One of the best parts about running a financial website, is that people ask strange questions and search for some crazy things online. One of my favorite search terms that help people find my website is "free financial advisor".
Don't get me wrong, I am tickled pink that Google thinks so much of me that my website shows up when someone asks for a free financial advisor. I find it really quite complimentary, actually. There is one little thing that bothers me about it though. Why do I have to be "free"?
Humans offer other people advice all the time. We let them know about things that worked for us and things that didn't. We like to share funny stories and little things that helped us get to where we are in life. I love all of that about being a real person!
What I don't love is why we think everything should be free all the time. EXPERT advice costs a lot of money. How much does an attorney charge? What about your doctor? These are both examples of expert advice.
Someone that offers you really detailed, specific, and actionable advice deserves to be paid for their time. It takes real effort to produce good, relevant articles. Books take a lot of time and effort to write, edit, and publish. None of that should be free if it is actually any good.
A wise man once said that free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it. Everyone has an opinion to offer on almost any topic. Do they practice what they preach? Do they own anything in the real estate business if they write books and articles on it all the time?
So thank you Google for making me a "free financial advisor" to the general public searching out financial advice. My experience and expertise do not make me free though. I offer real, actionable advice for people to change their financial situation.
So the next time you searsch for free advice on a subject, remember that people with real sums of money don't want free advice, they want EXPERT advice. REAL advice costs REAL money and gets REAL results.