The Math Behind your Goals

I talk a lot about setting goals and what my goals are on this blog and my Instagram page, and while goals give you something to shoot for you must also draw out that goal into something more tangible. Today I will go through some examples of how I wrap my head around my goals and how to do the math on your goals. Let’s start with one of my goals I am working on right now, writing 150 blog posts by the end of 2019. This very post will be number 78, that means I have 72 blog posts to write in 256 days (end of 2019). If you do the math that means I need to write a blog post every 3.6 days or about 2 a week, every week, without fail to reach my goal. When you do the math and break things down it adds clarity what you must do to achieve your goals. Now this goal is cut and dry, I simply must get on my laptop and write about something two times a week. The brainstorming and all of that could be involved but this is a rather simple goal and very one dimensional. Let’s look at something a little bit more complex.

Another goal pertaining to the one above is 1500 blog visitors and 2500 blog views in 2019. I am currently sitting at 176 visitors and 318 views. With 256 days to go that equates to 5.17 new visitors per day and 8.52 views per day. If you extrapolate that out to a month using 30.5 days in a month you get 158 visitors a month and 260 views per month. So now we know what we need to shoot for but how do we get there? I stated above that these goals pertain to each other, over the years I have noticed that the more posts I put up the more views and visitors I typically get so increasing volume on the writing side will increase traffic. Another way to look at this problem is to look at is how does the person viewing my blog post get there? Below you can see that most of my traffic comes from Instagram, google search, and a little bit of Facebook.

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Let’s further dissect that. Keeping my Instagram presence strong and even pushing on that harder (which I have done recently) will yield better results as far as the data shows. As I increase the volume of articles and write about things people are interested at the time as well as what is known as evergreen content (content that people will forever be searching for i.e. how to save money etc.) I will be able to generate more traffic organically through search engines. I will also be able to better optimize SEO (search engine optimization) by providing more content with more tags and gain more clicks to my articles. When discussing Facebook, I will be the first to admit that it is my Achilles heel of my online life. I normally just post the same picture that I post on Instagram as I do on Facebook. Clearly Facebook’s platform caters to a different type of content than Instagram does, and I simply haven’t put the time and effort into Facebook as I need to. Instagram is obviously the leading platform and with searching being more of a passive grower I should be focusing my efforts toward Facebook with GaryVee’s 79/21 rule. https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/instagram-for-business-180-strategy-grow-business-brand/

Another aspect to consider is what I write and how that affects traffic. In the picture below all the articles with blue sidebars were written in 2019.

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There seems to be a trend for newer content especially when analyzing the data on a month to month basis. I also see trends toward reviews, updates, and overviews of what I am doing to be some of the more popular posts. By catering to the viewership and utilizing some of the strategies I’ve mentioned above you can see where I will be putting my time energy and effort to maximize results and to ultimately achieve my goal.

Let’s take a goal that may resonate with people a little bit more and then gives some insight as to how to work with those numbers to make your goal achievable. One of my monetary goals is to have a net worth of $75,000 by the end of 2019. For those of you that are not aware of my background, I am currently a college student that graduates in May and start a full-time job in June.  Considering that and I’ll have a $20,000 net worth when I graduate it is a very ambitious goal. Many of you may be in a similar boat, you want to take your finances to the next level and may have a goal but don’t know how to really get there. So, let’s take a closer look, as I mentioned earlier, I start working in June and I am paid salary now so I can easily calculate my returns every month.

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I made the table above, using the 40% rule, getting taxed at 22%, 401k withdrawal of 5% leaves me with a $1750 monthly budget which will be tough but very possible. Now remember I’ll need to increase my net worth by $55,000 in 7 months or so. The 40% rule will get me to about $16,000 including the 2.1% APY I get in my savings account. My 401k will contribute to my net worth to the tune of $2,000. So, if you are keeping up with the math, I’m $18,000 down with $37,000 to go. My Lending Club portfolio assuming some little deposits here and there as well as compounding at 8% a year I can see that going from around $4,750 to $7,000 or so by EOY 2019. My stash portfolio could also see returns similar and can see that rising from $2750 to $4,000 or more. My Robinhood portfolio currently sits at a $9500 account value and with the returns and small deposits down the road could potentially see $12,000 out of that vehicle. So that adds $6,000 to my net worth so only $31,000 to go. This is where the creativity starts to come into effect because I already know I’ll need a side hustle or something to get me to my goal. A side hustle would have to generate $5,000 a month however any extra money is getting invested in some way shape or form so I believe $4500 a month would suffice assuming I can earn solid returns. A side hustle appears to be a must however, I have also considered buying rental property late in 2019. If I can buy something that requires the work and I put some sweat equity into the project I could come out with realized equity in the property also raising my net worth. Now I intentionally made this goal difficult, I did some back of the envelope calculations in January this year when I was setting my goals and looked at $50,000 net worth as being achievable and bumped it up to $75,000 because of the 10X rule and thinking. As always, I’ll keep you all posted on my progress and let you know how it all goes. Thanks for reading and I hope you could find some value behind running the numbers behind your goals and to break it down in smaller time increments like every month or every week rather than the full year outlook. I also hope this inspired you to go for big goals and to stop thinking so small.

