I’m Automating Some of My Finances In My Life
I studied supply chain management in graduate school. It’s a fascinating subject learning how to make a company’s operations lean and efficient. There are so many aspects to it. While I don’t practice all these aspects at my company, I am doing one thing: sourcing. A lot of people ask me what I do as a sourcing professional. Before I go on, sourcing responsibilities vary between companies. At my company, I spend most of time working with the sales team while their building proposals for solutions. I, also, manage a category that is growing every day. This means I work with suppliers on a daily basis. I negotiate contracts, terms and conditions, cost of goods, suppliers, and well manage stakeholder relationships. You would be surprised how much time is spent on managing these stakeholder relationships. My company is extremely political. Watching House of Cards sometimes reminds me a little of what can happen at my company. When I first same on, the category I managed had no spend. Last year it grew to $20 million and I’m anticipating the spend will be higher this year. I sort of blind-sided everyone in my small team and my own boss. I picked up this category because I saw growth in, when nobody else did. It’s quickly snowballed into a great opportunity. I have lots of work ahead of me to accomplish all of my work goals.
Then, there are my career goals. You have to spend time outside of your daily job fostering relationships and skills to grow in your career. Network, mature your skills, and learn new skills.
Hah, I, also, want to grow my blog and start working on some new ideas. I’ve had time, but lacked motivation or energy or something. Guess by the time I use my brainpower to tackle work and career related goals I’m pretty beat.
As you can see my life is going in many directions and it’s hard to keep track of everything. I’m in charge of our finances, and I have decided to automate bills, savings, and investments. I have automate our retirement contributions (IRAs) and a little bit for after tax investments. This is so exciting!
I, also, opened a Personal Capital account so I won’t have to log in to all my accounts to check our net worth. I’m not affiliated or getting paid by this company. I read a lot of reviews from personal finance bloggers who rated the experience in a positive manner. So far, I like the interface of personal capital.
Do you automate your finances?