We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Gibbs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, how does your business help the community?
Gibbs Financial Fitness helps the everyday American with their personal finances. Financial illiteracy is drastically impacting our communities. There isn’t a required curriculum in our schools for it and unfortunately it is not being taught in every home. I realized this when I went to college sharing the financial lessons my grandfather had given me and nobody had a similar experience. Once I realized this was a common trend, I decided to birth Gibbs Financial Fitness in 2016 to help people become financially fit. As result, people have be able to increase credit scores, create feasible budgets, become homeowners, start businesses and so much more.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Gibbs Financial Fitness was founded in 2016 and since then, we have been able to help over 1,000 people through our strategy and teaching. I care about the American people, particular the low-middle class. They typically don’t have the resources accessible to them that the higher classes do. Those are the people I target the most. Those are the people I share my financial teachings with. I have so many people not only interested in financial literacy for themselves but for their children too. My most proud moment was becoming a best selling author for both of my Financial Literacy books. Everybody cannot afford my services but they are able to get the education via social media and my books. I started this business as a part time side hustle and once my Corporate job didnt align with my vision anymore, I left and made Gibbs Financial Fitness a full time profession. It was not easy at all, entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint heart, it is a true roller coaster. I overcome the challenges by processing things that went wrong and tweaked them and tried again. I believe you aren’t a failure until you quit, otherwise you are just learning. Within 2 years of being a full time entrepreneur, I was able to scale my business to 6 figures. That came from hardwork, consistency, and educating the people. My brand is committed to helping the everyday American become financially empowered. It doesn’t matter where they are right now with their finances, we can help them strengthen them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am from a college city, Columbia South Carolina, home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. For a week long trip, that would be interesting. I would take them on tours at the State Museum, Riverbanks Museum, and the State House. We went grab some food from Liberty’s Tap House, Halls Chophouse, Tsunamis. For fun, we can go to Craft Axe Throwing, The Grand, The Escape Room, and maybe Dave and Busters. Depending on the yime of the year we can go watch a baseball game at the Fireflies stadium for a baseball game or Williams Brice Stadium for Gamecock Football
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a special shoutout to my grandfather, who I affectionately call Grandpaw. He paved the way for me to become financially literate, go to college, and a successful business owner.
Linkedin: Rachel S Gibbs
Aaron D. Smalls for the Professional Headshot Marquise “Q” Reid for the office shots