The most important step to getting out of debt is financial restructuring. You can go to a debt or financial counsellor to come up with a plan for either your personal debt or business debt. Without some kind of plan clearly spelled out on how your finances are to be reorganized to manage debt payments, at minimium it will take a much longer time to reach a state of solvency again. At maximium: bankrutcy, which can considerably slow your recovery to a standstill. The plan can also help with more realistic and manageable debt payments, for creditors want to be paid what is owing to them. But finances still have to be reorganized for the paradisical state of being financially solvent.
Reorganization can come in many forms. Personal debtors (depending on how deeply they are indebted) can deeply cut back on expenses, stop living off a dizzying array of high-interest credit cards, maybe get a first or second mortgage on any propety they may own, even selling off some assets can always bring one’s sum total way up. The extra liquidity can either help pay off the debts outright. If they can’t, at least they can reduce them greatly. Mortgages can even help restore a personal debtor’s credit rating, and most mortgage companies are flexible on payments.
The second step is continuing to expand your liquidity.
The third step is to treat your financial reorganization plan like the Bible, itself. Adhere to it and make sure you follow up on any new injunctions and clauses to it, as your financial situation improves. Climbing out of debt is one thing. But if you don’t stick to your plan, or worse, backslide-you may find yourself right back where you started. Keep regular meetings with your debt or financial counsellor and follow their advice to the letter. Staying out of future debt and keeping solvent are the absolute keys to economic recovery. As better times envelop your finances, look to future opportunities with vim and vigor, but stick with an evolving financial plan. You don’t want to go back to the bad times of the past.
Whether there is a full-blown economic crisis ongoing or good times, all people should carefully manage their debt load. Certainly you don’t have to end up like AIG, Bear-Sterns or Merill-Lynch. Instituitions, as we all know, that were front and center in the global economic superstorm. Manage your monies by not going way out of their range. Remember, the taxpayer isn’t going to bail you out like them, unless you want to end up on welfare…Certainly, it won’t be the welfare that the corporates got.