Have You Ever Considered Hiring a Financial Advisor?

I’ve always held the position that if you can do something yourself, you shouldn’t pay someone else to do it for you. From car repairs and home remodeling to weight loss and personal finance. Over the last year I have realized some things that have caused me to reconsider that approach.

Until I met Travis Pizel, you would have heard me say things like “avoid debt relief companies like the plague”, but have since realized that what method you choose should depend on what’s best for you. I generally try to base my opinions on a case-by-case basis. I think that’s a more realistic approach to anything.

Also, struggling with my own weight loss and physical fitness for the past 13 years, I’ve been stubborn about reaching out for help myself. I’ve recently decided to pay for counsel and advice from a certified health and weight loss coach. She is helping me build new habits and behaviors so that once I lose the weight, it’ll stay off, but she’s also working to keep me motivated and accountable.

For me, this decision was a hard one to make, but since making it I truly feel more in control of my eating habits and behaviors. I just needed a little guidance.

The big lesson for me in all of this is that even though it’s possible to do something on your own, it’s also possible that you might reach your goals a little faster with the help and expertise of someone trained and passionate in whatever you are struggling to accomplish.

My 13 year struggle has really affected my confidence and caused me to wonder if my goals were even attainable. Obviously they are, and that’s precisely why I needed to seek help in this area. I need the rest of the puzzle pieces and my health and weight loss coach has them.

A Financial Advisor can help you complete your financial puzzle. Sometimes we need a push in the right direction. Whether it’s a little push or a big push, having outside help could be the difference between success and failure.

Over the years, as I have seriously struggled to lose weight and get in shape, I’ve had some success in losing weight but failed to keep it off each and every time. I have often wished that losing weight and keeping it off was as easy for me as getting out of debt and staying out of debt has been. It takes some of the same principles but one thing I’ve realized is that the difference for me lies in the fact that I don’t need debt — but I do need to eat. It’s easier to avoid something when you have completely forsaken it.

You can’t exactly do that with food.

So for me, outside help has been so beneficial. I’ve lost about 15 pounds so far but I truly feel like the best news comes from what I am learning about health and nutrition from my coach. A financial advisor serves the same purpose. He/she uses their personal knowledge and expertise to guide you in the right direction based on your specific goals. They help you make decisions about your money but they also help keep you on track.

“I am in debt and I can’t afford a Financial Advisor.”

It’s true, a financial advisor is not for everyone. My recommendation is that you get out of debt first before seeking the counsel of an advisor. There are the DIY programs like Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, and then there are places like CareOne Debt Relief Services for those that need a little guidance. There’s no wrong way as long as you are not being taken advantage of in the process.

After you’re debt free, a financial advisor could come in handy with things like how much to save and invest, tax and estate planning, budgeting, and the super important, planning for retirement. There are a lot of choices out there and the choices you make depend heavily on where you want to be and by when. An advisor can help bridge the gap between what you know and don’t know in any area of financial planning.

Please check out the video below. David John Marotta is a financial advisor here in Charlottesville, and a personal friend of mine. His site is Marotta on Money and he really enjoys helping people make the best decisions possible with their money.

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6 Responses to “Have You Ever Considered Hiring a Financial Advisor?”

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  1. My wife and I have a financial advisor. I’m certain I could find investments that are decent without one, but there is one VERY IMPORTANT reason I pay someone to manage those accounts: If something were to happen to me, my wife wouldn’t be forced to deal with all of this stuff by herself.

    Of course, the investments he helps us chose are important and only a couple of our accounts are with him (example: there’s not much benefit in having a financial advisor manage my wife’s 401k plan where she works) but the piece-of-mind from having someone else we can trust to help us in case the unspeakable happens is very valuable.

  2. Belinda says:

    Hello Brad,

    I’m glad I came across your site! Do you now have an official financial advisor?

    Currently, I’m still at the position where I feel I can handle my financial endeavors. Your blog post has made me into thinking on fast tracking my goal for financial freedom. I’m excited to discuss this matter with my husband.

    • Brad Chaffee says:

      I do not have a financial advisor at this time but when we start investing more for retirement and college we probably will. Right now we’re focused on getting our emergency savings up to 6 to 9 months of expenses. It’s something I’ve thought a lot about lately though. :)

  3. scarr says:

    I know of Mr. Travis from other sites and feel he has been a great get out of debt cheerleader to many on the debt relief journey. I graduated from the CareOne debt management plan after takjng a Dave Ramsey-style attack at my debt. My experience with CareOne was incredibly positive and I went to them at my absolute worst and they helped me when I was beyond helping myself. There are state and local LEGIT non -profits that work like CareOne and they are available to everyone. You dk not have to sign up for one of their debt relief programs but they are available for free-of -charge financial counseling. I want everyone to 1. Never get into debt 2. Be able to get out of debt on their own should they take on debt and finally 3. Ask for help when they need it and receive it from reliable and honest people. Maybe that help comes from a local agency or a national agency or even a friend.

    Great post! Sometimes we need someone else’s help to loose weight or even manage our finances.

  4. Having a professional financial advisor by your side can have immense benefits because they really know what they;re doing and they can also give you some great advice on any financial dilemma that you may have.

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