ABOUT + PRESS

ABOUT

Hi there! Welcome to Believe In A Budget. I'm Kristin, the creator behind the blog. So much has happened since I launched this blog in 2015. It has completely changed my life for the better.

I started my blog because I completely loved reading other websites and bloggers. I was really interested in personal finance (hence, the name of this website!) but my online interests were pretty diverse.

When I started this blog, I was still working at my day job. I had a great job and loved my field of work as a designer. I worked on amazing projects! In addition to working, I also did a lot of side hustling to help get out of debt, save money and save for my emergency fund.

I knew I wanted to start a blog and that it had the potential to be successful, but also knew it was going to be a lot of hard work. For the first few months, I spent all my free time outside of my day job trying to learn how to become a better blogger!

Fast forward to less than a year later, I managed to figure out enough about how blogging worked to quit my day job. It was a little nerve racking, but I've never looked back since! Blogging is one of the best side hustles I could have ever started and I had no idea it would turn into a full time online job. While there are always up and downs with having my own blog and business, I feel very fortunate to be where I am today!

Stick around, grab a coffee or tea, and let's get to know each other!

  • In January 2015 I launched Believe In A Budget, where I shared my journey on saving money and getting out of debt by doing random paying jobs, which I liked to call side hustling!
  • I figured if I could get one person to read my blog and help that person start a side hustle, my blog would be a success!
  • I had no idea what I was doing. It was a big learning process and I was obsessed with trying to learn as much as I could.
  • After a few months of blogging and receiving little to no traffic – I'm talking maybe 5,000 monthly pageviews – I was getting really annoyed. I was reading a lot of information on how to increase my online traffic, but none of it resonated with me.
  • Instead, I decided to play around with Pinterest. All of a sudden my monthly traffic went from 5,000 to 17,000 page views in 1 month. The next month, I hit 40,000 views. Bingo!
  • Within a matter of MONTHS, I shot up to over 200,000 monthly page views. That's awesome, right?! 

So what did this mean for my blog? Well, as my traffic increased, so did my blog income! 

  • I published my very first blog income report and made $60 within four months of starting my blog!
  • I QUIT MY DAY JOB in October 2016 (only 10 months after starting this website) to focus on my blog and business full time. Woohoo!
  • In my first year of blogging (while at my full time day job), I made around $13,000 in my spare time (mostly nights and weekends).
  • In my second year of blogging (my first full year of my blog and business), I made around $91,000.
  • In my third year of blogging (my second full year of my blog and business), I made around $290,000!
  • 2018 is my fourth year of blogging (my third full year of my blog and business).

As you can see, that's a lot of growth in a very short amount of time. If you have thought about starting your blog or online business, you can get more blogging ideas, tips and a tutorial here.

  • Things went so well my first year of blogging, I quit my job within a year of starting Believe In A Budget to blog full time and provide Pinterest management services to fellow bloggers and businesses.
  • Over the course of a year, I realized I could help more people by offering courses and products instead of working 1:1 with clients.
  • Today, I've converted my Pinterest business into multiple Pinterest products to help bloggers, businesses and other virtual assistants learn from my success.
  • If you want to learn more about Pinterest, this is a great place to start.
  • In addition, I teach others how to side hustle with the free side hustle idea cheat sheet and the super popular Side Hustle to Success course.

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS / PODCASTS 

I am available for interviews and quotes regarding side hustling, entrepreneurship, starting a business, blogging and Pinterest topics. You can reach me at hello@kristinlarsen.com.

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WORKSHOPS / SUMMITS / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I would love to work with you! I am available for workshops and speaking engagements. My recent ‘in person' appearances include:

 

DIGITAL INTERVIEWS: PINTEREST, BLOGGING, PERSONAL FINANCE, EARNING ONLINE INCOME

You can learn more about me through all these great articles:

 

PRINT INTERVIEWS, MENTIONS:

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SPONSORSHIPS / PARTNERSHIPS

I love working with brands when it makes complete sense for both parties involved! We can work on a wide range of partnerships including blog posts, social media, in-person events and more.

 

INQUIRIES, COMMENTS AND GENERAL QUESTIONS

Please say hello at hello@kristinlarsen.com

 

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