Financial planning is a process - a process where you stop working for every peso and learn to start putting your money to work for you. The first step is to gather and analyze data about your income and expenses, taxes, insurance coverage, retirement plans, wills, trusts, investments, and other information that is pertinent to your overall financial situation. The next step is to set realistic goals, identify key financial issues concerning those goals, and implement specific strategies for achieving your goals. These strategies may include building an emergency fund, establishing a spending and savings plan, beginning or adjusting an investment program, purchasing disability or long-term care insurance, drafting a will, establishing a trust or developing a business succession plan. The last step in the financial planning process is to periodically review and, if necessary, revise your plan.
The financial planning process is not a "one-size-fits-all" package. It is a set of goals and strategies tailored to meet your specific values, abilities, and needs.