Barry Smith


In total I was employed by Standard Bank, in South Africa for over 45 years, starting at the bottom and working in several branches mainly in KZN. My last appointment as Branch Manager was at Pinetown Branch. In my last few years before retiring in 2005 I was attached to the regional office in Durban where I served in various capacities including as an Area Manager.
Since I retired from Standard Bank I have been very fortunate to be involved in various different activities including producing BBBEE scorecards for customers, undertaking training in 5 different african countries, amongst others. At present I am mentoring a few small business owners. Working for a business consultancy where it was my responsibility to source finance for customers after their business plans had been completed; Guiding an accounting practice through the restructuring of the business; Undertook training in 5 different African Countries; and I was also employed by Standard Bank on a contract basic for over 2 years. At present I am mentoring a few small business owners. When Andrew Blaine approached me to write our book, it has proved to be such a most rewarding experience. We have received such good feedback from people who have purchased the book through which we have been able to meet one of our objectives – to help people plan their lifestyle in retirement.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There is so much to life , having a great family, an unbelievable mentee and enjoying promoting our first book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family and enjoy travelling to new parts of the world, which includes cruising.
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The Next Step - Planning the road through Retirement
Price: $6.83 USD. Words: 36,760. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
There’s far more to preparing for retirement than financial and investment planning – and a wide range of different feelings about retirement. While many countdown to finishing their working careers with feelings of uncertainty, fear of the unknown or even impending doom, others eagerly look forward to a time when they can relax and do everything that they’ve always wanted to do.

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