Want to improve almost every aspect of your life and your finances? You need to focus on investing in yourself. Often times, we forget about investing in ourselves or put it on the back burner once we finish college and get settled in our careers.
However, it’s important to realize that investing in yourself is an ongoing process and it’s necessary if you want to meet certain goals or get to the next step in life. The good news is that investing in yourself if often easy and there’s so many routes you can take.
Here are 3 easy ways to start investing in yourself.
1. Learn a New Skill
Learning a new skill is a great way to invest in yourself especially if you’re trying to break into a new career field or land a new job. The skills you have can help you earn money whether it’s through a side hustle or by getting a higher paying job.
For example, if you want to earn money as a transcriptionist, you’ll need to improve your typing, communication, and computer skills. You can improve your skills by taking higher education or self-development courses, or you can use the resources and tools you have to teach yourself. Sometimes, you’ll have to invest money if you need to pay for courses but other times, you just need to invest time if you can learn a new skill for free.
Coursera is a site that provides free courses on various different topics. Curious is another website that allows you to grow your skills with online video lessons. CodeAcademy is a great free site to use if you want to learn about coding, web development, and HTML. If you’re looking to learn a new language, Lingvist is a free website with an advanced lessons system that adapts in real time during learning sessions to match your progress and memory pattern which helps ensure that you’ll learn the new language quickly.
The next thing you can do to invest in yourself is to network with others and increase your connections. Your network is super important because sometimes, it’s all about who you know and having connections. When you’re looking for work or even simple hacks to help you save money or gain a solid recommendation, having a solid network will really pay off.
To grow your network, you can connect with people you know on LinkedIn or attend networking events in your area. Conferences are also a good option. For example, if you’re interested in journalism, you can attend a journalism conference to meet people and learn new skills.
I attend at lease one conference each year since I’m a freelancer and want to connect with more potential clients.
3. Get a Mentor or Coach
Finally, you might want to consider investing in yourself by getting a mentor or coach. A mentor or coach can provide you with one-on-one guidance and advice to help you get to the next level financially, professionally, or even in your personal life.
Coaches are great because they provide accountability and develop a plan of action that it fits your specific situation. Mentors can actually show you what they did to become successful. Coaching and mentoring usually costs some money but it can be worth it if it helps you make a breakthrough.
Also, if you’re looking for a professional mentor, I know some people volunteer to do this, especially for college grads. Some schools have alumni volunteer to help students and recent grads by acting as a mentor and it cost nothing for the mentee.
When it comes to investing in yourself, don’t overthink it or put it off. Investing in yourself is a continuous process that will merit huge rewards when done correctly.
How are you investing in yourself currently? Have you ever done any of these things to invest in yourself?