Financial Autonomy

Financial Autonomy Podcast

Plenty of books, podcasts and blogs focus on building wealth – and that’s great, as far as it goes. But focusing just on wealth misses the point. I believe what most of us actually want is to have choice. Choice in how much time we give to income-producing activities. Choice about what those income-producing activities are. Choice about where we live. Choice about when we retire. Choice about the ways we use our money to produce happiness. In the Financial Autonomy podcast, I explore the different ways you can gain choice - from investing in stocks to becoming self-employed, starting a side hustle, or buying an investment property. I share learnings I've gained working with clients for over 20 years as a Certified Financial Planner, and interview others with interesting insights or experiences in gaining choice in life.

Are these Side Hustle Obstacles Holding You Back? - Episode 175
A Side Hustle can be a hugely significant stepping stone in you gaining financial freedom and choice. They’re a fantastic way to develop new skills and broaden your network, both of which help enormously in your income generating resiliency. In the end of course, they can have a financial payoff as well. But like most things in life, valuable and easy don’t sit comfortably side by side. Whether it’s the challenge of getting started, or keeping all the plates in the air once you’ve gotten the ball rolling, s...

Property management for investors with Jeremy from RentBetter - Episode 174
We've talked to several property investment experts recently, but what we haven't covered what you need to think about once you are a landlord. In this episode, I speak with Jeremy Goldschmidt from property management disruptor RentBetter to learn the property investment essential beyond the initial purchase. [RentBetter Website] [Disclaimer]...

Why has ESG investing shone in 2020? - Episode 173
ESG - Environmental, Sustainability, and Governance. Often known as ethical investing, using these factors to help construct portfolios has been a growing trend that has delivered great results for investors this past year. In this week's podcast, I take a look at why. [Disclaimer]...


Property - Yes or No?
This week I have a bit of fun with Elephant in the Room co-host Veronica Morgan, a buyers agent and co-host of Foxtel's Location Location Location Australia. I play devil's advocate, arguing against property as an investment, and Veronica explains why I'm wrong (or not in a few cases!). Hope you enjoy this one. [Disclaimer] Learn more about Veronica here. Home Buyer Academy...

Property Market Update - Episode 170
Jarrod McCabe from Wakelin Property Advisory joins us today to provide an update on the property market. One not to be missed.   Disclaimer...


Which Financial Independence Pathway is right for you? - Episode 169
Regular listeners will know that I frequently refer to the 3 pathways to Financial Autonomy - investing in stocks, investing in property, and building a business or being self-employed. But how to determine which pathway makes the most sense for you to pursue? That's what we'll be exploring in this week's episode. Disclaimer...

CASE STUDY - Ryan Helms - Debt Slayer - Episode 168
Ryan wanted a change in his life. He wanted more flexibility, he wanted to gain choice. He thought about how he could make that happen and realised the starting point needed to be reducing his debts - they were a huge burden that locked him down and hugely limited his options. Hear how he went about solving this challenge. Another great IRL example of the Financial Autonomy journey, I hope you enjoy. Disclaimer...

What's the data telling us about the Australian Property Market with Pete Wargent - Episode 167
Pete Wargent is a property investment expert. He is a buyer's advocate and does various bits and pieces within the property space. Pete's background is as a chartered accountant. The content he produces on property investment tends to be very analytical and data driven. So I've invited him along to get his insight as to what he is seeing in the data at the moment in the property space. He's got some unique insights here and some great tips that I think you'll get a lot out of. Regular listeners will know we...


Is it time to gear into shares? - Episode 166
When investing in property, it's largely a given that you'll be borrowing as a core element of the transaction. Indeed often, you're borrowing the entire purchase cost. Borrowing to buy shares however is often approached with trepidation, despite the many advantages shares offer around the ease of altering the transaction size, diversification and the speed with which investments can be liquidated. In today's episode, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of borrowing or gearing to invest in shares. Is now...

CASE STUDY - From employee to partner - Alex's journey to gaining choice via the self-employment pathway - Episode 165
I met Alex Hont at a Financial Planning conference last year. Alex hosts the Masters of Finance podcast - so with both financial planning and podcasting in common, we had quite a bit to talk about! I invited Alex onto the podcast to share how he went from being an employee to being a partner at his financial planning firm - how he planned for that move, how it unfolded, and what the change has meant for him. Alex shares his journey, how he got into the practice in the first place, how he's been able to incr...

Why (and how) I wrote Financial Autonomy - the money book that gives you choice - Episode 164
Regular listeners will know my book Financial Autonomy - the money book that gives you choice, came out last month. In this week's episode, I explain why I wrote it and how it fits into my mission of helping more people gain choice. During the various interviews I've done promoting the book one of the most frequent questions I get is how did I find the time to write it? So in this episode I also pull back the curtain a little to share how I got it done. Perhaps it might help you see a way to achieve one of ...


Market Update from the largest fund manager in the world - Blackrock - Episode 163
Really excited for this episode. I chat with Thomas Taw, the Head of Investment Strategies Asia Pacific for BlackRock. For those who are unfamiliar, BlackRock is the largest fund manager in the world. It's a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into how a business with the global resources they have at their disposal is seeing things - investment markets opportunities, economies, and the impact of COVID just to get us started. Soak this one up. Also, stay up to date with all things investments and financia...

How to use a Core/Satellite Strategy in your share portfolio - Episode 162
One of the most popular pathways to achieving financial autonomy is through investing in stocks. Stock market investing has a ton of advantages including ease of diversification, low transaction cost, ease of liquidity, and being highly regulated to guard against investor fraud. A popular stock portfolio strategy is known as the core/satellite approach. In today's episode, Ill be taking you through how this approach might help you build a robust and successful share portfolio. Disclaimer...

How to achieve Cult Status with Tim Duggan - Episode 161
Tim Duggan is the co-founder of Junkee Media, one of Australia's fastest growing media companies dedicated to improving the conversations about things that matter. In today's interview, we talk about building communities around digital products and understanding the shift towards conscious consumerism. We also discuss his new book, Cult Status, which encourages thinking about business in a new way, finding your business purpose and what it means to be an "untrepreneur". Tim gives his personal advice on how ...


How to become Self-Employed - Part 2 - Episode 160
Self-employment is one of the 3 pathways to achieving Financial Autonomy. What are the key 12 elements you need to cover off to succeed as a self-employed person? We covered the first 6 elements last week and this week we'll cover the other 6. Disclaimer...

How to become Self-Employed - Part 1 - Episode 159
Self-employment is one of the 3 pathways to achieving Financial Autonomy. What are the key 12 elements you need to cover off to succeed as a self-employed person? That's what I'll be covering in this and next week's episode. Grab the free toolkit: www.financialautonomy.com.au/159...

Motherhood, career, and self-employment with Melissa Martin - Episode 158
Today Melissa Martin is a successful Melbourne photographer, but that's quite a way from where she started her career journey. In this chat we explore: The challenges many women in particular face when they start a family and find that their previous career no longer works in their life. How Melissa went about finding a new path. Some of the clever things Melissa did to achieve success Plus plenty more! Melissa's web site: https://www.melissamartinphotography.com/ Entrepreneur You program mentioned in the...


Motherhood, career, and self-employment with Melissa Martin - Episode 158
Today Melissa Martin is a successful Melbourne photographer, but that's quite a way from where she started her career journey. In this chat we explore: The challenges many women in particular face when they start a family and find that their previous career no longer works in their life. How Melissa went about finding a new path. Some of the clever things Melissa did to achieve success Plus plenty more! Melissa's web site: https://www.melissamartinphotography.com/ Entrepreneur You program mentioned in the...

Axelrod, Gecko, and Martha Stewart - let's talk Insider Trading
The Financial Autonomy book is now available. Discover the full Financial Autonomy framework and build your own strategy to gain choice via the free downloadable companion workbook. Free delivery within Australia if purchased direct. Visit www.financialautonomy.com.au/book_order   This weeks episode: What is insider trading, why is it a crime, and why does Hollywood seem to love it so much? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this episode....


Why Modern Monetary Theory is suddenly the cool kid (and why you should care)
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) sounds dry, I know, and in truth, and it is. But it's likely you're going to hear a whole lot more about it, and the idea of jobs guarantees, in the coming months and perhaps years. Why?  Because MMT proposes an interesting solution to unemployment. And battling unemployment will be the number 1 agenda item around the country and the world over the next few years....

What to do when a family member needs Aged Care - with age care expert Susan Cooper - Episode 154
What's Aged Care have to do with financial autonomy and gaining choice? At some point, your parents are likely going to need age care and it might come down to you to solve it for them. An awareness of how the system works and some of the basics, is something I’m sure you will find valuable. Financial adviser and age care expert Susan Cooper explains some of the jargon and we discuss the key considerations when you’re helping a loved one with a move into aged care. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHO...


Is singledom denying you financial success? - Part 2 - Episode 153
When it comes to finances, singles can easily feel that the world is against them. Politicians constantly talk of the need to help “working families”. Yet what about those who through choice or the fall of the cards don’t fit that mould? In our last episode we talked about Resiliency, having a budget approach that works for you, holding an emergency fund to protect you against events like losing your job and having appropriate insurance. We also covered Savings and Wealth Creation, setting goals, creating m...

Is singledom denying you financial success? - Part 1 - Episode 152
When it comes to finances, singles can easily feel that the world is against them. Politicians constantly talk of the need to help “working families”. Yet what about those who through choice or the fall of the cards don’t fit that mould? Housing affordability is tougher for singles. Bills like insurance and council rates don’t get any lower with only one person in the house. And there’s no-one to back you up through a period of financial adversity like redundancy or illness. Singledom however does offer som...

