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Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth

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by Robert G. Allen

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In Multiple Streams of Income, bestselling author Robert Allen presents ten revolutionary new methods for generating over $100,000 a year—on a part-time basis, working from your home, using little or none of your own money. For this book, Allen researched hundreds of income-producing opportunities and narrowed them down to ten surefire


In Multiple Streams of Income, bestselling author Robert Allen presents ten revolutionary new methods for generating over $100,000 a year—on a part-time basis, working from your home, using little or none of your own money. For this book, Allen researched hundreds of income-producing opportunities and narrowed them down to ten surefire moneymakers anyone can profit from. This revised edition includes a new chapter on a cutting-edge investing technique.

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Why do some people earn ten times more than the rest of us? Allen (Nothing Down), one of the more successful of the multitude of financial advisors, shares his techniques for creating multiple streams of stable, secure income that will lead to a lifetime of wealth and ease. Listeners will learn secrets of generating unlimited wealth, making and keeping money, investing surplus funds for the long term, controlling money, and shying away from debt, especially using credit cards. Creating multiple streams of income via investments, the high ranking of tithing, and the author's skills at protecting money help set this item apart from the countless array of similar works in this replete genre. Allen's seven essential money skills value it, manage it, save it, invest it, make it, shield it, and share it form the foundation of the material, which is crisply presented in a combination of planned text and recorded excerpts from some of his financial planning seminars. Look for this title to be frequently requested, considering Allen's high visibility: his numerous prior successful works on money management, feature articles, and TV appearances. Recommended for all public libraries. Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Allen explains how to create multiple streams of cash flow, offering ten new methods for generating money on a part-time basis, working from home, using little or none of one's own money. The methods involve the stock market, investment, real estate, foreclosures, and licensing intellectual property. He also shows how to use tax-shelter strategies for keeping wealth. Allen has written two previous books and is a frequent guest on radio and television shows. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Easy Money: Financial Freedom on a Dollar a Day

The greatest mathematical discovery of all time is compound interest.


It all starts with a single unit of money.

In the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, it's the dollar. In Great Britain, it's the pound. In France and Switzerland, it's the franc. In Germany, it's the mark. In Japan, the yen. Wherever you are, reach into your wallet or purse and dig out some of your own paper currency and examine it. Rub it between your fingers. Feel the texture. Bring it to your nose. Does money smell? Examine the images. Notice the serial numbers. Turn it over. Notice the strange symbols. What do they mean? Imagine that you're looking at it through a microscope. Read every single word. This simple piece of paper doesn't appear to be worth much. Inflation erodes its value daily. So what if you waste it or lose it or throw it away.

But wait a minute. Can this ordinary piece of paper money be worth more than meets the eye? Could it be a magic ticket to a more abundant life of anywhere/ anytime/ anything you want? One thing's sure: How people feel about these silly pieces of paper makes a huge difference in how they enjoy life's great banquet of prosperity.

When you've finished reading this chapter, I promise that you'll never think of money in the same way again. Ever. You see, prosperous people don't think of money as just colored pieces of paper adorned with pictures of famous dead people. They imagine it as seeds--money seeds--with the power to grow into money trees, bearing fruit to fulfill every one of their dreams. And they are absolutely right. Every dollar bill is a money seed. Just as a tiny acorn contains the power to grow into a mighty oak tree, each dollar bill has the power to grow into a mighty money tree. You can grow one of these money trees . . . on as little as a dollar a day.

Could you afford that?

If you follow the advice in this book, you will soon have your own majestic money tree, growing right in the center of your future dream home. Imagine that! Branches of your money tree are growing along the ceiling and spreading into every room of the house. Every few feet along each branch are ripening money fruits that pop open once or twice a day releasing crisp $100 bills. As the $100 bills fall from the tree, they float into money baskets throughout the house. All night long you hear the pop, pop, pop of the ripening money fruits. You might think the sound would keep you awake, but it's a very soothing sound. Your money tree produces fruit 24 hours a day. While you sleep. While you work. While you play. While you eat. It never stops. An endless stream of cash flow. Whenever you need money, you just take whatever you want from one of the baskets. Get the picture?

