Interview: Whitney Hansen, Helping Millennials Become Financially Independent
Whitney Hansen is a personal finance coach and entrepreneur. She teaches overwhelmed millennials how to pay off debt and be financially independent. She gives them the tools to have more fun with money, while sprinkling in a little silliness. Some of her accomplishments are paying off $30,000 in 10 months, buying her first home at 19, and paying $472 for her master’s degree.
She started doing in person workshops, mostly to family and friends. Then she began growing it online with 1:1 coaching and workshops. She had to learn how to deal with personal finance because that was not something that any of us were taught. She has a degree in Accounting and still struggled with figuring out her personal finances. And this process has just evolved into helping millennials with their personal finance.
What she’s working on right now
She is teaching millennials how to increase their income in practical ways around their home. You can’t always eliminate your spending, so you have to make more money. And now Whitney teaches you ways to begin this process of making more money with things that are already around your home.
Her first money memory
When she was in 2nd or 3rd grade, she began to sell the lizards that were made out of beads on the playground. She would save up her money to buy a new barbie that she wanted. But since she did the hard work to make her money, she had a hard time spending the money, so she would hustle her siblings to go in on halves for the barbie.
Her worst money memory
Overpaying for her college degree – she took out too much for her student loans instead just the amount she needed for her degree. She took extra money to buy her books and some other stuff in her college experience.
Her second worst money memory was buying her first car at 16. Then a month after buying it, the engine went out and she couldn’t use the car. So she still had to pay for the car that wasn’t running.
Her best money memory
Her best money memory was when she was a freshmen in college and she saved up the money to take a trip. She was able to fully enjoy the trip because she saved the money.
One thing she does daily to build wealth consciousness
There are actually two things:
- Chat with more people in the same field that she teaches in.
- Listens to podcasts on a regular basis because there are so many different podcasts out there to listen to and teach us every day.
About the Author
Clarissa Wilson is a financial strategist and online educator who holds two master’s degrees in Forensic Accounting. Also creative and spiritual, she is an intuitive empath and introvert. Clarissa is the host of The Prosper + Profit Podcast, where money conversations occur on a daily basis -- as she believes that money shouldn’t be a taboo subject. After growing up on a dairy farm and learning to work hard for money, Clarissa awakened to a path that allowed wealth to flow easily to her. Clarissa currently lives in Pennsylvania with her two cats.