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5 Ways To Increase Your Wealth

Ever wonder how the wealthiest people accumulate so much money? You probably think more about how you can get some of your own. While it is true that many wealthy people reach the top through strong business connections, knowing the right people, and a little bit of luck -- there are strategies for growing wealth, and most of it requires hard work somewhere along the way.

Professional financial advisors and money managers will tell you that while risky, investing in bonds, futures, mutual funds, and the stock market can reap amazing rewards. The only trick is having enough money to create lucrative returns on your investments. If you're not a high-roller with lots of distributable cash, betting on the market might not be an ideal approach.

So how can an average man with an average salary begin to acquire and keep more money? The following list offers 5 tips that can help fatten your wallet:

  • Invest In Your Talents
    Before you think "I have no talents.", take inventory of your aspirations, goals, and hobbies. Everyone has something they love doing. Whether it's reading books, making music, or volunteering to tutor kids at a local school -- there are monetary benefits tied to your abilities.

    Many businesses are willing to pay for services and talents that you may find second nature. If you're a great motivational speaker, a graphic artist, or have superb mathematical skills -- the possibilities are endless. Consider promoting those talents to an organization that's willing to pay for them, or start your own organization and sell your strengths to others. Look here to find more information about Starting a Minority Business or visit Small Business Administration.
  • Live Beneath Your Means
    One of easiest ways to secure your place in financial bondage is to spend extravagantly. If your yearly salary is $30,000, you probably shouldn't purchase that shiny new 2008 BMW 335i Coupe, no matter how good your credit may be. Keeping what you have is one of the best ways to grow your wealth. If you have monthly bills, continue to pay them on time, until they are completely paid off. Any extra money should be applied to food, fuel, and health expenses until you have saved at least 6 months worth of your current salary.

    You don't have to pinch pennies, but being less needy and greedy can keep a lot of cash in your pocketbook. A man earning $35,000/year with virtually no debt, is a lot better off financially than a man who earns $75,000/year, but owes $120,000 in credit card and other debt.
  • Stop Dreaming
    Unless you are truly investing in one of your raw talents, becoming the next international Olympic star sprinter at age 38 isn't likely to happen. Instead, you should focus on genuine goals that can be supported by your experiences, your skill set, and your current bank account. If you don't have the money or background to chase a pie-in-the-sky dream, shrink it down to more manageable ambitions.

    Working towards your life goals is a good thing, but throwing money after an impractical project will only fuel future financial problems. If you wish to make a business out of your hobby, consider applying for a small business loan. Though this creates more debt, your new business venture can potentially reverse your fortunes, turn a profit, and recoup those short-term expenditures.
  • Spend Wisely
    Once your wallet begins to fill with monetary abundance, spending it can be fun. But keep in mind that it takes money to make money. You must have some, in order to generate more. Once it's gone, it may require an even higher level of energy and sacrifice to get it back. Overspending on material possessions like fashion, electronics, automobiles, jewelry, and luxury travel won't give you the financial leverage you need to generate extra wealth from your current capital.

    If you must spend large sums of money, consider long-term investments such as houses, mutual funds, securities, or viable business ventures -- all of which have the potential to reap high rewards down the road.
  • Diversify Yourself
    When you look at successful businessmen and businesswomen, you'll notice one important commonality -- they are all diversified. They have managed to venture into more than just one business environment and this helps expand the number of revenue producing sources.

    A great example of this type of success is Rap/Hip-hop artist turned entrepreneur, Shawn Carter -- better known as Jay-Z. His rap career is one of the best the industry has ever seen and it continues to produce chart-topping albums. But Jay-Z's true wealth didn't take shape until he stepped outside the realm of rap. He is the president/CEO of Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records; he founded the highly successful clothing line, Rocawear; he owns The 40-40 Club, an upscale sports bar, restaurant and lounge; he's part owner of the Brooklyn Nets; he's a major investor in the beauty/cosmetics line, Carol's Daughter; and recently began an ad campaign with Anheuser-Busch, Inc. where he is positioned as the co-brand director of Budweiser Select.

    A lot of different hats to wear, but the $$$ millions generated from different revenue streams can make hat-wearing a whole lot easier.

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