If you want to quit your day job and start making a living through a blog of your own, I have four simple steps for you.
- Have 3 months of income saved up.
- Have a good story on what made you want to quit.
- Have a blog set up (duh).
- Lastly, and this part is important, tell somebody you’re going to try blogging for a living, for God’s sake.
I say that last part to tell someday you’re going to quit your job to blog for a living is important for a few reasons. Firstly, you kind of want to take advantage of excitement bias – meaning if you succeed at blogging the people you tell ahead of time will assume you succeeded because you quit your job and feel a part of it all, making them more willing to help you out down the road. You can also take advantage of failure bias, if you fail at blogging people will assume it’s because you quit your job, and will help you get back on your feet more readily knowing you were honest with them when you took a risk.
But that second scenario is not a scenario you have to worry about, because you’re going to succeed.
Lastly when you tell folks you’re going to do it, you have more conviction because others are expecting it. You basically put yourself on the clock for a decision you know is worth doing, and are more likely to follow through. This is real and definitely a good motivator.
But let’s break down those first 3 reasons a bit more, shall we?
Have 3 months of income saved up.
When I quit my government job to blog for a living, I was broke. Not just when I quit, but generally, at every moment I had that job. I was living on a $34,000 salary in Manhattan, walking to work, eating $1 dumplings on the way home (that part I do miss). That said, I was able to save up by being crafty. I saved a security deposit here and there, learned how to make a few bucks in wordpress taking a General Assembly course, and saved my last few paychecks like they were my last. When I quit the job, I know I’d have about $3000/mo for the next 3 months. This was money in my pocket regardless of what happened. In NYC, it’s very little (think $36,000/yr) but it helped knowing I had a few days worth of breathing room.
When you quit your job, you need to have some guarantee that you’ll be able to put bread on the table for the next 3 months. This gives you a bit of relaxation which is necessary to keep your thoughts in order and do your best work. The pressure helps too. But if you’re in debt the moment you pack up your desk, and need to find work, how are you going to write amazing blog posts and make your online business happen?
It doesn’t need to be 3 months, just enough money that you can relax, and know you’re giving yourself enough time to make this new venture work.
Have a good story on what made you want to quit
A good story on why you quit will fuel you to work hard every day with that chip on your should to prove to your old boss that he or she was wrong about you.
But it will also inspire readers to join into your email club, community or whatever camp you’re trying to build. You’re being bold, don’t hide it, share it.
In my case there was 1 very distinct meeting in which my boss told me that my work (as a web content manager) which was on top of my already solid job as an analyst was equivalent to about 33% of a new job. So I asked him if I could have a 33% raise. Which would have been a lot! 🙂
He told me to GTFO of his office.
And I did, and I never said in that moldy chair again.
I planned every day from that day on how I would quit.
And when I told HR I would quit, they said “oh that’s nice, maybe you should talk to someone about career planning, so you can figure out where else we can set you up in the organization”. And it felt great saying “no thanks”.
However you quit, do it with style, and make it a story you aren’t ashamed of sharing on your blog.
Have a blog setup (duh)
Now this last part is a bit of a no brainer.
But I don’t mean just any blogger or WordPress.com blog.
You cannot and I stress cannot be taken anything other than seriously when people look at your blog after you make this move. If people look at your blog the day you quit your job and see a mumble jumble photo collage mess with pictures of your lunch and quotes from your dog, they will laugh at your or worse, think you may have gone crazy.
What you need, is to make a WordPress website and put up a great landing page with your goals, mission statement and a few Hi-Res images showing what you plan to give people. I show beginners how you can make a website in 6 minutes quick and easy, so you have no excuse to be missing this key branding and online marketing component.
Plus, with any number of YouTube tutorials on how to make a WordPress website or blog, you can learn all you need to get a professional website running, with a few tips on how to actually write the darn stuff, if the teacher is nice at all 🙂
Knowing that you have a professional WordPress site live will actually give you a lot of confidence as you tell those real people that you’re quitting your job. You know you have a platform that can actually be monetized, a sweet blog just like the pros, and don’t have to say much else than “I’ve got a nice blog up and running that will be my focus in this new life”. Check it out.
Conclusion: Put the rush on your life, because no one else will
Once you have the above 4 component in place, you are officially ready to quit your job and blog for a living. You can do it.
But the timeframe part is all on you.
Look at it this way – the world doesn’t want you to quit. Much as people inspire and jabber on in promotional videos about how everything and one is on your side, they’re not, and it helps to understand that we’re all basically screwed if we don’t take the action we believe in. The world wants you to stay in your place and not be disrupted, because so many others like your employers and other bloggers who do have the job you could do are making out great right now. So what will you do?
The world wants you to stay in your place and not be disrupted, because so many others like your employers and other bloggers who do have the job you could do are making out great right now. So what will you do?” – @gregnarayan
When you think about it that light, you realize you really do have to do something about your situation, and do it now.
Enjoy your new life as a full-time blogger, let me know any questions in the comments below and we’ll hope that 3 months becomes 4 years (man I’m getting old).
4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics
We all have ’em.
Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.
Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.
Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.
1: Ignore Critics Completely
If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.
2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth
OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?
Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.
3: Psyche Homework
Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.
4: Never Gang Up
Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.
Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.
Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.
How to Self-Publish eBooks for Increased Blogging Profits
Have you bought my blogging eBook?
