The decision to become a full-time blogger from a hobby or part-time blogger depends upon many factors such as your finances, social life and career. However truth be told there is no "right" time to become a full-time blogger. Everyone is different, although it is a good idea to have monetised your blog in some way or another especially if you have no other source of income.
I took the risk to become a full-time blogger for many reasons. I wanted the flexibility, no set working hours, my own rules, and most importantly to be able to look after my kids myself and watch them grow up all whilst working from home and you can too!
The beauty of starting a blog and making money online is that the overhead is very low and you will have little expenses which means it's an easy way to become self-employed especially for someone like myself who didn't have any savings behind myself to set up my own business.
Personally money was one of the most important factors in making the decision to becoming a full-time blogger. I had to be sure I could earn a decent income to pay the bills and at least match what I was already earning with my previous job. My first piece of advice would be not to quit your job until you are comfortable with the amount you are earning. You don't need to be earning the same as your current job, but it is a good idea to be earning something, even if it is slightly less than your usual income. It would be foolish to leave your job without any source of income from your blog especially if you are the bread maker of the family, unless of course you have another source of income (partner's wages, home business etc) or savings.
Start monetising your blog whilst you are still in your day job, because once you start earning enough recurring income you can consider switching to full-time blogging and handing in that resignation! Becoming a full-time blogger is a risky move and it might be shaky starting out, so having an emergency fund to fall back on will give you a great peace of mind.
Once you have a recurring source of income whether that be via Adsense or clients with regular paid work I would recommend building up multiple sources of income. You can find out more ways to make money blogging here.
You hate your job
Fed up of the same boring 9-5 day job? Do you hate Monday mornings? Hate your boss and taking orders from others? Does this sound like you? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then I'd say that's a good enough reason as any to quit your job to become a full-time blogger! On the other hand if you do like your job and wish to keep it and become a full-time blogger you can still do that too of course! However if you dread going into work everyday like I did, I feel your pain. We may not all be lucky enough to quit our jobs as we have bills to pay and mouths to feed so perhaps cutting back to part-time to begin with may also be an option for you to adjust to the change first before quitting completely.
You want to be your own boss
Always dreamt of being your own boss? Having no rules to obey by and the freedom to do what you want when you want? Well by becoming a full-time blogger you can do just that! Even though you can interact with may people all day as a blogger it's not the same as being in an office. It is amazing how many bloggers and writers are introverts and tend to work better working alone. Working from home and for yourself can be a huge adjustment. Yes you may think it's amazing and that you can have a lie in every day or blog from the comfort of your bed in your pyjamas. But I find the days where I am more productive are when I get up at the crack of dawn, get dressed and go to my designated blogging area. Make yourself an "office" to go to every morning and set yourself a working schedule and blogging routine.
Of course there are days where I have bloggers block or I don't have the motivation to write anything. However there are so many different things to write about you can never really get bored! I have over 150 draft posts all with blog post titles of what I want to write about but I just haven't got round to posting them yet which just goes to show that there will always be something to write about. I'd recommend finding a specific topic that you are passionate about and stick to writing about anything within that topic to keep your readers engaged.
Blogging also opens up endless amounts of opportunities from events, product reviews, days out, and so much more that you can never get bored! Your options for earning are also endless. Start with one source of income to begin with and as time goes on you can add more. I started out by selling banner advertisements and then went on to several other streams of income from affiliates, sponsored posts and links, paid reviews, Google Adsense etc. The largest chunk of my income is still advertising, however I do have a number of other different sources of income that I rely on. Thats the great thing about having your own blog, you can choose to monetise it any way you like.
"It doesn't just happen overnight"
Just remember it won't magically happen over night, be patient and determined. I would suggest building your blog part-time to begin with and when you start making more money from it than your day job consider turning it into a full time job! Even if you know a lot about ways to make money from blogging it's going to take a while. There is a lot of work that goes into building your blog before you can monetise it and you will be working for free for a long time to get the ball rolling but it's all worth it in the end.
Also, just a quick side note I didn't start my blog with the intentions of making money. I started it to document my daughters life and fell in love with the whole blogging craze. I have so much passion for blogging and I am proud that what once started out as just a hobby has now become my job. The idea to become a full-time blogger didn't just happen overnight, it's all been due to a lot of hard work, late nights, trial and error and three years of blogging experience.
Have you been thinking of quitting your day job and becoming a full-time blogger? Or stepping up from hobby blogger to full-time blogger? I'd love to know! If you have any questions please do leave them below. If you've missed any of the "Quit your job to blog" series you can catch up here. Next time I'll be discussing how to balance your blog work and your home life when taking the step to becoming a full time blogger.