If not getting this month’s pay check ruthlessly intrudes your day-to-day activities, it’s time to get serious about your finances.

Young professionals nowadays worry more about the things they shouldn’t be and ignore the things that hold real value. In this case, it’s their finances we are talking about. Many young individuals start making plenty of personal finance mistakes way before their first paycheck.

To be fair, they shouldn’t be blamed. The problem lies in the education system and society as well. They show children the need to earn money but never talk about the money mistakes to avoid. Topics like finances, taxes, financial goals, financial problems solutions, etc remain undiscussed throughout their student life.

A child grown in such an environment is most likely to become financially uneducated. And that’s what we see in today’s young individuals. They are careless regarding their finances and make mistakes that couldn’t be ignored. Let’s talk about the personal finance mistakes youth are making these days.

Five Biggest Money Mistakes To Avoid By Young Professionals

  • Not Seeing The Bigger Picture: The work you do, the money you earn, the lifestyle you live, changes with time. You can’t stay young forever. There will be a time when you will be old and need a lot more planning to live the life you want to live. Planning for retirement is something that most young adults overlook. Remember, your golden days won’t be golden if you don’t plan for them. Plus, they don’t understand the value of a budget. They feel it is something only for old people. It’s the age of earning and spending, and they live it that way, simple and easy. But without a proper budget, there come financial problems, and you won’t be getting personal financial solutions with this simple math. You have to complicate things a bit. The last few years also showed us the value of emergency funds. Many people lost their jobs, a large sum of money paying medical bills, and their loved ones to the pandemic. Nothing would have prepared anyone for such a time, but having an emergency fund by their side can be of little help.
  • Spending Way Too Much: You must have heard about the phrase, “little drops of water make a mighty ocean”. Likewise, small expenses can cost you a fortune too. Many young individuals ignore small expenses and spend a lot on their lavish lifestyle. Dining in expensive restaurants, movie nights every weekend, clubbing, shopping for branded clothes and accessories now and then costs them a lot more than they assume. That is one of the most prominent personal finance mistakes they make. They feel their credit card limit is their account balance and they can use all of it. Consequently, they fall into debt and pay their credit card bills with their savings. As this keeps on happening every single month, there remains nothing in the name of savings. Soon, their savings account is exhausted and they land into deep debts which keep on piling up and it becomes impossible to get out of it.
  • Falling Into The Easy Money Trap: Who doesn’t like easy money? Young adults are always trying to find easy ways of earning money and fall into the traps of many predators along the way. Either they want to make quick money or solve their money problems. But quick fixes can’t become financial problems solutions. They take advice from money gurus online, mindlessly follow directions of famous influencers, fall into gambling and betting. Or rather say, they look for personal financial planning solutions in the wrong place. It usually ends up in huge debts and can cost you a fortune to get out of it, if you are lucky. Those who don’t have luck by their side, live in debt all their life. You can stop yourself from falling into such traps by using legit methods of earning money and not following suggestions from an unauthorized person.
  • Keeping Their Money Locked In A Bank Account: The ones who don’t fall for the easy money traps are generally too scared to lose their money. They resist investing their money. As a result, their money loses its value with time and can’t get through the steep edge of inflation. They are not willing to take investment risks but forget that not investing is the bigger risk here. They depend solely on one income source, their job or business. And if something happens to it, there is no alternative source. Unauthorized sources don’t count here, they carry hefty risks, my friend. That’s why it’s essential to have an investment strategy that works for you in hard times and carries a fragrance of a better life.
  • Not Having A Plan: Young professionals are masters in setting their career goals, when we talk about goals, it’s the first thing that crosses their mind and unfortunately the last one too. They don’t even think about setting financial goals. Without a financial plan, their life flows with the air of uncertainty. If anything goes southwards, they have nothing to look upon. And by not planning ahead, they make things worse for themselves. Finding personal financial solutions is never easy when you are in an adverse situation. A solid financial plan takes everything into account. Your career goals, financial goals, family, home, health, lifestyle, retirement, emergency fund, education loans, mortgage loans, and many more, everything is covered. And by making one, you can start living a financially sound life today.

We can go on and on and on. But let’s just stop there and ponder for a minute. Is it really too difficult to make sound financial decisions? Luckily, it’s never too late to learn and turn your life upside down. Consult an experienced financial advisor and set sail on the journey of becoming financially responsible.

Asfar Ibrahim - Top Financial Advisor Consultant Dubai UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia

Asfar is an Independent Financial Advisor and Associate Partner with Continental Group based in Dubai, UAE with over 12 years of experience in the region. His clientele includes high networth individuals, corporations, C suite executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs in the region.

Although with proper planning and consistent effort, you can save, invest and distribute your own finances. It is always good to get some professional advice. If you need help in planning your finances in the short, medium, or long term, I can help you do so. You can write to me with your questions and comments to asfar@profinancial.solutions

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