Friday, 2 June 2017

#GirlBoss Guide | Janine Rogan

I interviewed Janine Rogan, CPA, Tax Specialist and Finance Speaker and asked her some questions about what all #GirlBosses need to know about, investing and saving your money!

Where are you from and where are you currently located?
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and currently live in Calgary, which is a quick 3-hour trip south of my hometown. 

What was your dream job growing up?
I think at one point I wanted to be a teacher, doctor, or a marine biologist. However, I can't stand blood, I'm scared of sharks, and working with kids all day is exhausting (shout out to all the fantastic teachers!).  

What did you study in school? Did you see it leading it where you are now?
I had quite an interesting journey. I started in the Faculty of Engineering, and then switched into Sciences, followed by a switch into Agriculture. Eventually, I found myself at the School of Business taking Accounting. Right now I'm a tax specialist, having just completed my CPA designation. I don't know if I thought I'd end up in tax, but it definitely keeps things interesting! I also run a financial literacy website (, I write, speak, and teach others about money, which I love... so maybe I ended up being a teacher in a way after all. 

Who has been the most influential person in your career or life?
Probably my mom or Courtney Kirschbaum ( Courtney has pushed me to take risks with my business and challenged me to think outside the box and questions what my values are. It's been an interesting (and exhausting) journey to work a full-time job and run a website but, I'm loving every minute.  

Why did you decide to start your own business/blog? Did it seem enticing? Did something inspire you?
Honestly, I kind of fell into it. I've always enjoyed writing and back during my undergrad a friend shared a personal finance book with me. It opened my eyes to the world of money, and I've been hooked ever since.  

Why should everyone be investing? How can #GirlBosses, entrepreneurs and creatives invest smart?
Not investing is probably the biggest mistake you can make. You are missing out on tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars! To invest smart there are a couple things individuals need to do:
1) Research and understand what you're investing in
2) Take calculated risks. This is done through understanding the investment and build a diversified portfolio
3) Watch out for fees. I recommend individuals look at ETF's, or Index funds when they are starting out. They are well diversified, which means less risk for you and they have low fees, which means more money in your pocket!  

What are the best and easiest way to save and budget your money?
I think the best way to start budgeting and saving is understanding where your money is going on a granular level. When you see you're spending $400 on Starbucks each month you might decide that's not a good use of your money and decide to allocate it elsewhere. It isn't about depriving yourself, it's about ensuring you have enough money to fund your goals and dreams while still living a fulfilled life. 

How would you define success?
I think success can be defined differently for everyone. For me success would be living a fulfilled life, loving what I do each and every day and having enough money to be able to do all of the things I want to do

What advice would you give to today's women?
Start paying attention to your money! It's so important, and while it might seem boring you have to care about it. Most women outlive their partners so it's important to understand where your money is going and how you can grow it so that you can use it to live your dream life!  

Where can everyone find you?
Website/Blog - 
Twitter, Snapchat & Instagram: @JanineRogan 

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