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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 Tips on How to Remain Poor

In the past we have dwelt on different tips on how to save and achieve that financial freedom; how to break out of the financial rat race. It is with the same vigor that we are going to explore the different tips on how to remain poor or even sink further into poverty. Nothing in this world comes easy and free, and for whatever success or failure in your life you have to work for it. Most achievements in life are earned, knowingly or subconsciously. Below is a look at some ten tips on how to remain poor:

1. Never wake up early. Keep stretching and turning in bed until you get too hungry to continue dozing. If there are no bed bugs, why hurry to get up? 

2. Never plan how to spend your money. Whenever you get money, start spending it right away and when it's finished, you try to count and recall how you spent it.

3. Don't think of saving until you have real big money. How can you save when you earn so little? Those telling you to save are not sympathetic to your burning needs.

4. Don't engage in activities usually reserved for the "uneducated". How can you, a graduate, engage in petty trade, network marketing or home-based production? That's for people who never went to school!

5. Don't think of starting a business until an angel comes from heaven and gives you capital. How do they expect you to invest before you get millions? Even though more than half the businesses in your town were started with little capital, you as a smart person can only start with millions.

6. Complain about everything except your own attitude and laziness. Blame the system, the government and the banks that refused to lend you money. They are all bad and do not want you to get rich.

7. Spend more than you earn. To achieve this, buy consumer products on credit and keep borrowing from friends and employers.

8. Compete in dressing. Make sure you're wearing the latest clothes. Intimidate the congregation with your trendy fashions every Sunday. Whenever your neighbour buys a new phone, you get one that is more expensive.

9. Get yourself a nice second hand car that costs more than three times your yearly salary.

10. Give your children everything they ask for since you're such a loving parent. They should not struggle for anything because you do not want them to suffer that way, they will grow up lazy and hence poor enough to ensure they can't help you at old age.

Unfortunately to avoid the ultimate result of these tips (poverty), you will have to avoid most, if not all, of the aforementioned behaviours.

Friday, January 8, 2016

5 Money Management Tips to Implement In 2016

Proper management of finances is one of the most import things for a Kenyan today. It is getting extremely easy to get buried in debt, and it seems almost impossible getting out of it.

These 5 tips, are very useful if your resolution this year was to get to and stay on track to financial freedom.

 Money Management Tips to Implement in 2016

1. Create a budget, and stick to it!
You probably guessed the first tip right. Yeah, it is the same old cliche, "budgeting". I wish I could say something else but there is no financial management without a budget. That is why you will see this tip in almost every blog you read. Write down your budget, and prioritize everything. Top of your list should be what is extremely necessary. And when I talk of the first item, then savings should top your list. Make sure you have figured out each and every expected expenditure and if possible try to over budget. This way, if something unexpected happens , you won't have to go over your budget, but if there are no unforeseen expenditure, then you have extra money left over. 

2. Open a savings account
If you still don't have a savings account, I would advice you to put all those resolutions aside and start this year by opening one. Savings accounts are very important as they help in times of emergencies and also acts a money reserve for future expenditure and investments. I was taught to try and save at least 3 times your monthly income, just in case you lose your job. (3 months is ample time to get back on your feet). I understand it is hard to just stash that much money away all at once, but bit by bit you will make it.
One easy way to build your savings is to have an automatic direct transfer set up from your checking account to your savings.

3. Live within your means
Always ensure your cost of living is below the amount of money you actually make. It will require good budgeting techniques and persistent monitoring to achieve this. Once you have reached the threshold (that is Income = Expenditure), try to reduce your expenditure by a further 10%. This will ensure that you end up with some extra money at the end of the month after footing all the bills. This also means that if you get a raise at your job or get a better paying job, you should try to continue to live the way you have been before.
This means your savings will increase at the end of the month. Increasing your cost of living unnecessarily, will always hurt your finances and in case of a setback you will find it hard maintaining such standards . So its best to just play it safe.

4. Beware of Credit!
Credit is a double edged sword. Carefully planned, Credit is very useful in the financial world especially when you want to buy capital intensive stuff like a vehicle or a home. However, credit can also be fatal to your finances. Even though, technology has made it easier for a Kenyan today, to get a credit card or some kind of “buy now, pay later” deal, it is extremely important to avoid unnecessary credit at all cost. Talk of M-Shwari, M-Advance, M-Kopa, AFB credit card, Okoa stima, Okoa jahazi etc, all these credit products are easy to get and with minimal or no collateral required. While it may sound like a good idea at this time, it is what really hurts people years down the road.
People go on swiping that credit card as if they will never pay it back, when, in reality, you will need to pay all back, plus interest. If you are a credit user, make sure you have the cash to back it up.


