How do I become a full-time blogger? This is a question that I hear a lot.
I’m not sure if you could say that I’m a full-time blogger, but most of my services do revolve around blogging and managing other companies’ websites.
Blogging is a lot of fun, but there are many things that go along with making an amount from blogging that you can actually live off of.
I personally would not feel comfortable just living off of my blog income alone, and that is why I try to keep myself very diversified with my online services and the clients who I work for.
Many of the steps about how to blog full-time also apply to freelancing full-time:
Do you already have a blog?
Before you decide that you want to become a full-time blogger, you should of course try blogging. I think many people view blogging in the wrong way. Many think that you can just sit down, type an article in 10 minutes and be completely done.
I have seen many people tell me that they want to blog full-time and they really believe that it would work for them. However, soon after trying it out, they find out that blogging is not for them at all.
That’s what’s great about blogging though – it’s super cheap to determine if it’s for you!
There are many things that go on behind the scenes of blogging. It’s hard to explain how time-consuming it is unless you actually start a blog!
Do you have something that people want to read?
If you want to become a full-time blogger, then I do think that you should have something that people want to read. If you don’t, well, I’m not sure how you could make enough of an income to live off of.
Determine what you will write about and what your niche will be. Will you be a mommy blogger? Lifestyle blogger? Personal finance blogger? There are many niches out there.
How will you make money from your blog?
If you want to become a full-time blogger, then I am going to assume that you will need to find a way to make money from it.
There are many different ways to make money from blogging full-time. You can place affiliate links on your website, sell advertising, place Adsense or Blogher ads and more. You could even write an eBook.
And, if you want to branch out a little from your personal blog, you could provide services to other bloggers such as staff writing, commenting services, and website management.
Are you able to keep yourself motivated?
If you become a full-time blogger, you most likely will not have anyone there to tell you what to do. Will you be able to keep yourself motivated or will you become lazy?
Are you fine with working by yourself?
Working by yourself can be pretty lonely. Luckily, in my previous day job I hardly ever had human interaction, so it was something that I was used to. I knew that working by myself would not bother me.
However, for others, this is a big negative to blogging full-time. You need to figure out what will work for you.
How are your finances?
Before I switched to freelancing, I made sure to have enough in my emergency fund. The blogging world is not stable, and I wanted to be prepared just in case anything happened.
I also wanted my student loans to be gone. I had around $40,000 and paid them off this past Summer. If I wouldn’t have paid those off then I do think it would have been really hard to leave my stable day job.
You need to determine what kind of financial situation you are comfortable with.
Do you want to become a full-time blogger or writer? Why or why not?
What tips do you have for someone who wants to become a blogger?