How Blogging Is So Much Better Than A “Traditional” Job – 5 Ways

You want to run a successful blog and make a living online. And I don’t blame you. It’s an amazing thing to do.

However, over the years that I have been working online, I have noticed that a lot of the real benefits of blogging are missed by many.

The money might be the reason you start, but what will motivate you for years to come will probably be something else.

Blogging Is Better Than Any “Regular” Job

It’s always better to know what you are getting into, so I want to share some of the reasons why I love blogging so much.

Here is a list to keep you working on your blog and living the online dream, even when the going gets tough!

1. You Can Earn However Much You Want To Earn

One of the things that really used to annoy me when I was “working” for a living was begging for a small pay rise each year. It was always the same, no matter where I worked. Even if I had worked my butt off (and usually I did), I would still rarely get more than a few percent raise. That is just the way it works.

Of course, you can get a new job or shoot for a promotion, but this is harder to do and doesn’t happen that often.

With blogging, and the online world in general, the control is all yours. Want to work longer hours, or harder and smarter? You can earn a lot more!

Just take a look at this blog’s monthly earnings – December 2016 was approximately $34,000. This is higher than many of the yearly salaries listed above!

And, if you decide to hire some help, or get more done and expand your blogging empire, no one is stopping you from earning even more.

It is up to you what you do, what you earn, and ultimately what your income will be.

How amazing is that?

2. There Are So Many Ways To Earn Money

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When you think of blogging, you probably imagine writing blog posts. But, if you want to earn serious money with your blog, you will have to diversify your income streams. This means increasing the breadth of what you do.

It also means facing lots of challenges and changes, and adapting fast. But the benefits are huge.

You will never get bored with the “same old thing”. And, on top of that, you kind of get to choose what you focus on most.

No one is there to tell you what needs to be done, or what direction “the company” is focusing on right now. That is entirely up to you.

So, if you want to start earning more money from teaching what you know (because you love to teach), go for it! Or maybe you want to sell your knowledge as a service, helping other bloggers or small businesses to work with WordPress, social media, or anything else you are good at.

To help get you started, you should check out this post from Harsh with some great ideas. And, if those are not enough, here are over 100 ways I found to start earning money online, most of which are great additions or side benefits to owning a blog.

The world is your oyster when you’re a blogger. Here are hand-picked make money blogging articles to read next:

3. Blogging Never Gets Boring

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Yes, you can choose what you want to do. But you will also learn like you have never learned before.

Blogging, and working online in general, requires such a varied skill set that it will blow your mind.

You need to learn so many skills to blog, including (but not limited to):

The things I need to learn and focus on seem to never end. In fact, as your blog grows and what you are working on changes, the list of skills you need to have grows and changes.

Boredom is not something I have a problem with anymore!

You will learn more, faster, and better than you ever would at a job because you create all the opportunities for growth.

4. You Can Work Anywhere

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I start work when I get up… after a 1-minute commute (from my bedroom)!

I stop when I want.

I take a break and go shopping or head to the gym whenever I feel like it.

You guessed it. I work from home.

As a blogger, you can too.

The great thing about removing your attachment to a job and a location is the freedom it brings. Being able to work at home, or anywhere else you like, is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

I often work when I am visiting family in Australia (I live in Europe), or even when I am on the road traveling. It does not matter. My laptop is my office.

Maybe you have young children or a dog that needs walking every day. Wouldn’t working from home make your life a whole lot easier (and cheaper – less fuel, less dog walker costs, etc.)?

That is just one scenario. I bet you have your own reasons why working from anywhere is pretty awesome.

Try it and you’ll know!

5. The People You Meet Are Amazing

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When you are doing what you love, you tend to attract like-minded people. That is one of the huge benefits of blogging and working independently.

My whole outlook has changed, and with it, so has my circle of friends.

I now look for and hang out with people who understand how I think and what I do. As well as that, I love talking about new ideas, learning new things, and just being surrounded by people with passion.

When I was at my “traditional” job, it was usually the opposite. Sure, some people loved their jobs, but it was the exception, not the rule. And this is not an inspiring way to spend the majority of your life; bored and uninspired.

