Professional Blogging/ Part-time blogging : What/How to Choose
She often get a similar type of questions as, “Hi Khyati, I have a full-time job. I have been writing blogs for quite some time now. I wish to quit my job and become a full-time blogger. Any advise”? to which she has always answered:, being a lawyer-turned-blogger myself, who blogs and writes for a living, I apprehend the dilemma people go through while making a decision.
Blogging has grown 12% since 2015, and the research shows that 77% of Internet users read blogs. With the evolution of entrepreneurship and solopreneurship, people these days are keen to start their blogs. That being said, the biggest dilemma for people is if they become Full-Time Bloggers or Part-Time Bloggers? Should you quit your job to enter into the blogging world? Well, I do not consider myself an expert on this subject and it differs from person to person, but I would love to share some tips based on my experience, for you to decide.
1. Blogging is a Serious Business
Before you dive into this full-time, you need to ask yourself if you are driven with enough passion towards full-time blogging; and ready to convert blogging into a serious business for yourself to generate a handsome income for a sustainable living.
Too many of us focus on starting a blog and following our passion but unfortunately, that isn’t enough. Remember, a professional blogger makes a living from the blog. A full-time blogger requires attracting visitors every single day, sell-through products, engaging in affiliate marketing to pay food bills, medical bills, daily expenses and holiday’s and so on. Therefore, if you want to turn your blog into a full-time job, you need to treat it as a serious business. If you think your favourite blogger has it all, trust me, you have got it wrong! There’s a lot of hard work involved behind to keep a blog up and running.
No business is 100% safe and digital/online blogging business is no exception.
Let us focus on financial risk. When you blog part-time, you have a regular income from the day job, however, being a full-time blogger is a different ball game. You’ll have no paycheck coming in every month. Full-time blogging is demanding, you’ll have to work 30-40 hours per week for at least one year or so before you start seeing some returns from it. Full-time blogging may look like just about running a blog by putting up a post once in a while. However, if wish to monetize your blog, there are a lot of things to do backstage!
>A Business Plan/Goal
>Savings to survive for the first few months or a year
>Lots of Strong Will and Determination
3. Focused Approach & Patience
Becoming a full-time blogger is all about having the right mindset. You need to stick to your decisions and trust your instincts. You have to be preparing yourselves for slow but continuous growth. You need to understand that when you start a blog, you are starting a business, so you are an entrepreneur. Building a successful blog takes time. I would also like to add that the blog starts slow, but it will eventually grow over time. Blogging requires patience, passion and dedication and you got to be consistent. Being consistent is the hardest thing of all but also the most important.
To sum up, if you want to become a full-time blogger, you must first have sufficient interest and passion for you to make a living from. You must also know that no blog can start generating you money in the first month or first year. So, save enough before you quit your current job or profession.
Rome was not built in a day. You need to be patient and put in some “extra” efforts if you wish to replace your 9 to 5 job and become a professional blogger.