Blogging for bucks is not at all wrong but doing it in an unethical way is wrong. Most of the people leave there 9 to 5 jobs just for the fact that they can earn more online rather than their day job. But how far is this fact true? How many bloggers are really able to convert their blog as a source for their live hood. Earning money overnight via blogging is a myth, may be you can earn couple of dollars in a month but how to bring in those huge bucks which most of the professional bloggers brag is still a mystery for newbie. I personally have been finding ways to increase my online streams and to stabilize my earnings, in this journey I was able to meet a guy Radha Krishna who writes for many blogs, of which Techneze and 9to5blogger are what makes him stand unique apart from the crowd.
Radha Krishna, a blogger from Hyderabad, India has done his Post Graduation in Computer Science and was blogging for quite a time before he went full time. He worked for few digital marketing agencies like Zeta email solutions before he went to be a full time blogger. Radha is a certified Google Analytics professional who also does some fine SEO. He had a strategy which he applied before he left his 9 to 5 job, he kept 12 months of his salary aside as a back up and started experimenting on his blogs and was successful. Guess what today I bring him to BIG (Blog in Grace) to share his views on when is the right time for a person to kiss his 9 to 5 job good bye and start a full time blogging career. Now you will be reading words of Radha straight off from the below paragraph.
Thank You Vijesh, for inviting me to Blog in Grace, as I feel it a honour to share some happening facts and experiences one need to focus before they quit there 9 to 5 job and go for a full time blogging career.
Almost every individual who is in some or the other way related to the Blogging field would have the same goal i.e., to skip their 9 to 5 job and become a full-time blogger. However, there are several obstacles and some questions for one to consider professional blogging in India. Some of them include
• Pressure from the family side as well as relatives
• How society treats us after we leave our monthly-paying job
• Can we really earn more than what our company is offering right now?
• Will I have the same dedication to blog after I took it full-time?
• Things to take care before sending your resignation letter to the HR 😉
To be frank, I too had the same issues excluding the second one. Let’s talk about these obstacles one by one.
Pressure from the Family & Relatives:
It is obvious that you would be under pressure from your family members & relatives when you say you’re going to leave your happy paying day job and wanted to go in another direction which no one in your (their) circle attempted. So, I don’t blame them for this. It all depends on how you convince them the benefits of your new venture.
My version: I simply told them what I was going to do staying at home + showed them how much I am already making and gave them an Idea of how I could take it to the next level if I worked full-time on my blogs. Of-course, this is not easy as I said it. Do your homework before attempting this step 😉
How Society treats us if we say we’re Blogging full-time?
I strongly oppose this point because it is your family members whom you should make happy and not others. So, just ignore them as we have enough of comments to listen. Simply, tell them you’re working for Google and they pay you for the work done. Anyways it is somehow true as most of us get paid by Google through Adsense. Best way is to keep yourself calm and silent before you actually reveal anything to them. Mostly Indian’s base their online earnings via Adsense, only few professional bloggers depend on some other sources like affiliate marketing or selling their own products.
Can I earn more than what my company is paying?
This part is pretty important. If you’re planning to start from scratch after leaving your job, I don’t recommend it at all. If you’re blogging for the past 2 years or so, you would have got some idea about the pros & cons of Blogging which include
• Basic knowledge of ranking a website
• Ups and downs of Earnings
• Google algo penalties
• And much more…(hope you know most of them)
So, I would suggest you to gain some knowledge of how blogs work & the basic SEO tips after which you can think of going full-time.
Will I have the same dedication to blog after I take it full-time?
Everyone who is planning to leave their job for Blogging thinking that they can dedicate ample of time for their blogs. But in reality this won’t happen in most of the cases. There will be several disturbances like friends (outings), family works, entertainment (TV, movies) and many more which easily divert you from your work. So, prefer a separate office place instead of working from your bedroom. Treat your blogs the same way you used to treat your office work.
Things to take care before sending your resignation letter to the HR:
This would be the most important factor which you need to think twice before taking the decision. There are a few checklists to be taken care of before sending your resignation letter.
How much income are you getting from your blogs?
Is the income completely from a single source (say Adsense) or there are other sources of income like Affiliates, Freelancing etc…? In case you’re depending entirely on a single source of income, then think twice before taking a step forward because online income is not stable and it may either decrease or increase. Have at least two different sources of income. Currently, I am depending on 3 different sources – Advertisements, Affiliate & Shares (Online trading).
Are you earning more than your current monthly salary?
As an assumption, you should be earning at least 2x or 3x your monthly salary continuously for at least 3-4 months from your blogs in case you want to take Blogging as a full-time career.
Lastly, keep some money aside as a backup plan (just in case as a safety measure). That money will come handy in case if something worse happens. You can keep at least 6x of monthly expenses aside i.e., if your expenses are 20K per month, then you should put aside 120K-150K. Assume if unfortunately you got into any problem with your blogs and couldn’t make a single dime, then you can make use of this backup money in the meanwhile until you recover completely.
If you meet the above criteria and have a true passion towards Blogging, then it is the right time to kick your 9 to 5 job & say good bye.
Hope, I covered almost everything in detail (at least those safety measures I’ve taken). I always suggest you to think twice before you act. Happy Blogging 🙂