When you do what you love, your life will never be the same.

Are You Motivated Now?

As I said at the start of this article, you might have gotten into this blogging game to make some money, but there is so much more to it.

Do what you want, when you want, and with a salary that you determine. And never get bored doing the same old thing that people who don’t like what they do end up doing for so many years.

Also read:

There is some hard work to be done, including some hard days or weeks to push through, but if you like the sound of these ideas… keep on going!

And I will see you, blogging, on the other side!

  • What are your favorite things about being a blogger?
  • What helps you stay motivated when the going gets tough?

Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ashley is an SEO & WordPress pro who also runs Mad Lemmings. When not helping other bloggers and small business owners get ranked higher on Google, you can find him deep in the Swiss Alps eating too much Swiss chocolate!

43 thoughts on “How Blogging Is So Much Better Than A “Traditional” Job – 5 Ways”

  1. Jimmy Sharma

    Hello..!! Folks
    I am really thankful to you for sharing such useful info.
    i also inspired from Harsh Sir and Neil Sir.

  2. Great post! And all these are actually happen in blogging life.

    As a blogger we have to study a lot, learn something new everyday as you’ve said.

    Why you stay anytime at home?
    Why don’t you hang out with friends?
    Don’t you get bored?
    etc.

    These are the questions that I have exhausted replying to people, who don’t know anything about blogging.

    But this is very important to maintain a website.

  3. Willie Trotter

    “The money might be the reason to start”, but for me the motivation wont last. Longevity is really what I’am looking for in a business. Having something to motivate me and that’s engaging. I believe it would be quite an accomplishment to find a life work that’s fun everyday. Helping people and seeing them grow will provide me with a motivation that’s needed. This post has shown me that putting it all together can be done!

  4. I’m still hopeful about blogging. Recently I got my blog adSense approved too. I’ve been writing on and off. ShouutMeLoud has taught a lot of things, though.

  5. Hey, Ashley

    This is such an inspirational post. I have just started blogging and your tips are just amazing. Thank You so much for your tips. I really mean it.

  6. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Ashley,
    I also gave up my full-time day job and starting my blogging career, and I am earning good enough to live really real life.
    Big thanks for sharing this kind of article.
    Have a good day ahead.

  7. Jahangir Shaukat

    Hi Harsh u re the man of motivation for me ur every articale is a motivation for new bloggers keep up the Good Work

  8. I really like your article, I started my blogging journey 3 months ago and I learn so much. Learn about my niche, stay up to date, build traffic and maintain social media.

    But the real true, it give me the motivation to continue every day to learn something new, the money is not yet there, but it will come 😉

  9. Virender Singh Rana

    I found Shoutmeloud very useful. As I’m very new into blogging so it is my tough time going 🙂 I’m also struggling with back-links, SEO’s, monetization and all. But yeah after reading your blog I really gained so much of knowledge. You would be surprised my alexa came to 60,000 from 2,27,00,000 and all the credit goes to you. CHEERS!!

    Thanks & Regards,
    Virender Singh Rana.

  10. Hey Ashley You are Right, Shoutmeloud is only the reason thats why choosen blogging and currently a part time blogger.

  11. Inspired from Harsh after seeing his earnings and now i am a part time blogger with adsense approved on my website after 5 months of its start date with posts count over 40.

    All thanks to Harsh Cheers !!!

  12. Hi Ashley,

    Thanks for the tips.

    I left my regular 9am – 6pm job as a software engineer and become full time freelancer.

    I am 50% blogger and 50% freelance software developer now.

    It is challenging but I enjoy it:)

  13. Kabir Shrestha

    Harsh I am from Nepal and I have been following since very long.It was hard for me to know about blogging,affiliate marketing.Since I started following your blog . I started my own blog.Thanks a lot for motivation

  14. Amber Fugedi

    Great post! Blogging is great for people who are independent. Starting is tough but if you stick with it, it can be extremely rewarding.

  15. Mohit Saini

    I also gave up my full-time day job and starting my blogging career, and I am earning good enough to live really real life.
    Big thanks for sharing this kind of article.
    Have a good day ahead.

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