Well; this is one of my 100 plus eBooks:
I thought 10 eBooks in 4 months was cooking in 2014, as a newbie author. Boy, was I off. I eventually went on a blitz including publishing 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row during one of my trips to Bali, in 2015. Anyway, I want to help you self-publish eBooks to boost your blogging profits because every blogger loves registering sweet profits, right?
Follow these tips.
1: Solve Common Problems
Solve common problems in your blogging niche. Earn profits by solving problems through eBooks people need solving. If they need the solution they buy the solution. Does it get any simpler?
2: Keep It Short and Sweet
Gone are days of 50,000 word eBooks being the norm or a bit more normal. Kindle short reads and other short, sweet numbers seem resonant with our ever-increasing microwave culture. Note how folks love watching videos and getting the latest updates via phone. People enjoy getting what they want quickly so if you solve a pressing problem fast people buy the eBook-solution.
I span 6000 to 15000 words per eBook; find your sweet spot.
3: Be Prolific
I think too many bloggers eat into their eBook profits due to holding back. Do not be stingy. Self-publish freely to increase your exposure and to better increase your blogging profits. I shipped 100 plus eBooks and promote a fair chunk daily. Being prolific helps me to help more readers; smart way for boosting your profits.
4: Help People for Free….A Lot
Do you see how many guest posts I publish daily? Quite a few, folks. I publish guesties to help you and to increase both my presence and eBook sales. Profits flow to leveraging bloggers. If self-published authors guest post heaps, all the better for increasing your blogging and eBook sales. Keep helping people via blog posts, videos and podcasts too. Do not be shy. Increase your skills, exposure and eBook profits by generously helping people for free through content creation.
5: Show Off 5 Star Reviews
I recently began showing off my 5 star reviews for my eBooks, via my blog and social media. People sometimes buy based on word of mouth marketing. Observe the review below in response to the eBook above.
Seeing positive reviews makes it easier for a reader to buy your eBooks and pad your profits. Show off 5 star reviews. Go to where you get love to get more love and to increase your eBook profits.
6: Keep It Simple
Short and sweet eBooks sell.
Simple eBooks sell even more frequently.
I always simplified my eBooks as much as humanly possible to both reach maximum readers and to increase my eBook profits. Why do people buy solution-eBooks? Authors who offer simple, easy to follow reads find few issues selling a nice volume of eBooks. Keep eBooks simple. Imagine yourself writing for a small child. Be clear and simple. Resonate with readers. Sell more eBooks.
7: Persist in Promotion
I did not begin selling eBooks until I promoted the heck out of these reads. Often this involved mentioning 1 eBook per every blog post and guest post I published for months at a time. Such is the effort of a self-promoter who drives increasing eBook profits.
Tap into this prospering blogging income stream.
Being writing and selling helpful eBooks today.
How Did You Pick Your Blogging Niche?
Did you pick your blogging niche mainly to make money? Or do you blog mainly to follow your passion? Be straight with yourself. Being honest makes the difference between happiness and misery, and, the difference between success and failure.
10 years ago I chose my blogging niche mainly to make money. I had little interest enjoying the ride and helping people. I did have a wee bit fun, freeing driver, but that intent shifted fairly quickly. I figured it’d be easy to make money blogging because top pros showed it’d be easy. Pros I followed back then, at least.
But I quickly learned being a pro blogger was no joke.
I picked the wrong niche because profits mainly drove me. Big mistake.
In my eBook: How to Pick the Right Blogging Niche
I explain how to pick the proper niche for you. Most bloggers struggle because they do not pick a niche for themselves and for their enjoyment; these folks chase money, so the niche is for money, not self. Money never arrives fast because money arrives after you practice writing, improve your skills and build your network. Why do you keep blogging if you make no money and money is your prime driver? You don’t keep blogging. Or you fail terribly, until you blog your passion versus mainly blogging for profits.
Choose Passion Over Profits
Choose your blogging passion for your driver; make the work, the reward. Profits feel like extra, which needs to be the case because you will not make money for a while. Remember; you need to practice for a long time to develop the skills, content and connections to command money for your premium offerings. Nobody makes money right away because no new blogger has a complete blogging skill set. Perhaps you have industry knowledge but you have no clue how to create content and build connections. Practice, time and trust factor deeply into the blog monetizing equation.
Pick your niche based on what you love doing. Do you dislike covering your current niche? Trash the blog. Do yourself a favor. Avoid the nightmare of spending years struggling, doing something you do not enjoy doing. You may as well work a job. Quit blogging, get a 9-5 job offline and at least get a steady paycheck and some comfort, if you are going to be miserable.
How Did You Pick Your Niche?
Most bloggers lie to themselves on niche selection because most bloggers claim to follow their passion on some level but in the next breath, these bloggers struggle for years. Guess what? If you struggle for a long time, you are chasing profits, not following your passion. Passionate bloggers put in the time, practice writing, build meaningful connections and publish helpful content. Check all those marks for 6-12 hours daily and you will begin making some solid coin over years.
Do you genuinely love your niche? If not, trash it. Start quickly and intelligently from an abundant, generous, powerful energy. Blogging From Paradise took off fairly quickly because I trashed on old blog and my old niche and followed my passion. Nothing held me back. Nothing pulled me back. Nothing held me down like an anchor.
Trashing a losing venture and blogging money obsession beats holding onto a losing venture and wasting your blogging time for years. Nobody succeeds from a happy, abundant energy trying to squeeze cash out of a blog because you cannot get big bucks unless you render big time service. Bloggers who follow their fun and make profits feel like bonuses are the exact folks who render the greatest service online.
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