A Day in the Life of Mapalo Makhu

A Day in the Life of Mapalo Makhu

After many requests we have decided to relaunch the ‘A day in the life of..’ series. This is where we get to know phenomenal women and see what it’s like to spend a day in their lives.

To kick it off we’re starting with a woman who has personally inspired me by turning her passion into a thriving business that also educates the women on taking care of their finances, Mapalo Makhu.

Getting to know Mapalo


Tell us about yourself and what you do

I am a Personal Finance Educator, Speaker, Money Blogger and the Founder of Woman&Finance. My passion lies in educating and inspiring women to take charge of their finances.  I was recently awarded with the Woman of the year award in the Women in Education category, at the 2018 Women of Stature awards. Woman & Finance was also listed as one of the Top 40 Women Financial Blogs and Websites on the Web.
At the age of 17, I read Rich Dad; Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and The Courage To Be Rich by Suze Orman, books that influenced my career choice. After I had read them, I knew that I wanted to learn about personal finance, master it and teach other people to do the same. I completed a BCom Finance Degree and hold a Post Graduate in Financial Planning.

How do you think personal style plays a role in your career?

Whether we like it or not, people judge you by how you look in the first few seconds of them meeting you. How you look then is very important. I try to look to my best all the time, especially when I have meetings and doing presentations. How you look is part of your personal brand and you have to be consistent in it.

What is your favorite quote?

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”  ― Maya Angelou    

What it’s like spending a day in Mapalo’s shoes


05:45 – Wake up, read my bible, meditate on the word or listen to an audio.

06:00 –  Look at the Woman & Finance social media pages, upload posts or respond to comments.

06:15 – Get my son ready for school with the help of his dad and nanny ( I make him his snack).

07:15 – Go over my “to complete list” that I did the previous night.

07:30 – Hit the gym.

09:00 – Responding to and sending emails (tick off my to complete list).

11:00 – One-on-one coaching with clients/training/Skype calls/interviews/podcasts etc. (manage to have a salad in between everything).

17:00 – Head home, play with my son/cook.

19:45 – Read and put my son to sleep.

20:00 – Work on my “to complete list” for the following day/browse the internet for articles inspiration or read a few pages of a book I’m currently reading (I have a strict policy on reading a minimum of 5 pages no matter how busy I am).

22:00 – Update my content calendar (I get a lot of ideas throughout my day on content and things are always changing; being booked for events or training, I frequently have to update my calendar). 

22:30 – Go to sleep.


Get in touch with Mapalo Makhu:

Email: info@womanandfinance.co.za

Website: www.womanandfinance.co.za

Facebook: Woman&Finance

Instagram: @womanandfinance

Twitter: @WomanAndFinance




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