“We truly believe you can achieve anything you want in life.”
Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing the two goal-getting entrepreneurs behind The Savvy Couple.
With their articles on saving money, and making extra income, this Savvy Couple helps others balance their lives with their bank accounts. And they do not stop there. They dive into a lot of things we all want advice on including traveling, relationships, and even food! They write with the intent for their readers to grow while living a savvier life.
The Savvy Couple is a blogging duo who are not just motivated and hard working. They are also frugal, strategic, and realistic. You can see from their posts (and this interview) they’re all about hard work, learning from failure, and strategic time management.
They dropped some incredible bombs of knowledge helpful to bloggers beginning to grow their biz and anyone curious about building an online business.
Enough chit-chat. Let’s start the interview, shall we?!
Q1. Hey, Kelan and Brittany! You’ve stood out to us as a successful, up-and-coming blogging couple and served as inspiration for us to start Reroute Lifestyle. Why not start by introducing yourselves, your blog, and what you’re all about?
Thanks for the kind words, they truly mean the world to us. We are Kelan and Brittany and we run the personal finance lifestyle blog The Savvy Couple. Our whole purpose for our blog is to help others “live life better.”
About six months ago I quit my job to run our site full-time. I had jumped around from job to job and knew that I needed to start my own online business. Luckily my “leap of faith” has paid off as I was able to replace my income within just a few short months after leaving my day job.
We truly believe that you can achieve anything you want in life. We want to educate others on the possibilities life has to offer when you start controlling your money instead of allowing it to control you.You CAN achieve anything you want in life. -@TheSavvyCouple Click To Tweet
We make a really good financial team. Brittany is as frugal as they come and I am the finance guy (bachelors in business and finance). We love sifting through our monthly budget and finding ways to save so we can put more money towards our investments.
Q2. You’ve interviewed a lot of people who live in an RV full-time (Heath and Alyssa Padgett, Aaron and Hayden Hall, even Michelle from Making Sense of Cents). Is there anything that inspired those interviews about living in an RV full-time? Do you see that in your future?
Kelan: So this is a really funny question because I am sure Brittany’s answer will be completely different than mine. I am the one obsessed with RV life. I think it is the coolest thing ever. I think it’s taking freedom to the next level with the ability to downsize and travel full-time.
I doubt we’ll ever do it full-time but purchasing an RV in the next 5 years in on our radar. Brittany has summers off so we can travel 3 out of the 12 months in a year, I guess that will work for me =).
Brittany: Yes, we have different answers. I do not see it as a full-time option. We want a large family and I do not think living in an RV full-time is reasonable. I think summers and weekends would work the best for what we want long-term.
Q3. As a blogging couple, how do you separate the tasks at hand? What’s a typical workday like for you?
Kelan: So I take on the bulk of the workload with our blog since I am the one working on it full-time. With that being said Brittany helps out a TON!
This last summer we got to work on it together every single day with her being off for the summer. I think this is one of the reasons it was able to grow so quickly.
After the summer was over we sat down and put a list together of our strengths and weaknesses. We then split up the tasks depending on who would be most efficient at completing them. It’s worked very well.
Brittany: We have a large whiteboard bolted to a wall in our office and this is where we do a lot of organizing. Kelan has a Monday through Friday schedule to batch work. In my section, a smaller section, it has my immediate tasks. I focus on creating posts, making Pinterest pins, editing guest posts, and strategizing.
Q4. What’s been your most popular post so far? What do you think it was that made it so popular?
One of our most popular posts we have had so far is our “13 Frugal Living Habits That Will Make You Save Money”. It has driven quite a bit of traffic to our blog.
I think the reason it has done so well is that it hits on a topic a lot of people struggle with: saving money. The article does a great job of giving some practical frugal habits to learn to save more money. We love living a frugal lifestyle so writing the article was a lot of fun.
Q5. What do you think is the best way to market and promote a blog post? Why?
The best advice I can give a blogger on how to promote their blog is using Pinterest. Once we learned Pinterest and decided on a strategy, our blog traffic skyrocketed.
It’s by far the best way to promote your blog because it’s completely different than other social media platforms. It’s basically a search engine for pictures that link to useful blogs.
The users on Pinterest know what they want and actively search for it. They could care less about interacting with other users. It’s designed to promote websites without forcing them down their throats.Promote on Pinterest - the platform designed to promote websites without force. -@TheSavvyCouple Click To Tweet
Q6. What are both of your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to working online?
Kelan: I am a big picture kind of guy. I have a very creative mind that never shuts off. I love taking on a challenge and as weird as it sounds I love to fail. I have learned that failure is by far the best education you can get.Failure is by far the best education you can get. -@TheSavvyCouple Click To Tweet
I have been making money online since I was 14 running my e-commerce stores. I feel I have a very well-rounded background which helps us create really good content.
