Happy new week blog hearts!
Hope you had a great weekend like I did?
So I’ve been in Lagos since last week, and so I was able to attend #RedefiningFinance by @Inspiredbyglory of www.inspiredbyglory.com yesterday.
It was mind-blowing and mind shifting and I hope to be able to translate just a little bit of what I got to you all today.
The event was meant for ladies but if you are a man, you can also read on as the wealth of wisdom will also be of great use to you.
The first thing you must do even as you read this is to be ready to change your mind set.
If you think that you can’t #RedefineFinance with your little salary, then so it will be for you.
You believe you can’t, then you can’t.
You believe you can, then you can.
I will be sharing notes from each speaker with a little bit of my thoughts as an aside in it all.
We had the first speaker Arese Agwu of www.smartmoneyafrica.org who spoke on redefining finance.
She made lots of viable points.
She said, women generally know how to make money but don’t know how to grow it.
So basically, most women see money as something to be spent.
But we need a re-orientation of our minds on that belief.
Being broke isn’t when we don’t have money, being broke is – “if you lose your source of income today, would you still live like you are accustomed to without begging from friends and family?” (food for thought)
Your spending patterns doesn’t make you a successful person but your assets make you a successful person (and while we are on this, please, a car isn’t an asset. When I told a friend that if I had 500k today I won’t get a car, the first thing is to invest, I can get a car from my investment cash if I want but the first thing first is to grow the money, he was looking at me like I’m crazy or stingy but this event proved me right.)
People who are financially successful aren’t spending from their active cash, they are spending from their asset income.
We must know that there is a certain framework within which we can work, stop living like you have all the time.
Stop saying that “I will save when I get a better job”, the way you spend 10,000Naira is the same way you will spend 100,000Naira.
Your net worth is your assets minus liabilities (and again, material possession, bags, shoes, etc aren’t assets, lands, stocks, buildings, treasury bills, etc are assets)
So what can women use money for aside from spending it?
(1) For emergency funds – If something happens today, would you have something to fall back on?
(My own thoughts – we need to move from thinking only about the now to thinking about the future. Your job isn’t secure, you say when I get better pay I will save more, but what if you never get a better pay? What if you are out of a job for months? We may say God forbid but let’s be realistic here, whose job is assured by anyone??)
So you must have living expenses for up to 9months set aside just in case something happens. (and that fund you can start building now little by little)
(2) For Investment – There is no get rich syndrome that exists that can get you into wealth, you must go through the time and process.
The simple way to build wealth is to spend less than you earn.
5tips for investing your money…
(a) Know why you are investing. Don’t invest because your friend did, have your own solid reasons for doing what you are doing with your money.
(b) You need money to invest. So start saving for it.
You have to find a balance between saving for long term goals, and short term goals(emergency funds). Know how much you can afford to invest into something for a particular amount of time and leave it there.
(c) Ask questions, do your research, speak to people at the investment firm.
(d) Know what you want to use the money you get from your investment to do for you.
Start with a benchmark, have investment goals.
Do you want to get a land with your money from your investment? Stocks, etc?
(e) Pick an investment firm.
We have a lot of expenses yes, but let your expenses reflect what really matters to you.
Have a structure to the way you spend money.
70% for living expenses, food, transportation, etc,
20% Long term goals, land, etc
10% short term goals, eg buy a car.
Having a spending plan helps to make it easy.
Don’t get it twisted, the way you spend 10k is the way you will spend 10million.
(my thoughts- it would amaze us to see just how much we spend mindlessly when we start using a spending plan and stick with it)
How can we make more money?
By living in purpose.
When you are doing something you really love to do and something that comes easily to you, then find a way to turn it into a business.
Tips on how to make money from your purpose…
(1) Know what you are passionate about, what you are invested in emotionally. What your friends call you to help them with.
That stuff that you don’t mind doing whatever it takes to get it done.
(2) Know what area you have skill sets in, identify them and become excellent at them.
When you find your purpose, making money becomes easier.
Assumptions about money that we need to let go of…
People always think that they are going to invest when they make more money but NO, what are you investing in now? What do you have currently?
You must revamp your money mentality. This is very important.
Don’t get carried away with what others are doing, ruthlessly cut your expenses on things that you don’t need if need be.
Have your spending plan, set something aside no matter how small it is, make sure there’s something in your emergency account and organize your cash into different accounts.
Aside from your saving account, it’s also important to have a stock account, one you can afford to use for investment over a period of time and just leave it there.
The next segment was Finance Sessions From The Heart and it was a round table of different amazing ladies speaking to us from their practical experiences in business, 9-5 Jobs, transitioning from 9-5 to a business, managing finance as a married woman, etc.
I will simply write the names of each woman and the words of financial wisdom that were given.
Uzo Orimalade of Uzo’s food labs – She used to be an investment banker and made the transition from the 9-5 job to entrepreneurship.
What steps made it easier? – She started transitioning when she was still working.
She knew she was good in home entertainment and so she decided to turn it into a business.
Then when she just started, she would go to work, bake overnight, deliver early in the morning before work.
She also cut down on a lot of expenses and started saving a year’s equivalent of her salary and the deal with priority really helped her.
She cut off stuff she didn’t need, food and all what not and it’d actually amaze us as to how much we can save when we cut off the chop chop.
