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15 Steps to Take Advantage of in Your 20's to Get Rich at 30

Once you give up on getting rich quick, you have a real shot at eventually becoming a millionaire.

This article was translated from our Spanish edition. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was updated on March 3, 2020

You are never too young to start your path to wealth and success. Whether you're just starting your career or working to find your next big break, today is the time to start making your vision come true.

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There is no surefire quick way to get rich. But instead of daydreaming about that millionaire income, here is some information you can use. Put these 15 steps into action now and you'll be laying the groundwork in your 20s for a brimming bank account in your 30s.

1. Have an action plan

If you want to get rich, you need to have a plan. You must build a budget that you can maintain for the long term. The key to any budget is that it be a plan that helps you live below your means and spend consciously, which is crucial to accumulating wealth.

Sticking to your budget also ensures that you are paying off and eliminating your "bad debts," especially on high-interest credit cards. Your budget should set aside money to cover monthly expenses and help you build an emergency fund to cover the unexpected.

2. Maximize your earning potential

If you want to get rich, you will have to focus on making career decisions that will help you earn more money. Finding ways to increase your earnings and generate more income is critical to getting rich. Is it time you asked for a raise? Are there higher paying job opportunities that you should start considering?

Ask yourself if you could earn more with a master's or diploma in your field. What can you do to maximize your earning potential? Also, make sure you are working hard and giving all your effort in whatever work you are doing.

3. Have multiple streams of income

You will never be rich if you only have one source of income. Anyone seriously looking to build their wealth must build multiple cash flows. This may include running a part-time business in addition to your day job, looking for a second job, or looking for a part-time job during your free time. Can you offer a service or sell something?

How about starting a home-based business, perhaps in an area that already interests you? Do you have an idea for a product that you can create, or something that you are passionate about that maybe you can monetize (like selling items on Etsy or another online store)? Be creative and think outside the box.

4. Create passive income

Residual passive income involves assets that pay you monthly for little or no work, or for work you once did but no longer do. This income is key to generating wealth automatically over time. Some examples include collecting royalties from books you have written, selling advertising on your blog or website, selling digital products such as e-books, online courses, online workshops or videos, etc.

Dividend-paying stocks can be another form of passive income. Other options include renting a room in your house (Airb & b type), building an online store, or subscribing to cash-back shopping apps that offer bonuses.

5. Reduce your living expenses

To build wealth you will need to live frugally. Most rich people don't drive expensive cars or live in mansions. They keep their expenses as low as possible to use their excess investment income for wealth-building opportunities.

The more money you have to reinvest, the faster you can build wealth. Ruthlessly cut your spending on things that don't serve you. Find ways to lower your bills (like electricity and phone) and your credit card billing rates. You can even consider ditching your vehicle and using shared or public transportation options.

6. Own your own business

If you want to get rich before age 30, you should look for opportunities to build wealth that pay off faster than traditional long-term investments. One of the best ways to do this is to get into the entrepreneurial game and own your own business. Once you own a business, you have unlimited potential to earn, but you also take on more risks.

Owning your own business includes tax benefits that you don't get when you are someone else's employee. Consider which areas you know best or if you are interested in learning more, study business opportunities.

7. Plan for the long term

You should start saving for your retirement from the age of 20. Do not trust the rates that Afores or other savings systems for old age promise today.

It's crucial to start saving for retirement early so that you can take advantage of the magic of compound interest. And you should also save some money in an emergency fund to protect yourself and avoid going into massive debt if the worst happens. If you save in the long term you make sure you are creating a very good “calf” by the time you are 80 years old.

8. Take risks

You have to get out of your comfort zone and recognize that the path to success is through uncertainty. Traditional routes, like having a steady job and a steady paycheck, are safer, but wealth is often gained by taking calculated risks. Don't let fear stop you. If you dream of something else, learn to accept different possibilities.

9. Put your financial plan on autopilot

The easiest way to increase your wealth is to make sure you don't have to constantly think about your money. To keep things simple, automate your finances. Here's how it works: when the fortnight falls, automatically transfer a proportional part to your emergency fund and retirement savings accounts.

Set up recurring payments for all bills (electricity, gas, water, etc.), as well as credit cards and car payments. Then schedule automatic payments for your investment accounts. Make sure to review your automated plan at least once a year and try to increase the percentage of your transfers over time.

10. Find good mentors

The road to success and wealth involves navigating risk and challenge, a difficult task for someone in their early 20s. Having an experienced mentor on your side will be invaluable. A good mentor can give you advice and be a sounding board when faced with dilemmas or a setback. More than anything, a mentor knows what it's like to be in your shoes, but they can help you see beyond the obvious (even if it sounds funny).

11. Cultivate a good “money mindset”

Your beliefs and attitudes about money influence your ability to achieve and maintain wealth. What is your philosophy when it comes to money? What do you think about saving money and paying your debts? What kind of lifestyle are you used to?

If you want to get rich in your 30s, you will have to cultivate a good "money mindset." You must not only desire financial freedom and be willing to work towards success; You have to believe that you can get rich and that you deserve it.

12. Invest in yourself

You are your best resource. To increase your options and discover your best opportunities, you must invest in yourself. That means taking a look at your talents, interests, and abilities, and considering the best ways to maximize your potential.

This can mean spending money and time on your education and working to increase and refine your skills. You will have to branch out, broaden your mind, and connect with others. You will need to gain experience and seek out valuable opportunities to help you build your financial base.

13. Think big

Being young and seeing the world through your unique vision gives you an advantage: you may be able to find possibilities that others do not see. Take advantage of your creative mind and unleash your ingenuity.

Your mind is agile and flexible. Find your own path to greatness and wealth. remember that you are likely to have some failures along the way and accept it. Own your mistakes, but also your successes. And always, always keep dreaming.

14. Surround yourself with “money minded” friends

The relationships we build influence us in many ways. Not only are friendships important for personal and professional life, there is also a correlation between your friends and your level of wealth. If you want to get rich, make friends with rich and successful people.

Dating other successful people can help you hone your money mindset. And socializing and networking with wealthy and like-minded people have the potential to open doors and help you further your own goals.

15. Give your mind continuous improvement

Rich and successful people are voracious readers, always challenging themselves to learn new things. They are constantly improving their brains by absorbing new information and acquiring knowledge and experience.

Increasing personal wealth takes time, effort, and dedication. But continuing to learn and grow will help you adapt to change and make long-term financial decisions that ensure you reach your goal of being rich in your 30s.

Deep Patel

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Deep Patel is a serial entrepreneur, marketer and investor. He is the founder of the wellness brand Penguin CBD. The company was rated the No. 1 CBD brand of 2020 by Snoop Dogg’s Merry Jane and was acquired in May 2021. Patel also worked with companies like Cellucor (maker of C4) and A.T. Kearney.