For some reason, I feel like it’s been 2018 for a while now. 2017 seemed to pass by in a blink, but 2018 seems to be taking its time and truthfully, I am okay with that. ANYWAY, about six months ago, a lovely person from Flextronics, I’m going to call her ‘A’, sent me an email asking if I would be interested in conducting a small workshop with the women employees there about personal finance and the basics of personal finance. When I first read the email, my immediate reaction was to decline because I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle it – I mean, I’m just a dork with a blog. I told her my baby was a little too tiny to be left alone (he was!) and asked if she would be able to reschedule to early 2018, while fervently praying that she would forget about it altogether.
Well, she didn’t. And I am so glad I mustered up the courage to talk to these women because it was such a rewarding experience! We spoke about the basics of Income Tax, how to decode your Salary Slip/Form 16, why women should invest and the avenues for investment. I did have some doubts about whether it would be too basic, but thankfully, the feedback I received at the end of the session ensured that it wasn’t.
I honestly cannot stress the importance of women learning to manage their own money enough – Women have been left out of the conversation for ages now and it’s such a pity because it is the women who take decisions on a daily basis who have a 360 degree understanding of what their family needs. Most importantly – True independence is financial independence!
On an aside – would you attend a (paid/ticketed) personal finance workshop for women? Let me know in the comments, tweet to me or pop an email to lavanya[at]pennmoney[dot]com!