If you destroy an acorn, the potential oak tree inside also dies. Every time you waste one of those silly pieces of paper money, it's just like destroying a potential money tree. That's why it is so important to preserve and protect each of these money seeds. (See Figure 1.1.)

So how much is one of those seeds really worth? That depends on how long you let it grow and at what rate of growth. Let's suppose you take a single dollar and put it into a special bank account that will let the dollar grow, untouched by taxes and fees. How long will it take for this single dollar bill to grow into $1 million?

That depends on the interest rate that the bank account pays. If it's like ordinary bank accounts, then it's going to take a long, long time. Table 1.1 shows you how long it takes for a single dollar bill to grow into $1 million at various interest rates.

TABLE 1.1 A Single Dollar
Grows into $1 Million

Interest Rate Time in Years
0% Never
3% 468
5% 284
10% 145
15% 99
20% 75

As you can see, at bank rates of 3 percent it will take 468 years for a single dollar bill to grow into $1 million. What? Not planning on living 468 years? Relax. We're not done with that dollar bill yet. We've got to supercharge it. How can we do this? Rather than just planting one money seed, could you plant them more often? Could you afford to put away a dollar a day? Thirty bucks a month! You can do that.

TABLE 1.2 A Dollar a Day Grows into $1 Million

Interest Rate Time in Years
3% 147
5% 100
10% 56
15% 40
20% 32

Table 1.2 shows the number of years it takes for a dollar a day to grow into $1 million at various interest rates. Wow! A dollar a day becomes $1 million in the span of a normal lifetime.

Suppose you'd invested a dollar a day starting on the day you were born. Table 1.3 shows what you'd have at age 66. A dollar a day grows into $1 billion by the normal retirement age! That's a whole forest of money trees. You're Ross Perot in embryo! And what makes this happen? The power of compound interest makes a few dollars a day grow into enormous sums of money. Einstein himself said, "The most powerful invention of man is compound interest."

TABLE 1.3 A Dollar a Day Compounded at Various Rates for 66 Years

Interest Rate Cumulative Savings
0% $24,000
3% $77,000
5% $193,000
10% $2.7 million
15% $50 million
20% $1 billion

But suppose you don't want to wait for 66 years. Okay, there's another way to speed up the process. Could you plant two or three seeds a day? Or five? Or ten? What does that do? Well, let's cut right to the chase. If you put away 10 lousy bucks a day and put it in the right mutual funds or stocks or real estate and let the clock tick at 20 percent, you're a millionaire in just 20 years! (Pop, pop, pop, pop.) Excited yet?

Now, I can hear the skeptics saying, "No one can sustain a 20 percent rate of growth for 20 consecutive years. It's not possible!" Well, Warren Buffett, the stock market genius, was able to do it for over 40 consecutive years. When you've finished reading this book, you'll know that it's not only possible for you, but entirely within the reach of anyone with discipline and a few financial skills. You don't have to be a financial genius. You don't have to own a big company. You can do it from your kitchen table using the money that you're now foolishly throwing away. If you just divert a few of your ill-spent dollars and funnel them into some well-timed investments, you can achieve financial success.

TABLE 1.4 How Various Amounts per Day Can Grow into $1 Million

Savings per Day
3% 5% 10% 15% 20%
$1 147 yrs. 99 yrs. 56 yrs. 40 yrs. 32 yrs.
$2 124 85 49 36 28
$3 112 77 45 33 26
$4 102 71 42 31 25
$5 95 67 40 30 24
$6 90 63 38 28 22
$7 85 61 37 27 22
$8 81 58 36 26 21
$9 77 56 35 26 21
$10 74 54 34 25 20

I'll bet you'll think twice before you throw away one of those silly green pieces of paper. It's like throwing away the seed to a $1 million money tree.