Aurora Moneyi (Brand manager)
She spoke from the 9-5 job aspect of managing our finances.
First things first, she deals with delayed gratification. Never get what you don’t need. Take away part of your salary, save it, have a budget plan, no impulsive spending.
You don’t have to have everything, food, clothes, etc, you just need what can get you through the day.
Shop on sale, don’t spend your interest from your investment anyhow. Don’t pay rent that’s above your 3months salary, eg, if you earn 200k, your rent shouldn’t be more than 350k per year.
Live as close to your place of employment as possible.
There is nothing like class or status, no one sits and thinks about what shoes you wore to work yesterday.
Do what you need to do to get your finances on track.
And as for investment, even if you work in a 9-5 job, you can invest in businesses that are doing well, have an agreement as to your percentage and grow your money.
How do you see your goals through in business?
(1) Save enough for your business capital and look at your resources around you, eg, family, having sellers who will have an agreement with you to pay later, etc.
(2) Know the kind of business you want to go into.
(3) Invest in things that you know won’t disappear.
(4) Do what you will give up any part of your day to be a part of.
You must start with cash, and what you can do first of all to boost your business.
Having multiple streams of income is very necessary, you must balance your passion with your business. Become known for something even as you diversify. Don’t be a jack of all trades.
Aurora Moneyi on being single and waiting for marriage before we save and have our own investments…
Our cash isn’t meant for us to just chill and wait for the man to come. We should live in the now.
You should aim to cut off rent as soon as possible. If you can get a land or business, get it. Get your own stuff and start investing in stuff you can trade for more value.
And cars, shoes, bags and all aren’t assets, anything you get and trade for less than what you got it for isn’t an asset at all.
Elaine Shobanjo (CEO Shomya Cosmetics) on being married with kids and managing your finances…
It’s a whole different ballgame when you are married and have kids.
She used to save right from when she was 15 and already had the saving culture locked down but it becomes a different thing altogether when the kids are here.
You might have a fixed income and it will be gone for nappies, kids funds, schools, etc.
So the easiest time to even develop the habit of saving is now.
The other seasons of our lives come with their own challenges.
(my thoughts- Don’t wait for when you are married and say I will have more money then, no, you will even have many more people entitled to your money. The little you save will only be by plenty grace. So START NOW)
Uzo Orimalade on women having bigger dreams for themselves…
Women must aspire to be more and have a bigger goal.
Realign your mind set with sound financial principles and you will be amazed as to how things will align – your spending habits, friends you keep, etc.
You should have people-friends around you that have sound principles about money.
And so it went on and on and on.
Sound amazing principles about money.
It was real talk and practical solutions all through it all.
We had people talking about losing their jobs to sharing ideas on how to make a business work.
And this post will be too long if I cramp it all here.
I have always been the girl who’s concerned about savings and being disciplined with my money.
I mean, my dad did well to drill that principle in me early in life. I even had a business in 100Level and all throughout my time in the university all because of him.
And I was encouraged to save anything I got from my business/allowee no matter how little it was.
Even right now as a youth corper, I know everyone knows how much we earn, but I still believe in being able to save from that little income.
Like Arese said, don’t get it twisted, you spend 10k anyhow, you’ll spend 100k anyhow.
I believe that if you aren’t faithful in little, there’s no way you can be faithful in much.
So I’m learning to work my way up there to much starting from now.
I’m not waiting for later – like some male corpers say, “after NYSC, we will have something to save, can someone save from 19,800?”.
To me, those are wrong men to even marry.
If you can’t manage your NYSC money, then how can you manage your family finances?
I know this isn’t about NYSC but that’s the stage of life I am at right now, you can take these lessons and apply to whatever stage of life that you are at right now.
I started a small business in my PPA State – a very small business but even in that business, I am careful not to misuse my finances.
How can I control the multi million naira business I desire to have if I can’t control the 10k business?
Ladies, gone are the days when we have lots of shoes and bags and feel fly.
No, our mates have lands, stocks, houses, assets worth something and no, not from Aristo things, but from sound financial principles that they have adopted.
I am not too small to have enough funds to help out disadvantaged kids.
I am not too small to have enough funds to travel all around schools and spread forth the message of their living forth purposeful lives...
But this I can only do when I adhere to using my finances the way that I should.
So yes, the RedefiningFinance event was meant for me and you.
We can do better with our finances.
All it takes is discipline and a mighty shift in the way we think.
Our mentality is basically what is holding us back and till we start seeing savings and money in a new light, we will keep going around the same broke mountain.
Hopefully, this post on notes from the event gave you a light bulb moment.
You can start implementing changes that you can make in your finances now.
If you have to open another account to save, do it.
If it’s just 1000naira you can save a month, do it. It still comes to 12000naira a year which is more than nothing.
Have a redefined week of your finances ahead,
P.S – Yesterday was mega-awesome!
I met Berry Dakara at the event and also met a blog reader, Chidinma.
And of course we all took pictures, I snapped with Wana Wana and @Inspiredbyglory
We took the pictures with Berry’s camera and her post on the event isn’t up yet so check back on this post for update with pictures, or simply follow me on instagram @frances_okoro
I will upload the pictures there later.
Twas awesome I tell you!
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