Thanks, B^2

 

Passive Income Update 4-11-19

Disclaimer Been trying my best on bring content to everyone this week unfortunately the ground I’ve made up in writing and posting I have lost in reading so I may be silent these next couple days while I catch up on my reading goal for 2019.

Haven’t updated my passive income in quite awhile so I’ll let you know where I am at now and where I am heading. I finished 2018 off with $830 in passive income for the year which translates to just shy of $70/month. My goal for 2019 is to earn $2500 in passive income which equates to $208/month earned. I’m sure you all know that passive income is critical to reaching financial freedom and I would like my passive income to exceed my active or earned income sometime in the future. If you are unfamiliar refer to this article. Until then we’ll be growing the passive income incrementally and aggressively. I calculate my passive income currently as my dividend income, interest earned through savings accounts, and interest earned through Lending Club. As of today, I have earned $101.25 in dividend/stock interest/savings account interest and $205.90 in Lending Club interest, add that together and we are sitting at $307.15. I’ll be conservative and say we have completed 3.5 months of the year which brings the monthly average to $87.75.

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That’s not too shabby and I’ll explain why. It’s obviously not the $208/month I’m shooting for and I wouldn’t expect it to be, most of my passive income will be made up in the fall after I start working full-time this summer. With aggressive savings my emergency fund (also my sacred account) will be paying out 2.1% monthly and any other funds I can spare will go into Stash (for my ETF’s), Robinhood (for my stocks), or Lending Club (for my interest payments). I won’t have to pull any more money from my profits in my various accounts so I can get back to compounding my money.

While it isn’t very exciting now these next few months should become more interesting and passive income should start pouring in. My Lending Club performance peaked in November and has been steadily declining ever since which has hurt the passive income performance significantly. I have also sold off several large dividend payers and one being my go-to monthly dividend stock, Realty Income. Pending market conditions, I’ll pick up more dividend stocks as I see fit and as my income warrants.

As always, I am looking towards the future and pending how everything goes in 2019 and pending if I buy real estate before 2020, I’ll be looking at $500-$750 in monthly passive income for 2020 which is $6,000-$9,000 for the year. Not quite a 10X goal but aggressive, nonetheless.

Thanks for reading along, I’d love to hear what you guys are doing to generate passive income, how many passive income streams you have, and what your goals are! If anyone has a suggestion for a side hustle let me know as well, I’ll be working towards that here soon.

Thanks, B^2

2019 Goals, Quarter 1 Review

A couple months ago I wrote an article explaining my 2019 goals. That article by the way can be found HERE. In that article I explain my reasoning and thought process behind it all however I think I can do a little bit better now that the dust has settled, and I’ve had time to collect my thoughts.

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As you can see my first three goals are money related. A $75,000 net worth is one my goals because I believe it is outside of what I can predict to be my net worth. With a few assumptions like anticipating that my net worth will be about $20k when I leave school and calculating my salary, savings, and money earned through investments my anticipated net worth lands somewhere around $40-$50k and obviously I want to challenge myself so bump that number up by 50% and take a crack at it.

My next goal was earning $2,500 in passive income in 2019. This has been a progressively growing goal for me for a couple years now. Some would say you have achieved financial freedom when your passive income exceeds your living costs. Whatever your definition, earning more passive income than active income is one of my goals and while it will take years for that to occur, I can make some progress towards it every day. I made $830 last year in passive income and with new income and coming from a good year as far as investments are concerned, I believe $2500 will be attainable.

A $10,000 emergency fund is my next goal, and it is more like a sacred account than an emergency fund but either way I should be able to smash this and hit about $16,000 based off the 40% rule and my calculations.

The next couple goals revolve around my online life in terms of this blog and my Instagram account. If you haven’t seen my Instagram profile check me out @bsquared.website to see what I’m doing in terms of my investments and what’s going on with me. First up is writing 150 total blog posts, this one has been an emphasis for me because sometimes I just must be in the mood to write and I need the time and energy for it as well. I simply want more content on this blog to improve my SEO and just to have a variety of information available to you all. I am currently at 76 posts with this one going live.  The next goal has to do with traffic and that is driving 1500 unique visitors and 2500 views organically. In the past I have driven some traffic with paid ads and what not but that’s not what I’m trying to do. I don’t have anymore amazon offers or anything like that anymore, I’m not trying to build this out to be a passive income stream just yet. I’m just trying to build an audience and a following by sharing my triumphs and struggles and hoping I can help some people out along the way. In 2018, I had 803 unique visitors and 1300 views, so I essentially doubled my numbers and came up with my goal in that manner. Again, some of that traffic was driven by paid ads so reaching those numbers organically is going to take some serious effort.

