While some women seem to excel at making their money work for them, others battle from pay day to pay day. With the release of her new book, Smartwoman, South African financial planning guru, Sylvia Walker, provides an insight into what these ‘smartwomen’ know and shows what we can learn from them.
Smartwoman provides a valuable insight into how your personal view of money impacts your financial behaviour, an understanding of who is competing for your money, and why it is often so difficult to find money to invest. It also examines major life events, such as marriage and divorce, and how clever financial decisions can have a major impact on us in the long term. Smartwoman shows the reader how to take control of her financial life by spending smarter, tackling debt, and setting goals. It takes money to make money, and ‘smartwomen’ understand the universal principles behind growing wealth, how the financial markets work, and what investment alternatives are available. Smartwoman is a must-read for every woman, at any age, who is serious about obtaining financial independence and building solid, long-term wealth.
‘Smartwoman’ understands how she can build wealth by making her money work for her.
My aim with Smartwoman was to create an understanding of money in our lives, how to be smart with it, and how to best use it to live happy and fulfilled lives, both today and tomorrow.
Women are a major driving force in the economy and opportunities are endless. With so many women earning really good money, comes the responsibility of managing it effectively.
About the author
Sylvia Walker is highly skilled and experienced in the financial services industry, having spent a large part of her career as a marketing manager for a blue-chip company. During this time, she worked closely with the media, conducting hundreds of presentations, doing radio and TV interviews and writing many articles for publications such as O, the Oprah magazine, Good Housekeeping / Goeie Huishouding, Sarie, The Mercury, Plus 50 and many others. She left the corporate world at the end of 2014 to pursue her interests further afield. She is also a published author. She contributed chapters on financial planning in Mary Ann Shearer’s Take Control the Natural Way and Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner’s Own Your Space. She authored Dealing in Death – Ellen Pakkies and a Community’s Struggle with Tik and co-authored Steeped in Blood, the memoirs of Dr David Klatzow, which was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award in 2011. She also co-authored and published Reflections for Old Mutual in 2013. Sylvia is currently a financial planner, writes articles, and conducts workshops on various aspects of financial literacy and planning. She is also the resident financial guru on the Cape Talk Early Breakfast Show, and is on air every Friday morning. Her latest book, Smartwoman, has just been published, and is a culmination of many years of experience in advising women on how to gain financial freedom and grow their wealth.
Why LoA loves it….
For so many women, managing money and making it truly work for them, remains a challenge. This is particularly the case in the world of entrepreneurship, especially in the start up phase, where the ability to separate personal money and money going through the business, can be tough. So for all those who need to start making smart and informed choices in order to build wealth, Sylvia Walker has some great advice and tips for changing mindsets and behaviours that are holding so many women back, in life and in business. This is a great read, packed with easy to grasp information, practical tools, and inspiration. --- Melanie Hawken, founder and editor-in-chief of Lionesses of Africa