When I decided that I wanted to write full time, I considered all my options. Like most writers, I was stuck in a job that was making me miserable.
I knew applying for low paying jobs on Upwork or Fiverr wouldn’t give me the creative freedom that I wanted. So, I started a blog.

There’s a bunch of ways to make money online, but blogging seems to be the only way that makes sense. Blogging is a great way to build your brand, make extra money on the side, grow your audience and sell products.

It’s not for everyone. I’m not here to tell you that you can’t blog. If you’re stubborn like me, you’ll want to do it more to prove me wrong. Haha.

If your goal is to make money on the side, then my goal is to help. I want to help you figure out if blogging is the right thing for you.

Let’s get started!

Is your niche profitable and scalable?

Not all niches are equal. And not every niche thrives on a blog. As a writer, you should focus on your long term goal. Do you want to write a book? Sell services?

So before you get serious about starting a blog, do some research. What are the influencers in your niche doing? How do they scale their business? As you do your research, pay attention to:
Products they sell
Freebies and resource libraries
Ways they monetize
Social media platforms that are on
Topics they focus on
Pinterest and social media strategies

You know, stuff like that.

How much time do you have to commit?

One of the biggest struggles bloggers face is time management. To help your blog grow, you’ll need to schedule out time to work on your blog.

This is hard especially if you work a full-time job, have kids or other responsibilities. You’ll also need to make time for:

  • creating graphics or pin designs for Pinterest
  • coming up with an email marketing strategy
  • finding ways to monetize
  • repurposing your content for your social media accounts
  • researching SEO

Working on a blog is like a part-time job, and you’ll need at least 10-20 hours a week for your blog.

Can you afford to blog?

Please don’t be fooled by the million and one blog posts that try to convince you that you can blog for less than 100 bucks or for free.

While tools are free or offer a monthly fee, annual subscriptions will be cheaper in the long run.

You don’t need to buy everything all at once, but consider the investments that you’ll eventually need to make like:

  • web Hosting (plus increase after initial hosting)
  • website theme
  • grammar software
  • time management software
  • blogging Courses
  • content Management
  • legal forms or courses
  • graphic design
  • email marketing
  • outsourcing
  • social media marketing
  • SEO tools

You should price and research every tool that you will need for your blog.

It’s easy for bloggers to freak out and buy a lot in the beginning. Don’t do that! Instead, do what you can afford.

Final thoughts:

Blogging is a huge learning curve. Many writers spend more time promoting and strategizing than writing for the blog. It takes work, but the good news is that you can make money. You can finally quit your job and get the creative freedom that you always wanted.

When I felt stuck at my day job, I started a blog out of desperation. I made many rookie mistakes, but it led me here.

My new mission is to help writers who are secretly creative entrepreneurs looking for a way out.

If you feel stuck at your job or too busy to grow your blog, check out my services and how I use Pinterest to build blogs.

What’s something you wish you knew before you started your blog? Leave a comment below.

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