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How To Turn Blogging Into A Career

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I had my dream job at Cancer Research UK. It gave me job satisfaction and I went to work every day with a smile on my face. Unfortunately, it wasn’t practical or economical for me to go back to work after Little Miss H was born. So I became a stay-at-home mum and I began to write a blog. At first, this blog was just a hobby. But recently, it has become more than that and I’ve begun to earn a good monthly wage from my writing. And I’ve managed to turn blogging into a career.

One of the main benefits of blogging is that as long as you have access to a computer or a laptop then it is free. But if you want to take blogging seriously and are hoping to make it a career then you may need to start investing in your blog. You may want to buy your own domain name and go self-hosted. Or perhaps you want your blog to have a fancy theme or be designed professionally? And what about buying an expensive DSLR camera? However, if you haven’t got the disposable income then small business loans will be able to help.

Once these purchases have been made, you’ll be ready to think about earning money from your blog. But how? Well, I’m here to help. These are my five top tips on how to turn blogging into a career.

How To Turn Blogging Into A Career

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1. The Practicalities

If you want to turn blogging into a career, then you need to deal with the boring but necessary practicalities of running a business. If you are earning, from your blog then you will need to self-assess. Which means you will need to register with HMRC either as a sole trader or as a limited company. There are benefits to each of these options, and you really need to do whichever is right for you.

2. Set Goals

It is no good just deciding that you want to earn some money from your blog. If you want to turn blogging into a career then you need to set yourself some goals. It’s a good idea to work out the minimum amount of money that you need to earn. Then you can decide what you need to do to earn that money. And you can set yourself some goals that will help you to reach that target.

3. Write A Business Plan

If you’re planning to turn blogging into a career then you will need a business plan. And this business plan can be as detailed or as basic as you like. It can include your goals and the steps that you’re going to take to reach them. You might want to write some rules on who you will work with and the type of work you will accept. It is also important, to decide your rates and how much you will charge for different forms of work.

Lastly, don’t forget to list all your monthly expenses and set up some spreadsheets to record your income. I also have a spreadsheet that lists all the work I’m offered, what is involved, the deadline and the amount that I’m due to be paid. I then update this spreadsheet once the work has been completed and I’m awaiting payment or have been paid.

4. Set Boundaries 

It’s important that you set yourself some boundaries. When you’re your own boss it’s easy to work yourself into the ground. There’s always one more email to send, one more post that needs to be written or one more tweet to schedule. But decide how hard you’re willing to work to reach your goals and you need to plan your time carefully.

I am a stay-at-home mum. And although Little Miss H is at school, Little Mister H is at home with me every day. This means that I need to balance his needs with getting some work done. To do this, I set myself boundaries and plan my time. Little Mister and I will often go to a baby group in the morning. This allows me to do a little work in the afternoon without thinking that Little Mister is missing out. I will also blog when he naps and then again in the evening when the children are in bed. This all sounds quite exhausting and it is, so I make sure that I have at least one day off a week.

5. Find Your People

Blogging can be very lonely. It’s wonderful to be your own boss and to work as and when you want to. But it can be quite isolating. Apart from Little Mister H, there is no one that I can pop into the kitchen with to have a moan or a gossip.

With this in mind, it’s so important to find your people. You need a group of other bloggers who you can talk to. You’ll want someone to bounce ideas off and to be your cheerleading squad. If you want to be really successful as a blogger than you need some blogging buddies who will have your back. Hopefully, they will share their love for your blog far and wide. Which means your blog can reach a new audience.

And if you’re as lucky as I am, then some of these bloggers will become your best friends and you’ll chat with them every day.

So there you have it, those are my top 5 tips for how to turn blogging into a career. There’s a great deal that I haven’t covered and so if you’re looking for some amazing advice on how to turn your blog into your fulltime job then you should head to Aby Moore’s blog, Mamapreneur Revolution.

Good luck.

Hugs

Lucy

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