How to Prepare for a Recession

Unfortunately, modern economies are subject to a continuous “boom and bust” cycle, with recessions as regular as periods of prosperity. This does not seem likely to change any time soon, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, we appear to be on the brink of another global economic recession. 

Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to reduce your losses and financial struggle during an upcoming recession, and it is better to take these steps before the problem occurs. In this article, we will explore some of the steps that you can take to prepare for an impending economic recession.

Sell Fast-Depreciating Assets Quick

Fast-depreciating assets, such as cars, are often worth selling before they continue to lose value. You do not want to be struggling financially in a recession with a car that costs more to run than it is worth! If a recession is looming, it may be best to sell quickly and keep that money in the bank, or even invest it in more profitable assets such as property. Online marketplaces like We Buy Exotics can help you sell your luxury car quickly and efficiently before it becomes an expensive burden!

Prepare a Spending Plan

If your income drops, you will need to reduce your spending to match. Although some costs (mortgage payments, food, utilities, etc.) will always be present, there may be luxuries that you can cut back on, both in your business and your home life. 

Consider whether or not foreign holidays and expensive days out are financially viable and be prepared to cut them if they are not. If you are struggling with unavoidable bills, research what kind of financial assistance may be available in your area. Using online tools/apps or preparing a budget worksheet can really help your household to save money efficiently.

If you are a business owner, you can apply similar methods to reduce your company’s outgoings.

Consider a Side Hustle

When times are tough, you may need to consider an additional source of income. There are various different options available, and you may even be able to turn a hobby into a source of income! If you do not have time in your daily schedule to work many additional hours, you may be able to sell items on eBay, rent out a room on Airbnb, or many other options.

Invest in Profit-Making Assets

Although times of recession will most likely inevitably cause you to reduce or avoid risky investments, making wise investment choices may help keep you afloat and ready to bounce back after the economy improves.

There is often a silver lining to falling stock prices – your existing budget can purchase a higher number of stocks and shares than before. Although you may be tempted to sell your shares in a market downturn for short-term gain, it may be wiser to hold onto them for the potential long-term gains that you could make. Keep the long-term in mind and look to the future – perseverance may be rewarded!

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