What does it mean to make the economy strong or weak? In what way are you participating in making your country’s economy stronger?
The Economy is talked about as if it has a life of its own. From the news reports, you might think that the economy controls people’s behavior rather than the other way around. The truth is that actions and beliefs of the members of society control the economy. Individuals earning and spending determines whether the economy is growing or declining.
Let’s bring that concept home. As an adult member of society, you participate in the country’s economic health by earning and spending money. In order to earn money, you exchange some product or service for money. Ideally, you will gain more money in exchange for the goods or services than it cost you to produce them. If you are an employee, your role is to contribute to your company’s endeavor of adding value to the goods or services that they sell. This is your most basic participation in the economic system.
Then, you take the profits or earnings you made from the first exchange and exchange that for goods or services that you consume. And the person you purchased from turns around and repeats the process. That continuous movement of money defines the economy.
If the people of a society only purchase items they consume and don’t add value and resell something, then the economy grinds downward. You’ve got to add value and bring in positive cash flow.
Positive and Negative Cash Flow
The concept of positive and negative cash flow is a fundamental business concept. Cash flow is a financial term that refers to money coming in relative to money going out. Basically, it’s a way of stating whether the company is making or losing money over a specified period of time. Positive cash flow happens when more money comes into your business or individual accounts than the amount of money that goes out. A negative cash flow condition exists when your outgo exceeds your income. You can apply the concept to your own wallet and bank account. Are you earning more than you spend or spending more than you earn?A portion of all I earn is mine to keep! - George Clason Click To Tweet Read More →