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Blogging can be a great way to earn some extra income. However, it is definitely not as easy as some claim it to be.
Before you make a decision on whether you want to blog for income, it would be helpful to understand the pros and cons of blogging as a side hustle.
1. Low Startup Cost
Getting started with blogging requires more of your time than it does of your money. For less than $5 a month, you can have a fully functional blog.
2. Keep Your Day Job
The beauty of blogging is that you do not need to operate under normal business hours and can do it at any time – before work, after work, or even during the weekends. With that type of flexibility, you would be able to keep your day job while working to get your blog up and running.
The goal is to be able to supplement your main income and not to lose it, so avoid working on your blog during work hours.
3. Create Your Own Schedule
Continuing on with the flexibility of blogging and the fact that you can do it at any time, you are free to come up with your own schedule. So you are able to prioritize the important things in your life such as work, family, hobbies, and exercise.
4. Blog From Anywhere
Well, almost anywhere. As long as you can access your blog and have internet connection, you are all set.
And with today’s technology, the ability to connect to the internet from our smartphones, and the availability of WiFi almost everywhere, there are actually very few places where you cannot work on your blog.
This added flexibility lets you travel and go on vacations while ensuring that you can keep your blog updated.
5. Create Content in Advance
If you can manage it, you can actually get ahead by planning future content and writing them up in advance. With most blogging platforms, you can schedule a future date and time in which you want a post to be published.
This should actually be one of your goals, so you can free yourself up to either work on other aspects of your blog or give yourself back some time.
1. It Takes Time
When it comes to blogging for income, you will need to play the long game. There is no instant gratification.
It can take a few months to even a few years before you start seeing a steady flow of traffic or before you start earning some money. However, as long as you keep at it and focus on delivering useful content, it will happen.
2. You Need to Follow a Schedule
While one of the advantages of blogging is that you can create your own schedule, the disadvantage is that you will need to keep that schedule.
In order to build a user community and keep your readers coming back, you will need to follow some sort of consistent posting schedule – whether it is 3 times a week or specific days and times of the week.
With most of your time already being spent on your day job, blogging as a side hustle may prove to be difficult since it requires you to spend some or most of your remaining time to work on your blog.
3. Create New and Fresh Content
When you are just starting out, it may be easy to come up with new and fresh material. However, after awhile, it will take much more time and effort to come up with new post ideas.
As long as you can stay organized and plan ahead, you can overcome this one.
4. Need to Do a Little Bit of Everything
In addition to coming up with new content, you will also need to look for ways to monetize your site.
In other words, you will need to do a little bit of everything for your blog to earn money such as improving traffic to your blog through search engine optimization, setting up ad and other revenue streams, and marketing among other tasks.
Weighing the Pros and Cons
As you can see, blogging for income requires you to work for it. However, there are steps you can take and things you can do to help make the process a bit easier for you to manage and handle the different tasks.
Definitely take some time to weigh out the pros and cons before you decide whether you want to go through the blogging route to earn some extra income.
If I haven’t scared you off and you think you have what it takes, you can check out my previous post to learn how to start a blog.
Know of any other pros and cons of blogging as a side hustle? Share them in the comments below!