The 5 Best Books To Build Your Financial Empire. Yes, you–silly creature. It’s true that we all dream of being wealthy enough to buy what we want, experience the adventures we dream of, to joyfully share with others. But, most dreams seem to start with “first, I win the lottery, and then…”
The Great Recession in 2007 shook everyone’s confidence in their ability to live a life of abundance. But whether you’re starting from scratch, and there’s plenty of folks right there with you–or you have a nest egg slowly growing, it’s important to know your next step for this stage of your life.
The 5 Best Books To Build Your Financial Empire
Young & Broke: I used to call these my “Sex and the City” years, where I spent more on shoes than my 401(k). Unlike Carrie Bradshaw, I did not wait around for Mr. Big to come and sweep me off my Louboutins, and neither should you. It never works out that way, and you don’t need him, trust me. No one better than Suze Orman to get you moving in your 20’s and 30’s with The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke. Yes, you can still be young and adventerous, yet own your own house and know the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA.
Divorce: yeah, that stinks under the best and most necessary of circumstances. Traditionally, women do not do well from divorce. That’s why it’s important to know the steps to take. I know your heart is breaking–or on fire with rage–but what you do now financially affects you for the next 20 years. Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally: What Women Need To Know About Securing Their Financial Future Before, During, and After Divorce is an amazing and compassionate book. If you know someone who’s going through this life stage, consider this the best present you can offer them.
Single: statistics show that more women will retire single in the next decade than in any time in history. So why not be prepared for it? The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement helps you plan your own destiny, instead of worrying about someone else’s bad debt or cheesy credit history.
Negotiation As A Way Of Life: the best bit of advice I ever got from a millionaire is the phrase “is that the best deal you can offer me?” (Thanks, Richard Paul Evans!) Nothing puts me out of my comfort zone more than trying to negotiate a better deal. But other than purchasing a car or your home, most women never think of this strategy, and you can use it everywhere–from snooty department stores to a better salary from your boss. But it’s like any muscle–you have to use it to grow it. Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation–and Positive Strategies for Change is a brilliant guide to making you the Dark Mistress Of Never Paying Full Retail.
The Power(less) Couple: being husband and wife these days has a whole new set of complications. Maybe you’re a blended family…or have a child with special needs…or you’re happily thinking of retirement and you’re suddenly facing your children moving back in with you, or their children are now yours to raise? The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them is crucial because men and women view money differently. Working together instead of against each other is vital when you have others depending on you, too.