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Your Investing Life: Your work life

January 04, 2017

You want to get the most you can out of the money you earn. Sound financial planning and investing steps can help you do it. But it's easy for those steps to get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list when you're distracted by deadlines and other priorities.

Your Investing LifeVanguard's Your Investing Life™ offers ideas that make it easier to maintain your financial well-being, for a range of events you may experience.

Starting your first full-time job

As you get ready to start your first full-time job, you're probably wondering about the kind of work you'll end up doing, whether you'll like it (and your coworkers), what the place will be like, and if you'll fit in. Something else you're anticipating? Your first full-time paycheck.
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Going part-time

You're scaling back the number of hours you work outside your home. Whether the choice is yours or your employer's, you're probably wondering how your reduced hours—and pay—will affect your budget. But other aspects of your investing life that may also be affected by the change might be further down on your list of considerations. These aspects can be easier to manage when you take just a few simple steps.
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Losing your job

Losing a job can be devastating, whether it happens suddenly or you see the writing on the wall for a while. While you cope with the impact it will have on many aspects of your life, here are a few steps you can take to protect your investing and financial life and reduce the stress you feel as you deal with the situation.
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Going back to work

You've made the decision to start working again after a break. You've probably got a list of changes to prepare for—getting used to a different schedule, coordinating commuting times, learning new duties. One thing that might not be on your list (but worth adding): Your investment and financial plan. A few simple steps can help you balance financial and investing tasks along with your new responsibilities.
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Going back to school

Deciding to go back to school is a big decision, and being a student can impact everything from your schedule to your finances. Preparation is key—both in your financial life and in your academic life—so take a moment to brush up on the basics.
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Starting your own business

Whether you're starting a one-person consulting shop or an enterprise with a number of employees, you'll have a lot of planning to do and decisions to make—strategic, operational, and financial. With all these things to manage, your personal financial goals, and the way you invest to reach them, can get pushed aside. To help balance your personal and business financial goals, check out these suggestions.
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