I (Nick) realized the power of personal finance from an early age. My first “success” with money came when I bought my own computer at the age of 10.
After squirreling away all my gift and chore money for several years, I presented my parents with what 10-year-old me would call a HUGE pile of cash and asked them to help me buy a Dell Inspiron 1100… ooohhh yeah.
It seems minor, but that experience helped me see money as a tool. And for the first time, I realized it was a tool that could make a big impact.
My entrepreneurial spirit also revealed itself early-on through my one-man candy shop in high school. (Cue the creepy “free candy” van memes. Except I’d never give candy away for free… I was in BUSINESS, man!)
Unfortunately, this business came to an abrupt halt when the principal informed me that soliciting on campus was unacceptable – and I am a Grade A Enneagram 1 Rule-Follower.
So my dreams of taking over the world one candy bar at a time were crushed. But I quickly found a new business outlet through teaching piano lessons. And that’s how I figured out I love helping people learn.
Throughout college, I taught piano lessons as a side hustle. And I read every personal finance related book I could get my hands on. Soon, I was the go-to guy for finance advice in my friend group.
Once I graduated and began working as a Mechanical Engineer, I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of my career in that field. I dreamed of retiring from engineering and going back to work as a math teacher, once I felt comfortable taking a pay-cut.
But thankfully, I stumbled across the world of online business. And I realized I could combine my passions of teaching and personal finance NOW, without a definitive, long-term pay-cut.
Eventually, Hanna was able to transition out of her job as a Physical Therapist to join me in Mapped Out Money. Now she handles all our graphic design needs, content editing, and acts as my right-hand woman.
So we get to work together in our 27-ft Airstream, with our 4 pets at our sides. And we love it!
My passion for teaching and personal finance is continually growing into a brand that creates approachable and actionable resources for financially unsettled people. We share how we’re using money as a tool to live our adventure and hope to help you do the same!
Thanks for letting us be a small part of your journey!
– Nick + Hanna