Power 7 with Amie…

Amie Baker, AFA NSW Inspire Chair, Certified Money Coach and Director Rekab Advice reveals how financial advice improves people’s lives and why she never sweats the small stuff.

1.Why a career in the financial advice profession?

Years ago I started in collections at St George bank. In most cases arrears were preventable with advice, so I found myself wanting to help. This launched me into a career of financial advice. Money is a major cause of stress – essentially, we help improve people’s lives and wellbeing.

2. Your favourite quote?

Oh gee this is hard because I have a library of quotes…. but this week this resonates with me:

“Believe you can and you are already halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt.

3. What advice would you give to your younger self?

As a typical young woman I lacked self-confidence and didn’t value myself which resulted in poor choices in relationships and being ripped off in business so I would certainly remind myself of my value. Believe in yourself, don’t waste time worrying about what others think – you can do this!

I also wasted a lot of time fretting over things that didn’t really matter, so I would also give this advice – if it’s not going to be a problem in five years then don’t give it more than five minutes of your time.

4. One thing you’ve changed in your business during COVID-19?

I now communicate with my clients far more. During the beginning of lock down I would send out emails twice a week, updating clients with any help they may be entitled to with the Stimulus packages as they were being rolled out.

I have been far more proactive; “checking in” and making sure people are doing OK during these uncertain times, because as I mentioned earlier money is a great cause of stress.

I want my clients to know I am there for them as a sounding board, a friend and an adviser.

I have also increased my usage of technology so I can communicate regularly with clients.

 5. Your most recent ‘high-five’ moment?

Getting on with launching my Podcast and working on my money coaching / education platform Centsability – watch this space.

 6. Have you seen anything lately that made you smile?  

My children… I have a tribe and there is never a dull moment in our household, especially with a six month old in the mix of teenagers and a young adult.

7. What are you reading right now?

I have just started, The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates, but I also have five books on my bedside table; finance books, behaviour and psychology books for research purposes.