5 Practical Steps You Should Take Before Retiring

How To Get Ready For Retirement

Do you see yourself as someone who won't ever retire? You probably know some people who have already retired, but you can't imagine that you'd ever stop working. Have you ever told yourself, "I'm never going to retire; I can't afford it?"

If you think this way, you likely haven't saved much for retirement. Such thoughts could become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and you might end up working until your health fails or until you're forced into retirement. It is easy to be prepared for retirement if you have the will and determination. Here are five things you should do before your retirement.

1Plan Now For Your Retirement

By now, maybe you're considering that you'll actually retire. What can you do immediately to begin establishing a bright financial future during retirement? Talk with your partner about the kind of life you'd want if you stopped working. Make some plans that make it possible for you.

2Embrace The Reality

Surely, you'll likely retire at some point. Think about your current finances and how you'd live if, for some reason that's unknown to you today, you had to stop working tomorrow. Now's the time to assess your balances and see what it actually means in terms of your daily cash utilization.

3Save Money And Make A Retirement Account

Aim for putting back 15% of your salary. Look at it this way - it can only help you have some extra money in the bank. Also, take a look at the amount of money you have going out in an average month.

Look for ways to cut spending. Do a follow-through by instituting those cuts. Moreover, talk with your tax accountant about the best type of retirement account for your situation, for example, individual retirement account (IRA), Roth IRA, or 401(k).

4Look For A Passive Income

How can you get started now to establish a new source of passive income? How do you keep it going? Think of different ways to develop passive income resources.

There are many ways. One is to invest in a small business. This will give you an extra source of income coming.

5Start Investing And Asset Building

Maintain your home at the highest level. This way, if you decide to sell, your house will be in tip-top shape. Begin some short-term investments (five years or less) and regularly place some dollars there.

Regardless of your reasons for thinking you won't ever retire, start planning for a time when you'll at least slow down working due to health, age, or level of physical energy. Put these strategies to work, even if you don't plan to retire. You'll be glad that you did.

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John Quintana

John Quintana is a proud Cuban, a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida where he lives surrounded by a loving family. When he's not writing, he spends his time either fishing or in the kitchen.