5 Tips to Be a Part-Time Blogger and Earn a Full-Time Living
Gone are the days when a conventional 9 to 5 job was considered the only way to make a living. We live in the era of technology, which has opened new windows of opportunity for all.
Part-time data entry jobs and blogging are two of the many examples of remote work opportunities available nowadays. With the rise of digital marketing, content writing and blogging have assumed great importance for businesses.
However, blogging is not simply about writing. A blogger needs to have an in-depth understanding of a topic or product and good convincing skills to have the desired impact on readers.
This article will explain how to earn a full-time salary as a part-time writer. It might sound unrealistic, but it is possible. But before that, let’s see what successful bloggers do to earn a full-time living.
Characteristics of Successful Bloggers
● They work really hard.
Even though they are working part-time, they pour all their heart into their work hours. In fact, many of them work full-time on their part-time work whenever they have time, such as during holidays.
● They possess the required skills.
They are skillful and eloquent enough to write engaging content, attract the right audience, and build community with their blogs.
● The element of luck played a role in their success
Many successful bloggers have confessed that they were present in the right place at the right time and grabbed the right opportunities when they started their blogs.
● They make money indirectly because of their blogs.
Many bloggers have developed learning resources, such as e-books or online courses, which they promote and sell on their blogs. This becomes a secondary source of income for them.
● Most of them used to work full-time.
Many bloggers, before working part-time, used to work as full-time bloggers. This enabled them to build a following for their blogs to the extent that it gave them a good income. After reaching that level, they could easily scale back a little.
Sadly, most bloggers struggle to reach the point where they can make a full-time living. Still, blogging has caught the interest of many people who start with it as some part-time work-from-home opportunity to supplement their existing income.
So let’s move to the crux of the matter.
Tips To Earn A Full-Time Living As A Part-Time Blogger
Here we discuss some methods that bloggers can adopt when they start blogging and progress over time to earn a full-time income eventually.
1. Get inspired
Blogging or writing is not something that can be done mechanically. Only someone with a knack and passion for writing can do so. If you think you can blog, give yourself a chance.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Nobody becomes a great writer overnight. You have to keep yourself motivated the entire time. Once you feel you’re good at it, you can decide whether you want to pursue it full-time or just keep it as a part-time endeavor, along with your job. But, remember, without passion and inspiration, your blog will become just another piece of writing.
Famous blogger and brand ambassador of Payoneer, Jitendra Vaswani, shares how he got inspired to start blogging, “I got inspired seeing many top marketers who are living their internet lifestyle by blogging. I read their stories and how they failed and succeeded in their businesses. I learned from their failures. Doing a 9-to-5 job was not my thing; it was monotonous and too restricted. I always wanted to have my money freedom; having a USD 500 per month salary was not enough to keep my life rolling.”
2. Discover your niche
It is a common misconception that bloggers will write well on any topic. Well, that’s not true! Everybody has certain interest areas in which they have adequate knowledge and love to write about.
In this surge of online content, if you want your content to stand out and resonate with the readers, you should be well-versed with the topic. For this, you should find your niche — something you’re most comfortable writing about and passionate about learning about.
It could be anything you feel connected to, such as cooking, parenting, fashion, marketing, or travel. Narrow it down further for your target readers and understand the problems you will address. The more you narrow down, the more your reader will engage with your blogs.
3. Test your minimum viable product (MVP)
Now that you’ve decided to write and are inspired enough start writing before you lose momentum. You can start by creating your account on free platforms such as Medium or Blogger.
Test your first few articles on these free writing platforms. This will offer the following benefits:
● You don’t have to learn about the technical setup and features.
● Available free of cost for hosting
● A ready audience is available for your work. Such platforms promote your work to their audience based on your article’s popularity. The more popularity your article gains, the more people it reaches.
● You can also connect with influencers on these platforms, which can expand your reach by sharing your work on their social media.
● Such platforms also offer free analytics about your writing performance.
However, you cannot continue on such free platforms for long as they offer limited customization and you do not own the domain. They are suitable for testing your work, and once you’ve enough confidence, you can move to your hosted blog.
4. Learn basics of marketing
Since your goal is to make good money from blogging, you should learn how to market your blogs. If you write great content but do not attract enough traffic to your blogs, it will not yield much success monetarily.
You should know the marketing basics to earn a full-time income from your blogs. There are many online resources available that teach you the concepts of running a blog successfully. ProBlogger, Neil Patel, HubSpot, Buffer, and Moz are some popular blogs that can be of great help.
These blogs can teach you various topics, like search engine optimization, growth hacks, or content marketing.
5. Find ways to make money.
To make money from your blog, you need to figure out ways. For starters, focus on building a loyal following. Once you have a fair number of visitors to your blog, think of monetization channels based on the requirements of your audience.
You can display ads that interest your readers, sell them products directly, earn commissions through affiliate marketing, write sponsored articles or provide consultation to people.
You can think of many other ways to earn a handsome salary from blogging. But, the prerequisite is creating quality content and building a loyal audience base for your work.
Blogging is emerging as a popular career option, particularly as a part-time job from home for students, homemaker moms, and retired people. If you think you can write, don’t second guess yourself and start writing. There’s nothing to lose anyway. Just be patient and see yourself grow gradually.
Follow these tips to start earning a good living as a part-time writer or blogger. Do not expect instant results, but evolve, be patient and you will reap the results.