Hey there! I’m Nicole. I’m the creator of I’m Funemployed.
Personal finance and career are some of the things in life that people THINK there is a standard roadmap for. But, in reality, there isn’t one.
That’s a scary thought, I know.
Which is why this blog exists. To help make these crucial areas of adulthood – personal finance, career, and growth – less scary.
How? You might ask.
Simple. I share my own experience managing money, career moves, and personal development. Along with my experiences, I also share practical tips and information to help you make an informed life or financial decision.
My aim with this blog is to show you that personal finance is ultimately personal. And you don’t have to make decisions based on what others tell you (not even me!).
I want to help equip you with the tools and the confidence to take on your money, career, and future with gusto.
In this blog, I cover things like:
- How to manage your personal finances
- How to negotiate a pay raise
- What side hustles you can do to earn more money
- How to think about investing
- Financial products and services and how to use them to your benefit
- Goal-setting and personal growth
And much more!
I started my career in banking as an equities dealer. That’s just a fancy title for someone who spends their day looking at the stock market and buying and selling stocks for clients.
The job was exciting – I directly witnessed everything going on in the stock market and learned about trading and investing. It helped demystify the world of finance for me in quick order.
After 4 years in that role, I wanted to try something different. I didn’t exactly know what “different” was so I decided to take a career break. I had saved up at least 30% of my income ever since I started working, which helped to fund my career break.
The Birth and Journey of I’m Funemployed
While I dreaded the idea of being unemployed, a friend of mine joked that I’m funemployed. That’s the inspiration for this site’s name.
Since that career break, I have gained a multitude of experiences, knowledge, and skills such as:
- Passing my Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams and getting my charter
- Moving to Singapore
- Pivoting into sales roles in tech and fintech
- Growing a financial education startup from zero to one
- Growing my income by 600% just from my day job alone
- Saving $100k by 30
- Taking a career break again!
While I’m Funemployed is a cheeky take on unemployment, it has now come to mean much more to me than that.
To me, funemployment is the idea that in whatever you do – whether you’re fully employed, self-employed, or taking a break – you embrace the fun, fulfilment and meaningfulness of your experience.
And of course, money plays a major role in your ability to embrace the “fun”.
So join me as I show you how to use money to design the life you want and one day become permanently funemployed!