Blogging full time is a huge decision for any serious blogger. You’ve been working on your blog for a while now, and are starting to realize you could make this into your career! This is such an exciting time and a huge accomplishment!
If you are still new in your blogging career, don’t miss out on these motivational tips for new bloggers!
Like any big decision in life, you will want to know more about it. You wouldn’t just take a random job without knowing the ins and outs, so make sure you are prepared before blogging full time!
In my experience as a full time blogger, I have entirely more positive things to say than negative. I have loved every second since I have become a full time blogger, and I have no doubt you will too! That should give you some encouragement that what you are thinking about doing is AMAZING!
However, like any job, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. There are times where you will get frustrated, annoyed, angry, or upset. Or all of the above!
You might lack confidence, doubt yourself, or begin to feel lonely. There are so many things that make this job different than the “typical” 9-5.
I am here to tell you though, that this will be the best decision of your life! I do want to talk about some of the bad or “ugly” parts of the job too, so you can get a well-rounded picture.
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Blogging Full Time: The Good Parts
Like any job, blogging full time has its perks. In my opinion, blogging full time has more perks than almost any job out there! Here is a list of all the best parts about being a full time blogger:
Set your own schedule
Setting your own schedule has got to be one of the very best parts of blogging full time. Need tomorrow off? No problem! Don’t feel like working today? Sounds good.
Maybe one morning you feel extra tired. You can let yourself sleep an extra hour (or two!), without worrying about being late to your job. When you set your own schedule, you are never late!
This means that if you are not a morning person, you can start work when you feel ready. Additionally, you can take breaks whenever you want and take as long as you want to eat lunch!
You don’t have anyone to report to, so there are hardly any “real” deadlines, other than the ones you make for yourself. Yes, this might be different depending on what you offer as a blogger, but generally speaking, this is true.
I used to work in special education, and I would have to “plan” when I could use the bathroom. Well, NO MORE! I can take breaks whenever I please, for as long as I please.
No more having to count your vacation days to plan for the year. Want to go on a trip? You can! And you don’t need anyone’s permission!
Need to fit in a doctor’s appointment? No problem. Your availability is practically endlessly open.
The freedom involved just in being able to set your own schedule is almost enough to sell this job. Think about all the stress of being late for work and getting stuck in traffic that you will just not have to think about anymore!
Here is my daily blogging schedule (that may or may not get done every day because, well, I have the freedom to do that or not!)
Work wherever you want
Another amazing part of blogging full time is that you can work wherever you want! Like right now, for example, I am typing this from my bed in my pajamas. Sweet, right?
Since all you really need is a laptop and internet connection, you can work practically anywhere. If the weather is nice, you can do your work on the porch. Take your computer to the pool and lounge on the chairs.
Work at the local cafe, or even to a brewery! Or, stay snuggled up on the couch with your puppy all day! Maybe even go to the local park to get some fresh air!
Being able to work wherever you want truly opens a lot of doors for your freedom. Sometimes being stuck in the same office or building all day every day can make you go crazy. But now, you can work practically anywhere you want, whenever you want (without anyone’s permission!)
Being your own boss
Tired of reporting to your boss day in and day out? Well, now that boss is you! This was a weird one to acknowledge at first for me since I had never been anywhere near anyone’s boss before. However, it is empowering, challenging, and fun!
Because you are your own boss, you no longer need to ask for anyone’s permission. That means you can do that project you’ve been thinking about, and make your own decisions (without anyone’s input!)
Having the autonomy to finally let your voice and ideas be heard is truly a gift in today’s working age. It’s not every day you can act on every single idea you have!
Being your own boss means you make every single decision in your business. But you were already doing this anyway when blogging was a side gig, so you got this!
Your work is your passion
Perhaps the most important perk of blogging full time is that you get to work on your passion every day. Who else can say that?
Sure, teachers love teaching, and doctors love helping patients. But, is it truly their passion? Meaning, would they do it for free? Probably not. But you have been doing this for free (or close to it). Because we all know bloggers don’t make much (if anything at all) in the beginning.
Because you worked so hard at this with little to no pay, you know you are passionate about it. And to be able to combine your work and passion into one is truly remarkable!
Why spend your whole life working at a job you just tolerate? Spend your life working on something you truly love!
By blogging full time, you can do this. You can even shift your passion as different avenues unfold, without needing a new degree, certificate, or formal education. The world is at your fingertips!
Blogging Full Time: The Bad/Ugly parts
Like I said earlier, blogging is not all sunshine and rainbows. Like any job, there will be times things get frustrating and difficult. This list will go through a few of those times, and what you can do to overcome them.
You might also be interested in these blogging struggles and how to overcome them!
Blogging can be lonely
This was something I didn’t expect. Being introverted and someone who loves to work on their own, I didn’t expect to feel lonely. However, when you are in your home, alone, all day, with no one to talk to or consult with, you can start to feel lonely!
Additionally, hardly anyone knows about or understands blogging, so it can give you a lonely feeling knowing that no one actually knows what you are talking about.
Unlike other jobs where you can rant to your coworkers and complain, this job is just you.
Thankfully, because we’re all lonely, bloggers are extremely helpful and social online. Join a Facebook group like the Queen Bee Bloggers group to connect with other bloggers!
Additionally, you can take your work somewhere a little less lonely, like the cafe or library. Even though you won’t necessarily be talking to a lot of people, having others around seems to help with that lonely feeling!
Blogging & Motivation
Another common blogging struggle deals with motivation. Because you are your own boss and there are no real consequences for not doing your work (aside from not getting paid), motivation can be difficult.
It can be too easy to sleep in every day, go shopping instead of work, or just binge-watch Netflix all day. After all, you have all the time on your hands, and might just be in your house tempted by the television.
The best advice I have for this is to be nice to yourself. Sometimes you might just need a little break for your own sanity, and that’s ok! Just try not to make a habit out of it.
Remember your “why”, and keep that at the forefront of your mind. Keep sight of what you are working for, and keep pushing yourself until you get there!
You won’t be perfect and extremely motivated every day, and that’s ok! This doesn’t mean you aren’t passionate about what you do. Sometimes we just get “off”, no worries!
You had to have known this one was coming. Blogger’s income can be extremely different from month to month. Depending on your financial situation, this might be something you need to look further into.
People often ask how much money they should be making from blogging before they make it their full time job. However, I can’t really answer that- it just depends on your situation and what is best for you!
Just know that there might be some inconsistency with money, especially in the beginning. However, once you get further into your blogging career, you should only be making more snd more!
Whatever happens, HAVE FUN! Even if you are just blogging full time for a year to test out the waters, make sure you enjoy yourself. It is not every day you get to do your own thing, so take advantage of it!
Yes, you will make mistakes. Yes, you will get frustrated and want to give up. Embrace these challenges and learn from them. Learn more about yourself, how you work, and what you enjoy doing.
No matter what happens in the end, it will be worth it!
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