From Hobby To Business: Growing Your Blog!
Taking something that you love to do and turning into a money spinner is the dream for most people. When you have a passion for something, whether that’s writing, cooking or drawing, you spend a lot of your time thinking about ways you could spend more time doing what you love. The one thing that holds most people back? Money.
Writing is one of the most popular pastimes for those who have a lot to say. It’s an outlet for their opinion and their views and blogs often get a lot of attention. Setting up a blog for parenting or food or really, anything you’re passionate about, takes a lot of time. It makes sense that it goes on the backburner in favour of a full time regular job, but it will take bringing your blog from pastime to business to be able to make it in the world of blogging. There is a lot you can do to bring your blog from small pastime to big business, and we’ve got the skinny for you below:
- Invest. Whether you decide to take on a loan from smallbusinessloans.co or you simply buy your own domain from WordPress or other platforms, it’s going to take spending some money before you make any. Thankfully, you won’t have to spend a huge amount up front, but you will need to look at how you invest your own cash into it – read a bit more about that here.
- Consistency. If you are passionate about your blog, you’ll find it easy to post two to three times a week but you have to keep that going. The more you post, the more you will be visible to people – especially if you are utilising the freedom of social media. The more popular that your blog becomes, the more people will want to read what you have to say. Be consistent with it though; once you slow down, people become disinterested.
- Niche. As a writer, you’ll have one thing you like to write about more than anything else. Hone in on that niche and make a point of sticking to a similar theme. People like a tidy blog to read without too much clutter and if you stick to one theme, you’ll also have a specific following.
- Brand. Your blog colours, tones and typography is going to directly influence your brand that you put out to the world. Make your brand reflect your personality and if you need to, outsource to a web designer to help you to branch out on your look.
- Reflect. Your blog is going to evolve over time. As you learn different tricks and learn what works the most for your particular blog, you must take stock and reflect on where you want your blog to go and what you want from it. This reflection can help you to make good decisions about where you want your new business to go.
Business isn’t always easy to deal with, but once you have a passion you must grip onto it and make it work the way you want it to.