Financial Autonomy

Financial Autonomy

The money book that gives you choice

Paul Benson


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Financial Autonomy is a fresh, innovative book about money. But unlike most money books, it's not focused on making you the richest person in your street, or worse, the richest person in the cemetery. Instead, the focus of this book is on gaining choice. What can you do on the money side of your life, to provide you with the choice to pursue maximum happiness in all the other aspects of your life.Have you ever listened to a guest on a radio program or a speaker at an event talking about some amazing experience they've had? Perhaps it was traveling through Tibet in a beaten-up Land Rover, sailing around the world, jumping out of planes in a wing suit, or starting a business or charity of their own, driven by a magnitude 10 passion to make an impact.And when listening to these inspiring stories, have you ever wondered how they managed to organise their life so that it was possible? Do you wish you could organise your life to do what's important to you?Financial Autonomy is a book about money but it's equally about gaining choice. If you get the money side of your life right, you will have the choice to pursue maximum happiness in all the other aspects of your life. Personal finance expert Paul Benson believes there are three vehicles to create enough wealth to have the choices you desire are: (1) Investing in shares; (2) Investing in property; and (3) Working for yourself (starting a side hustle or small business). He explores these in detail, as well budgeting and saving - and as you'd expect, he gives readers a choice of strategies they can adopt to succeed in these areas.


Paul Benson:
Paul Benson has been providing financial planning advice for more than 20 years, initially as an employee of a major bank, and since 2005 as the principal of his own firm Guidance Financial Services.Paul's passion for financial independence comes from working with clients over so many years: seeing the different journeys of people's lives, what brings them happiness, and what causes stress and worry.Paul launched his Financial Autonomy podcast in 2017. Initially it was produced entirely as a family affair – Paul recorded the audio, his son created the theme music and did the editing, and his wife provided the outro. Today Financial Autonomy is one of the most popular personal finance podcasts in Australia. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance, and is a Certified Financial Planner.