Every time you save one of those money seeds, you start sowing your way to wealth. The most important lesson of this chapter is to change your attitude about money, especially those $1 bills. I have no doubt you can save $30 per month . . . even on the most meager budget. Over time, you will want to increase this to $100, $200, or $300 a month or more. The more the better. The more the faster. How many seeds do you think you could save and invest every day? Table 1.4 and Figure 1.2 show you how a few dollars a day can grow into $1 million.


The real key is to keep socking away the money. Let the numbers whisper their silent but relentless message. Consistency. Day in, day out. Save. Invest. Save. Invest. It might be boring. It might be dull. It might be hard to do. No matter. Just do it.

I met a young man in Chicago who had made the decision to make his future bright by dimming his desires today. He worked full time, as did his spouse. If they had been like normal (broke) young married couples, they would have pooled their two paychecks and bought a new car (with a fat monthly payment), stretched themselves into "too much house," and stressed out for the next 30 years. Instead, this young couple made a very smart choice. They lived on her paycheck and saved his entire monthly $2,000 paycheck. They put the money into well-selected mutual funds and watched the cash begin to pile up. This is true prosperity.

Our parents were right. We cringed when they told us, "Live on less than you earn. Invest the surplus. Avoid debt. Build long-term security." This may not be the exciting get-rich-quick rabbit, but the tortoise laughs slowly all the way to the bank. So, with that tortoise mentality firmly in place, let's start building some specific plans for the future.

Setting Some Specific and Realistic Financial Goals

First of all, you have five decisions to make about your money seeds:

Target: How much total money would you like to accumulate?
Amount: How many dollars a day can you squeeze out of your life?
Rate: What interest rate can you earn on your invested dollars?
Time: When would you like to reach your goal?
Purpose: What is your financial purpose?

For example, suppose you decide you want a $1 million nest egg in 20 years. Your ultimate purpose is to quit your job and spend your life working with the youth in your church. According to Table 1.5, one scenario would be to invest $10 per day at 20 percent per year to reach your goal:

Target: $1 million
Amount: $10 per day
Rate: 20 percent
Time: 20 years
Purpose: Church youth

Using the charts in Table 1.5, I'd like you to come up with a reasonable scenario for your wealth-building plan. To do so, use the worksheet that follows and fill in the blanks for your target financial goals. Make sure you spend some quality time asking yourself the question, "Why do I really want this money? What is my ultimate purpose?" Your moneymaking will be much more successful and meaningful if you have a clear purpose. If it's just "to make a lot of money," you may find yourself one day with a lot of money, wondering, "Is this all there is?"

Financial Target Worksheet
What is my target investment goal? $ __________________
How much can I invest per day? $___________ per day
How long am I willing to invest? ____________ years
What is my target interest rate? ____________ %
Why is it important to me to achieve this goal?

The sooner you start, the richer you are immediately! Hey, wait a minute! This sounds too good to be true! A few dollars a day and you can become a millionaire? If this is so easy, why aren't all of us millionaires? Well, the truth is, we all could be millionaires, but most of us lack the simple discipline to make small daily deposits over long periods of time. And then, of course, we procrastinate getting started.

Let me show you the terrible cost of procrastination. Suppose you had the discipline to sock away $200 a month (about $7 a day) over a 20-year period of time with a target interest rate of 20 percent. How much could you accumulate? According to my calculator, $200 per month at 20 percent for 20 years grows into $632,000. Not bad!

Now, suppose instead of starting this year, you wait a year to get started. This leaves you only 19 years of growth instead of 20. According to my calculator, you would have only $516,000 in your bank account in 20 years. That's $116,000 less than you could have had if you had started on schedule. In other words, your procrastination cost you $116,000 in future dollars!

Procrastination is expensive! For each of the 365 days that you waited, your future portfolio was shrinking by over $300 (116,000 ¸ 365 = $317.81). In other words, every day you procrastinate costs you $300 (or $13 an hour, 24 hours a day).

