Blogging is an in thing these days and people started realizing the importance of Blogging. Though, it will take time before we start seeing Professional blogging career in billboard. Anyways, lets keep the pun aside and lets try to find the answer of the most common question: Should we take blogging as a professional career or should it be a part time job.
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Question: Full time Blogging Career option
I want to take full-time blogging as my career option. For example: I am an engineering student, and I want to take up blogging full time after completing my engineering. My fear comes about my Job Experience and Education. What about my future in Blogging. I mean blogging alone can’t help. Should I setup something else? I am confused. Need your advice.
This is one of the most typical question asked by most of bloggers who started blogging and started seeing the success and money. Though there is no thumb rule to decide between professional blogging and job. And certainly, before you implement my advice, I would add this disclaimer that this is based on my experience and it differ from person to person.
Being a professional blogger I would always advocate Professional blogging as a career but before that job experience is very important. While working in a corporate environment you would learn many important aspect of life which is very crucial for anyone. And, very first thing which you need to know is having some skill sets before you start getting into the line of professional blogging. Some of the most have skill set is: Good Grammar, SEO copy writing and yes SEO basics.
I have been blogging professionally, from last 3 years and it’s a nice experience but certainly not the smoothest journey of my life. I faced lots of issues like hosting issues, site down time, maintaining post frequency and so on. Though, needless to say if any job is easy but the point of showing this problem is, to make you aware of possible problems which you are going to Face.
3 Pointers before opting for Professional Blogging Career:
Here are few points which might help you to decide
Parents and family:
In India professional blogging or work from home is still not considered as very reputable job as there is no standard term or designation coined for full time bloggers. You should discus with your parents and try to show them real picture. How blogging and working online will be beneficial for your career and how you going to be your own boss. More over most of parents are worried about job security and money. Show them your stats and educate them about future of working from home.
Income from blog:
If you are making good income from your blog which is same or more than what your job is offers, you should give advantage to online business. You should have a income coming from stable source like adsense and other advertising network. Never consider affiliate income as stable income because affiliate marketing is more or less a gamble. Some time it increase your graph big time but at times it sinks your income graph.
Your goal and business plan:
Any business (Professional blogging is a business), need a business plan. You should have your goals clear and most important before you decide for professional blogging as full time career, I would suggest sit alone or with your team (if you have any), and decide what will be your short term and long term goals. Having a business plan at the initial days, will help you through out your life.
Blogging alone can’t help?
I will slightly disagree with this point. I started blogging in September 2008 and by the end of May 2010 I was making decent income. More than what my job was offering. Later in I added services which worked for me. Though at this moment after 2 year of blogging, I make almost $2500 alone from blog advertising, paid reviews and referral income. Which I would consider as good income from Work from home.
But it’s not the same for everyone. You have been blogging from long and now you know all the pros and cons of blogging, probably you can decide this of your own. You know how to make money blogging and you know how you can increase your online income. So I will leave this answer to you and other readers.
Though I would personally suggest to join a job ( some big corporate) to understand how a company works. More over it will enhance your personality and also you will learn many things like client interaction, official Emails, presentations which you might not be able to learn while working alone. But at the same time you need to be ready to manage your blog and job at the same time. 6 month job experience would be good and you will end up learning many new things.
I also suggest you should take your blogging very seriously. Set up a small office at home, try to build a team. More over register a company (it’s cheap) and work as a small company of your own.
Above mentioned points are my opinion, I will appreciate if any reader would like to add more points here and help Sandeep decide.