Hey there! I’m Whitney. Welcome to my little corner of the internet.
I’m a financial coach who helps ambitious people manage their cash flow, pay off debt, work towards their goals, and live life on their own terms.
I also help other financial coaches start, launch, and grow their coaching businesses while getting paid for their hard work.
I’ve always been fascinated by money.
Making it and managing it.
As a kid, I would set up a lemonade stand (I lived in the country and had maybe 2 cars pass by every day), sold candy on the playground, and rebuilt pallets for my dad’s pallet distributing company.
I was also the kid in high school who listened to Success magazine CD’s in my car and studied personal development like it was my part-time job.
Like so many of us, my earliest money lessons came from childhood.
I grew up in a very dysfunctional family where money was used to control and manipulate. My parents divorced and my mom became a single mom with 6 kids.
We were broke. Real broke. Like sleeping on the floor a tiny apartment broke.
When I was 16, my mom and I were walking and we found a mattress in the garbage can. We were so stoked about that!
That was one of the biggest money lessons of my life. The true difference between a want and a need.
I knew I never wanted to be stuck in a situation because of money.
So I vowed to set my life up in a way where I could be financially independent.
That desire for financial security led to me studying Accounting in college.
I worked my butt off, saved money, and bought my first home when I was 19, house hacking by renting two of my rooms to my college friends.
Everything was great until I graduated…
I had no clue how much student debt I had. And there I stood holding a piece of paper saying I owed $30,000.
We all have these fork in the road moments. You know, the ones where you decide do I buckle down and do the tough stuff now to better my life in the future? Or do I accept that I’ll have this debt around for majority of my life?
I decided to buckle down, work two jobs pushing 70-80 hours a week and pay it all off in 10 months.
I eventually went back to school for my Master’s in Business Administration (while only paying $472 for the entire degree) and started helping people with their own financial lives for funsies.
I’m constantly learning from guests on my podcast The Money Nerds and helping other’s live a financial life they are proud of in two ways:
- My 1:1 financial coaching program, a unique blend of financial and personal development designed to help you create a solid foundation, stop stressing about money, and build healthier habits
- Become A Financial Coach course, where I teach other financial coaches how to build their business (exactly how I did)
If either of these sound like something you’re interested in, you’re in the right place!
You’ll learn how to use money as a tool to better your life and live on your own terms.
I’m honored you’re here.
You can learn more about working with me here.
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If you’re dying to know more, here are 5 rando things you (probably) don’t know about me:
- One of my side hustles is a teaching college students personal finance as a adjunct professor
- I used to compete in figure and bikini competitions and can truly strut my stuff in 5 inch clear heels. (TBD is that is still true)
- I’m terrified and fascinated by sharks…seriously they outlived dinosaurs!
- I’m a huge homebody that caught the travel bug.
- I can do some damage on veggie trays, popcorn and coffee!
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Top 25 Millennial Personal Finance Bloggers You Should Be Following http://www.financialsumo.com/top-millennial-personal-finance-blogs/
Savings Tips To Keep In Mind Beyond National Save For Retirement Weeks https://www.myubiquity.com/savings-tips-to-keep-in-mind-beyond-national-save-for-retirement-week/
When Enough is Enough: How much is too much debt? http://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-much-is-too-much-debt/
Guest on Her Money Matters Podcast: http://jenhemphill.com/hmm-17-what-does-chasing-the-dollar-got-to-do-with-anything-guest-whitney-hansen/
FinCon and Student Debt: Guest on The TBC Podcast: http://bestdebtcompanys.com/2015/the-tbc-podcast-episode-1-fincon-and-student-debt/
The Motivated Millennial: Millennial Spotlight http://www.themotivatedmillennial.com/blog/millennial-spotlight-whitney-hansen
Summer Reading List: 23 Books To Read About Money http://www.thesimpledollar.com/books-to-read-this-summer/
Destroy Debt with These 5 Tips http://createlivegrow.com/destroy-debt-with-these-5-tips/
How gender inequality in academia translates to startup environments http://elitedaily.com/women/gender-inequality-academia-translates-startup-environments/962464/
Adios Student Debt: How I Paid off $30,000 in 10 months http://elitedaily.com/money/cest-la-vie-student-debt-paid-off-30000-10-months/925987/
Bills, Bills, Bills: 5 money goals to conquer in your 20s http://elitedaily.com/life/5-money-goals-conquer-20s/861683/
Tips for College Entrepreneurs https://thebluereview.org/tips-start-a-business-in-college/
Millennial-Friendly Office Space http://idahobusinessreview.com/2015/08/28/millennial-friendly-office-space/
Budget Tips for College Students + Venture College http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2014/03/26/university-tv-explores-venture-college-programs/
4 Borrowers Who Paid Off $10-$40K in Just One Year http://studentloanhero.com/featured/borrowers-paid-off-student-loans-in-just-one-year-and-how-they-did-it/
Fitness Amateur of the Week (Just for fun!) http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/fitness-amateur-of-the-week-whitney-hansen.html
SuperMoney Interview: https://www.supermoney.com/2016/12/expert-interview-series-whitney-hansen-whitneyhansen-com-hacking-personal-finances/