What if you were to invest the same $200 per month over 30 years? The cost of waiting that extra year is now a whopping $842,803. Waiting an extra year costs you almost $1 million in future dollars. That's over $2,000 a day, or almost $100 per hour, 24 hours a day. Every day you wait . . . every hour you delay ... is like burning up future money!

TABLE 1.5 Wealth-Building Plan*

Assuming 5% interest
per day
5 years 10 years 15 years 20 years 30 years 41 years 45 years 54 years
$1 2 5 8 13 25 50 60 100
$2 4 10 16 26 50 100 120 200
$3 6 15 24 39 75 150 180 300
$4 8 20 32 52 100 200 240 400
$5 10 25 40 65 125 250 300 500
$6 12 30 48 78 150 300 360 600
$7 14 35 56 91 175 350 420 700
$8 16 40 64 104 200 400 480 800
$9 18 45 72 117 225 450 540 900
$10 20 50 80 130 250 500 600 1.0
$11 22 55 88 143 275 550 660 1.1
$12 24 60 96 156 300 600 720 1.2
$13 26 65 104 169 325 650 780 1.3
$14 28 70 112 182 350 700 840 1.4
$15 30 75 120 195 375 750 900 1.5
$16 32 80 128 208 400 800 960 1.6
$17 34 85 136 221 425 850 1.0 1.7
$18 36 90 144 234 450 900 1.1 1.8
$19 38 95 152 247 475 950 1.2 1.9
$20 40 100 160 260 500 1.0 1.2 2.0

Do it now. Do it regularly.

One final word: consistency. How much you invest is not as important as consistently investing that amount over a long period of time. If you miss a payment or two, no big deal. But let me show you what happens when you mess with the formulas. Suppose you could invest $200 month for 20 years with a target rate of return of 20 percent. You are pretty good at socking the money away for a few months, and then you read an ad in the paper for a great deal on a new car. In order to be able to afford the new car, you decide to lower your savings rate from $200 a month to $100 a month. In 20 years, instead of having $632,000 sitting in the bank, you'll have only $316,000 and a very old car. That's $316,000 less. Is your new car worth that much? If you invest wisely today, you'll be able to pay cash for any car you want 20 years from now. Deferring gratification for a while will allow your money tree to grow. When you prematurely pick the fruit from your money tree, you stunt its growth and dramatically reduce the time it takes for you to enjoy a fully matured, fruit-bearing money tree.

You can do the most good for the greatest number of people, yourself included.

Let's examine the money trees of some of the last century's most famous billionaires. You'll have to admit, they knew how to grow money trees. What did they do with their wealth? Almost every one of them set up a foundation that would outlive them. These foundations are like money tree forests that continue to thrive long after the money tree farmers are gone.

In the World Book Encyclopedia, under "Foundations," you'll discover that there are over 24,000 charitable foundations set up in the United States alone, dispensing yearly charitable grants to needy groups and organizations of almost $5 billion. The top 10 foundations are as follows:

Assets Annual Giving
Ford Foundation $4.8 billion $170 million
Getty Trust 3.7 billion 160 million
Kellogg Foundation 3.1 billion 75 million
MacArthur Foundation 2.3 billion 105 million
Lilly Foundation 1.9 billion 57 million
Johnson Foundation 1.8 billion 95 million
Rockefeller Foundation 1.6 billion 45 million
Pew Charitable Trusts 1.6 billion 90 million
Mellon Foundation 1.5 billion 67 million
Kresge Foundation 1.1 billion 42 million

The Ford Foundation was established in 1936, yet decades later is still giving away more than a $100 million a year to needy causes. No matter what your attitude toward the wealth of the Fords, Rockefellers, or Gettys, you've got to admit that hundreds of thousands of people (even you) are benefiting each day from the legacy of these great money masters. The fruits from their money trees continue to bless the world.

You can have a major, positive impact on future generations.

If you learn the secrets of these successful money masters, eventually you, too, will be able to leave a legacy that will outlive you. Although leaving a $100 million fortune may be the furthest thing from your mind today (you'd probably rather make an extra $10,000 this year), I encourage you to imagine what your future foundation might look like. Answer the following question: Once you have achieved your financial goals and lived a long, prosperous, happy, and healthy life, how do you want your money invested so that it can have the greatest positive impact on future generations?


