As you know, I am keen to find out how to make money out of blogging and develop my side hustle of blogging over time. So I set out a few months ago, to bring you and me a taste of how to make money from a blog – my challenge was to find THE most successful bloggers out there and bring them to you, so we can learn from them together.
This series is in response to your questions and the fact that you guys are finding my posts on blogging tips super useful right now. So, without further a do, I am so excited to introduce you to Kristin Larsen, over at Believe in a Budget.
She was my original inspiration for making that leap of starting a blog . She made it so easy, guiding me step by step, and made me feel like I was not alone in my new adventure – thanks Kristin.
Kristin really impressed me because she is never afraid of sharing her successes and being amazingly transparent about what hasn’t worked, on her blogging journey so far. Now, she is regularly making $10,000 a month from her blog.
I caught up with her and asked her how she earns money from blogging, so we can put these steps into action.
Hi Kristin, would you tell us a bit about yourself and what role you have online?
Hi, I’m Kristin and the creator of Believe In A Budget. I share stories and helpful advice on side hustling, blogging and earning an income online.
How long have you been blogging for?
I started my blog in January 2015 as a brand new blogger. I had no real experience and was a newbie.
What was your inspiration to start a blog?
The main reason I wanted to start my blog was to share my side hustle stories with others, as well as be able to one day leave my day job.
When it came to side hustling, I had tried numerous ways to make money in my spare time without having to get a part-time job. I already had a day job, so side hustling made the most sense. I figured that if I could start a blog to teach others how I side hustled and made money, that would be really helpful.
At the same time, I knew I wanted to start a blog that would one day produce income. I wasn’t quite sure how to make that happen though! I figured I would just learn as I went, and spent much of my free time trying to educate myself as much as possible.
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What did your blogging journey look like at the beginning and how has it evolved?
In my early days of blogging, I started with one source of income. Today, I have five specific ways I earn a living online! I even break it down month by month, and share how I went from $0 to $10,000 per month.
What does your typical blogging day look like?
My typical day varies per time of year and sometimes even per week and day.
Does that sound confusing?
Don’t worry, it’s actually really great to be so flexible with my schedule.
Because all I really need is my laptop to run my blog and businesses online, I can work from anywhere. This means I can work on vacation, while traveling, etc.
For the most part, I work Monday through Friday, with Friday being my free day. Right now this schedule works because my VAs and my business partner are available during this time and it’s when 99% of all my meetings take place. I take most evenings and weekends off to spend time with family.
I usually prep my work weeks ahead of time and have a solid plan on everything I want to accomplish. My day is generally blocked off into sections.
Because the morning is my best time for productivity, I try to really focus on parts of my business that need the most attention. This might mean writing blog posts, updating email funnels and focusing on ads.
In the afternoon, I tend to slow down a bit. I might have an afternoon work session with my business partner, have an online meeting with a contractor, or even take photos for my business. I also like to use this time to run errands, get out of the house and grab coffee with fellow blog and business friends!
The best part of having a blog and multiple businesses is that no two weeks are the same! I genuinely love to get up every morning and get to work because I enjoy what I do. It doesn’t feel like work and I’m very thankful for how I get to spend my days.
If you had 2 pieces of advice for new or up and coming bloggers, what would it be?
Make sure you provide content that is really helpful for your readers. It’s really important for your audience to get to know you and build trust.
While you can learn how to monetize your blog at the same time, make sure you think of how you can serve your audience’s needs! This will help you decide what types of ways you can provide additional value, whether it’s via a tutorial, ebook, or even an online course.
You have been incredibly successful at making money from your blog.
Have you got any steps to success fellow bloggers could use to start making the journey towards this end game?
I like to think of blogging as a long-term journey. Once you treat blogging as a business, your attitude will change. Instead of looking for quick, overnight success, try to think of blogging as a career and something you will have for a long, long time.
Last but not least, you are a fabulous inspiration to new bloggers like myself. You were the main inspiration for me to set up my own blog.
Which products would you recommend to new bloggers?
The most important first step is to purchase your domain name and self-hosting. You want to own your own website so you can have full control of the layout and content.
When you are using a free website, you don’t actually own your site. This can be scary to think about because at any time, the website owner could close your account.
It’s in your best interest to treat your blog like a business and invest in yourself and your future. The start-up cost to purchase self-hosting and a domain is generally less than $100 per year.
To put it in perspective, I spent around $100 to start my blog and made roughly $13,000 in my first year of blogging in my spare time. Talk about a great investment in my myself and for my future!
Thanks for the insight into your secrets Kristin and for inspiring me through the difficult times.
You can read her blog here – it is crammed full of ideas for side hustles and examples of actual monthly profit figures, I found this side hustle post useful – it broke down exactly what she did to achieve $4500 income that year!
In her budget section, are brilliantly useful tools from creating your first budget, to ways of saving $500 right now – I’ve used these tips – they are so easy to action.
So.. to conclude…
Has this made you think more seriously about how you are going to monetize your blog?
This story shows the amazing possibilities blogging has for us as a side hustle, or even as a full-time career eventually!
It’s made me more determined and focused to keep in mind you guys, as my audience and making sure every post I produce is super useful!
What has it focused you on? Has it motivated you after feeling total blog overwhelm? Let me know 🙂
Also, post any questions you have for Kristin – she’ll be glad to help!