Leslie Ransom

About Indie Financial Planning

I am Leslie Ransom, CFP®. I have over a decade of experience as a financial planner and investment advisor.

Before becoming a CFP® Professional, I spent over 20 years working in the independent music industry. I have a unique awareness of the challenges facing artists, creatives, or anyone looking to build a career or business not tied to a traditional 9-5 position. IFP caters to self-employed entrepreneurs or anyone looking to plan for a future on their own terms.

I founded IFP as an alternative to a financial industry widely viewed as only serving the very wealthy.  There are no investment minimums to work with IFP.  We are an independent resource ready to partner with you when you are ready to take control of your financial life.

Whatever your planning needs – from investments to budgeting – IFP will consider the many moving parts of your situation and work with you to build a plan based on trust. We focus on holistic planning and helping to educate you, so you are better positioned to achieve your goals.

We treat planning as a partnership. We provide you with the tools and knowledge to take control of your finances.  We offer advice and expertise to answer your questions and pursue your goals. Investment management and ongoing planning allows us to create a roadmap with clients and travel that path with them adjusting to changes along the way.

IFP is registered in the states of Illinois and California, but we can work with people anywhere.

Leslie F. Ransom, CFP®

After graduating from Pomona College with degrees in Economics and French, I moved from California to Boston for a change of scenery. There, I began working in a record store and eventually moved into sales and distribution for a small independent record label (TAANG!).  I continued working in independent music when I moved to Chicago in 1991, including 16 years as Head of Sales and Distribution for Touch and Go Records.

When I left the music industry in 2009, I saw an opportunity to offer financial planning and investment advice to the many talented and creative folks in my circle of friends and others like them.  I completed the coursework and exam to become a CFP® Professional through Northwestern University in 2013.  I became fully accredited in 2015 while working at Great Light Financial Planning, LLC in Evanston, IL.  I launched Indie Financial Planning in 2016.

Outside of work, I have a soft spot for animals including my 2 cats and 2 dogs all rescued from Chicago area rescues. The dogs arrived at the house as 2-week-old puppies along with their mama dog and 7 siblings during the 2020 Covid pandemic.

If the pets give me the night off, I still enjoy seeing live music and enjoy the many venues around Chicago.

I love exploring the City of Chicago and continue to tell people stories I learned as a docent tour guide with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

My ties to California remain strong as my family still live in Riverside, CA. so I head back often to visit [and warm up a little in the winter].