Blogging is a great way to create some extra income. It can supplement a job or even replace it entirely. If you love writing and are passionate about a subject then blogging may be a great career path for you. You don’t need to be an expert; you can learn as you go. Whilst you may have heard of famous influencers online making a living from blogging, there is room for all different types of bloggers and you can remain anonymous, or even use an alias if you choose.
Make Blogging Work For You
Blogging is very flexible and you can mould it exactly as you choose. If you have a full-time job then you can create content around this. If you blog full-time you can organise your days and weeks to suit your personality. For example, you could work early in the morning, take the afternoons off, and then work again in the evening. If you have a family you can fit your work schedule around school pick up and drop-offs. Or if you love to travel you can take your job with you and earn as you travel around the world. All you need is your laptop, a good internet connection, and your own creativity.
How Long Will it Take To Become a Full-time Blogger?
Blogging is not a quick way to make money. It is very advisable to build up a blog until it is making a good income before quitting the day job. This way you can validate your idea and gain some experience before going all-in on it. The time it takes to get to this point can vary depending on the time you have available and your experience level. If you are not commuting anymore or spending at the same level you may not need to earn quite as much as you did at your old job. But a good consistent income will make you feel more comfortable in making the jump. It is also important to have a good savings pot that you can fall back on. Blogging can have quiet patches across the year and is not the same as earning a regular paycheck, so this is something to be prepared for.
Plan How You Will Monetise
If you like the idea of making blogging your full-time job then you should start thinking about the ways that you can make an income from it. There are lots of ways that bloggers make money and you could focus on one area or do all of them. It may be wise in the beginning to pick maybe one or two ways and master them before moving on to the others.
Some of the ways to monetise a blog include sponsored posts, affiliate posts, display ads and creating products. Some influencers also make money from social media marketing. Many bloggers often start with ads and/or affiliate posts. Creating your own products can be lucrative so you may want to think about this at some point in the future when you are more established.
How to manage your time as a full-time blogger
When you are a full-time blogger everything that you do is your responsibility. This can be liberating but also quite a shock if you have been used to working for someone else for some time. Here are a few tips that can help you manage your time better:
- Set yourself clear goals, write them down and stick to them. Reward yourself along the way when you hit your targets.
- Create a content planner so you are never short of ideas for blog posts.
- Treat your blog like a business.
- Be consistent – decide on how often you will publish blog posts and stick to it.
- Be patient – persistence will pay off in the end.
- Work in batches – create similar work together such as writing a bunch of blog posts or creating a series of social media posts in batches to save time.
Think About Your Why
There are many people making a great living from blogging and you can too if this is something that you want. Think about the reasons why you would like to do this as a career. Perhaps it’s the flexibility to travel that you fancy. Or the ability to spend more time with your family. Whatever the reason, make it clear what it is that is driving this decision for you as this will keep you going when the times get difficult or you feel lacking in motivation.
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