You’ve created a blog and it’s doing well. You’re making a good chunk of income and you feel ready to give your boss your 2-weeks’ notice (and perhaps a few other choice words depending on how you feel) and quit your lousy job to become a full time blogger. Hold on there, friend. You don’t want to be too hasty before throwing away a stable career for the extremely risky career of blogging. Below are some tips and ideas you might want to consider before rushing into possible disaster.
Don’t Quit the Day Job Just Yet
It’s rather important that you sit down and take a serious look at how much your blogging makes per day. Let’s say you make around $2.00 a day on average. That, in a standard month of about 30 days, is $60.00. Being blunt, sixty bucks a month might cover food money for a week if you’re really lucky. If you add on gas money (which is a bit expensive right now), bills, car payments, rent etc. then sixty dollars is really not enough for you to live on.
Some good advice might be to not ditch your old job and annoying boss just yet. While your job, and the annoying boss that comes with it, may be a hassle, they provide one very important item. In short, you get a nice, steady, paycheck from them.
There are no such guarantees in the world of professional blogging. You may make a fortune one month, then chump change the next, it all depends on your viewers. Therefore it might be a good idea to hang on to your lousy job for now and work on your blog in your off hours. If your blog is so successful that you have no need for your old job, then good riddance! If, however, your blog never makes more than a pittance then you have a steady job to fall back on.
The importance of this tip cannot be overstated. If at all possible, seek out professional bloggers and listen to what they have to say about becoming a full time blogger. What pitfalls did they face, how did they overcome them, when did they decide to become a professional blogger? All of these are important questions that can help you, as a person wanting to wander into the mystery that is blogging, decide what you want to do.
These people have been there before, and have faced the same problems and triumphs that you will most likely face. They can help steer you away from common traps that await the unwary blogger and show you how to connect to an audience.
In conclusion the life of a professional blogger can be filled with wonder and quite lucrative to boot. However, there is never any guarantee that you, as a blogger, will be successful. The Internet is filled with more failures then success stories so it’s extremely important to be careful. Go carefully, have a backup plan and seek advice. Those tips should, with luck, ease your way into a wonderful career as a professional blogger.