Avoid borrowing mistakes with Stuart Wemyss, author of Rules of the Lending Game - Episode 151
You might have come across Stuart Wemyss via his regular contributions in the Australian newspaper, or his excellent podcast Investopoly. Stuart is a fellow financial planner, and in this week's episode, we discuss his latest book Rules of the Lending Game. Whether you're an investor, a homeowner with an existing mortgage, or an aspiring first home buyer, there are tips in here that I'm sure you'll get a tonne of value out of. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCI...


CASE STUDY - Isabelle's financial independence journey - from France to Australia via a very male dominated work environment - Episode 150
French born Western Australian Isabelle Lenglois shares her inspiring journey to Financial Autonomy in this week's episode. She prospered in an industry not especially welcoming of women - oil and gas drilling - through plenty of hard work and determination. She has then succeeded in transforming that income into wealth which provides her and her young family the independence she desired. Very happy to be featuring Isabelle's story as our 150 episode milestone. I hope you get plenty out of it. Check out the...

7 tips for buying shares in volatile markets - Episode 149
Volatility and share investing go together like honey and crumpets. As a share investor, how can you use volatility to your advantage? And how can you ensure volatility doesn’t derail your strategy to build wealth and gain choice in life? I’ve invested through the GFC, the Asian Currency Crisis, September 11, the Japanese tsunami, Brexit, numerous North Korean nuclear threats, and plenty more share market upsets. Here’s my top 7 tips for investing in shares through volatile times. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY E...

CASE STUDY - Property + Side Hustle + Shares - How Lachlan used the 3 Financial Autonomy pathways to gain choice in life - Episode 148
Lachlan is a member of the Financial Autonomy community and responded to my call out for case study examples. I'm especially excited to chat with Lachlan because he's pursued all 3 of the FA pathways - shares, property, and self-employment. You can get a hold of him through his email at [email protected] If self-employment is of interest to you, check out our new program Entrepreneur You - Transition to Self-employment without going broke SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL...


Transition to Self Employment Without Going Broke - Episode 147
So why consider moving to self-employment? Our mission here at Financial Autonomy is helping you gain choice. Of the options available to gain choice, becoming self-employed offers the potential for you to achieve success quickly, without huge financial investment, and provides the greatest potential financial upside. But transitioning from being an employee to becoming self-employed is a mine field. Let’s look at some of the challenges and what you can do to overcome them and achieve the success you deserv...

Case Study - Interested in early retirement? Stewart's roadmap to Gaining Choice - Episode 146
In today's episode, I speak with Financial Autonomy community member Stewart Perry. Stewart shares his plans to gain choice and flexibility and how the multi-phase strategy really resonated for him as he works towards early retirement. He explains his investment journey, what he's doing and how he's going about it. A fantastic element of Stewart’s story was his experience growing up when his parents (who were well ahead of the curve) achieving Financial Autonomy in their 40s. He shares how that happened and...

How does work from home change Financial Independence? - Episode 145
Most office workers have quickly had to adjust to working from home in recent weeks. The pace at which businesses were able to make this happen has been quite extraordinary. Before COVID 19, if you’d told most companies they needed to transition to work from home arrangements, it would have been a 12-month plus planning process. Yet when needed, we all got it done in days. Whilst most of us will return to the same old routine when things get back normal, the potential for permanent change certainly exists. ...


Making money investing in shares - How to Money interview - Episode 144
A bit of a different episode for you today. This is a flip the switch kind of one because in this episode, I'm actually the person being interviewed. I'm being interviewed by Kate Campbell who hosts the How to Money podcast. You'll recall back in Episode 134, I interviewed her. So we did these couple of interviews on the same day. In this one, Kate interviewed me for her podcast on how to make money investing in shares. It was a good discussion so I thought we'd share that with the Financial Autonomy commu...

The 1 Page Marketing Plan with Allan Dib - Episode 143
The 1 Page Marketing Plan book has been a publishing sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and being one of the most successful self-published books ever. This week I speak with its author Allan Dib who shares some massive wisdom bombs on how to succeed in any sort of business, big or small. If you have even the slightest entrepreneurial fibre in your body, this is one you will want to dive into. From Allan: • Free resource for your audience:  Download The 1-Page Marketing Plan Canvas for Free ...

Improving your Financial Resiliency - Episode 142
You’ve probably heard the phrase “never waste a good crisis”. The origins of this quote aren’t clear, though some point to Winston Churchill. Regardless, its point is that in times of crisis, habits and practices are forced to change. When things are going well, it’s easy to just let things float along. Some changes need a shock to bring them about.  In this current period of turmoil and worry, a change that might be valuable in your financial life is improving resiliency – the ability to withstand adverse ...


Improving your Financial Resiliency - Episode 142
You’ve probably heard the phrase “never waste a good crisis”. The origins of this quote aren’t clear, though some point to Winston Churchill. Regardless, its point is that in times of crisis, habits and practices are forced to change. When things are going well, it’s easy to just let things float along. Some changes need a shock to bring them about.  In this current period of turmoil and worry, a change that might be valuable in your financial life is improving resiliency – the ability to withstand adverse ...

COVID19 + Money. Need to knows - Episode 141
Today's episode is a bit of a freewheeling one. I've got some dot points down and I'm just going to go off the top of my head here. I wanted to cover off on different questions that I've been getting from our clients and from you guys in the Financial Autonomy community because no doubt if it's a question for a couple of people then it's probably a question for quite a few people. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...

COVID19 + Money. Need to knows - Episode 141
Today's episode is a bit of a freewheeling one. I've got some dot points down and I'm just going to go off the top of my head here. I wanted to cover off on different questions that I've been getting from our clients and from you guys in the Financial Autonomy community because no doubt if it's a question for a couple of people then it's probably a question for quite a few people. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...


Learnings from our recent Community Survey - Episode 139
Today's episode is a bit different. I don't have a script and I don't have a guest. I recently ran a community survey to everyone that gets the Gaining Choice email. In this podcast I want to share with you what we learned and some of the ways this information will be used to shape what we produce for you in the future. Thanks for being awesome. Paul SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...


Side Hustle Case Study with Anna Stroud - Episode 138
Hear how Anna built her side hustle whilst studying at uni, and how she now generates hundreds of dollars profit every month with only a few hours work. Anna is a member of the Financial Autonomy community. Anna has been running a side hustle for several years and I was curious to learn how she had found it, what she'd learned, and her plans for the future - I thought what better way for me to get answers to all those questions than to interview her for the podcast so all you guys can learn about Anna's exp...

How to Start a Side Hustle in Australia - Part 2 - Episode 137
Part 2 of How to Start a Side Hustle in Australia - the first part was episode 135 so give that a listen before diving into this one. I’ve interviewed numerous Side Hustlers over the past 3 years, including Side Hustle guru Nick Loper from the Side Hustle Show, and have conducted my own fair share of entrepreneurial experiments. The time has come therefore to provide the definitive guide to starting a Side Hustle in Australia. A Side Hustle could be the way you earn some extra dollars to pay for an overseas...

How to Start a Side Hustle in Australia - Part 2 - Episode 137
Part 2 of How to Start a Side Hustle in Australia - the first part was episode 135 so give that a listen before diving into this one. I’ve interviewed numerous Side Hustlers over the past 3 years, including Side Hustle guru Nick Loper from the Side Hustle Show, and have conducted my own fair share of entrepreneurial experiments. The time has come therefore to provide the definitive guide to starting a Side Hustle in Australia. A Side Hustle could be the way you earn some extra dollars to pay for an overseas...


Author Lacey Filipich talks about her new book Money School - Episode 136
Like me, Lacey Filipich is passionate about financial independence and gaining choice in life. She's recently written a book, Money School, so I've invited her on to tell us all about it. Lacey shares her thoughts on how social trends, like conscious consumerism and sustainable lifestyle, have helped Financial Independence gain momentum, especially among younger people. We discuss how the trend towards the gig economy has made younger people interested in finding options to take away the stress of job uncer...

Author Lacey Filipich talks about her new book Money School - Episode 136
Like me, Lacey Filipich is passionate about financial independence and gaining choice in life. She's recently written a book, Money School, so I've invited her on to tell us all about it. Lacey shares her thoughts on how social trends, like conscious consumerism and sustainable lifestyle, have helped Financial Independence gain momentum, especially among younger people. We discuss how the trend towards the gig economy has made younger people interested in finding options to take away the stress of job uncer...

How to Start a Side Hustle in Australia - Part 1 - Episode 135
I’ve interviewed numerous Side Hustlers over the past 3 years, including Side Hustle guru Nick Loper from the Side Hustle Show, and have conducted my own fair share of entrepreneurial experiments. The time has come therefore to provide the definitive guide to starting a Side Hustle in Australia. A Side Hustle could be the way you earn some extra dollars to pay for an overseas trip. Perhaps it accelerates the repayment of your mortgage. Your ambitions might be grander, with the Side Hustle being your entrée ...


How to Money's Kate Campbell on the Secrets to Successfully Saving for Your Goals - Episode 134
This week I chat with Kate Campbell, host of the popular podcast How to Money on how she's gone about setting her goals and developing a savings strategy to see them achieved. As you'll hear, she heads off to Europe soon for a 4 month trip, so clearly she's got some ideas that work. I'm sure there's some ideas in here that you can put to use. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...