My next two goals revolve around Instagram as that is my main social media platform. Instagram is where I get my audience engagement and I can show all things B^2 so naturally I would like to grow my audience and my brand there. I would like to finish out 2019 with 750 posts and 3000 followers.

Related to my net worth and passive income generation I would also like to earn $5k or more from a side hustle of some sort because my income will remain static till early 2020 when I can begin earning commission. I haven’t quite figured out my game plan for this yet and so far its only been making a few dollars here and there from some of the apps I use to save money.

Last two goals are to own income generating real estate and to read 12 books or 1 book a month in 2019. I think the income generating real estate is a little bit ambitious but I will be done with my work training around November and then I can finally settle down in St. Louis and hopefully by then I can save up enough money to buy a duplex and house hack it. As far as the reading good I am always looking to improve myself and to keep learning and I listen to lots of educational podcasts however reading has been one of the harder things I have to do and I really wanted to focus on that and grow that “muscle” if you will during 2019.

Now that we flushed out all the goals with a little more detail lets see how we ended up. Below is a full 2019 goal comparison as well as one that has been scaled down for the quarterly evaluation, I essentially took the total increase needed to hit my goals and divided it by 4 to gauge where I was at and where I need to go.

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As you can see, I’ve been doing atrocious in regard to the progress towards these goals but there are a few reasons and reminders I need to share. As far as reading is concerned, I knew that would be bad however, I should be able to make up ground over the month that I have off between school and work.  Passive income will scale with my earned income so coming in short for this is to be expected, however we should see a dramatic jump in June and on once the earned income starts rolling in. Blog visitors, blog views, blog posts, Instagram posts and followers are all related. A rising tide raises all ships so by picking up the weakest link (probably writing blog posts) we’ll be able to raise all those numbers I expect; I do believe these numbers will be easier to achieve as they work off each other and each other’s momentum. The side hustle bit is totally on me, I have made no real effort towards that and I should since I’m getting crushed on net worth thanks to Uncle Sam and all the fun I had in March.

Expect a new Quarter 2, 2019 goals Instagram pic to come out soon, I believe that is where we will see some progress considering my month off school and work as well as starting to make some money.

If you have any questions or concerns, I’d love to hear them, you can reach out to me on Instagram or here and I’d be happy to talk about anything with you. Also let me know what you want to hear more of!

Thanks, B^2

 

Lending Club Update 4/4/19

I know this is long over due and I normally like to get these done every 3 months however March was a busy month and I finally carved out some time for this, so let’s get started.

To refresh everyone on the update from December found here, I had 274 active notes after investing another $1500 into the platform. I had a rather even split of notes with an average weighted rate of 15.88% and had collected $717.29 as of then.

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I began pulling money out of the platform about November or late October and have been pulling money out ever since. I plan to keep pulling money out until I begin work full time in June and shortly after that I will begin reinvesting back into the platform as well as putting new money into assuming I have extra money left over after the 40% rule. For those of you that are joining for the first time or forgot the backstory, I am a college student with no income for 9 months of the year, I invested in Lending Club to receive a great yield (6-9% generally) and keeping my money liquid with monthly payments to pay for my expenses during school. In early April my portfolio looks like this.

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Had some defaults and some fully paid notes along the way but not looking bad, we earned another ~$260 in interest in the last 4 months so far although it is slowing down.

Below we will compare the non-adjusted and adjusted account values with December data first followed by April data.

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The account value has decreased dramatically due to pulling out hundreds of dollars every month to live off of.

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The April adjusted value has taken a big hit due to the numerous late notes I am currently holding. Even if they default I still should be in good shape overall and will just need to ride out the storm the next few months until we can get some new money into the account and breathe some life into it.

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Above is a table I populate nearly every month on various aspects of the account including the immediate return taken from dividing the adjusted account value by the (total deposited into the account – the total withdrawn). This is taken over the course of 2 years now so the 10% isn’t all that great however as with all of my accounts they have grown dramatically over the years and I have made wiser investing decisions as time has gone on usually. Also returns were so low in October due to the influx of new capital into the account and the notes hadn’t started payments yet essentially making them dead money at the time.

The final table I will show you guys today is a simple interest table by each month.

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You can see the dramatic uptick with the $3000 I put into the account this summer as we entered Fall and now its on the downswing again.

That just about wraps it up for me, I hope you all learned something today in regards to Lending Club and how I keep track of its performance. I can’t recommend the platform enough assuming it fits your investment criteria. I mentioned earlier my need for liquidity while making a decent return and getting paid monthly to cover my expenses and this platform does just that. I can’t beat the return with what I am getting either and I look forward to putting some more money into it in the future and being able to compound my returns rapidly. I should be able to purchase 8-10 notes a month at my current rate and with additional funds I could compound interest and reinvest in notes every 2 days on average in the future (15 notes a month or $375 in interest and principal every month).

As always let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks,

B^2