Showing posts with label Blair Thomas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blair Thomas. Show all posts

Saturday, November 9, 2013

How to Successfully Retire at 51

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Retiring by age 51 will take some significant planning and if you have the inclination when you are in your twenties, it won’t be that hard. Depending on your income at your early age, if you put away $10,000 to $12,000 year, you can have the amount you want to for retirement. 

With age 51 being your goal, you can enjoy your retirement and still have enough body left to boogie on with the best of them. If an illness has hit you or your household, it may take away from the retirement, but at least you have it to lean on when times get hard.

So let’s break that down

If you have the forethought to take care of saving this money, then break it down even more so that your bite sized pieces are more attainable. $12,000 divided by 12 months equals $1,000 a month. That can be a sizeable amount for a coffee barista. So, let’s break it down even more and divide that amount by the days of the month. That is $33 a day. A lot of twenty something’s don’t make that much a day, so we should make this more user friendly for anyone.

Let’s do $50 a week. That calculates to $200 a month and $2400 a year. Multiply that by 20 years for the sake of this example and you get: $48,000. Not a bad haul at all, and if you have the inclination to invest, do it wisely. Meaning, have some help to get started, not just by diving into the market unknowingly.

It won’t

Forty eight thousand dollars certainly will not be enough to retire on, but it’s better than a kick in the patooty and you have the opportunity to help it grow with some aggressive investments; so do it. Be aware in the back of your mind, that you could potentially lose all that money as well. Are you prepared to start over?

If you

If you can grow into a six figure income, the $12,000 a year goal is a lot more attainable. Between what you have and what your spouse has, the growth can be enormous. Plug in your social security; if it still exists in twenty years, then you can retire very comfortably.

Keep in mind

Life happens and along the way you are going to lose a few and win a few. You may have a divorce and lose everything. Likely only half, as most states only allow the spouse to take half. You might also have a death to contend with or even an illness. Life throws an amazing amount of things our way. No matter what the lesson is that we are supposed to learn, figure out how to continue putting money away.

If you stop and don’t have an amount put in every week, you are only sacrificing one thing: Your retirement. Remember, your goal is 51. Are you willing to go beyond that? Will you be well enough to do anything when you reach that age? Will you want to travel like you have dreamed all your life? It’s totally up to you and how you do things. 

No matter

No matter what you do with this journey we call ‘Life’. It is up to you to finish the final chapter. You don’t have any more information how long you will be on this planet, than the neighbor or the dog next door. One thing is for sure; whatever you decide make it work for you, remember to do it with a smile on your face and a whistle in your heart. Go enjoy whatever it may be.

About The Author:

Blair Thomas is the co-founder of the #1 high risk Credit Card processing company in the US. He has been in the electronic payments industry for over 10+ years. When he is not running his business he spends his time writing and producing music, which has been featured in a variety of films. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Eight Tactics to Increase Millennial Productivity at your Business

With each business that we have today, a merchant account is required to get the debit/credit card processed. Once the six month trial period is over a reserve amount is returned to the business owner and they transition into what is known as a merchant account with no reserve. Congratulations on making it past the six month trial time. 

Like all businesses, we all transition day in and day out, and in order to do that, we have to adapt. Some of the most intelligent kids of this generation are facing challenges with business and personal issues, and in order to move forward to accommodate this challenge, eight tactics to increase Millennial productivity at your business must come into play. (A millennial is a person born sometime between 1982 and 2000 or there about. They have been dubbed some of the most productive of any generation, but only because of the machines they have had in their upbringing and adult life. Most face many challenges balancing their social media life, family life, and keeping healthy lifestyles.)

Here are some things to help businesses with their millennial generation.

1. Nose to the grind stone. Keep this generation busy and teach them the techniques that will help them become stronger intelligent adults that have a wonderful work ethic.

2. Have their job lined out for them. Give them assignments and their requirements for the job. If they know what is expected of them, likely they will have no issue getting the job done.

3. Have creative projects for them. More than any other generation, the Millennial’s know how to express themselves. Better to help them release their creative energy, than to read about it on Facebook with a negative review of your workplace.

4. Don’t punish them. Find a reward system that will increase their productivity and get them goal oriented. The more they reach their goals, the more you get done.

5. Reward them for their work. As stated above, they are more likely to increase their work if they love what they are doing. If it’s not fun anymore, they have no problem moving on to the next job.

6. Training. Make sure that when you train them, you get them to understand that they represent you on the job and they need to be polite and courteous.

7. Remind them to say thank you. A lot of this generation has forgotten their manners. As a constant reminder, say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’. Remind them it’s quite alright to have a pleasant demeanor.

8. Gadgets. Have the most advanced gadgets available to them. They will love you for it, and their productivity will continue to soar, as they are the ones that integrate with this kind of technology.

So, now that you have grown your business beyond the probation period, it means you survived the six month period and your company is growing. You have the new generation to train with their hyper and super brains, let’s hope the list helps out a bit and great things are to come your way.

About the Author:

Blair Thomas is an electronic payment expert, who loves all things finance and planning. He is also the co-founder of, the #1 bad credit merchant account company in the country. But when he’s not running his business he’s more than likely exploring his other passions; music, mountain biking and camping. If you would like to see what he's up to, check him out on Facebook.

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