How to Build an Investment Portfolio - Episode 133
This is part two of the back to the future episodes that we did. Episode 131 is part one of it, if you haven't had a listen to that one yet maybe give that one a listen.  A lot of the information contained in these two episodes form the framework or the basis for the Invest in Shares with Confidence online course that we put together. For people that have an interest in building a share portfolio and getting started in terms of investing, we have got that course now which has been really popular. We've been...

How to Build an Investment Portfolio - Episode 133
This is part two of the back to the future episodes that we did. Episode 131 is part one of it, if you haven't had a listen to that one yet maybe give that one a listen.  A lot of the information contained in these two episodes form the framework or the basis for the Invest in Shares with Confidence online course that we put together. For people that have an interest in building a share portfolio and getting started in terms of investing, we have got that course now which has been really popular. We've been...


The Retirement Coach - Jon Glass - Episode 132
This week I chat with retirement coach Jon Glass. Jon talks about the emotional event that occurs when we retire. He explains his analogy of crossing a bridge from salary earning and quite fixed in our weekly activities to having freedom and flexibility. Jon helps people create a new phase of life. Jon has found that most people like to get up in the morning and have some plans for the day. He talks about the different things he and his clients have gotten themselves involved in. I hope you find it valuable...

How to get started Investing in Shares - Episode 131
We've got a bit of a back to the future episode for you this week, “How to get started Investing in Shares”. The original version of this episode came out in late 2018. You can check out the full blog post here. This episode is a two-parter. There's a second part which is called “How to Build an Investment Portfolio” and that will be added in a couple of weeks’ time. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...

Investment Market Outlook for 2020 - Episode 130
2019 was a bumper year for investors, so can we expect more of the same in 2020? Or is a pullback inevitable? I receive reports almost daily from fund managers and financial institutions. In the last few weeks they’ve tended to focus on the current state of the global economy and what that means for investment markets. So in this episode I’ll be distilling their various insights, and providing my take on a few of them too. I hope you enjoy. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL ...


Let's Talk Shares - Equity Mates Collaboration - Episode 129
This week we talk all things Shares with Bryce & Ren from the Equity Mates podcast. We talk investment strategies, the current state of share markets, leverage, our first investments, books we’ve found helpful, and plenty more. I hope you love it!   SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...

Urban Farming and Permaculture to achieve Financial Independence with Kat Lavers of Plummery - Episode 128
Living sustainably is an increasing focus for many of us. This week’s guest, Permaculture expert Kat Lavers, shares how growing your own food can not only help in reducing your environmental footprint, but save you money too. In this episode, Kat shares: How she took on a modest inner suburban home in Melbourne and transformed it into an urban farm. What is permaculture. The amazing volume and variety of produce she has been able to produce, and the personal budget impact of that. How much work is involved...

What’s the plan for 2020? - Episode 127
In this episode I review the wins and challenges faced during 2019 and look ahead to our plans for Financial Autonomy in 2020. A bit of a pull back the curtain episode that I hope you enjoy. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...


From Employee to Self employed - Amy Irvine and I share our Stories - Episode 126
This week we talk making the move from employee to self-employment with Amy Irvine a fellow financial planner based in New York. We’ve each made the transition to self-employment, though Amy more recently than me. We share our experiences. The positives gained, as well as the challenges. Moving to self-employment is definitely a pathway to gaining choice in life, so if it’s an option you are considering, I know you’ll get a tonne out of this episode. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP...

18 Ways to Build Passive Income that work in Australia - Part 2 - Episode 125
If you’re to achieve financial independence and gain the choice in life that is our goal here at Financial Autonomy, then it’s very helpful if some or perhaps all of your living costs can be met without you needing to put a finger to a keyboard, smile at a customer, or drill a hole to install something or other. Passive Income sources are the key to arriving at this outcome. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY...

Building Wealth via Property with John Pidgeon - Episode 124
We're talking property this week. I recorded this interview a few months back with John Pidgeon, co-host of the popular podcast, My Millennial Money. John shares his property journey with us and provides some great ideas on creating wealth through property. We discuss: John’s first investment property in rural Victoria His thoughts and approach to building wealth through property How John has built a property portfolio to give he and his wife choice in life. Where he thinks the opportunities are now I think...


18 Ways to Build Passive Income that work in Australia - Part 1 - Episode 123
If you’re to achieve financial independence and gain the choice in life that is our goal here at Financial Autonomy, then it’s very helpful if some or perhaps all of your living costs can be met without you needing to put a finger to a keyboard, smile at a customer, or drill a hole to install something or other. Passive Income sources are the key to arriving at this outcome. It’s important to recognise that in one way or another, passive income generation requires considerable work up front. So for instance...

Science teacher to 6 figure earning internet marketing gun within 14 months – Episode 122
This week’s guest went from high school science teacher to being self-employed providing digital marketing services. In the space of 12 months she has grown her business income to over $100,000, and now has 2 staff helping her out. In this episode Brittany shares what sparked her change of career, her use of side hustles through her journey to self-employment, how she built the skills she needed for success, and what she’d do differently if she was starting over. If a career change or move to self-employmen...

Is Private Health Insurance Worth Having in Australia? - Episode 121
The cost of private health insurance in Australia keeps on rising. After housing, food and motor vehicle expenses, health insurance typically comes up as the next big ticket items in most households budgets. So it’s worth asking the question – do we need it? Private Health insurance is likely to be worth having if: You are over age 65 – the statistics say you’re far more likely to need medical care as you get older. Your income is at a level where the Medicare surcharge will apply. You’re planning on start...


Is Private Health Insurance Worth Having in Australia? - Episode 121
The cost of private health insurance in Australia keeps on rising. After housing, food and motor vehicle expenses, health insurance typically comes up as the next big ticket items in most households budgets. So it’s worth asking the question – do we need it? Private Health insurance is likely to be worth having if: You are over age 65 – the statistics say you’re far more likely to need medical care as you get older. Your income is at a level where the Medicare surcharge will apply. You’re planning on start...

How to negotiate for career flexibility with Doc of all Trades - Episode 120
This week’s guest rose to become the medical director - head of department as an anaesthesiologist at a large trauma hospital, within 10 years of graduation. He was working really hard, and getting the success that hard work brings. But then: “I remember one night in the middle of a horrible, horrible case. It was a level one trauma. I'm covered in blood. And all of a sudden I realised that I don't know if I could do this anymore. I was exhausted. It had been a 20 plus hour day. I'd been working straight, I...

How to negotiate for career flexibility with Doc of all Trades - Episode 120
This week’s guest rose to become the medical director - head of department as an anaesthesiologist at a large trauma hospital, within 10 years of graduation. He was working really hard, and getting the success that hard work brings. But then: “I remember one night in the middle of a horrible, horrible case. It was a level one trauma. I'm covered in blood. And all of a sudden I realised that I don't know if I could do this anymore. I was exhausted. It had been a 20 plus hour day. I'd been working straight, I...


Rethinking the traditional retirement - Episode 119
Between 1870 and 1970 our lifesplans more than doubled globally. For the thousands of years of human history prior to this massive leap forward in longevity, most humans did well to make it into their 40's. We lived long enough to reproduce, protect our children until they could fend for themselves, and then we were gone.  Yet today in Australia we have a life expectancy of 82.5 years. In wealthy countries like Australia life is lengthening by more than five hours a day, every day.  In this week’s episode w...

Rethinking the traditional retirement - Episode 119
Between 1870 and 1970 our lifesplans more than doubled globally. For the thousands of years of human history prior to this massive leap forward in longevity, most humans did well to make it into their 40's. We lived long enough to reproduce, protect our children until they could fend for themselves, and then we were gone.  Yet today in Australia we have a life expectancy of 82.5 years. In wealthy countries like Australia life is lengthening by more than five hours a day, every day.  In this week’s episode w...

Financial independence through property investment - Man Overseas collaboration episode - Episode 118
Early retirement via property investment is a key theme of this week's episode. Brad Dantonio, host of the Man Overseas podcast  and I, met in Washington earlier in the year and sat down to record this collaboration episode. Brad shares how he's been able to use property investment to retire early. He now lives in a different city around the world every 30 days. We also discuss shares, happiness, NFL, and plenty more. I hope you enjoy it! SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL TH...


All things Side Hustle with Nick Loper of the Side Hustle Show - Episode 117
I'm hugely excited to share with you my interview with Nick Loper from the Side Hustle Show podcast. In our chat Nick shares: How a house painting gig over the summer holidays helped set him on a path to entrepreneurship. His first side hustle. How he transitioned from full-time employee to full-time self-employment and some the challenges he faced along the way, not least of which was a huge Google roadblock on day 1 of self-employment that took 3 months to solve. Common ingredients for a successful side ...

Living in a world where money is free - Episode 116
February 12, 1999. That was the date something never before seen, happened. The Central Bank of Japan, battling persistent recession, cut official interest rates to zero. At the time other central bankers around the world criticised the move. Savers must be rewarded for savings. Borrowers must have to pay something to borrow. Without these basic financial assumptions, does the money world still make sense? Many predicted inflation would result. You will recall back in episode 111 I explored the enormous dam...

Living in a world where money is free - Episode 116
That was the date something never before seen, happened. The Central Bank of Japan, battling persistent recession, cut official interest rates to zero. At the time other central bankers around the world criticised the move. Savers must be rewarded for savings. Borrowers must have to pay something to borrow. Without these basic financial assumptions, does the money world still make sense? Many predicted inflation would result. You will recall back in episode 111 I explored the enormous damage out of control ...


