How To Live More Independently

Being more independent in life is a great thing for personal growth and development. It doesn’t mean you have to be entirely by yourself all the time and never ask for help - far from it - but when you are able to be independent, you’ll have a lot more choice about what you do and how you do it, and you won’t have to keep relying on others, life can be a lot bigger and better for you. With that in mind, here are some things you can do to start living a little (or a lot) more independently. Read on to find out more. 

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Manage Your Finances 

A lot of the time, it will be your finances (or a lack of them) that can allow you to live more independently. If you’re not reliant on anyone else for money, you’ll have more freedom, and you can do things you want to do rather than things you feel you should do. 

Although you might have to work for someone else and therefore will technically be reliant on that business for your income, if you are careful with the money you get and make sure you have a good budget in place, for example, and you don’t get into debt, then you can enjoy more freedom when you’re not at work. Or why not start a side hustle to bring in more money? You’ll only be reliant on yourself in that situation, and it might even be that you can turn this into your main income stream eventually. You could even set up a separate physical location for your business mail through, ensuring you can stay independent even when you have customers to take care of. 

Build A Support Network 

It might sound strange to suggest that in order to be more independent you need a good support network around you - surely that would make you less independent overall? The reality is that when you have good people around you, decision-making becomes easier. You’ll always have people to do to for advice or to run ideas past. When you speak to others to get some help with decisions, you’ll find it’s easier to make those decisions. 

Eventually, as you get more and more used to being independent, you’ll ask for advice less because you’ll have a better idea of where you want your life to go. However, just having the support network there and knowing you can ask for advice and feedback should you need it can be enough to help you feel more confident about yourself and therefore take the steps you need to be more independent. 

Learn New Skills 

If you are reliant on others to do things for you and are therefore less independent because of this, make a list of all the things you can’t do for yourself and make a plan to learn the skills you will need so you no longer have to ask others to do things for you. 

It might be that you don’t know how to take care of a vehicle, for example, or you don’t know how to cook. It could be that navigating is hard, so you never go anywhere alone, or perhaps you’re unsure about how to act in a social situation, so you would rather be in a group. 

You can learn how to be better at all these things and many more. Although getting help is no bad thing, if you can do more for yourself, you can be a lot more free and independent in life.

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