Dec 10, 2016 05:00 AM EST

Employee Tips: Effectively Saving Up For Your Retirement Through Knowledge of 401(k) Advantages And Money Management Concepts

By JC Santos

Employees begin their journey into personal finance management once they get their first job. Indeed, no one wants to stay an employee forever and retirement is quite far away. The great news is that with much time on their hands, employees can learn much about their savings options for their retirement.

Self-Employed Employee 401(K) and IRA Advantages

According to, the self-employed professional is both the employer and the employee of the business. As the sole proprietor, the business owner can set higher limits to increase their retirement contributions. In their post, the solo 401(k) allows the business owner to improve their contribution limits compared to a SEP-IRA.

Estimate Your Retirement Needs Early

For employees working exclusively with a company, spending more on retirement by allocating at least 50% of one's current income where possible is the safest bet to address one's retirement needs. Allocating 20% for investment vehicles -- such as stock market options and other financial products -- can make retirement financing easier to handle.

Live Below Your Means

To allocate 50 % of your income and 20% on investment vehicles means to learn how to live below your means. One should concentrate on saving up for privileges instead of splurging income immediately on a whim. Finances need to be planned and budgeted effectively.

Understand Your Expenses

One's expenses value more than one's income. By using 100% of one's current expenses as reference for future retirement, predicting possible future expenses is easier especially if employees desire their current living situation with their current annual income.

Emergency Funds

Before the budget plan, the emergency fund should have been fulfilled. For any type of accident, unemployment or misfortune, an employee's emergency fund allows him or her to fulfill their duty to their retirement savings while addressing their immediate financial need for healthcare or unemployment. Most Americans are unaware of their need for an emergency fund.

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