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QUIT YOUR JOB TO BLOG: INTRODUCTION


So, you want to quit your job to become a full time blogger? Before I start telling you the reasons you should quit your day job to start blogging I'll share a little about how I started making money online.

I have always loved my job and have worked in the hospitality industry from the age of 13! I've always been very passionate about my job and would always go the extra mile - even when I developed pneumonia I still turned up to work raring to go. However since having children my love for my job and future career in hospitality management started to disappear. After my first daughter was born I really didn't want to go back to work, I dreaded it. So much so I saved up enough to be able to stay off with her until she was 14 months old! I feel very lucky that I was able to do that and don't regret it at all and funnily enough I did enjoy going back to work when I did even if it was just part-time.

I've now been blogging for three years this month and for the first 8 months I didn't have any financial gain in the form of advertising from my blog whatsoever. I did it purely for myself and had no idea I could even make money from it at all. Fast forward a couple of weeks and my very first blog opportunity land in my inbox. "What, you want to pay me to host your article on my blog?" I thought. I could get used to this! I remember thinking at the time I could make this a regular thing and since then it has always been a dream of mine. 

When I first started earning money through the blog I was only working part-time at work so anything I earned from the blog was a nice little bonus which I would use for days out. However once I had a steady income I could have easily quit my job and started blogging full time from home. Since I am now on maternity leave again after the birth of my second child I will not be going back to my previous job as I can earn enough every month to work from home which has always been a life goal of mine, even more so now that I have children. I have now been working with brands and PR's for the past couple of years and have learnt a lot along the way so I thought I would start this little series to share with you my experience and tips for quitting your job and becoming a full time blogger, by all means I'm no expert so please take this lightly as if I were a friend giving you some advice over a cup of tea or a lunch date.

Here are a few tips of mine if you are looking to take the plunge and quit your job! 

+ First of all I'd just like to say don't make any rational decisions, think long and hard if this is exactly what you want to do? Weigh out the pro's and con's of quitting your job and becoming a full time blogger. (I'll be discussing this more in depth soon)

+ Is your blog at the stage where you are happy with it, are you already earning or able to earn a decent income in which you are able to survive off or contribute to the household bills if needed? If the answer is no then ensure you have all of this under your belt first before you take the plunge as you don't want to be left in the lurch. (Find out how you can earn money through your blog here)

+ Make sure you have some savings behind you first as the first few weeks or even months may be very slow and tough. I made sure I had some money in the bank before I took the plunge to become a full time blogger just incase that month was slow in terms of blog work. (I'll be sharing my tips on how to save money fast soon)

+ Ensure you have reliable contacts who already bring you work and who you are in contact with regularly if you are wanting to earn a decent income straight away. Otherwise build up your contacts and relationships with different brands to get you on the earning ladder. Blogging can be like waiting for a bus, sometimes all of the opportunities come at once and other times you can be waiting for days for an email to land in your inbox! (Keep an eye out for my tips on how to work with brands next week)

+ The beauty of having your own blog is that you can choose how you wish to monetize it. Income through blogging comes from a number of different sources such as advertising, Google Adsense, paid reviews, affiliate marketing, ebooks and so much more! (I'll be sharing more tips on making money from your blog)

+ On another note, it's not completely necessary to quit your job to blog full time. If you are a full time blogger and work too or even blog as a hobby then you may also be interested in following this series!

Here's a little more of what we'll be discussing in the "Quit you job to blog series":

- When is the right time to quit your job and become a full time blogger
- How and when to quit your job
- The pros and cons of quitting your job to become a full time blogger
- How to save money fast
- How to get paid to blog
- Balancing your blog work and home life
- How to grow your social media presence
- Working with brands
- Becoming self employed

and much more!

Next time I'll be discussing how and when to quit your job to become a full time blogger. Stay tuned!

Until then, I want to hear what your thoughts are. Would you quit your job to become a full time blogger or have you already done so? I'd love to know!

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40 comments

  1. I look forward to this series. I have been blogging for over a year now but just for fun alongside my full time job.
    Kads Life x

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    1. Thank you for reading, the next instalment should be up later in the week :) That's how I started out blogging too alongside my job. x

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  2. I truly love my job! But we're moving to the country right away and I've been thinking about paring back my outside hours at some point and working from home again. Just can't figure out how to make my blog one that will attract readers and opportunities to write full time. Looks like this will be a great series! Thank you!!

