While many of us will be proactive about our fitness and keep ourselves healthy, the same can't always be said when it comes to our financial situation.
Having your ‘financial self' in tip-top shape will ultimately put you in a better position to achieve any financial goals you've set – whether it be to pay down accumulated debt, purchase a new car, or enter the property market for the first time.
Get financially fit
A good place to start is by getting your credit history into shape. This can be as simple as paying bills on time and maintaining regular repayments on any current loans or credit cards.
There are a number of other steps you can take to ensure your credit history is where it needs to be, so you can achieve your future financial goals with fewer obstacles.
Don't close accounts for the sake of it:
You may think that it's beneficial to close old banking accounts that you no longer use, but closing these accounts can actually impact your credit score.
Why? A portion of your score depends on the length of your credit history. A long credit history can be considered beneficial, so long as they have been serviced adequately. Keeping old accounts open helps to make your overall credit history as lengthy as possible.
Be careful about taking on new debt:
Applying for a credit card or loan is an activity that is reflected on your credit history report.
Why? Too many applications in a short period of time can have a negative impact on credit history. Opening many new accounts can also make it more difficult to manage your credit. Only apply for credit when it is absolutely necessary.
Mix it up:
It is always a good idea to maintain a good mix of credit.
Why? The reality is, some lenders like to see a mix of credit types to ensure that you can handle different types of credit. Mortgages, car loans, credit cards and personal loans are all different types of credit.
Enlist a coach to help you achieve your goals
As with any fitness program, sometimes it's tough to get started – and then to stay on track. That's where a professional coach or trainer can step in to help you work out a program that's suited for you, and then regularly check in with you to make sure you continue to stick with it.
A Mortgage Choice Financial Adviser can act as a ‘coach' for your money. They'll work with you to develop a plan tailored to your needs with a range of strategies suited to your goals and circumstances. They'll then help you stay on track – with either formal or informal reviews - and fine tune your plan if necessary.
Even if you're pretty financially savvy… it's a rare person who wouldn't want an expert on hand to help you get ahead and make the most of your money – all while taking care of the grunt work!
If you need some help getting financially fit, or you're ready to make some bigger plans for your financial future – let's talk!