5. Stay Healthy
Health is wealth. And for you to keep healthy, you must invest in your health. Eat healthy food, do exercise, and be sure you have a health insurance. If your employer doesn't provide a health insurance, then you should try and get the cover privately. The cheapest insurance cover in Kenya today is NHIF. For those employed, you should already be a member of the scheme. However, if you are self employed, you can get full insurance cover at only Kshs. 500 per month. The benefits of a health insurance is immense.  With an insurance coverage, you will drastically reduce the cost of medical bills and keep yourself out of debt in the unfortunate event that you need to seek medical care.

If you can practice these 5 money management tips this year, you will be better off. It is always good to take control of financial destiny now, rather than being at the mercy of debt collectors! 

Happy New Year 2016.
May you succeed.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

How to Save for the December Holiday



The Christmas Holiday is here with us, the jingle bells are ringing already, and many people are looking forward to spending quality time with their family and friends. The truth is that for you to enjoy this holiday and any other, you need to have money. Not just money, it has to be enough or else you will live with embarrassment or in-imaginable debt. Avoiding these two, will require some smart spending on your part.
Accordingly it is always wise to save for the December holidays because there is always a cost that comes with the season. Whether it is traveling upcountry, or attending a social function, you will always require to have some money.
Given that saving itself is not an easy task and most of these promises we make to ourselves that we are going to change the situation often remains at that level, I would like to look at 3 tips to help you save for and during this festive month.

3 Saving tips to Guarantee Holiday Celebrations

1. Make use of off peak hours

If you are daily commuter across the urban centers, you have probably noticed that the fares are very expensive during rush hours. In the morning, leave very early and in the evening leave slightly late to avoid the peak hour rush.
That 30 or 20 shillings savings fare saved, per trip, may seem like a small measure, but it will pay off in the long run. For example if you use two matatus to and from work every day. It means you are making 4 bus trips. Multiply that by Ksh. 20 and you get a saving of 80 shillings daily. In 24 days a month that’s already 1,920 shillings saved.
Traveling to up-country can be made much earlier or just after 25th and making sure you come back earlier (generally before New Year). Delay a bit and you will surely pay double.
Fares always consume a great percentage of our income without even noticing. At times such as this, every coin counts.
2. Stop unnecessary spending

I know this is one of those things which are easier said than done. It requires discipline to avoid some unnecessary expenditure, especially the things you have got so used to that you start to think they are part of your life. Are you that kind of a person who likes to treat themselves to pizza, groundnuts, ice cream or soda? As the festivities begin, it will be wise to pause all that and save this money for the holidays. Spoiling yourself will follow in the next few days.
Impulse buying is the number one reason many people find themselves totally broke just days after payday. Resist the urge to make unnecessary expenditures and you will be smiling when you check your bank account during and after the December holidays.
3. Start saving early enough

Realistically speaking, if you haven’t been saving the rest of this year, there is absolutely no way you can make up for it now. In case you intend to enjoy the festive periods, you may want to start your saving as early as January.
Early saving will spare you the pressure that comes with the huge holiday expenditure because you will have a set plan and you will be spending within a budget.
To avoid the January blues, you need to make realistic holiday plans. If you do not have money to travel, upcountry or to the coast, you may want to pick a fun, less costly activity to indulge in.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Kenya Based Company Fuzu Offers Lifeline to Job Seekers in All Sectors

Kenya based company, Fuzu has launched an internet based recruitment platform akin to Linkedin that is  intended to tap into  both the informal sector and the formal employment sector.
The platform, the first of its kind in Kenya, will offer diverse services. What sets Fuzu apart is its recruitment processed based on experience rather than the education biased system, meaning that there will be considerations on experience, skills, and talent.

LinkedIn steadily facing competition from players ranging from -Facebook for business- to small start-ups like LinkedIn for doctors, LinkedIn for teachers, and the like.

Fuzu automatically matches a job seeker open positions that fit their profile. Through Fuzu, all a job seeker need to do is send an online application, whenever they come across an interesting opening. Once, your application is received you become part of the selection process.

The employers will then have the chance to investigate individuals online and launch recruitment campaigns. Those eligible for employment will be connected to couching, mentorship, reasoning test and English language test.
Though the site cuts across all kinds of skills and employers, it will be the first to keenly consider talent and experience in connecting employees to employers.
INFORMAL SECTOR
A new report by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa ranks Kenya as the country with the highest number of informal sector employment in Africa at 77.9 per cent.
The study attributes the high level of informal sector workers to inability of the formal sector to absorb the huge number of job seekers.
Fuzu is banking on the sector to grow its usage in the country. The site was launched simultaneously in Kenya and Finland with plans to move to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi as it widens its footprints to the rest of the world.
Already, KONE Kenya, Craft Silicon, Techno Brain, Chase Bank, Equity Bank and M-Kopa are enrolled onto the platform.
Kenyans living abroad will also benefit from the recruitment site since they will scout for jobs in Kenya as they make plans to relocate.
Fuzu now join local recruitment firms Duma Works and Net Consult. However, the new entrant thoroughly profiles job seekers allowing no chance for upload of CVs.