Mo’ Money podcaster and personal finance extraordinaire, Jessica Moorhouse is breaking down finances and teaching millennials you don’t have to be born rich to get rich!
What does it mean to be a millennial money expert?
What I do is help people with money, specifically focused on millennials, however, that said, I help people of every age. Millennials because I feel like I can relate to them, I have been through it, I have survived the recession like many of them and feel like I am somebody they can learn from. I do one-on-one financial counselling, and I have a podcast and blog with a lot of helpful money tips. I also run events and do a lot of in-person work. My goal is to hit people all over Canada and the world to try and help them become more confident with their money.
How did you get into this career?
It’s a pretty weird route actually! I went to film school and then worked in sales and marketing for a number of years. Once I graduated in 2009 during the recession and couldn’t find a job, I began reading books about personal finance because I was sick of being broke. I realized I didn’t always have to be broke. You don’t have to be born rich to become rich. I wanted to learn how I could live a better life. I started educating myself and began blogging so I could share my knowledge. From there, I was more and more interested in all of the personal avenues of personal finance, eventually taking the big leap, leaving my corporate job and went off on my own to start my own company.
What makes your job #careergoals?
The biggest benefit of what I do is I help people. I have always wanted to find a career that helped people and never really could figure that out. In this career, I feel like I am directly impacting people’s lives and that is really fulfilling. On top of that, I get to work for myself, pick my own hours, and work in my pyjamas if I want to. I also get to do a ton of different things. I am never bored, it’s always a new day and a new challenge.
How could someone get into this career?
Anyone can do it! I have a very odd path. If I can go from being a filmmaker to a personal finance expert, anyone can! It’s really about putting the time and effort into educating yourself and then finding out which path within the personal financial world you want to take. Do you want to be a financial planner, a content creator or a speaker? All three? And then really just go for it. I think the reason it is working out for me is that I am doing a lot of different things and I am going hard and hustling like crazy. All of the risks I have taken have paid off in the end and I think that’s a really important takeaway. It’s hard to take risks and scary, but I don’t like living with regrets so I rather take the risk and fail than not try at all.
What type of personality is suited for what you do?
To do what I do, you definitely have to like people. I am an introvert by nature but I actually love learning about other people’s stories. You have to be open to that and be a people person.
What are three tips to being successful in this career?
1. Never stop learning
2. Be digital media savvy
3. Be adaptable
Tell us a secret about your job?
More times than not, when I am recording a podcast with a guest, I am in no makeup and pyjamas!
Anything exciting coming up?
Currently, I am in season 8 of my Mo’ Money podcast, which is really exciting! I also just launched my first online course all about investing foundations for Canadians, so it’s for anyone that wants to learn how to invest.