Make The Leap – From Casual Blogger to Full Time Pro

Imagine having the flexibility to work when and where you want by earning enough money from blogging so you can do it full-time.

From our survey of bloggers, 100% of participants who currently blog part-time want to become full-time bloggers.

But why is it so hard?

Less than 1% of people who read this article will ever make it full-time. I’m not trying to be rude, but it’s a proven fact that the vast majority of the world don’t put into action what they read.

Make it count. Take Action!

If you are ready to take action, prove it by making this commitment to your audience…

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Now let’s go over the process of making the jump from part-time casual blogger to become the full-time pro you have always dreamed of becoming…


1) Set Your Goal + Deadline

The first step to becoming a full-time blogger is to set your goal and give it a deadline and write it everywhere! Make sure you see your goal every single day.

Put it on the fridge, put it in your Twitter bio, set it as your laptop background, your phone background. Put it everywhere and better yet tell everybody, nothing is better for keeping you accountable than your friends and family asking how it’s going.

This is an often missed first step of setting a personal goal, making sure you see it every day. It might sound small but as you work towards your goal it will help keep you focused.

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2) Make Your Plan

Everyone reading this will be at different levels of blogging maturity, some won’t have started blogging yet but love the idea of becoming a full-time blogger and some will have been part-time blogging for years but want to make the leap to be able to do it full-time.

Whatever your position, now you’ve set your goal and your deadline you need to build your plan to get to that goal. If you’ve set yourself 12-18 months – break it down into monthly chunks to keep yourself accountable.

There are a few key questions you need to answer within your plan…

How much money you need in order to quit your full-time job?

You need to set your target income from blogging to where you want to be before taking the plunge, quitting your job and becoming a full-time blogging sensation. It might be less than you are currently earning, but remember once you then free up your time to spend more time blogging your income from your blog should increase as a result.

How will you make money from blogging?

We detailed many ways that interior bloggers can make money blogging so we won’t go into too much more detail here. But you need to focus on a few channels and do them very well – don’t rely too heavily on just one income stream for your blog as if you lose it you could get yourself in trouble.

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How much money do you want to save in an emergency fund?

An often oversight for bloggers taking the plunge into full-time blogging – make sure you create a buffer in your savings as an emergency fund. Blogging income can sometimes be sporadic so it’s important you have the emergency fund to tide you over in the slow times of your blogging income.

How do you plan to continually grow your blog?

There are many ways to grow your blog and get more traffic. Similar to where you make your money from, the best way is to experiment what works best for your blog. Once you find something that works then double down on that. Quick tip – make sure you are building your email list!

You should spend some time on your plan to make sure you think it is fully achievable and firmly believe you can accomplish everything within it. Get some outside feedback if needed to make sure it all makes sense.


3) Realise This Will Not Be Easy

If becoming a full-time blogger, who works when they like, where they like, potentially even travelling the world as they go, was easy then everybody would be doing it.

To take the step from part-time to full-time blogging you will need to make sacrifices to make your blog big enough just running it in your spare time and the bigger it gets the more time it will likely take up.

You are not going to be able to grow your blog to be able to run it as a full-time occupation by just doing a few hours here and there and posting sporadically.

 

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The results of sticking to your blog’s growth plan…

 


4) Get Started + Stick to Your Plan Religiously

Time waits for no one. Don’t keep thinking that you’ll work on it tomorrow. Or finish that article at the weekend. If you are genuinely serious about becoming a full-time blogger then you need to get to work.

Write those posts.

Build that audience.

Get more traffic.

Earn that money.

PRO TIP: Get an accountability buddy. Whether you have another part-time blogging buddy who also wants to go pro or just have a close friend who you know will support you throughout your journey. Set up weekly chats to give a progress update and set tasks for the week ahead. Make sure you create checklists which will make you feel a lot better by seeing the progress you are making.

How to become a full time interior design bloggerWhat are you struggling most with growing your blog to become a full-time blogger? Let us know in the comments and we can try and help out.

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