The business of you

Companies do it, why aren't you? Learning how companies think and track their finances will show you powerful methods you can use yourself!

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Yo gang, today, we're going to show you a way to run 'The Company of You' like a boss. Yes, you heard it right – you are the CEO of your own financial destiny, and it's time to start managing your money the way you really want to.

Let's be real here, people generally think financial management is something saved for big businesses, with their fancy balance sheets and income statements. But what if I told you that you can apply the same principles to your own life and personal financial situation? It's time to get serious about your financial well-being, and here's how you can go about it:

1. You ARE the CEO

Every successful business has a clear vision and a well-thought-out strategy through to execution. Similarly, you should have a financial plan and a set of steps to get you where you want to be. Start by setting your personal goals, whether it's buying a house, paying off student loans, or traveling the world. Once you have a vision, it becomes easier to make financial decisions that align with your goals.

2. Build your financial statements

Just like a business tracks its income and expenses for shareholder reporting, you should track your personal finances in a really organized and structured manner. The easier it is to understand, the better it'll be for you. Create your own income statement by listing your sources of income and tracking your expenses by categories. Similarly, create your balance sheet, listing what you own (assets) and what you owe (liabilities). This will give you a clear picture of your complete financial health. Starting to track these things can be hard and scary but remember, it's better to start today even if it's something really simple! The faster you get transparency on your finances, the faster you can make more informed decisions.

3. Monitor your cash flow

Your income and expenses should be regularly monitored. This'll help you understand where your money is going and where you can make improvements. Tools like Windrose can be your best friends in this journey to help stay on top of the tracking and providing much needed transparency.

4. Be the shareholder of 'The Company of You'

In the corporate world, shareholders have a say in the company's decisions. As the sole shareholder of 'The Company of You,' you should be actively involved in your financial choices. Make informed decisions and ensure that they align with your long-term goals, else it'll be difficult to make progress.

5. Stay informed

CEOs stay informed about the market and their industry. You should stay informed about personal finance. Do your own research when making decisions, read financial news, take courses, and seek advice from experts when needed. Having more information can never be a bad thing.

6. Continuously improve

Successful companies constantly innovate and improve. You should do the same with your financial strategy. Keep learning, adapt to changing circumstances, and refine your plan over time.

By treating yourself as the CEO of 'The Company of You,' you become more aware of your financial health and empowered to make better decisions. Managing your finances isn't just about the money; it's about living the life you want and plan for. Think if you ran 'The Company of You' with the same dedication and seriousness that large companies show and where you could be. So make the decisions that will benefit your 100% shareholder – that's you!

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