It’s the 4th of July – Independence Day here in the U.S. This is a day that always makes me think about (and grateful for) our freedoms.
If you ask most people (at least if they’re not physically constrained) what would make them feel more free, they would say that having more money and/or more time would allow them to feel more free.
How free do you feel?
So many people, women especially, are working hard every day earning wages at jobs and trying to make ends meet, or maybe they make enough money, but if they stopped working for any reason it would all come crumbling down like a house of cards.
Can you relate to the following statements?
- You are working hard and have relatively little to show for it.
- You are trading your time for money and struggling to find the free time to spend with your family. You would like to travel, to write that book you’ve been dying to write, or to just generally live the lifestyle you desire, but you cannot do those things and also fund those things.
- You are not sure how you’re going to be able to pay for your retirement. Maybe you have some funds tucked away, but you’re not sure the money will outlast you – especially if we go through another economic downturn and the market crashes again.
- You want to leave something for your kids: some financial resources they can rely on. It would be nice to be like Warren Buffett and leave your kids “enough so that they can do whatever they want, but not so much that they won’t do anything.”
- You work hard all the time but things seem to be getting worse instead of better. The cost of living has increased, but your wages haven’t been rising enough to keep up. You are working harder and harder with less and less to show for it.
- You feel like you’re on a hamster wheel, running and running and not making any progress toward your goals.
What if there’s a better way to financial health and wealth?
There is another way of thinking about and using your money:
Don’t work for your money. Put your money to work for you.
While you’re sleeping, traveling, spending time with your family or friends, your money can be invested in such a way that it’s making YOU more money.
Instead of thinking of a dollar as something you work for, spend, and then have to work more for, what if you used each dollar bill as a seed that can be planted?
When planted well, your money can turn into a “money tree” that regularly delivers you money-fruit. You can regularly reap the harvest and plant some of those extra dollar bills until you’ve created a money orchard. When you have a large enough money orchard you will no longer have to trade your time for money. You can just tend to your money trees and enjoy the harvest.
That is financial freedom!
Real Estate Investing is the best way I’ve found to create a money orchard. It is one of the greatest ways to build wealth.
You plant your money into the right property and by putting in tenants that are paying the bills (mortgage, taxes, utilities, etc.) you are able to reap more dollars to boot.
Real estate can give you regular cash flow.
You can invest in real estate that cash flows from Day One (from the first day of your investment, your tree is delivering you fruit). It can cash flow in a way that almost no other investment does. This (and other strategies we will talk about in the book) allows you to more quickly and easily take your money seeds and plant more trees.
AND real estate gives you amazing tax benefits.
The U.S. federal government has decided to reward real estate investment through certain great tax benefits. Some of these are such that even though you can be making MORE money because of your real estate investment, you will owe LESS in taxes; hence adding to your financial freedom.
Real estate investing gives you lifestyle/time freedom.
Once the property is bought and tenants are installed, the property is making you money while you sleep or go on vacation. This occurs 24/7 without you having to do much work. When you have enough of these properties working so that your passive income from real estate exceeds your job, you can “retire” from working. You only work if you want to.
Real estate can give you a lasting legacy.
When you build a money orchard that is something you can leave to your children or to charity. Land and property are gifts that can keep on giving for generations. This is a way to pass on these freedoms to your children.
Are you ready to start planting seeds for your money orchard? What steps have you already taken? What’s your next step?
Let me know your thoughts about what you’ve just read in the comments.
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Monick Halm is the author of the Real Estate Investor Goddess Handbook: Everything You Need To Know To Start Investing in Real Estate Like a Goddess. She is the co-founder of Real Estate Investor Goddesses, an educational platform for women real estate investors, and is herself a real estate investor, syndicator, and developer with over 12 years of investing experience in single family, multi-family, and RV/mobile home parks. She and her husband own over 1000 rental doors in 6 states. She is also a certified interior designer, Feng Shui expert, certified NLP and Money Mastery coach, and attorney. Monick is passionate about real estate, design, and helping women to thrive. You can connect with her on the Real Estate Investor Goddesses Facebook Page or on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.