This question has come my way many, many times over the last 15+ years. And I am glad it has. It’s a great question and it opens the door to fabulous conversations.
In my humble opinion, a fee-based financial plan is extremely important. It acts as a blueprint to get you moving towards your financial goals. Would you try and build a house without a blueprint? You could try, and possibly succeed, but I highly doubt the end result would be as you initially dreamed up and I would imagine it would take a heck of a lot longer to finish that house and at a much higher cost. And let’s not forget about the added stress…doesn’t seem worth it to me. Would you ever head out on a two week road trip across the country to Florida or California without some sort of map, directions or way to guide you on your journey? Of course not! So why approach your financial life any different?
Whether you are dreaming about paying for your children’s college or putting together your goals, hopes and dreams for retirement, a financial plan will serve as the blueprint for working towards achieving those things.
A financial plan is not a static document that gets put together, and then sits on a shelf somewhere or in a computer file. No, this plan should be reviewed annually. Things change, life happens and you need your plan to change with you.
Already retired? A plan is just as important for you as it is for those saving for retirement. You need a plan to help ensure your income lasts as long as you do.