My weaknesses would be decision making. I absolutely suck at making decisions. I will go back and forth on something multiple times and I tend to over analyze things. Glad I have Brittany to reel me in!
Brittany: My strengths would be prioritizing tasks on what needs to be done first. Another strength is my active listening skills. After I come home from work, I am able to be a sounding board for Kelan reflecting on his day and the work that he completed for the blog that day. My weakness is that in some cases I am too detailed orientated or a perfectionist. It is hard when your content is being released publicly and you want it to be amazing quality.
Q7. Besides having a blog, do you find other ways to help pay the bills?
Kelan: Of course we are The Savvy Couple for a reason =). Every few months we will call our service companies (insurance, Internet, heating, etc) and ask for a reduction in our bill. Over the years this has saved us thousands of dollars. Just remember $10 off every month saves $120 dollars a year. It adds up quick.
We have both always had side hustles. Mine growing up was flipping items on eBay and Amazon. Now we have our blog that helps pay the bills.
Brittany: Besides being a full-time teacher, I find ways to save money and cut spending. I have been couponing since college and being frugal is my nature.
Q8. You’re bloggers who write about many topics – from lifestyle, to relationships, to travel and blogging tips. During your journey, have you ever struggled with being a multi-topic blog? What advice do you have for others who are multi-passionate like you, and want to write about everything while making money blogging at the same time?
My biggest weakness is not being able to make a decision. I have always found it really hard to niche down on one topic. Our site started off as just a personal finance blog, but quickly we branched out into many topics.
We have found having many topics have helped us come up with some really fun content. It also allows us to take advantage of seasonal topics like holidays (huge on Pinterest).
I think everyone should start niched down then branch out after they do some trial and error. Find what works best for your readers and give them answers to their problems. It is harder to sell products and services on a broader blog so certainly, take that into consideration when making the decision.
Related Reading: How to Make Money Blogging: Make Your First $1,000 Blogging
Q9. What has been your single and biggest achievement so far?
Kelan: Being mentioned in USA Today. We got to have a 30-minute interview with an editor about credit scores. It was incredible to see us quoted in a huge news source like USA Today.
Secondly would be replacing my income so quickly. I was so nervous leaving my job after our blog only made $50. I knew I would have to grind and figure out how to make money online quickly. I think it was a huge milestone and confidence boost to do it so quickly.
Q10. What are your future goals for The Savvy Couple?
We want to reach hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. We want to be a social media influencer that people turn to for savvy advice.
My biggest goal is to have a positive impact on as many people as possible. I truly believe God’s hand has been with us throughout our entire journey.
As far as income goals we want to hit the $10k a month number by the end of 2018. In the short term future, we would like to break the $5k mark.
Q11. What’s one tip you could give to newer bloggers who want to make money from their blog?
Be patient! Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme, it takes time.
If you truly want to change your life and create an online business, you need to put in the work to earn it.
Focus on ROI (return on investment). What is giving you the most value for your time? 20% of what you work on is providing you 80% of the results on your blog. Focus on that 20%!
The learning curve can be brutal. Stay focused on the end goal and have faith you can make it happen.
Q12. Do you have any advice for any couples who might want to start a blog together?
Don’t do it!
Just kidding! Totally do it, it’s incredible.
Working as a team has been the reason we have come so far. It takes a little time getting used to working with each other. Be patience and self-reflect on your strengths and weaknesses so you can work as a well-oiled machine.
Make sure you are both on the same page as far as goals. Talk about them often and motivate each other to meet them month after month.
Also, make sure you are able to balance each other out. Kelan is out of the box and Brittany is by the book. Kelan can’t make a decision and Brittany is able to make efficient decisions. Kelan is creative and Brittany is detail orientated.
Related Reading: How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online
Q13. When it comes to toilet paper, do you face the roll inside or outside?
This is my favorite question, although when I read “toilet” I got a little nervous hahaha. I think anyone that faces the roll inside should re-evaluate their life choices. Outside all day!
Side Note: We save money on toilet paper as well. Can someone please explain why you would buy the expensive “premium paper” when it’s literally used to clean your bottom half?
How do you differentiate yourself?
Thanks so much to Kelan and Brittany! Our favorite (& mind-blowing) takeaways from this article:
- 20% of what you work on provides 80% of the results for your blog. Focus on that 20%.
- Use your blog to have a positive impact on as many people as possible.
- Write posts that hit topics a lot of people struggle with.
- Failure is by far the best education you can get, and to change your life with an online business, you need to put in the work to earn it.
Can you relate to The Savvy Couple? What ways do you differentiate yourself from the pack like they do?