FIRE is stupid – here’s some better alternatives - Episode 115
You’ve probably stumbled across the FIRE acronym before – it stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. It came out of the US and has spawned countless books, podcasts, conferences, and even a movie. Reddit has huge discussion threads devoted to the idea, with the primary thrust seeming to be how young you can achieve early retirement. Now I’m well on board with the first part of FIRE – Financial Independence. But it’s the second part – Retire Early, that I have a problem with (as indeed do many in the...

FIRE is stupid – here’s some better alternatives - Episode 115
You’ve probably stumbled across the FIRE acronym before – it stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. It came out of the US and has spawned countless books, podcasts, conferences, and even a movie. Reddit has huge discussion threads devoted to the idea, with the primary thrust seeming to be how young you can achieve early retirement. Now I’m well on board with the first part of FIRE – Financial Independence. But it’s the second part – Retire Early, that I have a problem with (as indeed do many in the...

Jim Smith - A Career Journey Masterclass - Episode 114
What are the secrets to a fun and interesting working life? Nepal, teaching, and pursuing your passion. That's what we discuss this week with Jim Smith who shares how he's been able to achieve this much-desired outcome. These days Jim's focus is on building a tourism business that helps Australian's and especially students, experience life in Nepal, whilst also helping the local Nepalese people through paying fair wages for work done - such as guiding, and supporting several orphanages.  “And at that point ...


Jim Smith - A Career Journey Masterclass - Episode 114
What are the secrets to a fun and interesting working life? Nepal, teaching, and pursuing your passion. That's what we discuss this week with Jim Smith who shares how he's been able to achieve this much-desired outcome. These days Jim's focus is on building a tourism business that helps Australian's and especially students, experience life in Nepal, whilst also helping the local Nepalese people through paying fair wages for work done - such as guiding, and supporting several orphanages.  “And at that point ...

3 Alternatives To Car Ownership That Can Help You Save - Episode 113
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  How many thousands of dollars do you have parked on the street or in the garage losing money every day?    It’s a question I’ve been focused on for our household recently. My wife and I each have a car, plus there is a 12 seater minibus for my wife’s tourism business that we could use for a personal trip in a pinch.    I reckon we’ve got about $70,000 of vehicles sitting on the street, slowly degrading, and all the...

The secrets to a successful tree change with Vanessa Whiltshire - Episode 112
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  We speak Vanessa Wiltshire, a Gen-X/Y ‘tree changer’, living in Heathcote, Victoria.  Three years ago, she and her husband made the leap from suburban Melbourne to Heathcote in rural Victoria. In our chat Vanessa explains:   - How to know if a "tree change" is right for you. - Escaping a career that makes you unhappy and into something that makes you smile (and pays the bills) - The top things to look out for (that...


Hyperinflation and the potential for Back to the Future - Epsiode 111
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Welcome back to another episode in our financial history series. We started with Tulip Mania and the madness of crowds. Then we reviewed the Great Depression and how the lessons learnt continue to have impacts today. One thread of the Great Depression story was the Gold Standard, which we explored in episode 109. An understanding of the Gold Standard is vital to anyone attempting to think through the potential g...

Hyperinflation and the potential for Back to the Future - Epsiode 111
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Welcome back to another episode in our financial history series. We started with Tulip Mania and the madness of crowds. Then we reviewed the Great Depression and how the lessons learnt continue to have impacts today. One thread of the Great Depression story was the Gold Standard, which we explored in episode 109. An understanding of the Gold Standard is vital to anyone attempting to think through the potential g...

"Self Employment and the Retirement Trap" Peter Stanhope - Episode 110
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Peter Stanhope, co-founder of Gig Super shares some of the challenges faced by self-employed people in our financial system. If you are self-employed, or planning on making a move to self-employment – this one’s for you....


"Self Employment and the Retirement Trap" Peter Stanhope - Episode 110
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Peter Stanhope, co-founder of Gig Super shares some of the challenges faced by self-employed people in our financial system. If you are self-employed, or planning on making a move to self-employment – this one’s for you....

The Gold Standard – What was it and what does it have to do with Crypto currencies? - Episode 109
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Welcome back to the third episode in our financial history series. Last episode we looked at the Great Depression and why it still matters today. Before that we visited Amsterdam in the 1630’s to learn about Tulip Mania. Today we’re going to be exploring the Gold Standard, something that cropped up during the Great Depression piece. Indeed the Gold Standard is often pointed to as one of the key causes of the Great ...

The Great Depression – why the lessons learnt are more relevant than ever - Episode 108
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Today we’re continuing to explore significant moments in financial history. In particular I’m aiming to arm you with a basic understanding of what the event was all about, and then importantly, why it’s of relevance today.   Last week we looked at Tulip Mania in the Netherlands in the 1600’s. Today we skip forward several centuries to the Great Depression of the late 1920’s and 1930’s.   The Great Depression remain...


Tulip Mania – What was it and why does it matter today? - Episode 107
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  You know how sometimes in the media or perhaps in a social setting, a self-declared expert will make reference to some historical event that they know full well most of us know little about, but they say it in such a way as to imply you’d be an imbecile if you weren’t aware of this world altering event. This is the first in a series of episodes in which we’re going to explore some of these often quoted financial ev...

From spinning your wheels to moving ahead with purpose – Episode 106
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  It's so easy to just float along. If it ain't broke don't fix it is not just a good approach to raising toddlers, it can be a whole of life game plan. But there will come a day when you're sick of going sideways. When rinse and repeat just won't cut it anymore. Whether it be career progress, building wealth, or physical health and fitness, one day you'll wake up and decide it's time for a change - time to move forw...

Special Collaboration - Money & Sport - Episode 105
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Not your usual Financial Autonomy podcast.  I was recently invited to co-host the Wheel of Sport podcast when they were working on the theme of Money in Sport. I had a ton of fun with this one – I hope you enjoy it too....


The Art of Frugal Hedonism with Annie Raser Rowland - Episode 104
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY    In this week’s episode I speak with author Annie Raser-Rowland about her book The Art of Frugal Hedonism.    Annie shares her tips on living a life of maximum happiness and fulfilment, whilst side-stepping some of the limiting societal expectations that we all face.    Annie certainly embodies our theme of Gaining Choice, and I’m sure there are ideas here that you can draw plenty from.  Link: https://www.frugalhe...

Rent or Buy – how to determine what’s right for you - Episode 103
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY The great Australian dream of owning a home once drove a fairly predictable housing pattern -  Aussies would rent for a little while, save for a deposit then dive into home ownership at the first opportunity. Housing status spoke volumes. Homeowners were successful while renters were either young or couldn’t get it together financially. How times have changed. Rising house prices and a need for lifestyle flexibility...

How Freelancing can help you succeed with Sarah Tang from Freelancer.com –Episode 102
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY Online freelancing platforms can help you obtain freelancing work, or hire people to do tasks where you either lack the expertise or the time. In this interview, Sarah Tang from Freelancer.com shares the inside tips on how to get the most out of these hugely powerful tools....


Episode 101 – How to prepare for a successful career change
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY    With technology changing our world so rapidly, the chances of us entering the paid workforce in one role, and that role then seeing us through until retirement 40+ years latter would seem quite remote. And even if this were possible, is it what you would really want? In this post we’re going to explore some key steps you could take to execute a successful career change....

Episode 100 - Listener Q & A
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  EPISODE 100!!!! Thanks for joining us for another Financial Autonomy episode. We've got a bit of a change in the normal routine today, because today is Episode 100 and I don't want to pass through that milestone without doing something a little bit special. I've asked our Gaining Choice subscribers for their top Financial Autonomy questions. I've picked out five and in today's episode I'll take you through the answ...

Will retirement still be a thing in 2030? - Episode 99
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Throughout most of human history, the only time you retired was when you died. Retirement as we now experience it is a reasonably recent phenomenon. It's an invention of the 20th century and it's worthwhile questioning whether it will continue through the 21st century, at least in the format we currently think of. When the retirement age of 65 was set, back in the early 1900’s, it was assumed you only had 2 or 3 mo...


From Side Hustle to Business Success with Kim Barrett – Episode 98
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY    In this episode, we explore how the fantastic journey of Kim from being an employee to a self business starter The experiences and knowledge Kim shares in this episode: How he turned a small side business into his full-time gig. Planning and Preparedness is important in transitioning from employee to self-employed Seeking mentorship for guidance and feedback to fast track your way to success. Sales is the lifebl...

Financial Autonomy and the 8 Levels of Financial Freedom – Episode 97
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Writer David Rae, in a great article in Forbes magazine, identified the disconnect between the early retirement through extreme frugality crowd, and the mainstream of society who want to enjoy life without financial constraints.  He identified 8 levels of financial freedom. A ladder that we progress along to gain more and more choice and freedom. Given this aligns so well with our Financial Autonomy mission, I tho...

The 5 Essentials For Successful Investing - Episode 96
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  The starting point must be clarity around your goals. Most importantly, your goals determine your investment time frame. They also dictate whether your investment should have as a priority growth, or income. If your goal is having the option to retire in 15 years time, then you can invest in assets that experience high levels of volatility. You could also hold assets that are fairly illiquid – that is, not quickly ...


Freelancing With a Safety Net - Episode 95
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Freelancing offers flexibility. It’s a way to fit in the necessity of generating an income, with the other things you want to achieve in life. Recently I heard someone reflect on the standard 9 to 5 working day. It came about in the industrial era to align with day light hours. The factories had little or poor lighting, and so they needed the workers to be there during the hours when the natural light streaming in ...

The Value of Education - Episode 94
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  When it comes to gaining choice, there’s few more powerful enablers than increased skills. Financial Autonomy is about gaining control and choice over your life – not enduring a working life that is unfulfilling. It’s about getting the most out of the one precious life that we are allotted. In this post, we’re going to look how an investment in your education, could help you gain that choice and control.  What brin...

