I get asked similar questions a lot, so I have written them all here for you!
How did you get started?
I decided one day I wanted to be a millionaire by 30. My now ex husband was working a lot and barely saw our daughters but the pay compared to how much he worked really wasn’t worth it. I figured if I could make a million we could buy a house, he could see our kids more and we could provide them with things neither of us had.
I started a blog to share my goal and set about writing ways to make and save money, focusing on what I was doing to become a millionaire by 30. My original site is Aspiring Millionaire. If you would like more information on getting started with blogging I have some great resources here.
How did you get your contract for 365 Ways To Make Money?
The acquisitions editor from Wiley (WrightBooks) saw an article of mine on Aspiring Millionaire and asked me to turn it into a book, which I agreed to. They helped me plan it out and I was offered a contract on the spot. It wasn’t just dumb luck, I had written an article worthy of being expanded into a book.
How did you get started in speaking, writing and mentoring?
In a nutshell, I was approached for all of it. I did submit a proposal for some of the public speaking I have done, but for the most part I was contacted and offered speaking gigs, freelance writing and to become a mentor. It was a matter of once I started and focused on things I wanted to do, the opportunities came. I’m a big believer in setting goals and by using my 10 steps for success with goals I have achieved a lot.
What advice do you have for those getting started in blogging?
Do it because you love it, not because you expect to make money from it. I have a list of resources I have used to get started and continue to grow my business. If you have over 1000 pageviews a month I can arrange advertising for you through my blog advertising business, so you needn’t slog away forever with no income, but don’t go into it only for the money, you’ll burn out.
Which university did you attend and what did you study?
I dropped out of school in year 11, although later I did an apprenticeship in hairdressing. I have owned my own mobile hairdressing business and now of course my blogging/writing/speaking business. I have a lot of life experience, not school experience. However when I was in school, I was in the advanced classes, such as advanced math and advanced English extended. I dropped out because of other issues in my life.
I am not a qualified financial advisor. I share from personal experience and focus on ways to make and save money at home, not which shares to buy, accounts to have or where to stash your cash. I have done some studies in finances but really, I don’t want to be a financial planner. I like helping people on a base level, in the home with their budgets, cutting bills and helping them making money on the side.
Are you single?
I am divorced. I separated from my husband in 2012 then divorced in 2013 (you have to be separated for 12 months and 1 day in Australia to be able to apply for divorce.) I am classed as a single mum, but I am not available. I provide for and support my daughters on my own. I am very definite about what I want in my life, my relationship and what I want for my daughters.
Did you achieve your millionaire goal? How old are you?
Due to circumstances in my personal life, this is not something I will be able to reveal anymore. If I have or when I do become a millionaire, I can’t say. But when I can share, I will.
I was born in 1985.
Where are you based?
I am based in Canberra for now. I was born in Hobart and have lived in Sydney on and off as well. Canberra is home. It took a lot to get back here with my daughters and I am staying put.
What obstacles have you had to overcome?
That’s a loaded question. In a nutshell I have overcome a lot – domestic violence, stalking, assault, robbery, rape, homelessness and borderline personality disorder. Not all of that was from my ex husband!
When I set my goal I was married. We separated, got back together, moved interstate, started to renovate the house then he lost his job. That was 2010. Early 2012 we separated again, but this time it was final.
At the end of 2012 things got heated and I had to flee the house with my daughters. I survived domestic violence, stalking and assault. One week after we (my daughters and I) moved into our new house, we got robbed. They broke in through the bathroom, went straight to my bedroom and stole everything in there right down to my underwear. Clothes, shoes, perfume, jewellery, make up, skin care, hair care, everything. I had a change of clothes from my car but that was it.
A few weeks later I was raped in my home. A little while later due to stalking and other issues my daughters and I ended up sleeping on a friends lounge for a while. I was paying the mortgage on the house my ex and I owned, plus rent on another house, but neither were safe for us to live in and I couldn’t afford another home nor could we get into a shelter.
A few months after this my divorce as finally granted and we moved to Canberra and since then life has improved drastically.
Why the interest in homelessness?
See above, I was homeless. I have lived in a friends garage over Christmas 2009, here in Canberra. In 2012 I was bouncing between a friends lounge, Canberra and living in absolute fear at the house I rented.
Friends of mine have been homeless as kids, as single mums, pregnant mums and most of the people I know who have been or are homeless didn’t get there because of drugs. In fact, the most common cause with people I know is abuse and domestic violence in the home either from parents or a partner.
I felt shame and fear when I was homeless. I didn’t want people to know and living 3 hours away from my family it was easier to hide. Yes, I have slept in my car but I am really fortunate to never have had to sleep on the cold, hard streets, other than when I participated in fundraising sleepouts, but they really don’t compare at all.
I have changed my name and all future projects can be found on my new site www.kylietravers.com.au
I started Occasio Enterprises in June 2014 which owns multiple websites, does social media strategies, workshops and marketing as well as arranging advertising for businesses on blogs.