This has been a year of unprecedented disruption and change. Not only has the world grappled with one of the worst viral outbreaks in living memory, but the whole global economy has taken a slow-down. This means increased joblessness, and a resultant stagnation in wages as individuals struggle to get by from week to week. This article is about surviving these difficult times – and staying on track, with your finances, in the weeks and months that lie in wait during this continuing pandemic.
Just as governments have announced emergency budgets to keep their countries afloat in the wake of the pandemic, so too should individuals be forming new, emergency budgets to help them stabilize their finances and make plans for a more sustainable future. In short, this means chucking out the rule book that you’ve been surviving from in the past, and looking at your finances anew.
One of the key elements to financial stability is having savings. If you’re threatened by joblessness or by a wage cut, you need some financial support to help you ride out difficult periods. As such, use your new budget as a chance to put aside extra cash, each and every month, which you’ll turn to if the economy continues to slide in a direction that affects your wealth and your lifestyle. The Balance has a great list of budgeting apps you can use to plan your new emergency budget.
In order to avoid debt, you need those savings. But, sometimes, those savings aren’t quite enough. Indeed, there’s nothing more frustrating than using up the last of your cash in paying your bills, and yet finding yourself a week from your next wage payment, and with food and other resources still to buy. It’s in these cases that loans can help you over the line during difficult months.
Happily, there are dozens of quick loans companies that service this requirement, and understand the position you’re in when you have run out of cash before the month’s ended. These companies will get instant cash in your pocket, and will require you to pay back interest once you’ve been paid, in such a way as to grant you that financial flexibility you need in the era of COVID-19.
Another way to get ahead and to remain financially secure in 2020 and beyond – and in the light of a fluctuating and difficult job market – is to diversify your skills. Make yourself more employable, by taking online courses that you believe will help you achieve better job roles in the future. Meanwhile, consider what you can do to diversify your income streams, too.
This might mean taking on another job at weekends, or training as a photographer so that you can work freelance as well as in your current role. Having another option to fall back on if you do happen to lose your job can provide you with that all-important peace of mind in times of financial difficulty.
With hard times ahead, use the tips in this article to plan a stable financial existence for the 2020s, ensuring you and your family are well-equipped for the coming recession.