How to make sense of your superannuation statement (and other things you really should know about your most important financial asset). - Episode 93
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  For many people, thinking about superannuation is the go-to cure for insomnia. This isn’t all bad, in that so long as your superannuation foundations are set-up right, it is something that needs to be left alone to grow – too much fiddling around can be extremely costly. But ignoring your superannuation savings completely is a mistake. Your superannuation savings are likely to be either your largest or second large...


Disaster avoidance – Best contact the experts – Episode 92
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Have you ever surfed the internet and seen something like “don’t pay thousands of dollars to a dentist to fix that sore tooth, download my free ebook – do it yourself dentistry, for everything that you need to know”? Or how about “people who tell you you need a qualified electrician to hook up your solar panels are just trying to steal your money. Take my 3 part mini course and do it yourself. I haven’t burnt down ...

Return on Intellect with Ronan Leonard - Episode 91
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  In this episode, we explore how you can convert the knowledge you already possess into dollars in your pocket. The experiences and knowledge Ronan shares in this episode: How mastermind group works Taking advantage of your Return of Intellect How to unleash your own Return of Intellect Turning your experiences into profit....

How to create a business plan for your Side Hustle - Episode 90
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY As we’ve explored in past episodes, a Side Hustle can be the key that unlocks Financial Autonomy for you. That little side business that brings in some extra cash, turbo charges your learning, and has the potential to enable a total career reinvention. An extra $10k earned through your Side Hustle and paid off your mortgage each year, could see you debt free years earlier than previously thought possible. But how to...


Overcoming loneliness as a solopreneur - Episode 89
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  A key change in the working environment that has enabled greater choice, has been the explosion of the freelance economy and the rise of the solopreneur. But for all the positives that this change brings, primarily around flexibility, there is at least one potential downside – loneliness. So in this post, we’re going to explore this issue and consider some ideas you might like to implement to combat the loneliness ...

Emily Wallace - tips and traps when buying a property - Episode 88
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  A discussion on property is well overdue here at Financial Autonomy. So I've roped in Buyers Advocate Emily Wallace to share with us her expert tips and advice for buying a property in Australia. She's lived in 23 properties in 25 years. Property investment is well and truly in her blood. The experiences and knowledge Emily shares in this episode: -How she became a buyers advocate (and what a buyers advocate does)....

Creating intellectual property to achieve Financial Autonomy - Episode 87
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY    According to Forbes magazine “the world has changed dramatically in the past several decades with more and more of a company’s value attached not to factories, machines, or hard assets but rather the companies’ ideas, processes, and designs – their intellectual property.” Intellectual property (IP) can take a range of forms – writing, music, design, inventions, or software are all examples. The digitisation of th...


The Grey Nomad Alternative - Episode 86
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  My parents, like many of their peers, bought a caravan shortly after retiring. Each winter they escape a cold Melbourne, and head north, to explore the vastness of our nation and enjoy the agreeable climate on offer. They’re onto their second caravan now, and whilst their preference has evolved to staying in the one spot for an extended period rather than travel around, the winter escape remains a permanent fixture...

How to get your home loan repaid sooner – Episode 85
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY    Debt is like the leg irons worn by convicts – it holds you back from gaining choice in life, from achieving Financial Autonomy. Yet if we aspire to own a home, then in all likelihood we’re going to need to take out a very significant loan – a home loan. So given the conflict between: Our goal here at Financial Autonomy is to help you gain choice in life, and The majority of you will at some point take on a home...

Fraser Cameron on being an Epic Dad - Episode 84
It's a scenario many of us face - experiencing professional success in the corporate world, yet finding it's not making you happy in broader life. In this episode, Fraser Cameron shares his journey. How he left the corporate environment and founded a coaching business helping others achieve their potential. Oh, and along the way he moved his family from New Zealand to Southern France. The experiences and knowledge Fraser shares in this episode: -Why he needed to escape corporate life, and his journey to sel...


Financial Independence in Australia - Episode 83
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY Job security isn’t what it once was. The trend toward contracting, outsourcing and the gig economy, combined with technological automation and increasingly, artificial intelligence, means the need for us to be emotionally and financially resilient has never been higher. Emotional resiliency isn’t something I’m qualified to speak on, but financial resiliency – financial independence - is of course what we’re all abou...

Freelancing as a Financial Autonomy pathway - Episode 82
A centrepiece of workforce change over the past 20-30 years has been the rise of the independent contractor – the freelancer. It’s no coincidence that this rise has occurred in parallel to the global expansion and adoption of the internet. The internet has enabled people to work together, and find one another, whether they are in the same city, or the other side of the world.  Creatives such as graphic designers have long been the poster child of this workforce revolution, but scratch the surface and you’...

Joanna Penn on making a 6 figure income as a writer – Episode 81
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  Joanna Penn’s journey is a fascinating one. From consultant to business owner, to writer and entrepreneur, she's certainly packed plenty into her life. Today she runs a multi six-figure company with multiple streams of income. This one episode you definitely won’t want to miss. The experiences and knowledge Joanna shares in this episode: Her evolution from day job to being self-employed. Recognition of her financi...


Why your parent’s financial plan won’t work for you - Episode 80
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  If retirement is a decade or more away, it’s tempting to look at your parents and perhaps grandparents in retirement and figure, well, they seem to be getting along fine, I’ll just have what they’re having. But there’s two key factors that have underpinned your parents retirement, that will look vastly different in your retirement – the Age Pension, and a huge increase in wealth due to rising property prices....

How to build an Investment Portfolio – Episode 79
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  In the last post - How to start an Investment Portfolio - we looked at the steps and mechanics involved in creating your first investment portfolio. So we covered - setting your Objectives, determining how much Risk you will take on, your investment Time Frame, and Opening a share trading account.  This week we'll progress from this set-up phase, to explore how you then build an investment portfolio.  We talk quit...

How to start an Investment Portfolio – Episode 78
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  This is the first of a two-part series. In this post we will explore what are the actual steps and mechanics involved in starting an investment portfolio? In the next post, I’ll explore how you should go about building your portfolio. I’ve been building investment portfolios for clients for 20 odd years now. What I’m going to share with you are the actual steps we use to deliver successful outcomes for our clients....


The essential things you need to do to move to self employment - Episode 77
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY  We are joined today by Shaun Farrugia from Optimised Accounting and Finance to talk about the essential things you need when you move to self-employment. In this episode we cover the challenges and knowledge Shaun shares about being self-employed: Getting the clarity of knowing why you need to move to self-employment.   Keeping the proper financial record and the challenges encountered with record keeping.   T...

I don’t have time to start a side hustle - 8 tips to slay this dragon - Episode 76
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY One of the best ways to gain choice in life is to become self-employed, and a great way to bring that aspiration to life is by trying your hand at a Side Hustle. For the uninitiated, a Side Hustle is a business that you create as a second income to your primary source of making a living. It can be used to pay off some debt or build an investment, but it can also be a way to test out a business idea that could perhap...

When investing,focus on what really matters - Episode 75
Episode 75 – When investing, focus on what really matters SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY I remember reading once the advice of someone who had achieved success in their field. Their key observation was, “in life, you will occasionally be faced with times where you have to make a choice. One path will be easy, and the other harder. I’ve been successful because whenever I faced those choices, I chose the harder path”. Now I think there is great wis...


How to get your partner engaged in your Financial Autonomy goal - Episode 74
Episode 74 – How to get your partner engaged in your Financial Autonomy goal SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY A significant reason many people don’t achieve Financial Autonomy is because they get pigeonholed into a certain life. They define themselves in certain ways, and often this flows from the role they’ve developed in their marriage or significant relationship. Some people worry about how their partner will react if they want to choose a fork ...

The pay yourself first strategy - Episode 73
Episode 73 - The pay yourself first strategy Have trouble building up a nest egg? Struggling to build up enough cash to start investing? Hate the idea of a detailed budget? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Pay Yourself First strategy could be for you. The idea of Pay Yourself First is not new – Google tells me the term was first used all the way back in the 1920’s by an American publisher. But it’s even easier to apply today thanks to the advent of internet banking. Let’s get straight...

Net Worth – how and why - Episode 72
Episode 72 - Net Worth – how and why Remember back in your school days where every few weeks you’d have a test, then at the end of the year there would be an exam. I have kids in high school now and I can tell you the framework hasn’t changed. So why all this measurement? It’s all about assessing progress. If you get a test result back and it’s 8/20, you know you’ve got to pull your finger out before the year-end exam rolls around. In the absence of that test result you may have floated along thinking you h...


From fashion to true crime with Anna Priestland - Episode 71
Episode 71 – From fashion to true crime with Anna Priestland Anna Priestland joins us in this episode and tells us her story about how she achieved choice and flexibility in her career while building a young family. She shares how she has made these career choices work in her life. The experiences and knowledge Anna shares in this episode: An interesting walkthrough of her working life starting from a university. Working in the fashion industry for years in Australia and London. Experimenting in freelancin...

Financial Anxiety - is it holding you back? - Episode 70
Episode 70 – Financial Anxiety - is it holding you back? I’ve spoken in past episodes about the potential for overwhelm to lead to procrastination. Procrastination is evil because it results in no progress. You’re stuck in the cement. But there’s another element to the no-progress problem, and that is financial anxiety or financial stress. If you’ve never worried about money in your life, I’d say you are a very rare human being. For most of us, most of the time, money worries are a transient thing that we...

