Christianna Hurt is just 27 years old but she is already a successful entrepreneur thanks to her work as an affiliate marketer and WealthyCollegeKid, which she founded to help the many people curious about how she achieved her success.
Christianna’s entrepreneurial career did not get off to an auspicious start, but rather was a necessity when, on April 5th, 2016, she was fired from not one but several jobs. While she now owns businesses with millions in revenue annually, Christianna is humble about her success, which she attributes to hard work to get out of tough circumstances and learning from her mistakes.
Christianna was inducted into the Forbes The Next 1000 class, and later was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class. However, there is much more to her than success in business – a turbulent relationship, recovering from an eviction, and her tragic miscarriage in 2018 due to domestic violence.
Christiana generously shared her story with us.
Grit Daily: Some people were born to be, other people became entrepreneurs because of circumstances. Which are you?
Christianna Hurt: I honestly don’t think I was born to be an entrepreneur. I became an entrepreneur because of my circumstance, 100%, but you must remember my situation was self-inflicted. I had absolutely no business going against my parents and moving out before I was ready, let alone with a boy. But the personality and character I was born with, I wasn’t going to let my parents be right. The situation was going left, so I stood on my mistakes and made a way.
Grit Daily: You recently wrote “Nothing is better than making money before you even get out of bed.” How much work was it for you to get to that point?
Christiana Hurt: It took 2016-2020. For sure, I wasn’t consistently making money in my sleep or able to make my lifestyle changes until almost four years into my journey. I worked day in and day out. I was on live every single day and night. You can find the videos from 2016 to this day. I was making money but I was also making mistakes and paying to fix them.
Grit Daily: I understand that your first business was affiliate marketing. How does a person launch an affiliate marketing business?
Christiana Hurt: There’s not as much to it as people assume. You just find someone who will allow you to sell their products for them and take a small cut to get yourself on your feet. The best way to start is Facebook marketplace and Amazon. It’s completely free to sign up for accounts on both platforms.
Grit Daily: At what point on your entrepreneurial journey did you launch Wealthycollegekid.com?
Christianna Hurt: I created WealthyCollegeKid as an e-commerce education platform in 2018. I had been making money for 1-2 years by then, and people wanted to learn simple skill sets. I began creating videos and lessons and services to fulfill those needs in the market. I was ready to bring in more profit, as I was recovering from my eviction at that time. I was also learning about paying taxes then.
Grit Daily: What would you like to share that I haven’t asked about?
Christianna Hurt: I would like to share that I created Just Kidding Kids because of the loss of my pregnancy in 2018. It was my way of healing from my C-section, my postpartum depression and everything I was dealing with. I was trying to pour that lost love into my children’s clothing brand. I’ve worked so hard to build it, but I’ve worked even harder to heal. It took time and therapy and hope, but I can honestly say in 2022 I’m making so much progress. I’m so thankful for my growth.
Peter Page is the Contributions Editor at Grit Daily. Previously at Entrepreneur.com, he began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter long before print journalism had even heard of the internet, much less realized it would demolish the industry. The years he worked a police reporter are a big influence on his world view to this day. Page has some degree of expertise in environmental policy, the energy economy, ecosystem dynamics, the anthropology of urban gangs, the workings of civil and criminal courts, politics, the machinations of government, and the art of crystallizing thought in writing.