Married couples filing jointly earning no more than $159,000 combined annually can make the maximum Roth contribution, and earning $159,000-$169,000 are eligible to make a partial contribution.

There are also other options for setting up an IRA account such as an IRA certificate, where you can invest fixed amounts for a predetermined amount of time called a “term,” at a fixed dividend rate. Consider speaking with a financial advisor to determine which plan will work best for you.

If you are a salon owner, you might also think about offering an IRA package to your staff. Setting up an Simplified IRA for your employees provides greater tax savings for you and is a great incentive that will help you attract and keep top quality hairdressers.

Don’t wait any longer to start planning for your financial future. Learn to save your money, stay out of debt, protect your good credit, build a history of job stability, invest in your skills through knowledge, buy your own home or condo, open an IRA, and read information on money management and financial planning.

Although you may not have access to the same benefits as other professionals, you do have a wonderful opportunity to control your own success or failure as well as your financial security when you take time to develop your skills and create a demand for your services. A top professional hairdresser will always be in demand, even during a recession. You control your own financial destiny and opportunities. The sky is the limit.

To learn more about financial planning, I encourage you to check out the following websites:

www.bloomberguniversity.com
www.morningstar.com
www.schwab.com
www.vanguard.com
www.smartmoney.com

You’ll also find more information about financial planning on the HCDS website, www.hcds4you.com, under articles of interest.

Additional resources

To learn more about Hairdresser Career Development Systems and how we can help you move to the next level in your journey—personally, professionally, and financially—please call toll free (800) 390-4237 .

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