WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT INSPIRING, EMPOWERING & EDUCATING WOMEN TO CREATE INDEPENDENT WEALTH.
Hi I'm Mel,
Today, I own multi-million-dollar businesses and am financially independent, but it wasn’t always that way: I certainly didn’t always used to be good at money, or business and have had to claw my way back from less than zero. I’ve learned the hard way that until I understood my own money story and money identity, I would continue to financially stumble and self-sabotage.
The problem is, for so long I stumbled on my own. There really wasn’t anyone to talk to about it.
That’s because, for women particularly, there is an almighty ick factor when it comes to money and finances. Nice girls don’t talk about it and they certainly don’t say they want more of it. The problem is, if we want to become financially empowered, to have choice, to make societal change, to raise funds for great causes, to reduce the wage gap and look after ourselves in our old age – we kind of need to start financially adulting.
Let’s be clear, I’m not your typical money or business chick. Yes, I’m an ex-accountant, ex-financial advisor and entrepreneur but I’m also a financial wellness advocate, financial coach and occasional therapist as well as an educator, speaker, advisor and multiple business owner. I’m as comfortable talking about scarcity mentality, comparison culture and shame as I am about bank accounts, shares, investing and entrepreneurship. Oh, and shoes. I can talk shoes for days.
My job is to help people reduce their financial overwhelm, to understand why they behave the way they do with their finances and to help them design a life they’re excited about.
My passion is to help women particularly move from where they are now to a place they didn’t even believe was possible. To become financially empowered and financially well in both their finances and in their businesses. To have courageous conversations – whether that’s about finances, money, business or one of the many other things we’re avoiding in life.
I have the substance to back up my style. I’m a multi-award winning serial entrepreneur: co-founder of The Money Barre, a financial planning firm for Gen X and Y (now Melissa Browne Courses), the co-founder & Director of Business at Thinkers.inq, an innovative long day preschool based on creative and critical thinking and up to 2019 when I sold the business to an ASX listed accounting firm, CEO of A&TA, an award winning Accounting Firm.
I’ve also written four books; More Money for Shoes, Fabulous but Broke, the global best-seller Unf*ck your Finances and my most recent, Budgets Don't Work (But This Does).
Hi, I'm Lawsie,
I believe the thing that most people want when it comes to money is options. The option to travel overseas, to take time off work and study, to give to charity, buy that dream home or embrace a tree change. The problem is too many people are looking to credit cards or the government to give them those options and both of those solutions are ultimately going to fail them.
When it comes to managing your money I think it’s all about goal setting, working out a plan to reach those goals and then discipline to stick to the plan, even when it gets tough. Which is really the same as my approach to anything endurance sport related that I do. Whether I am aiming for my next half-marathon, trail run or bike ride I know it’s about planning, discipline with my training and finding great people to help get me there successfully, so I can enjoy the end result.
Of course, managing your finances doesn’t mean you have to completely sacrifice your current lifestyle and I actually believe you need to have balance between living and enjoying the now as well as looking after future you. So that’s why when I am training for a big bike ride or run, you will still see me enjoying great food, sipping a glass of red wine or two and skipping the occasional workout in my training plan, but still showing up at the start line of my next event. And same with my finances, not every spare $$ goes to future me, but by being disciplined and realistic with what I do on a day to day basis, I can continue to go out and enjoy time with friends now, map out my next travel adventure and still put money aside for future me.
What else do you need to know about me? I’m an ex-accountant and tax expert which means that I understand both parts of the puzzle – money and tax. My husband owns a mobile mechanic business so I understand the pressure of cashflow and small business ownership and I’m mum to two furry cocker spaniels. Oh and I love jeans and flat shoes as much as Mel loves heels and fancy pyjamas.