In the purest sense, money is a spiritual concept. It contains the power to do so much good. Imagine the benefit that you could provide to future groups of worthy people. Imagine your own posterity--your own great-great-grandchildren--a century from now. How could they benefit from your wise financial, spiritual, and intellectual legacy? If you won't do it for yourself, at least do it for them.

Now let's look at that dollar bill one more time. This simple money seed contains the power to bless you and countless future generations. But only if you'll start now. The future is counting on you. A wealthy future is awaiting you. It's worth the sacrifice. Remember, it all starts with a single unit of money.

I wish I had the power to reach more people with the message that you've just read. Why don't they teach these things in school? I feel so strongly that more people should learn these concepts that I've made this entire chapter available free on my web site. If you'd like to share it with someone else--your family, for example--just go to www .multiplestreamsofincome. com and click on the Free chapter link.

Now that you have the right respect for each of those priceless money seeds, let me show you specifically how to turn each of them into $1 million money trees. Join me in the next chapter and let's get started.

What People are Saying About This

Robert T. Kiyosaki
I have tremendous respect for Robert Allen's ability to teach people how to make a lot of money. His latest book, Multiple Streams of Income, contains a wealth of information.
— (Robert T. Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and CEO of Cash Flow Technologies)
Jack Canfield
If you're ready to have the money just keep rolling in, read Multiple Streams of Income by Robert Allen. Bob knows how to share his lifetime of learning, compressed in an easy-to-read, easy-to-absorb, and easy-to-use format.
— (Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series)
Brian Tracy
Multiple Streams of Income is an incredible book! You will learn more practical ideas to make money, keep the money you make and become financially independent in this book than in any other single source. It is a financial success bible for the twenty-first century.
— (Brian Tracy, author of The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success)
Denis Waitley
One idea that Robert Allen gave me added an additional stream of over $100,000 in our income. Think what 18 chapters full of innovative, no-nonsense strategies can do for you! Read Multiple Streams of Income and reap the harvest.
— (Dr. Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning)
Stephen R. Covey
The whole idea of Multiple Streams of Income will be a powerful paradigm shift for most people. Bob Allen then gives practical and beautifully illustrated knowledge on how to do it. Mastering financial principles is an important habit in life because it gives us the freedom to focus on what matters most. A valuable read.
— (Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
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Multiple Streams of Income is a wise investment! Robert Allen once again delivers us the simple and sound advice that quenches our thirst for healthy economic prosperity.
— (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager)

