I’ve followed with interest the development and desire for some mum bloggers to make money from their blogging efforts. It is probably most of our dreams to be able to make a living just from blogging, especially for us mums who need or want the flexibility it could bring into our lives.
I’d like to suggest you all think outside of the box.
The reality is, whilst some money can be made, compared to the effort you make it is more than likely that you will make less than the minimum wage. Surely you are worth more than that?
Instead of thinking “How can I make money from my blog?”
Why not think, “How can I start a small online business that can pay myself and potentially others in the long run.”
Making money from a blog is really a microbusiness. A blog is a website, so why not create a website that is planning for the future?
The problem with blogs is that they are personal and usually not valued highly by those with the purse strings. However, if you create a website, with a longer term plan of developing it into something bigger then you have more chance of succeeding at making a living from it at some point, probably not straightaway though.
So, I could use my personal example.
Around 5 years ago I started an online community, a fun side project that I didn’t think it would turn into much. I invested my time and energy into this community and always gave it priority over my personal blog. The result now is that over the past couple of years I started focusing on it as a business and has started to generate a decent income. It now has a publication with paid subscribers and advertisers. Paid advertising and marketing services for the community. And we also do training and events.
You can visit the website if this is of interest – www.softwaretestingclub.com (it’s somewhat geeky!)
It’s still early days, but it’s getting there. And I have the flexibility to work around my 3 demanding boys! If I had done this as a blog, it would not have grown into what it is today.