Want to reach FIRE long before you’re sixty-five? If you make a decent income, invest diligently, and watch your spending, you STILL could fall into the “trap” most FIRE-chasers find themselves in. By making one BIG mistake, you could be accidentally forcing yourself to work for years or decades longer to finally retire, even if you’ve reached your FIRE number! What “trap” are we referring to, and how do you ensure you’ll hit FIRE on your schedule? Stick around to find out!
Today, we talk to Chris, who works in medical sales and makes an income anyone would be happy to have. He lives in a high-cost-of-living area with a million-dollar home, expensive property and state taxes, and high expenses. But he still saves a solid amount of income every month. What’s he doing with his extra cash? Investing in index funds, generously donating, and…saving to buy into a franchise?
This franchise investment could make Chris millions, but there are a few red flags that Mindy and Scott can’t ignore. With a substantial initial investment and a partnership that could be tested at any point, Chris wants to know the best place to deploy his ample capital. Does he go head-first into the franchise, stick with index funds, or build robust retirement accounts? And with a FIRE timeline of ten years or less, how does he ensure he’ll have enough money to support his lifestyle?
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