How to Get Your Finances Under Control – Step 6 and 3/4 – To Be Continued
This article is part of the series How to Get Your Finances Under Control
As some of you may have noticed, it has been about 2 weeks since I published, Step 6 Get Out of Debt of my How to Get Your Finances Under Control series. The reason for this to be honest is I have been struggling. Not so much as to what the steps are, as I have those and have had them since I first began the series. Nor has it been due to trying to determine what each step should contain, as I have that for a while as well. I have been struggling due to an integrity issue: Should I tell my readers how to do steps that I have not yet done?
I have read numerous books, read hundreds of blog and magazines articles on the topics, and have even discussed the topics with very experienced and financially knowledgeable people. The bottom line for me though, is I haven’t done these steps yet. In my financial journey, I am on Step 6 I’ll be on step 6 for a while.
The internal debate I have been with myself is whether to continue the series or not. If I were to continue, I would be telling you how to do things I haven’t yet done. While I would love to complete the series, I just don’t feel comfortable providing you with guidance on things I have not yet experienced first hand.
As a result of this decision and in the spirit of Harry Potter, this is Step 6 3/4 – To Be Continued. I am going to stop the series for now, and then once I get to each of the steps I will publish them.
Here’s the steps I plan to write and publish:
Step 7 – Build up your full emergency fund
Step 8 – Payoff your mortgage
Step 9 – Invest
Step 10 – Enjoy
My vision for this series in addition to providing sincere knowledge for those struggling to get their finances under control was to publish the series as a free e-book. I still intend to do this; however not as soon as I would have liked.
An e-Book is a great way to gain some free publicity and web traffic, but what is more important to me is maintaining my integrity and the trust I am trying so hard to build with you my readers. As with most things in life, this series is a journey, and I will finish it, but only once I get there and I can do so from real, first hand experience.