In the latest in an occasional series of clients guest blogging on my website, here is Small Business Big Magic’s Fay Arrundale who talks about her own business which is called Look After Your Pennies. Here is Fay, in her own words:
My name is Fay Arrundale and I am a financial mentor, which means I’ve been lucky enough to be taught about money and I want others to know how good life feels when your finances are helping you achieve your dreams rather than getting in your way.
I am also a mother to two rather lively boys, but still hanker after old long loved habits of South East Asian travels and curling up with a proper book (not a kindle, I’m still clinging to the ideal that technology cannot eradicate the feel of a good book).
My business is called Look After your Pennies, after the well-known phrase “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’ (a favourite of my Dad’s).
I took gradual steps to starting my business in June 2014, helped by the alternative prospect of returning to the world of corporate banking after maternity leave.
My business is evolving, it started out as teaching school-aged children about money, but I found that schools are almost as political as businesses and getting in was quite a challenge. So, I am now focussing on young adults (16-24 year olds), to educate, inspire and motivate them to take charge of their finances and become financially independent.
I also love working with women who have money blocks, who have not yet felt able to own their finances but feel their finances own them.
My mission is to inspire people to have a money mindset of “Own it. Love it. Grow it”, which essentially means; take responsibility for your money, learn to respect it and allow yourself to grow by making sure your money grows with you and for you.
The things I love best about working for myself are the directions I find myself heading in and the variety of the things I am involved in. I love that I can work on an idea that I generated and explore it, play with it, launch it or park it – all by my little self. Not a single strategy paper, board presentation or financial committee meeting required.
The surprises have been, how much of a procrastinator I am – particularly when it comes to technology – I simply want it to work, I don’t want to know how it works.
Since deciding this wasn’t a hobby, it really was going to be my business, my source of income and my way of having flexibility around school times, I have become my business, we are no longer separate entities and I like that. This business is about my values, what motivates me and what I am passionate about – it’s a very different feeling to working for someone else, no matter how much you get paid.
I am very proud of my first book which was written to prove to me I could do this and is available on Amazon – the best feeling so far since setting up my business is typing my own name in Amazon search and my own book comes up – when having a low moment I often do this to pick me up! (take a look “7 Steps to teaching your child to save: A parents guide to raising financially independent children”)
The thing I am most looking forward to is running my first workshop, the feeling of knowing I created the content, I attracted clients to it and I have delivered something of value to others.
Do Like Fay’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/YourPennies
And follow her on Twitter: @YourPennies