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I have decided to launch a series of interviews with personal finance bloggers who I truly admire. Today, we have a very special interview with Alexis from FITnancials, one of my favourite personal finance bloggers of all time. Alexis is currently a full-time student running her blog to help others with side hustles, getting fit, and saving money.
Tell me about yourself and your blog.
Hello! I’m Alexis, a 24 year old full-time blogger over at FITnancials, a personal finance and fitness blog. I’m currently a senior in college (almost done!) and spend my free time enjoying the outdoors in western Colorado. FITnancials is a blog dedicated to millennials who want to reach financial freedom by paying off debt and picking up new side hustles or jobs.
What inspired you to start your blog?
FITnancials originally started out as a hobby blog. I was spending an hour or two a week on it for years and mostly documenting my weight loss journey. My sister, a well-known personal finance blogger, said that I should start a fitness blog since I had lost so much weight (60 pounds).
I didn’t start taking my blog seriously until 2016. I eventually decided to quit my regular job and treat my blog as a full-time job because I was slowly realizing that my blog had potential. About one year later, I’m averaging $6,000-$10,000 on my blog per month.
How do you earn income through your blog?
I earn income through my blog mainly from ad revenue, brand sponsorships, and affiliate marketing.
I’m also in the process of creating both weight loss and financial products, as well as a sponsored post ebook for bloggers.
I’d like to move away from ads and move towards selling my own digital products on my blog. This is a big goal of mine for 2018.
On your blog you offer great tips on how to save money. Can you tell us about your money-saving habits?
My money-saving habits are pretty basic. I don’t spend money on things I don’t need, and I spend money on things that add value to my life.
For example, I used to be a big spender when it comes to entertainment and clothes. Now I spend little to nothing on either, and spend my money on healthy food, bikes, paying for high-quality dog food and things that are adding to my life. Clothes do not add to my life and instead make me feel overwhelmed with having too many options.
There are several apps I use on a regular basis to save. These are ibotta, Honey, and Ebates. I have Ebates and Honey connected to my Chrome browser making it very easy to save on online purchases, and I use ibotta when I’m shopping at the grocery store. Every dollar counts.
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What are your financial goals?
My financial goals for this year are to completely pay off my student loans ($13,000 left!). I’m also in the beginning process of investing my money and building my retirement fund.
You are graduating soon but are already earning $10,000 a month from your blog. What are your plans after graduation? Do you imagine yourself using your degree or continuing to work on your blog full-time?
This is a great question! I do believe one day I will need my college degree. I would like to teach English abroad one day, and the countries that pay well require a bachelor’s degree. I have also thought about going back into the Special Education field, but I would need a job that pays enough to make the long hours and stress worth it. I have also thought about eventually working for an animal sanctuary. For now, I’m enjoying my blog and the opportunities it’s bringing me.
Tell us a little more about your future travel plans. Do you picture yourself to be location-independent in the future?
I am often thinking about where I want to be in the future. For now, I am loving living in western Colorado. I don’t want to be anywhere else. In the past 5 years, I have done a lot of moving and living abroad (St. Louis, Chicago, Colorado, Texas, Italy, and Peru). I enjoy being in one spot and feeling like I have a “real” home. In the future, I do plan on RVing full-time or living abroad in a country like Germany. I love the RV lifestyle (my sister is a full-time RVer) and being able to experience a different area of the U.S. every couple weeks sounds amazing!
Do you have any advice for people starting a blog and wanting to become a full-time blogger?
I have tons of advice! My most important piece of advice would be to find a niche that you’re passionate about. Blogging is a LONG process and making money from it, especially in the beginning, can be tough.
Also, starting a blog solely because you want to make money is a bad idea. You need to find other motivators because blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Blogging is hard work and takes time to create a sustainable income. If you want it bad enough, you will get there!
Thank you Alexis for this amazing interview. I am really looking forward to your digital products and reading about your journey to paying off your student loans and your transition to the RV life!
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