Hello I'm Debbie. I'm on a mission to help people get started investing so they can build wealth, give generously and live life on their own terms.
And so they don’t make the silly expensive money mistakes that I did!
I believe with all my heart that simple, smart investing is the number one way to achieve long-term financial success. And you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or have a lot of money to get going.
Unfortunately, however, most people were never educated in how to properly understand and manage their money. They think it’s complex and you need to be good with math to manage money on your own.
So, they push it off.
Taking care of your finances and building a cushion for your future self rarely seem to make it to the top of the to do list. Especially when there are kids to care for, home repairs, and other bills to pay.
And to be honest, I was no different – even though I was working on Wall Street and co-managing portfolios worth several billion dollars.
In fact, I was so busy working and raising a family that when I finally did get started investing, I hired investment managers who churned my account (bought and sold securities excessively to generate fees). When I finally wizened up to what was going on and took back control of my money, I followed a hot tip that led to a quick and painful financial loss! Ouch!
Nobody needs to figure out investing the hard way! I want to short cut the learning curve for you.
I’ve made it my life's work to figure out this thing called investing and help others to do the same. Honestly, it’s not complicated!
For the last 10 years, I’ve been making smart money decisions and building wealth for our family. Today, my husband and I are blessed to support people and causes that are meaningful to us and which create change in the world.
Now, my goal is to help you get started investing and growing your nest egg.
Investing doesn’t need to be complicated and you don’t need a ton of money to get started. If you can start with a thousand dollars or more, that’s wonderful. If you commit to invest just a few dollars a week that’s good too. The important step is to get started! The rest will fall into place over time.
To help smart women and men get started investing, I look forward to publishing my book, "The $1K Investor: Simple, Smart Steps to Start Investing with a Thousand Dollars or Less." I know it will help people feel less intimidated and more confident about managing their money better. And confidence about money and wealth building will spill over into other areas of their lives.
I believe that taking good care of your money is a superb act of self-care that enables you to live an empowered and confident life, free of financial stress. That gives you more time, energy and money to do what you love and to make positive change in the world.
You may be here because you know that now is the right time for you to start investing. This book will help you understand risk, the difference between saving and investing, the magic of compound interest, and the importance of asset allocation.
You may be here because you have cash sitting in the bank and you don’t know what to do with it. This book will help you distinguish between different investment alternatives and create an investment plan to meet your long-term financial goals. You’ll get out of overwhelm and discover why investing is so much simpler than you think.
You may be here because you’ve been stuffing your financial statements into the drawer promising to get back to them soon. This book will help you forgive your past money mistakes so you can create strong and systematic investing habits. You’ll discover what effect your upbringing has on your money habits.
You may be here because you want to support me even though you don't need the book. I invite you to contribute to my ability to share my message with more women and men, creating a ripple effect of awareness about the importance of smart money management and getting started with investing sooner rather than later.
You may have 'been there, done that'. You may have made investing mistakes like I did and know deep down how simple – and how important! – taking action can be. Your voice added to mine amplifies the message. I invite you to be part of the movement to help others build confident, empowered wealth.
How this works...
I have created different bundles for this pre-order campaign (known as "rewards"). These bundles are only available until 25 January 2019.
You make a pledge to pre-order a bundle that suits your needs and only once the goal of US$5,000 is reached will the funds be withdrawn from your nominated card.
My intention is to sign each print book that is purchased in the pre-order. To minimize the cost of postage I may print on demand from the closest center to you.
Please join us by:
· Making a pledge to ensure this book gets published
· Sharing the funding campaign on social media
· Talk about the funding campaign with friends and family to raise visibility
To make this project happen I need to get the funding to cover the costs of:
· Kindle Direct Publishing Services
· Structural and Copy Editing
· Proof reading
· Artwork, photography and cover design
· Book formatting
· Audio book editing
· Videographer and editing
· Marketing and publicity
· Hosting book launch events
My hope is to have the funds to do more publicity and host book launch events when we meet the stretch goal of $10,000.
After the pre-order campaign is over, the book will be printed on demand and available in eBook format with the companion workbook.
Thank you for being part of a community of like-minded people who want to make the world a better place by supporting women and men to build wealth, give generously and achieve financial success.
With dear blessings and tremendous gratitude,
My name is Debbie Sassen. As a financial planner & coach, I empower smart and savvy women and men who feel stressed and anxious about their money (even if they earn a good income) to take control of their finances and feel calm, confident and excited about their financial future.
After my husband was diagnosed with cancer 16+ years ago, I got a rude awakening! Looking deeply at our financial situation, I discovered that we did not have it all together – in spite of my background as a Wall Street financial analyst and managing money for heavyweight financial institutions.
I had to face the fact that while I could manage the money of nations and multinational corporations with conscientiousness and professionalism, I was carelessly neglecting our own investments and effectively flushing my own future financial security down the toilet.
While I had often heard people complain that they “just don’t have the head” for the number-crunching and detail-oriented aspects of money management, I definitely did not have that excuse myself.
As I looked deeper into this issue, I became fascinated by the field of personal finance. I realized that many people in my age group, especially women, are rudely awakened to the reality of their financial mismanagement, often around times of personal upheaval like illness and loss. I discovered that taking responsibility for money, for now and for the future, is one of the ultimate gestures of love and respect that any of us can offer ourselves and our families.
As the founder of the online money programs Smart Women Build Wealth and Investing Made Simple, I help women take charge of their financial future and own their wealth.
I am a wife and mom of many – 8 children and 7 grandchildren (to date). I’m a US expat who lives a richly beautiful and G-d centered life in Israel.
Risks and challenges
One risk of self-publishing is that the book takes longer to publish than expected given that I am working with other parties. To overcome this risk, I have given myself more time than I need to complete all tasks plus added contingency.
Another risk is that unforeseen costs may arise. I have done all the calculations that are required to self-publish. To overcome this risk, I have consulted with others who have self-published and had them validate my numbers.
A challenge for many Kickstarter backers is the cost of shipping to other countries. To overcome this challenge, I have fixed the cost of shipping and will absorb the difference within the funding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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