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    1. Hi Chy, If it's truly something you're thinking about doing then stick with it! It does take time to develop your blog and if it's something you love doing then that will shine through. Perhaps start by spending a little more time on it every week and still doing your job to begin with then you can decide if it's really something that you want to be doing? That way you can build up your audience and contacts x

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  3. Looking forward to this series! I do love my day job, but would love to be able to drop down to part time with help from my blog! Looking forward to the tips!!

    Xxx

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    1. Thank you for reading Kay. If you think you're able to earn enough of an income to go alongside a a part time job then I'd say go for it :) You never know unless you try xx

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  4. Great series Kerry! Can't wait to read. I have been blogging 'full time' for about 18 months now and earning a steady income but I still work 19 hours a week and can't see that changing anytime soon - I like the security and consistency of being employed plus we don't pay for childcare - always a bonus! x

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    1. Thank you Donna. The next post should be live later this week. That's exactly how I was to begin with as I was on maternity leave with Amelia and the went back to work part time but I still blogged full time. I probably blogged more than I ever worked full time hours! Thats fantastic that you're earning a a steady income whilst working on the side too to give you a bit of security. x

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  5. Love these sorts of posts, looking forward to following along for the series :) x

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    1. Same here, it's always nice to hear other bloggers thoughts and get a little insight into their lives too. Thank you for following x

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  6. Congrats on reaching your goal! I can definitely relate to what you're saying - I used to be pretty career focused but now I wish every weekend at home lasted for days and days.

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    1. Thank you Nicola. It's amazing what motherhood can do. I often wonder what i'd be doing if I never had children and where I would be in my career right now. x

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  7. I gave up teaching when Bella was born in 2012 because my school wanted me to return full time and I knew that wasn't an option for me. My blog had been going for 2 years by that point and I earned some through it. But I didn't want to turn it over completely. Instead I started blogging for another company, who then asked me to handle their social media too. I then took on more clients and today I work from home win several clients for whom I blog professionally and handle their social media too. I also make some money through my own blog and couldn't be happier with the balance. Working from home is now easy, especially with a toddler and a baby around your feet. If you're going to cover that aspect id love to know tips on surviving it all. I find getting the balance tricky even after 2.5 years and still have days where I crave going out to an office!!! Fab series, looking forward to it! X x

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    1. I don't think I'd be able to do that either, in the end I went back part time although I would have much rather stayed at home. That's amazing that you blogged for another company enabling you to make an income to work from home :) Ha, yes it can be rather tricky to get things done with a toddler and newborn in tow, I do plan to blog about this too. I too have days like those, and sometimes manage to get out to the local coffee shop for a couple of hours for "me time" to catch up on some work. Thank you, the next post should be up later in the week. Thank you for reading xx

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  8. I just wrote a massive comment but I don't think it worked. :( I was saying that I love this series already Kerry, I think it's so inspiring to hear about others on a similar journey to mine. My story is similar to yours, except I already worked in online marketing (nothing to do with blogging though) but I didn't feel the same about it after the birth of my daughter as I was contracted to travel away a week of the month. I started my blog four years ago, when my daughter was 4 months, and I remember the first PR email I had- someone asked me if I wanted to review a pair of baby booties and I jumped around the room in excitement- I couldn't believe someone had wanted me to do something like that.

    Sometimes I still jump around the room, I can't believe the opportunities we get from my blog and I pinch myself every single day. I turn down most of them, and a lot of sponsored posts, which sometimes I think is madness, but I try and still keep it about my family. Still through collaborations etc I am now earning a reasonable full time income from my blog.

    Aside from that I also now run my own social media and marketing business, plus writing for others, and just as of last week my husband (who is a designer) is now working from home too. I have to pinch myself, and it may one day stop, but I am so thankful I started my blog all those years ago. I make sure I reply to every email that I get asking about starting a blog because it's one of the best things I ever did. I work WAY harder than in my full time career before blogging, but it's worth every second to be at home with my babies most of the time and to be my own boss.

    Sorry for the essay but it's something I feel so passionate about. I love yours, as you know it's always been one of my favourites and think what you have achieved is amazing. Have a lovely Easter. xx

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    1. Oh no, how annoying! Blogger can be a pain sometimes can't it?! Thank you Katie, I'm exactly the same and love to hear about other bloggers lives who are in a similar boat to myself. I wouldn't have been able to do that either, working away from home whilst your children are growing up - i can see why you made that decision.

