With time, the blogging industry is changing its trend, and people are taking blogging as a full-time profession and job.
There are many ways you can become a blogger, or you can join some blogging company and join their team of content marketers.
However if your purpose is only to make money from blogging, you should know; it takes time to start earning from blogging.
The initial period is full of hard-work, dedication, and sometimes frustration. So it is highly advised that don’t leave your day job before making a good amount of money from your blog. Or you should collect backup money of at least 4 to 6 months if you are starting a new business.
Today, I will discuss the pros and cons of taking blogging as a profession
Five advantages of Blogging
Being a blogger myself, I know many advantages of blogging, which not a lot of people are aware of.
And that’s why even after 11 years of my blogging career, it’s still my professional career.
Here I’m outlining some of the major advantages of blogging. Most of my point is in the context of professional blogging, but if you are a part-time blogger, you can easily connect yourself to these points.
1. Become your own boss
Unlike any other job, if you are blogging, you don’t need to work from 9-5. You can work at any time of the day and work with your ease.
You are your boss. You are free to do anything.
You can plan your work and easily work on it.
No boundaries at all.
2. More Energy
Remember the days when you return from your office, and you want to write an article for your blog.
But, you can’t.
Because you don’t have any energy left. Your boss has sucked all your energy in the office work. So you prefer to sleep instead of working enthusiastically.
Working as a blogger will pump up your energy, and you will be able to work more creatively and freely.
3. Better work output
There is no one to give you orders. You can do your work freely and as you like.
You can easily concentrate on your work and write at any time of the day.
You can do your work in an organized manner. Everything becomes so simple, either you are satisfied with your work or criticizing your work.
4. Easily find clients
If you are providing services such as blog designing, blog consultancy or any other services through your blog, then you can be available all the time for your clients.
You can give more and more time to your clients, and you get more time for finding new customers.
No time limit. No frustrations.
5. More money for you (Secure your future)
All the points I mentioned above leads to an increment in blog revenue. You can easily surpass your salary. If you are lucky, you can get more and more work. You can earn two or three times more than your day job salary.
Personally, when I left my job for a full-time blogging, I was making more from blogging than my regular job. And now my online income has increased by 10X. However, decide if you can spend 16 hours a day online?
Disadvantages of Blogging
1. You feel lonely
This is a common problem, among bloggers who work from home.
As social interaction is really less for bloggers who work from home, the loneliness somewhat shows up.
They miss their earlier colleagues. They even miss those people who create problems during work. It is a bitter truth of blogging.
You have to work alone until you struggle hard and find a new opportunity to expand your work so that you can hire someone. Sometimes this leads to significant frustration.
Therefore, if you are planning blogging, you should plan your week or month in a way, which gives you enough social interaction.
Make sure you maintain a decent balance between social and internet life. Talking to friends on Facebook or IM is not considered as socializing. You should go out and meet friends and be a part of the family.
Honestly, I find it hard to do it at times as I like to get everything done online that includes paying bills. However, if you manage a good balance between social and professional life, you can always move ahead to the next level.
Here are a few ideas to help you prepare better with this disadvantage of blogging:
- Work from co-working space
- Join ToastMaster
- Meet another blogger, entrepreneur in time
- Start an interview series (Podcast or video)
2. Economy condition
I know many bloggers who struggle with their full time blogging. They love blogging but they don’t have a fixed source of income. Some choose freelance writing jobs for earning money and few choose to depend on their parents to fulfill the need for money.
3. No work while you are ill
We are human and every human gets ill. This is a tough time for those bloggers who work alone. They don’t get time to update their blog and it ultimately results in loss of blog income and traffic. There is no best solution to this problem.
You can either request your friends to update your blog or you can hire virtual assistant to work for you in your bad time.
Blogging requires discipline. Most of the bloggers don’t have a schedule while moving from day job to full time blogging.
Sometimes they work during the day and sometimes during the night. This breaks the discipline which a blogger should have while working online. The reason behind this is freedom and plenty of time in life to enjoy every moment of this opportunity.
5. Attitude and learning:
Blogging is all about being social. You need to answer to people queries and for that reading should be a part of the day to day tasks. You need to have some basic skills like SEO, good writing, soft skills to become an A list Blogger.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of blogging.
Are you a blogger? Have you faced any of the above-mentioned factors? Mention your views in a comment section.
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