When it comes to taking care of your family, there is so much work to be done. If nothing else, most people have to work to generate income. But what if something happens to you or your job? You still need money coming in to make ends meet. What can you do to guarantee that your family still has a source of income?

Start a Side Hustle

You’ve probably heard that diversifying your investments is a good idea. Have you ever thought about diversifying your income as well? Starting a side hustle allows you to bring in money from multiple sources. That can give you a bit of a buffer if things go sideways with your main job. Not sure what side hustle to choose? Consider your interests and what sorts of needs you could meet in one of those fields. You may ultimately pick something entirely unrelated, but that can be a good springboard from which to start coming up with ideas.

Buy Insurance

Insurance tends to be one of those things that no one wants to pay for, but if you find yourself needing it, you don’t want to be caught without it. There are a ton of different types of insurance out there, and some of them could provide you with some income protection. Life insurance and disability insurance can be especially helpful in this regard. Just make sure you carefully research the different options so you can choose the right one for your circumstances. Term life policies are more affordable than whole life policies. That said, whole-life policies have a cash value aspect that you could potentially tap into while you’re still alive.

Invest Wisely

Investing can be a great way to build wealth if you’re wise about how you go about it. There’s always going to be some degree of risk, but investing wisely can help minimize it. You might invest in real estate, stocks and bonds, and other physical assets. Retirement funds are also a decent investment. If you’re able to build a robust investment portfolio, you may be able to use that as a source of income if you are no longer able to work for some reason.

If there was ever any doubt before, the last couple of years have proven that few jobs are guaranteed and just about anyone is replaceable. There’s also the matter of potentially becoming injured (or worse) and unable to earn money the way you used to. That can spell some serious trouble for anyone who is providing for a family. Take steps to guarantee that your family will still have a source of income so you can protect them financially should the need arise.

Check out this article on workplace benefits that can benefit employees with families!