Meet the Author

ROBERT G. ALLEN is the author of the #1 megahits Nothing Down, Creating Wealth, and The One Minute Millionaire, as well as the national bestseller Multiple Streams of Internet Income. A popular guest on radio and television shows including Larry King Live and Good Morning America, he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Parade, People, and Reader’s Digest.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book in a Florida airport and was so excited about it, I read the entire book during my wait in the airport and on the flight home! I will read it again and again. Robert Allen explains everything very clearly. Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only action oriented book I've ever read. Simply stated (THE BEST).I've recomended it to countless of frends, and currently my pastor taught a month long series on it. You can't just read it you have to live it. Truly a God Send.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the fulcrums that launched my success. Robert Allen lays out multiple paths to wealth in a topical yet somewhat tactical fashion. This is a terrific overlay for a more specific plan of action. If you've ever wanted to pursue wealth, I'd highly recommend spending a few days with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was my intro to Robert Allen. I have never been the same since! This is not a get rich quick book. You have to be persistent and work hard. As long as you stick to Robert's principles you'll be fine! I credit this book for helping me take baby steps into the investment world at my own pace. I'm not a millionaire yet but I'm making a hell of alot more money than I was 3 1/2 yrs ago using Robert's techniques.
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scurvyknave More than 1 year ago
good, but most people spend their days at 'jobs' and more streams of income take a lot of time to develop, not to mention capital.
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This book was somewhat disappointing. Not that it's not a good book, but my concerns weren't covered nor clearly addressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has some great ideas on how to start making money if you follow is advice, but if you sit on your butt and do nothing guess what, nothing will happen I started a network marketing business before I saw this book and it gave me some ideas on how I can market my business and increase sales, and on that advise along it will pay for the book and then some. The most important thing for me is to accumulate as much knowledge and information so I can make less mistakes and more money through my actions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this book doesn't give you the ideas to change the outlook of you future, then nothing will. After you read it, action is needed to make more money. Many people will read this book, but few will do anything that is in it. If you choose to do nothing it is your own falt, don't blame the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a basic brush up on ways to help you succeed. Hard a hard time getting into it, but in some areas it brogut forth new ideas, other areas were self plugs for his web page and his friends sites also.
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For all the negative commentary over this book, the only remark I have is'Beware of The Cynics' They will destroy you. HELLO!!! Books are designed to give broad overviews. They provide the general direction. They give the Macro Perspective, Not the Micro Outlook. You must select Courses and Seminars to accomplish this detail, or research through Newsgroups on the net. You must first know the direction, before you take a step. And duh, of course he is going to direct you to his site. He is in this to make money too, and that is ok. So will you when your in his position. That does not mean that he is not providing quality products. He is not going to give you all the detail on how to become a multi-million for $15 bucks. Surely you can see the rationality in that. My advice: Beware of the Cynics. Get Far Away From Them. Read Books, generalize your path, search out home study courses, and take action. Robert Allen is very much on que. Lesson Number One, loose the entitlement attitude. It will get you no where.
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This book is basically a brief summary of the ideas presented by others on how to add extra ¿streams¿ of income. In reality most of the ideas are not even written by Mr. Allen. They are writings borrowed from people who actually make a living with the ideas they present minus any detailed useful information. Save your money, do not buy this book. Go to his website www.multiplestreamsofincomel.com and download the information for free. As he stresses in the beginning of the book anyone who is good at accumulating wealth will not pay for information they can get at a discount or even better for free. Do yourself a favor go to his site, download the information, and study the topics you are interested in detail from another source. As anyone who has read this book will tell you nearly every chapter attempts to drive you back to his website, which is no doubt how he is making his money these days. Words to the wise if you do take my advice and visit his site don¿t leave any personal information unless you would like to receive a constant barrage of emails promoting his products. This book does have some sound ideas but nothing more than a simple introductions and a plug to buy more products off his site. Robert Allen, I challenge you to prove to me personally that these techniques work and you didn¿t just sell me 300 plus pages of ramblings to make a quick buck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very disappointed in this book. I am about 3/4 of the way through and I have stopped reading. The beginning of the book was great, it had me so excited and energized, but a lot of what is in this book is not realistic for the average person to accomplish on their own. I even went on the website only to find out it hasn't been updated since early 2002 and it is almost 2004. The only way I would recommend this book was if Robert G. Allen would personally assist me with my questions, because when reading this book a lot of questions come to mind that are unanswered. Unfortunately I do not think this book is a realistic way an average person can use to their benefit.
