5 Things You Can Do to Increase Social Security Success

Now is the time to think about your future and plan how you can get there. Today we’re going to show you five steps that can help you create the most Social Security success as possible. Planning your future may seem overwhelming at first, but the following are five easy tasks that you can do:

Step 1: Get to know your Social Security — You’re going to be working side by side with Social Security for the entirety of your life, and there is an incredible amount of information you’re probably missing regarding benefits and services from the SSA. Social Security provides financial aid to millions of children and adults before they retire; this includes those suffering from chronic illness, children of deceased parents, and wounded veterans.

Step 2: Verify your earnings — How much benefit you receive is determined by a calculation involving your earnings record. You can sign into your my Social Security account to make sure that your earnings record accurately reflects your actual earnings.

Step 3: Estimate your benefits — You can estimate your future retirement or disability benefits by using the SSA’s Retirement Estimator which uses your actual earnings record in its calculation.

Step 4: Apply for benefits — You can apply for retirement, Medicare, or disability benefits online through the SSA’s simple yet secure online application that is easy to navigate.

Step 5: Manage your benefits — Social Security puts you in control by providing convenient and secure services that meet your needs. Verify your payment information, change your address or phone number, get a benefit verification letter, and even start or change direct deposit of your benefits.