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Investing Stories: Stephanie

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It was really difficult for my family I think to understand money. The only thing that they really taught me was to save, and as it turns out there’s a lot more to understanding money than just saving.

After about four years of working 80-90 hours a week, I just wasn’t happy anymore. I had saved a lot of money and I decided I was going to backpack around the world by myself. While I was traveling I decided to start up a little blog.

I bought a nice camera that I could shoot in the different places that I was exploring and festivals were a huge priority of mine while I was traveling. I was writing about them, I was taking pictures, and I noticed that the blog was doing quite well.

People liked the focus on music festivals. From that point, when it started to gain a lot of traction, I knew it was something that I could transform into a fully running business.

We have 40 people that currently work with my team. I’ve got a mix of photographers, journalists and graphic designers.

I started investing because I saw a lot of my friends that were really successful and I wanted to know what they were doing.

What really clicked for me was realizing that putting my money into savings like I had done my whole life and like my parents had taught me to do, was getting my money nowhere.

You don’t make money by having it sit in savings. And I started to realize that I could make more money with my own money, by choosing to invest. And that’s why I did it.

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Investing involves risk including loss of principal.

Investor featured in this video is not a client of Schwab Wealth Investment Advisory, Inc. and was not compensated by Charles Schwab for their time.

Investors’ experiences vary and are not representative experiences or results that may be expected.

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