Money can’t buy happiness ... or can it? - Episode 69
Episode 69 – Money can’t buy happiness ... or can it? In his thought provoking book The Geometry of Wealth, author Brian Portnoy observes “Does money buy happiness? The answer to that question can be summarised as Yes, Not really, It depends”. Intuitively none of us like ambiguous answers like this, but here, it successfully illustrates the complexity inherent in the question. After all, what is happiness? There are plenty of sayings we get brain-washed with, that actually don’t stand up to scrutiny. “What...


Financial Fundamentals – the 6 essential foundation stones for financial success - Episode 68
Episode 68 – Financial Fundamentals – the 6 essential foundation stones for financial success SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL “GAINING CHOICE” TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS FINANCIAL AUTONOMY Today’s episode flows from a meeting I had last week with one of you guys, a member of the Financial Autonomy community. For reasons of privacy, of course I won’t use her real name, so let’s call her Jenny. It was a first time meeting, and in it Jenny observed that she felt she just didn’t have the financial fundamentals ri...

Trent Taylor and the 3 33 333 plan - work 3 days per week, 33 weeks per year, and earn $333k - Episode 67
Episode 67 – Trent Taylor and the 3 33 333 plan - work 3 days per week, 33 weeks per year, and earn $333k In this episode, we learn from Trent’s interesting story from being a pilot to building his business to gain choice and improve his family life. In this interview we cover: His journey and transition from being a commercial pilot to changing his lifestyle by acquiring a franchise and then building his own business to give importance to being the father he wanted to be. Tips from Trent on how to handle ...

The reality of negative returns - knowledge is power - Episode 66
Episode 66 – The reality of negative returns - knowledge is power Investment markets don’t always go up. In fact they go down on a pretty regular basis. Is that a shock to you? I suspect not. Yet virtually none of the commentary on investing talks about negative returns – markets going down. But when I speak with clients, especially new clients, usually somewhere in their top 3 issues is not wanting to lose money – hardly surprising! So in today’s post, let’s bust open this taboo subject and talk openly abo...


The challenges of investing for children - Episode 65
Episode 65 – The challenges of investing for children With the cost of housing continuing to climb, in addition to the rising cost of tertiary education, many parents and grandparents are worried about what the future holds for the young people in their lives. Last week Michael contacted me. He has a young daughter and was thinking of starting an investment for her, where he’d perhaps tip in $25 per week, so that when she was a young adult, there’d be a pool of money to get her off and running. He’d seen a ...

Money & happiness - Brian Portnoy - The Geometry of Wealth - Episode 64
Episode 64 – Money & happiness - Brian Portnoy - The Geometry of Wealth I am joined by author Brian Portnoy in this episode as we talk about his book on money and happiness called The Geometry of Wealth. In this interview we cover: What is “The Geometry of Wealth” about and what led and triggered him to write it. An elaboration of “Adaptive Simplicity”. The 4 C’s of the happiness element and how to practically apply it in our life. An explanation of the biggest definition of the book and the 3 symbols - ci...

Crackle & Pop! - Why do investment markets have bubbles - Episode 63
Episode 63 – Why do investment markets have bubbles? If you’ve ever seen a graph of any share market, you will know that whilst over the long term it tends to go up, the graph isn’t a straight line. Markets will go up, up, up over several years, only to fall back for a year or two, before re-starting their upward climb. Research on United States investors shows that whilst over 20 years to the end of 2017, the S&P500 share market index returned 7.2%, the average investor experienced a return of 5.29% per ye...


Putting the puzzle together – 4 essential elements to achieving your big life goals - Episode 62
Episode 62 – Putting the puzzle together – 4 essential elements to achieving your big life goals Here at Financial Autonomy, our focus is typically on the money side of how you achieve your goals and gain the choice in life that you deserve. But of course, achieving big goals requires more than just a financial solution. And so in today’s post we’re going to take a step back and consider things a bit more holistically.   Start with Why Executing a plan to achieve a particular goal rarely goes off without ...

Have your 20's set you up for financial failure? - Episode 61
Episode 61 – Have your 20's set you up for financial failure? Habits. Human brains love them! Any time we can go on auto-pilot, we jump at it. Author Samuel Johnson observed, “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken”. I also like a quote from Agatha Christie on the subject “Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them”. In your financial life, many of your significant habits are formed in your 20’s. And often you don’t realise it until much la...



Mike Lewis - When to Jump - Episode 60
Episode 60 – Mike Lewis - When to Jump Today in the episode, we interview the author of When To Jump, Mike Lewis. The book is about career change or starting your own business. In this interview we cover: Mike’s jump to being a professional sportsman His job and career before he became a sportsman Events that unfolded and didn’t go to plan when he left his career Framework: Jump Curves - 4 phases of taking a jump What made him decide to keep going Mike’s 2nd jump of writing the book When to Jump and how it...

The Beauty of the Worst Case - Episode 59
Episode 59 – The Beauty of the Worst Case Do you remember those Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbooks that were around everywhere about a decade ago? How to land a light aircraft if the pilot has a heart attack, or how to survive a bear attack. I don’t know if they extended to surviving a zombie apocalypse, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. They were good fun reads and made a great Christmas present. In today’s episode we’re going to explore how planning for the worst case can be liberating. How it ...

Investment basics - Active vs Passive investment – what’s it about and, our approach - Episode 58
When I started my career in investment markets almost 20 years ago all the investment options were what we’d now call Active. We didn’t call them that at the time, it was just the standard way that money was managed. Passive investment had been around for some time, pushed primarily by John Boggle of Vanguard which first launched a passive index fund in 1975. But it took quite a while for enough data to come in, for investors to begin to appreciate why some hard questions needed to be asked about the focus ...


4 Hour Work Week – still relevant today? - Episode 57
Episode 57 – 4 Hour Work Week – still relevant today? Originally published in 2007, The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, made some huge waves upon its release. It also laid foundations for its author that continue to this day. Indeed anyone who’s ever browsed the iTunes podcast charts will have come across Tim Ferriss, whose self-named show is regularly towards the top. As regular readers and listeners know, the reason Financial Autonomy exists is to explore how we can all gain choice in our lives. Without ...

Are you playing offence or defence? - Episode 56
Episode 56 – Are you playing offence or defence? Today in the episode, we talk to Tim Lavrey’s career change story from being a bank manager to a preschool teacher. All sports have elements of offensive and defensive play. And whether you play Netball, soccer, cricket or basketball, your team must constantly strike a balance between the two. In pursuing your Financial Autonomy goal, you too must find a balance that will see your goals achieved in an acceptable time frame, whilst also enabling you to sleep a...

Tim's big jump - from bank manager to primary school teacher - Episode 55
Episode 50 – Tim's big jump - from bank manager to primary school teacher Today in the episode, we talk to Tim Lavrey’s career change story from being a bank manager to a preschool teacher In this interview we cover: Tim’s love for football The story of Tim’s career change and how he made his move and decision to leave the bank and teach His redundancy and how it contributed to his career change Going through self-doubt during the process Their 6-month period of planning for his career shift, finances, inc...


Pay off the mortgage or invest? - Episode 54
Episode 54 – Pay off the mortgage or invest? A shout out here to Christine Calnan who emailed me about this dilemma – whether it is best to put your savings towards extra mortgage repayments, or should you instead be investing? This is one that does come up a lot when I’m working with clients, and it’s certainly not a question with a simple one size fits all answer. So let’s take a look at the factors you should consider to find the answer that’s right for you. Christine observed that whilst the question ...

Investment Power-Ups - Episode 53
Episode 53 – Investment Power-Ups I was binge watching a fictional Netflix series last week about a group of 4 guys who had made an app that had become a huge hit, Angry Birds style. Each of the 4 guys had particular skills, and there was a scene where one of the guys was feeling pretty lost. He bemoaned to his friend how such and such was great at art, another coding, and the 3rd guy, the one he was speaking to, was great at game design. But he asked, what was he in the group for? His friend considered thi...

Mini-retirements - Episode 52
Episode 52 – Mini-retirements In several previous posts we’ve looked at strategies to help you achieve early retirement. I’ve often spoken about the fact that early retirement in our Financial Autonomy context doesn’t mean spending all day sitting on the couch watching the Simpsons. Our objective is gaining the flexibility and choice to pursue the things that we’re interested in, and not have our life dictated by the need to earn money. An alternate way to gain flexibility and choice is through the concept ...


Can you pass the financial literacy test - Episode 51
Episode 51 – Can you pass the financial literacy test Want to minimise the chance of living off nothing but a meagre age pension in later life?   There’s a great proverb that I heard many years ago and have never forgotten “a fool and his money are easily separated”. So how do you ensure you’re not the fool? The solution is to have at least a basic understanding of the financial world. We call this Financial Literacy. That doesn’t mean you need to become an expert – you can hire people for that. But you nee...

Mini Retirements, 3 day work week, self employment and more - Stuart Barry's Financial Autonomy success - Episode 50
Episode 50 – Mini Retirements, 3 day work week, self employment and more - Stuart Barry's Financial Autonomy success Today in the episode, we talk to Stuart Barry about his life story, his love for travel, his published book, his business and how he values his time. In this interview we cover: Stuart’s 35-year career journey in the finance industry How he started his current career as a financial planner Countries and places he has worked in Breaks and adventures or “mini-retirements” that Stuart has done ...

