John has an extensive experience of 32 years in the financial services industry, from banking to management to senior financial planning. With a realistic and “bite-sized” approach to personal finance management, John has mentored many Australian families in setting and achieving their financial goals with his step-by-step Personal Money System. Fed up with the pace of the corporate world, John was flushed with money but missing a lifestyle. So he took a three year hiatus before dipping his oar for a few years in private enterprise management; running a few café businesses.
It was while teaching others the ins and outs of the café business, I realized that most clients were missing the basic knowledge of how to manage financial matters. Thus, began my journey of helping people achieve financial freedom so that they stop worrying about money stuff and still live a full and happy life.” John de Ridder, Founder, Focus Your Money.
John helped me to get on top of my finances personally and with my start up business. When going into business the biggest challenge is managing cash flow. Being a first time business owner of my own wellness consultancy in Canberra I was overwhelmed with the financial aspect of it. I was still wearing my clinicians hat when doing my finances but John taught me how to wear a monetary visionary hat. John helped me to set clear budgets and goals while coaching me to focus on practical solutions to my challenges on a weekly basis. And he did it with heart, care and incredible generosity of his time. I can highly recommend him. His personal money system is worth in gold!” Matt Dippl, Canberra, Australia.