Michelle Grace Hunder - Professional Photographer
Money management might be a man’s world. Gender stereotypes may inform ideas that men are good at managing their money, while women are frivolous ‘shopoholics’, with credit card debts fuelled by shoes & cosmos.
To question this tired stereotype and celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re sharing the economic journeys and lessons learnt from five inspiring women.
Today we spoke with Professional Photographer Michelle Grace Hunder - check out her amazing journey and tips below.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am a 39-year-old Professional Photographer – For the last 8 years, I’ve primarily worked in the music industry. I’ve been married to my husband Jarvis for 9 years, and have two dogs I adore more than life.
How did you get to where you are now, and did you face any challenges on this journey?
I had pretty major obstacle career wise with a failed business relationship around 10 years ago, which is what lead me to pick up a camera and start a new career in photography. I’ve never looked back. Working for myself has been the biggest game changer.
Where did you learn what you know about finance and managing money? Are there resources you use for support?
My parents are Italian immigrants and worked incredibly hard for everything they have. They’ve always been incredible in giving support and advice along the way. I pretty much always turn to them for financial advice as they have done so well and are pretty knowledgeable in this area.
If you could give your younger self some financial advice, what would be your top 3 tips?
-Invest in property earlier – my husband and I purchased our first property in 2009, which was actually really good timing and we did very well from this, but we could have done even better if we listened to my parents and did this earlier than we did!
-Know your worth and charge for it! It took me a long time to realize this.
-Be assertive in negotiations. I used to shy away from this for fear of being looked as difficult or a bitch, but it’s only been really positive in my experience, when I ask for what I want.
Want to check out Michelle's current project? Go to hersoundherstory.com to sign up for more info about Michelle's documentary on Australian women in music, premiering around the country this year. This captivating doco explores personal experiences, histories and the significant social impact women have within the Australian music industry. You def don't want to miss this one.
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