Bike paths, Bitcoin, and Risk Budgets - Episode 49
Episode 49 – Bike paths, Bitcoin, and Risk Budgets I go for a bike ride most Sundays. Wherever I can, I ride on a bike path. Often there is a road running parallel to the bike path. Very often, cyclists are on the road when they could just as easily be on the bike path. Now I understand why they do this. It’s because you can go faster on the road than on the bike path. But the thing for me is, you don’t get killed on a bike path. No cars to get under the wheel of. I know it doesn’t happen often on the road,...


The 10 worst things you can do to prepare for retiring early - Episode 48
Episode 48 – the 10 worst things you can do to prepare for retiring early So your financial autonomy goal is to retire early. For some that might mean retiring at age 35 and for others age 58. Often, especially for those looking to retire at the younger end of the spectrum, it will mean ceasing their current role, but still engaging in some income producing activities. So retiring early looks different for each of us. We usually talk about what you should do to achieve your financial autonomy goal, but toda...

Sports Geek Sean Callanan on how he's created a life around his passions - Episode 47
In this episode, we interview Sean Callanan, a podcasting guru, and owner of Sports Geek. After 15 years of working for IT, Sean started his company, Sports Geek, out of his passion for sports and his expertise for technology in 2009. He eventually started his own podcast in 2014 under the same brand. In this interview we cover: Background on Sports Geek and the podcast The start of Sports Geek The mentality Sean took to make 9 months without income work for him Overcoming the imposter syndrome The case st...

Why everyone should have a Side Hustle - Episode 46
Whether it’s a stall at a local market selling hand knitted beanies for dogs, running an online store via Amazon selling rainbow coloured shoelaces, or designing the occasional band logo on 99 designs, I believe EVERYONE should have a Side Hustle. We’re here after all to find ways for you to gain choice in your life – that’s what Financial Autonomy is all about. And if it’s choice that you want, there are few greater enablers than a Side Hustle. So in today’s post, we’re going to explore the reasons why I b...


Change - Essential Considerations when Making a Career or Life Change - Episode 45
Financial Autonomy is all about gaining choice, and very often, attainment of that choice goal results in a career or life change. In past posts we’ve explored numerous ways that you might be able to get yourself into a position to gain the choices that you deserve. In today's post I thought it might be worthwhile stepping through a brief checklist of the things you'd want to plan for immediately before you take the big step. If making big changes in your life were easy, you’d have already done them. In fac...

Why Travel Bugs Need Financial Autonomy - Episode 44
What a wonderful era that we live in where holidays and travel are a regular feature in our lives. I don’t imagine that through the bulk of human history there was enough surplus of time, food, and resources to allow you to just take time off to explore the world or relax, unless you were super rich. Even as recently as my grandparent’s era the only international travel done was to fight in World War 2. So we’re in an incredibly privileged time, where a return flight to one of our Asian neighbours costs les...

How Settlers of Catan can help you achieve early retirement - Episode 43
As a kid, family holidays meant board and card games. Canasta was very popular, as was Monopoly, Cluedo, Squatter, and various other games. As an adult my love of games has continued and fortunately I’ve been able to convince my home tribe to join me (and usually crush me). Of the various games that we play, Settlers of Catan has to be my favourite, and I know I’m not alone. So today’s episode, is a bit of a nerdy self-indulgence, but I hope you’ll enjoy it. For those fellow Settlers of Catan lovers, hopefu...


What is Ethical Investment all about? Episode 42
On the off-chance that you’re one of the few people who read the information sent out by their superannuation fund, you might have noticed that in recent years they’ve added an Ethical Investment option. Now the exact labelling of that option will vary – it might be called Socially Responsible, Sustainable, or just Responsible, all of which are interchangeable terms for ethical investment options. So given these options are popping up like mushrooms in a wet cow paddock, what do they mean, what’s happening ...

From feeling trapped to living the life of her dreams - how Sharon Gourlay blogged her way to financial autonomy - Episode 41
Today I am joined by Sharon Gourlay from Digital Nomad Wannabe about how to gain financial independence through Blogging. Sharon Gourlay is passionate about working online and helping others to follow in her footsteps. She left Australia with her young family at the end of 2014 determined to grow an online business. She succeeded and now supports her family of 5 to live their dream lifestyle. In this interview we cover: Her blogging journey from a hobby to a full time blogging business How she was able t...

How to successfully transition from the corporate world to self-employment - Episode 40
Are you tired of the insecurity that comes from constant corporate restructures and the politics of a large work place?  Way back in episode 11, I explored the Security Illusion. This looked at the idea that most of us are brainwashed into believing that financial security comes from working for a large corporate, or perhaps even a government body. In reality, these organisations are constantly the subject of restructures and redundancies. They are pyramids, with fewer and fewer roles the closer you get to...


Financial Autonomy - Common Strategy Options - Episode 39
Regular listeners and readers know by now that Financial Autonomy is about gaining choice. Maybe that choice is retiring early (eg. the FIRE goal that’s popular in the US), but it could just as easily be the choice to work in a different career, start your own business, work fewer hours or days, or the choice to take a job closer to home, even though that means taking a paying cut. So whatever your Financial Autonomy goals is, what are the common strategy options that you could use to make progress from whe...

Will my Money Run Out? Episode 38
Whether you’re planning for a traditional retirement at age 60+, or working towards an early retirement goal, thoughts of “will my money run out?” will no doubt have crossed your mind. There is a lot written about safe withdrawal rates. This refers to the rate you can afford to draw down on your savings, so that there’s no risk of your savings being depleted during your life time. The most common rule of thumb guide here is 4%, and that’s certainly a useful starting point. The answer for you though will dep...

Tracey & Jo share how they built an INCREDIBLY successful online business in just 3 years - Episode 37
Today we have two interviews for the price-of-1 with sisters Tracey and Joanne from Sistermixin.  Their online business is about educating everyone (especially their own families) on exactly what they are eating, what is in your food and some of the harmful effects this can have on your health. And they have become sought after thought-leaders in living an additive-free lifestyle.   In this interview we cover: Why they started The Whole Circle podcast and how they now repurpose the content into their blog...


6 Powerful Early Retirement Hacks - Episode 36
The goal for many in the Financial Autonomy community is to retire early. Early retirement means different things to different people, but as I always talk about, Financial Autonomy is about gaining choice. So whether you’re early retirement consists of lying on the beach in Fiji at age 40, or traveling around Australia with your caravan when you’re 55 and picking up odd jobs as they crop up, this post is for you. I haven’t gone into a tonne of detail on any of these 6 ideas, because to my mind, a hack mean...

Investing - How to Get Started - Episode 35
Research from the Australian Stock Exchange found that in 2014, 36% of adult Australians owned investments listed on the share market. Combined results from RP Data and Census data found 7.9% of the Australian population own an investment property. Now there would be some cross-over here with people holding both shares and investment property, but we can safely conclude that at least 55% of the adult Australian population holds no investments outside of their superannuation. Click here to download the toolk...

Tara Lucke - the importance of estate planning for those in their 20's, 30's, and 40's - Episode 34
Today we chat with Co-founder and consultant with Tara Lucke from View Legal about the importance of Estate planning. Though it is not something we like to talk about, it is so important for protecting your assets and loved ones, no matter what stage of life you are at. In this interview we cover: Making sure your hard earned money goes to the right place with a good estate plan What happens to your money if you don't have an estate plan Why you need consider having a Power of Attorney no matter what your ...


First Home Super Saver Scheme – should I care? Episode 33
We all know that property prices in Australia have gone stupid in recent years.  One significant consequence of that has been that first home buyers have found it increasingly difficult to enter the property market.  Banks like to see at least a 10% deposit, and in the ideal world you’d have a 20% deposit to avoid mortgage insurance costs.  But when a first home can often cost north of half a million dollars, saving a deposit of that size can be really challenging, especially if you have rent to pay, and pe...

How Lloyd Ross created a 6 figure income with a part time network marketing business - Episode 32
Networking marketing has changed since the days of Tupperware and Amway.  Today I am joined by Lloyd Ross who talks through how our online behaviours and advances in technology have revolutionised the world of network marketing, making it an easier side hustle than ever before.  In this episode we cover: What network marketing is and why you need to consider this as a viable side hustle How social media has evolved the industry The skills and attributes to be a successful network marketer The ease of getti...

What's your number? Episode 31
The goal when working towards Financial Autonomy is to gain choice.  Choice in how you support yourself and perhaps your family financially, be that the type of work you do, the hours you spend doing that work, or whether you earn that income as an employee, or as a self-employed person. In developing an actionable plan to get you from where you are now, to your Financial Autonomy position, there are several foundational elements that you need to decide upon.  Perhaps the most fundamental of these is how mu...


Joanna Maxwell - how following her interests and passions has lead to the job she was born for - Episode 30
In this episode, I talk to Joanna Maxwell all about career change.  Joanna has worked in a wide variety of jobs throughout her career and she helps a lot of other people change careers as well. She's now taken all that experience and recently gained a position with the Australian Human Rights Commission in the Age Discrimination Team. Joanna is the author of the book Rethink Your Career in your 40s, 50s & 60s.  In this episode we cover: Why Joanna has had a such a varied career How her love of travel impac...

5 most impactful ways to invest in yourself (that wont cost you a fortune) - Episode 29
Right now you’re listening to this podcast, or reading the blog article. Why? You’re curious, and have a thirst for knowledge.  You want to learn new things.  You want to improve yourself. We usually think of investment as being a financial thing.  But investing in yourself - your skills, knowledge, and health, can be just as important and impactful.  And just like a financial investment, diversification pays. Download the cheat sheet here In past Financial Autonomy episodes we’ve looked at investing in the...

