|Posted on 2 November, 2019 at 14:35|
Dellows Financial Mid Year Checklist:
1. Financial Snap-shot
It’s a good idea to check in on your financial figures. The easiest way to do this is by looking at your business profit and loss report, and analysing your net worth: your assets (what you own) minus your debt (what you owe). This gives you a snapshot of how you’re doing financially and it helps you decide where to focus your efforts. For example, should you purchase another property, or do you need to increase earnings.
2. Adjust your goals
The great thing about goals is they give us direction. It’s a good idea to review your financial goals regularly. If you set goals for yourself back in January, do they still make sense? If un-attainable can your goals be split into more manageable objectives over this and next year? If you have already accomplished your goals - should your focus be on a new goal or was your plan to enjoy the victory for a certain period of time.
3. Check-in on your budget
Hopefully, you have a budget. Maybe you don’t track your spending meticulously, but you know how much you can spend and how much you aim to save. Take a moment this mid-year to check in on that budget. Are there places where you’re overspending? Have you gotten into some less-than-desirable spending habits that you want to break? There are various budgeting apps available. Should you feel help is needed engage someone straight away, what you do with money is far more important than how much you have.
4. Plan for summer spending
Summer is social time with Christmas, New Years, and holidays. There is always something to do, somewhere to go, and someone to meet. But all of this summer fun can leave your bank account feeling drained. Embrace trade-offs — if you know you’re going to be spending a little extra on things you don’t regularly do, find some places to cut back so it evens out. Cutting back on bills may help over the summer period, this can be as easy as suspending subscriptions: computer software, games, movies; making your lunch, and negotiating payment holidays. Planning early and saving the balance of usual regular payments into a non-break savings account may allow for a large balance of funds to be built up and available for holiday spending.
5. Check in on your kiwisaver contributions
It is very important to plan in advance for retirement, while a home and some investments are great, cash is required also. If you don’t make kiwisaver contributions each year sufficient to obtain the maximum government contribution, you can’t make up for it with additional contributions the next year. Since kiwisaver comes with great employer and government contributions, and tax benefits, it’s pretty important to prioritise planning of your kiwisaver to ensure you are maximising your savings for retirement.
6. Research your pricing
Mid-year is the perfect time to start looking at what competitors are doing and bench-marking your prices. If earning more money was part of your financial plan this year, it’s better to ensure your pricing is right earlier, rather than later. If there are reasons your pricing is low issues should be addressed as soon as possible. If it appears your pricing is low then a plan should be made to increase to pricing as soon as possible.