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This book tell you a very good idea about real world, you can try to use one of this ideas and make good money. There is a big difference between work to make money or put the money to work for you; Remember " The best way to learn is to teach " If you learn to be independent, teach to others how they can do it too, tha's the best gift you can give. If you like to email me feel free to do it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Allen goes into much detail in the beginning of the book for those who have no knowledge of earning money other than via a JOB. He points out that now it takes 2 income streams for a family to survive: a husband's and a wife's. In the future, even more income streams will be necessary for survival as the world speeds even faster. From the very basics Allen proceeds on to giving the information required to start making your own money work for you at better rates of interest than what today's interest rates are! He continues his instructions into internet marketing, the money-maker of the future. A basic primer that takes you thru to heavy-duty investing and earning potentials with step-by-step procedures. I would recommend it highly to the novice "Who, me?" type of money handler, and also to the seasoned investor who needs to know a lttle more about some strategies that are "secrets". And certainly recommended for newbies to internet marketing and the highly lucrative field it is turning out to be.
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Aimed at those with little or no business or investment knowledge, this book explains how to earn money in addition to your salary and how to plug leaks in your cash flow. Robert G. Allen crams in an enormous amount of information and the book design accommodates boxed quotes, sidebars and graphs that help simplify complex investment and other financial information. We from getAbstract recommend this book to anyone in need of a crash course in financial security, who doesn¿t mind a ¿Gee-whiz¿ approach.
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Robert Allen describes a number of excellent, unique opportunities to attain financial freedom and gain riches and wealth. These opportunities range from normal stock strategies to buying real estate and to avenues of wealth relatively unknown such as licensing and tax lien certificates. Overall a great and powerful read.
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This book is an excellent read for the financially astute bounded individual. It provides in depth knowledge of different avenues of income generation. Many of his principles I have already implemented and I must say it is a complement to know that there are others 'thinking' in similar lines.
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In this book, Mr. Allen gives you an overview of the key principles behind creating more sources of income. He claims to focus on opportunities on a 'part-time basis,' from 'your own home,' 'using little or none of your own money,' 'with few or no employees,' 'using simple, proven systems that really work.' In many cases, he describes the success that the most successful one percent will enjoy as though that is what you should expect. In other cases, he encourages you to pursue paths that could cause you to lose lots of money. Be careful! The section on the benefits of regular investing and compound interest is one of the very best I have seen. It shows how as little as a dollar a day invested can be turned into a million dollars over a lifetime. That is followed by 50 ways to save $50 a month so you'll be able to make these investments. He then has a good section on the money skills you need: 'value' money; 'control' money; 'save' money; 'invest' money; 'make' money; 'shield' money; and 'share' money for worthwhile purposes (your legacy). I agree that each of these areas needs work. I do think that the 'control' and 'shield' sections are overdone for the average person. They are more an indication of personality that is compulsive than of necessary steps. I have known hundreds of people who have achieved financial security through their own efforts, and none of them to my knowledge employed more than a small amount of what is described in those two sections. I also liked his 'moneytree' concept for what kind of a stream of income you should try to build. I do think he makes it sound much easier than it is. I have personal experience with most of these areas, and I thought that they each took a lot of work, strain, and sweat. I also had to put significant financial resources into them before I was done. The stock investment section is pretty good until he starts talking about buying calls. Don't do it. His advice on buying indexed, no-load mutual funds is good, but he veers off into encouraging sector funds. Don't do it unless you are very knowledgeable. I thought the real estate section was good, but he makes it sound easier than it is to handle the human interactions necessary to get the real estate with no money down and to do the renting and fix up. Many people would find it excrutiating to do those things. Someone with a lot of emotional intelligence would find it fun. Don't forget that needed repairs can put quite a dent in your wallet, as can having deadbeat tenants (or no tenants). The tax lien section is pretty good, and more people should look into that. I thought the network marketing section was woeful. Yes, celebrities have an easy time with network marketing. Are you a celebrity? I think that licensing will be too tough for most people, although it was a good idea to have it here. This is more appealing for people who are lawyers. I wish it were as easy to make money from writing a book as he suggests. The tax material was decent, if a little light. Overall, Mr. Allen seems to have a need to show off. He likes to tell about his personal successes. I agree that he is a talented man. And I agree that I am not as talented as he is in these areas. So why should I try to follow his advice? Most things require skill or knowledge to do well. If he looked for things that 90 percent of the people succeed in earning a good income from with limited risk, this would have been a great book. But he keeps wanting to pull rabbits out of a hat, by describing places where a few will make a killing while most will get killed. A good example is the section on building an Internet business. I do recommend that you read the book. But check out the ideas for their difficulty to implement, and their risk, before choosing ones to do. Generally, simpler, safer, and easier are better. If you did everything he suggests, you would have a very complicated life just taking care of your finances.