Time to Talk About Money

by Galia Gichon on August 30, 2016

I haven’t posted an article in a long time but I’ve been busy.  I’ve been giving Personal Finance seminars and workshops (Barnard College, Athena Center for Leadership, Lark Theatre, Playwrights of NY) and have been working with female founded start ups.  After so many of you asked about my next article, I decided it was time to connect again!  If you are part of an organization that is looking for a Personal Finance speaker, contact me HERE

After a recent workshop I gave this summer, I was blown away by some of the comments:

“Why hasn’t anyone taught me this before?”

“I’ve never talked about my money like this?”

“Is it ok to discuss money matters with my friends?”

“It was so easy to talk about money during the workshop, what next?”

While my colleagues and I have been working with individuals for more than 15 years, I realized an advantage of a workshop is it provides community to your money and shows that you aren’t alone in your money thoughts.  It gets us to talk about our money and move forward with our goals!

But it’s hard to talk about money! Especially true if you don’t work in finance, haven’t taken many (or any) finance classes and haven’t been raised with parents who taught money skills.  

So Why Even Bother?

* Talking about money and taking control of your finances leads to higher self esteem and more confidence  

* Taking control of your personal finances leads to increased professional success

* This means asking for raises, more money and higher fees in projects

How To Start Talking About Money

* Ask your friends if they are maxing out their IRAs or 401K

* Talk about no-load Index Mutual Funds

* Compare fun ways to save or spend smarter

* Ask a family member if they have a favorite personal finance book or blog (I like Your Money NY Times by Ron Lieber and Art of Money by Bari Tessler)

* Ask your spouse or partner where they would like to be in 5 years financially


Personal Finance for Freelancers and Artists

by Galia Gichon on May 18, 2015

Personal Finance for Artists & Freelancers. 3 Day Video Course

Produced by Creative Live, Written and Taught by GALIA GICHON

Surviving and thriving as a freelancer or working artist requires strong financial management skills, but getting there can seem stressful and overwhelming. Join financial expert and MBA holder Galia Gichon for a course you can’t miss!  It’s a  painless, seven-step plan for taking control of your personal finances.

In this three-day course, you’ll set financial goals, create a budget that works for you, and establish the habits that lead to financial health. You’ll learn how to make financial planning less time-consuming by spending 30 minutes a week directly focused on your budget, spending, savings, and investments. You’ll also learn how to create immediate growth in your savings and investment accounts. Galia will also share key techniques for taking the stress and uncertainty out of planning for retirement.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to confidently and successfully manage your personal finances, and have more time (and money!) to do the work you love.

Buy this class now! You can download it and watch it over and over and over.  You can’t afford not to!

You can watch SAMPLES of the class here.



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In December, I was thrilled to speak at the YWCA Berkley  “Young Women and Money” conference in Oakland, CA. This was the same trip when I filmed my Creative Live course “Personal Finance for Artists and Freelancers.” 
Valerie Coleman Morris  was the other keynote speaker. Many of our talking points were similar which affirms the importance of our […]

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Even though today’s post is around college students, I found the message loud and clear for all my clients.  In fact, the message is: You are where you are today and then move forward.  If you need a push, you can still check out my Creative Live course “Personal Finance for Artists and Freelancers”.  I keep […]

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This Is What an Angel Looks Like

February 5, 2014

As many of you know, I took the Pipeline Fellowship Angel Investing bootcamp a few years ago.  Since then I have continued to be an angel investor, primarily through Topstone Angels.  I was recently interviewed for a series by Pipeline called “This is What An Angel Looks Like”.  It’s a fun interview that lists some […]

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Face Your Finances

January 28, 2014

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Why Face Your Finances?
When I was writing the curriculum for my Creative Live course “Personal Finance for Artists and Freelancers”, I wanted to start with helping the participants think differently about their money.  I realized that you, and the seminar attendees, will never move […]

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Barnard Athena Center Leadership Course “Keeping Your $20’s in Your 20s”

January 26, 2014

If you (or any college students that you know!) are in New York City, check out my new course at the Barnard Athena Center for Leadership Studies.
Baffled by the idea of a budget? Nervous about living paycheck-to-paycheck? Do the words IRA and 401k sound like a foreign language? Start planning for your post-college life with […]

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Save Money on Travel with Kids

January 21, 2014

This article was reprinted on SavvyAuntie, a great online resource. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1cjn4fS
For those of you that know me – I love to travel.  I try and travel internationally once a year and love both ski and beach vacations. Being a personal finance expert, I clearly don’t want to spend top dollars and am […]

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