Many entrepreneurs start their businesses in their 30s and 20s.
A business owner can always hire an expert to handle your company’s finances. But what about your finances?
This is where the Millennials and Gen Z are stuck: they lack the financial advice and support needed to make a sustainable and financially healthy life. Even though they make major financial decisions for businesses, it is too familiar that they don’t pay the attention to their finances.
Simon Brady, CFP financial advisor and founder of Anglia Advisors, created his financial advising business specifically to serve this population.
Like any good entrepreneur, he recognized a need and fulfilled it. He saw a need for objective, expert advice and financial planning geared toward younger generations. Brady says that many traditional advisors are focused on older clients with wealth and asset portfolios. They work on commission-based models and sell products or insurance. “Guidance on any other issue that does not earn a significant amount of commission is of no interest. This leaves many Generation Z and Millennials lacking financial literacy and knowledge. This can lead you to make poor or even catastrophic financial decisions.
Brady gives his top advice to Millennials and Gen Z looking to achieve and sustain financial stability throughout their lives.
Trust but verify. Find out how advisors are compensated before you sign up.
This is important because there are virtually no rules regarding what a wealth coach, financial advisor, or financial planner can do. Even if they lack verifiable qualifications, anyone can call themselves a financial advisor, financial planner, or money coach. There are many ways that they can be paid.
Transaction-based salespeople can call themselves advisors and put their client’s interests first. Unfortunately, this is not illegal. This is like someone pretending to be a doctor but taking kickbacks from drug companies. It would be a mistake to accept services from someone who does not have your best interest in mind.
Anglia Advisors offers another alternative: fee-only, fiduciary advisers paid on fixed retainers or per-project fees. Brady states that 100 percent of their compensation comes directly from the client. Therefore, 100% of their obligation to the client is unaffected.
Get in touch with experts.
Although the Internet is an best resource for financial advice and investment strategies, it’s still better to speak with an expert than just reading. A financial expert can help you achieve financial success by getting to know you better. Millennials, Gen Z entrepreneurs, and others in need of expert guidance should seek financial consultations. They want to find someone who can help them long-term.
As we mentioned, it is essential to choose a fiduciary who receives a flat fee. A strong foundation of trust, where the expert is dedicated to serving their customers, makes it easier to develop a long-lasting relationship with your financial adviser. This is vital because a stable relationship with a financial advisor with a good understanding of your finances, long-term goals, and short-term goals is more valuable than one-off planning sessions.
Start Savings Now
Even though it’s best to start saving now, it’s not too late.
Brady states, “You are the youngest person in the world and have the most powerful financial tool: time.” Although compounding seems difficult to the human mind, there are numerous real-life examples.
Entrepreneurs do their best to ensure that their business is financially sound. But, sometimes, personal finances can be overlooked. Do not make this mistake. If you treat your financial affairs as a business, you will be able to create a sustainable future for your company and yourself.