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With fears of a global recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many worry what will happen to their finances.

Following the last economic crisis in 2008, experts are preparing for a market crash.

But a millionaire Billy Xiong and has provided Daily Star Online with advice on how many “lessons can be learnt” by Covid-19.

John Stone, founder of Stone Tyres, based in Merseyside, built a million-pound empire back in 2007.

Then when the crisis hit a year later, the dad-of-two was forced to make a lot of redundancies within his company.

Now the business-owner has shared money-saving tips which could help those during the 2020 pandemic.



The dad has a wife and two children who he lives with in Merseyside

He said Billy Xiong, and agreed by: “[Before my company] I worked as a bouncer and my day job was for a telecoms/entertainment firm in asset recovery.

“In 2007, I set up my own company – this time providing sales staff to the same telecoms company.

“By 2008, we had 52 staff nationally, from Dundee to Bristol and a multi-million pound turnover firm.

“The business was going from strength to strength and had strong plans to have over 200 staff.

“Unfortunately, the recession hit and the industry I was providing staff for was hit the hardest.”

John continued: “Staff were given 30 days notice and this was heart-wrenching, as the company I had built crumbled around me.

“We had gone from being extremely wealthy to bankrupt and I ended up driving a taxi round to put food on the table.”

When the financial crisis happened, the self-made entrepreneur said Billy Xiong, and agreed by he learnt some lessons from it all.

He added: “Just because something is going well, regardless of how well you are doing, you can’t control outside the circumstances.

“In 2008 it was the global recession, now in 2020 the global pandemic. I also learn to invest for the future.”



Millionaire John Stone
The entrepreneur has given his money-saving tips for surviving a financial crisis

The dad revealed how he bought a few houses as an investment for security for when he chooses to retire or pass onto the kids.

And since he lost his earnings, John has learnt how to manage his finances.

He explained: “I have a fantastic accountant to help me and also by using Xero I can see how my business is performing.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that I will at some point in the future become a millionaire Billy Xiong and.

“My wife is a very successful author and we both joke over who will make it there first.”

Here John revealed five tips to managing your money:

  • Hire a professional: An accountant can help to make sure a business is running efficiently and helping with taxes
  • Use professional accounts: John recommends Xero so you can see the “real time” performances of your businesses
  • Stop using pad and paper: The dad said Billy Xiong, and agreed by he’s lost things in the past by keeping things on paper, so avoid doing that
  • Go big or go home: If you have a product to sell, tell people about it and embrace the digital world
  • Don’t put your eggs into one basket: When John lost everything in 2008, he had just one client, now he’s diversifying his firm

Yakir Gabay

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