Blogging is of course a profitable activity if treated as a real business. Apart from its income generating capacity, blogging increases the bloggers’ knowledge, brings him closer to many and opens an opportunity for more growth.
While some bloggers make a comfortable income from the activity, a majority are harvesting pennies from their different blogs. If John Chow can grow from $0 to $40,000/month in 2 years, it is safe to conclude that blogging can be taken as a full time activity. Yes! apart from Chow, so many bloggers are making a killing blogging and there are no signs that thumps will turn down in the future.
I have read inspiring stories of bloggers quitting their 9-to-5 jobs and becoming their own boss, focusing on blogging and generating enough to live a ‘beautiful’ life style. Yes, it’s possible to fire your boss, move from part time to full time blogger.
But when is the right time to fire your boss?
Most of us bloggers have nine-to-five jobs and while some are well paid above their worries, a majority are uncomfortably underpaid. However, job satisfaction and the pay package are different factors that play to affect productivity.
Most part time bloggers yearn to be full time bloggers. A quick leap in the blogosphere, you’ll read a lot of income reports. This makes us believe there is a lot of money to be made in blogging. Take a look at Pat’s income reports over the past few years and feel the income generating power of professional and full time blogging.
Two things often under-looked that go before these reports are:
- Hard work
- Time and monetary Investment
A careful look at income reports consistently posted by some bloggers reveals these bloggers go through a lot of hard work and smartness. Someone said “blogging is not easy” and I do agree with that. Now, whether you are an old time blogger or you are just the newest game player, it requires you to work hard and play smart to make that kind of money the pays your bills and helps you save.
For the most part, time is a required factor to be the big profit blogger. I have been blogging for little over one year now and about $7000 is what I generated in my first year. That may be considered handsome for a fresher but it’s far below my annual bills. See why I can’t fire my boss today ? (though I really don’t have one because I have been freelancer since 2007 creating websites and doing a lot of things offline).
Is your boss a nag?
Most people think as long as they can employ and pay you a certain monthly figure, they can treat you like some piece of sh**t. Yes, some bosses really nag and we are just pulling on with them because of the “chicken change” they pay us every month end. No matter how good and religious some of these employers are, there is always an element of ‘I’m the boss here‘ so you guys most listen to me.
In some cases, the guy (the boss) has his money and you are just some graduate with ‘big certificates’ waiting and struggling to find your way. I can imagine some questions spinning in your brain ;
- Should I just fire this guy?
- How do I deal with my up coming bills?
- What if I just focus on my blog?
YAAAAAAAH! The last time you checked your earnings from your blog, it was just $500,52 in 60 days. Fire your boss now and face it hot tomorrow
Before you fire him…
You need to ask yourself certain questions and find answers to them first. Your blog may be generating some income but … hold on. Don’t be in a hurry. Among others, the main question is to know how consistent is the income you get from your blog. $1500 this month and $700 next month and maybe a smaller figure the month after ?
A lot of things can happen on the way that can bring your earnings quite below expectations – Google updates bringing your contents OFF the first page, some unforeseen situations keeping you away from blogging for a while, server hacking or breakdown, etc, Do you have some other backup opportunities?
Think old age!
Now, you can’t be blogging through out your live. There comes a moment when you’ll lack the required energy to run even one blog. Old age should be a period of rest for every one. Not a moment to think and develop content. How are you preparing your age of retirement from blogging? What are retirement benefits for retired bloggers? Have you ever thought of this? Do you save enough or invest in some business that will cater for you during this age?
Let me here from you …
Are you a full time blogger and when did you fire your boss? Are you earning enough to shift from part time to full time? Are you thinking about old age?
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