      Haha yes it's still a dream most days to even be offered these opportunities and we are very lucky. I understand why you turn down a lot of the collaborations due to not fitting in with your blog and I have learnt recently to do the same. I used to accept a lot as I was amazed but would be under so much pressure and also being annoyed that I accepted that bingo guest post because it doesn't fit in with the blog. These days I've learnt that it's okay to say no, there will be other opportunities.

      That's amazing that you're still able to earn a reasonable income from you blog, I have always been inspired by how you manage to get everything done with all of the things you do, super mum! I agree, it's definitely worth all of the hours we put into it, and we do it because we LOVE it!

      Haha, I can tell ;) Aww thank you that's so kind of you! I hope you all had a lovely Easter xx

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  9. This is perfect for me! Thank you Kerry!
    I was an online marketing and social media manager before having kids - I first blogged 11 years ago and blogged for various businesses as part of my previous career. I started my first personal blog 6 years ago - it was really just a hobby and to keep up my previous skills however I never did return to work and now have 2 children. I'm looking to convert my blog from hobby to income and have until sept to prove I can make it work - 6 years (and more) ago if have confidently described myself as an expert but so much has changed, I think I need a bit of a refresh and kick start! Emma xx
    http://www.emmainbromley.co.uk

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    1. Wow, I keep forgetting how long blogging has been around for. Of course it's changed a lot since then however many people like yourself who have been blogging for the longest time will have a lot of knowledge and experience. More and more people (mums especially) are now looking at monetising their blogs to be able to stay at home with their kiddies. xx

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  10. Im looking forward to this, I havnt worked since getting pregnant with Sassy. I want to be able to hold my head high again knowing I am providing for my children.

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  11. Congratulations on achieving your goal, that's fantastic :) I'd love to get to the stage where I can earn little something through blogging. I look forward to reading your series :)

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    1. Thank you for following Marion and for your lovely words. If it's something you really want to achieve you can do it! Just have that goal in your mindset! xx

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  12. Looking forward to reading this series. I'm in no way interested in blogging for a job at the moment, but its a possibility in the distant future...as in when I've graduated, professionally qualified and starting to think about children! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you for following Chloe. Hopefully I can give you some advice to bookmark for the future :) x

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  13. So looking forward to this series. I started my blog when I was on maternity leave with Tyne and I never went back to work because I started to earn money from it, which I never expected at all...I didn't even realise bloggers made money when I started my blog! But I'm so thankful everyday for the opportunity to work for myself and stay home with my babies.
    I feel like I sort of fell into it though and that there are aspects that I'm missing or not fully up to speed on, so I'm really looking forward to this series and your tips and advice :)

    xx

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  14. such a good idea, can't wait to read more x

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    1. Thank you Kerry. The next post should be up later this week x

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  15. It would be amazing to earn money from my blog. Hopefully in time it may happen :)

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  16. So looking forward to reading more of these posts, your blog is really inspirational and I can't wait to read more of your tips :) xx

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  18. What a wonderful idea for a series and thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to read more installments! xx

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  19. Really looking forward to this series, looking for tips for myself and my blog.

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  20. Brilliant post: thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and inspiring! I only started blogging just over a year ago and I absolutely love every minute of it; the thrill of getting lovely comments, jumping around the room when offered to go on brilliant events, the excitement every single time I press the 'publish' button. I am really looking forward to this series, and I will be subscribing via email so I don't miss a post. I found you through Kate's blog post about Britmums.

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  21. Interesting series, and I'm sure I'll be following along.

    I work full time, but pretty much spend the equivalent time each week blogging (or social media etc) too. Once N starts school, I may need to change my hours so any tips I can get to increase my existing blogging income would be great. I find that one year I make a good profit, then the next it's minimal because that's the year my hosting etc is up for renewal, so it'd be good to find a way to even it out.

    What would be great to include would be your thoughts on using follow/no follow links. I don't use them and don't particularly want to, but I notice lots of full time bloggers do, so it'd be great to hear your perspective, and whether to make a decent income from blogging you think you do need to accept them.

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  23. I am a new blogger and work full time. I would love to in the future become a full time blogger (i love to dream!) and if this does happen to me I think i would still work a few hours a week in my job for that security. I am a hard worker and hope one day my dream will come true!

    I cant wait for the rest of this series! I love your blog!

    Rachel xx

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  24. I must say that the thought of becomign a full time blogger is very appealing, and you've definitely touched a nerve (in a good way) in the blogosphere. I only started blogging towards the end of last year, so I have way to go really. I'll be watching this space and learning from your experience. Thanks for sharing. I've also pinned your post too. #aNoviceMumTwitterFeed

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