How to make money with Amazon - Episode 28
With Amazon now in Australia, we talk to John Candivish from FBA Frontiers on how to make a side hustle by becoming an Amazon seller. Before starting his Amazon Europe journey, John had zero experience with running an online business. After university, he joined the corporate world in London but rapidly realized that it was not for him. After launching his first Amazon brand in 2014, John was soon able to quit his job to travel the world and network with other successful Amazon sellers from around the glob...


Attaining financial independence doesn't need to be hard - Episode 27
In the interview I did with Adam Murray in episode 20, he spoke about how he reduced his expenses in a significant way when he worked through his employment transition and gap year.  And you might recall, he found living on less made him more happy, not less. Another key element in your financial independence plan is to have a financial buffer, an emergency fund, to get you through the unexpected.  Perhaps you already have this, but if not, you want to build this up.  Everyone’s needs are different, but y...

Shaun Farrugia - Could a trust structure turbo charge your wealth creation? Episode 26
Following on from Episode 23 on Multi-Phase solutions for Retirement  we are joined today by Shaun Farrugia from Optimised Accounting & Finance to talk all things Trusts. Check out our free download  Multi-Phase solution for Early Retirement In this episode we cover: The dummies guide to what exactly a Trust is How it can work as a funnel and the tax flexibility that it allows The two types of people that generally use Trust structures What are franking credits Three case studies of how Shaun clients are ...

My 68% return. The power of gearing - how smart borrowing can accelerate your journey to financial autonomy - Episode 25
Way back in 1996 I bought my first home.  It was a two bedroom flat in a very ugly brown brick building, probably built in the 70’s with nothing done since.  It wasn’t flash but it was within my budget and in a good location close to town – Kew for the Melbournites.  I paid $107,000. Now I know that for those looking to buy their first home, $107,000 is probably pretty sickening right now, but 20 odd years ago that was the going rate. 4 years later and I’d meet my now wife, and it was time to move from a fl...


So what is Bitcoin? Episode 24
In this episode we are joined by ICT professional and cryptocurrency expert Ivan Jasenovic, who describes himself as having his head in the cloud, his soul on the Blockchain, and his heart in decentralized Healthcare. In this interview we cover: The benefits of Blockchain technology and whether you truly need to understand how Blockchains The different types of cryptocurrency and examples of when you would look to use each one How bitcoin works and has the same value per unit no matter where you live Wheth...

Early retirement - the multi-phase approach for Australians - Episode 23
The goal of early retirement is one many Australians aspire too.  And certainly, when thinking about achieving Financial Autonomy, retiring early is very often baked into those goals. But what is the best way to bring that goal to reality, given the uniqueness of our system – superannuation, franking credits, negative gearing, and means tested Aged Pensions, just to get you started. The approach I’m going to take you through today is a multi-phase approach that I’ve built specifically for the Australian ear...

Ruby Lee - Side Hustler and Career Guru - Episode 22
In this next interview episode on the Financial Autonomy Podcast we chat to Ruby Lee the founder of The Careers Emporium and head of HR at Cogent. In this interview we cover: The benefits of a side hustle in achieving your financial goals The 18 month journey Ruby when through when changing careers Identifying your strengths and knowing when the time is right for a career change How daily journaling helped Ruby gain clarity when dealing with financial and career issues How she turned a new blog of helping ...


The side hustle - your ticket to Financial Autonomy? Episode 21
What do Apple, Nike, Under Armour, Instagram, and Groupon all have in common? It’s not just that they’re hugely successful, multibillion dollar companies.  They also share a common birth – they all started life as side projects of their founders.  I’ve been reading Nike founder Phil Knight’s autobiography Shoe Dog recently, and I highly recommend it – very readable and interesting.  He was working as an accountant at Price Waterhouse whilst establishing what we now know as Nike, and when he needed to spend ...

Adam Murray of Subtle Disruptors - Taking Control of His Life - Episode 20
In my next interview episode on the Financial Autonomy Podcast we chat to Adam Murray from the Subtle Disruptors Podcast. In this interview we cover: How a difficult personal time highlighted the need for Adam to take some leave from his career and reevaluate his life How the Good Life Project gave him a framework to take a gap year How identifying four key priorities during that gap year has now impacted his life The power of being present in the moment The focus on his health and how it impacted on his f...

I can't buy a home, am I financially doomed? Episode 19
There’s a template that all Australian’s are meant to follow. Study, enter the workforce, buy a house, raise kids, pay off a mortgage, retire. It’s served us pretty well for the past 100 years or so, so you know the saying about if it ain’t broke… But for an increasing number of Australian’s this model is broken. The original spark that started me on this Financial Autonomy journey was the realisation that the path from studying until around your early 20’s, then working in paid employment for the next 40...


Felicity's transformation from New York fashion journalist to Digital Creative Director - Episode 18
In our first interview episode on the Financial Autonomy Podcast with talk with Felicity Loughrey. She shares her career transition journey from journalism to advertising that spanned across two continents. In this interview we cover: How this Australian freelance journalist ended up working in New York Why she finds Americans are good to work with How she handled the transition away from the dying industry of journalism into writing advertising copy The interesting journey of getting better at her craft b...

Procrastination - 9 tips to combat this number one killer of Financial Autonomy dreams - Episode 17
How hard is it to get started?  I’m sure we’ve all had things that either need to be done, or that we’d like to do, but we put them off – shift them to the bottom of the pile or check out our Facebook feed instead. Procrastination is evil, and it afflicts us all at some point or another.  When it comes to Financial Autonomy dreams, I think procrastination is quite possibly the number 1 impediment to you moving forward.  So with this in mind, I’ve done some research on strategies to overcome procrastination ...

Getting your debt under control doesn't need to be difficult - Episode 16
How good would life be if you were debt free? No mortgage payments, or car loans.  No credit cards.  Imagine the weight off your shoulders.  The financial freedom you would gain.  The financial autonomy. Of course many people, probably most people, achieve debt free status over their working life.  This episode is not for those who have already achieved this milestone. This episode is for those of you on the journey.  For whom debt obligations comprise a significant portion of your regular income. We’re goi...


The Sharemarket - A beginner's guide - Episode 15
If you catch a snippet of the radio in the morning on your way to work, you’re likely to hear what happened to the Dow Jones overnight. If you read your news online or watch the news on TV it’s likely you’ll hear about the All Ords or maybe the ASX200.  You might even come across acronyms like the NASDAQ and the FTSE. Probably, you know this is something to do with share markets. If you turn your mind to it a bit more, you probably know that the share market is where people buy and sell shares in companies ...

How to avoid the most common financial mistakes – Part 3 - Episode 14
Today’s episode is the 3rd and final look at the most common financial mistakes I come across when advising clients.  Thanks for your comments and feedback on the previous 2 posts, it seems that many of you have battled with some of these issues yourselves, and there were a few other mistakes that you’ve managed to make that, whilst being proud of them is perhaps not quite right, they are certainly something good for a laugh well after the fact. I’ve got 5 more for you today, so let’s dive in and help you a...

How to avoid the most common financial mistakes – Part 2 - Episode 13
Welcome back.  In the last episode we explored common investment mistakes people make.  It’s not really essential that you listen to Part 1 before giving this one a listen, but if you haven’t listened to that one yet, perhaps make that the next episode you grab. Today we’re going to explore common cash flow mistakes that I see people make. I mentioned in the first episode that when I was first planning this post, I jotted down 12 ideas – financial mistakes I’d seen regularly over my 18 years as a financial ...


How to avoid the most common financial mistakes – Part 1 - Episode 12
Enough people have hit their thumb with a hammer for you to know that it hurts quite a lot. You don’t need to do the experiment yourself. I’ve been helping people as a Financial Planner now for almost 18 years, and I’ve meet many, many wonderful people. Often people put off seeing a financial planner until they’re at some sort of cross roads – they’ve been made redundant, or retirement is rapidly looming, or they’ve separated from their partner. So prospective new clients often come in to see me with some b...

The security illusion - Episode 11
Having a job and a regular wage is comforting and secure, except if you lose that job.   UK stats say that 45% of workers will be made redundant at least once in their working life.  I’d expect the Australian numbers would be much the same. In that sense, being a full time employee is very binary.  Very secure and reliable whilst you’re employed, but when you’re not, there’s nothing. If Financial Autonomy is about having choices in life, then how does that align with being fully reliant on an employer to pr...

Is your ladder against the wrong wall? Episode 10
How long since you’ve taken a step back from your professional life and considered where it’s taking you?  Is your current professional activity taking you to somewhere you want to be in 10 or 20 years?  Is it leading you towards inner happiness? It’s easy with the pressures of mortgage repayments or rent, perhaps kids, and just the normal expenses of life, to push on, head down bum up.  The problem is that can lead you to a destination when you are perhaps in your 40’s or 50’s and with plenty of working li...


When bad luck strikes - how cancer impacted Jenny's life and the financial lessons learned - Episode 9
When thinking about financial autonomy we are typically talking about medium to long term goals, and then developing strategies to get to those goals. The transition then is a planned one. What if your transition was thrust upon you? I met someone recently who faced this challenge, and with her permission, I thought it was worth sharing with you a little of her story and the learnings that we can all take. Financial autonomy is about standing on your own two feet and not being reliant on others. Having choi...

Divorce - how to bounce back financially - Episode 8
Financial Autonomy is about managing and planning for major transitions in life.  A transition that many of us face unfortunately is divorce.  I understand researchers have found that going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful things you can experience in life. As a financial planner, I often work with clients who have been through or are going through a divorce, and assist them in the planning necessary to get them back on their feet financially. In this post I’ve broken down the things you n...