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Jen Smith has presented her inspirational story and personal finance and entrepreneurial advice on national television, in national magazines, books, film, websites and podcasts, and to live audiences of all sizes. Jen presents her personal values-driven money approach with a candid, no-hype “next door” narrative style that resonates with a large, diverse audience. The feedback she receives from readers, audiences and viewers is evidence that her story inspires.
Jen appeared on The Montel Show as a featured guest contributor for the “Modern Girl’s Guide to Success” (Dec 2007) and as a featured guest panelist at CNN’s Inspire Summit: Women’s Empowerment Conference (Dec 2008). Jen has been filmed and is scheduled to appear in an upcoming feature-length film, “Secrets of Money: The Documentary Movie”. She has been interviewed for inclusion in a variety of magazines, books, web sites and national publications including: U.S. News & World Report: Money and Business, MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, MainStreet.com (TheStreet), Austin American-Statesman, WiseBread, Lifehacker, WOW! Women On Writing, Consumerism Commentary, Alpha Consumer, Get Rich Slowly, Retire Early Lifestyle, ParentDish, Women’s Health Magazine, Rocky Mountain Parent Magazine, Natural Awakenings Magazine, “The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life” (book), “50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs” (book), “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards” (book), “How To Be Rich and Happy: A Manual For Life” (book), Defining Someday (book).
Jen Smith’s Bio Summary:
Known in the blogosphere and on national television as “The Millionaire Mommy Next Door,” Jen Smith went from working a minimum wage job as a graveyard shift donut and coffee waitress to financial freedom as a self-made millionaire by age 40. Over the years, Jen bootstrapped half a dozen small businesses while working from home in her pajamas. She learned how to invest in the stock market and in herself. Her story is more than a rags to riches story, it’s a rags to a rich life story.
Now Jen is on a mission to inspire and empower others through financial education so they too can enjoy the life they want to live. Jen shares her recipe for success, happiness and financial freedom via writing, blogging, speaking and coaching. As part of her commitment to community, she pledges her blogging profits as 0% microloans through Kiva.org to small businesses operated by working, impoverished women in developing countries.
The summary of her “rags to a rich life” story can be read here: http://millionairemommynextdoor.com/about-me
What makes Jen Smith’s story unique?
- Jen’s parents struggled paycheck to paycheck while she secretly dumpster-dived for food after school. She’s a college dropout who married a construction worker. Her in-laws tried to put her in her place, “behind her man”. She witnessed her mother starve herself to death because she was afraid to live the rest of her life without a man or money. But Jen doesn’t allow difficult circumstances to get in her way. She is empowered — and she loves to help others blow past obstacles and grab life by the ovaries, too.
- Jen is a closet millionaire. She lives in a typical middle-class neighborhood and lives a typical middle-class life… with one fabulous exception: she and her husband work only when they want to. They haven’t set an alarm clock in years. Whether it be work, parenting or play, they wake with the sun, eager to do whatever they choose. Jen is a do-er, not a have-er; rather than sport bling, her money affords her and her family the gift of free time.
- Jen’s values-driven lifestyle of voluntary simplicity is great for the wallet and the environment. For example, she and her husband have shared ONE vehicle since they were married 23 years ago. Their current vehicle is 12 years old.
- Despite those around her saying she was nuts at the time, she correctly called the real estate bubble and the subsequent crash. Against mainstream advice, she sold their home in mid-2004 and has been renting ever since. And she plans to continue renting until at least 2012 (or for as long as renting continues to be cheaper than owning).
- Jen bucks the system when it comes to stock market investing, too: she doesn’t espouse the typical “buy and hope” methodology. She tried and tested many investing strategies over the years before landing on one that suits her risk tolerance and personal needs best.
Contact Jen Smith:
Please send an email to jen (at) millionairemommynextdoor (dot) com (remove all spaces first) and indicate “PRESS CONTACT REQUEST” in the subject line.