Overworked. Underpaid. Living at my parents’ house with a 140-minute roundtrip commute to and from work, throwing all my extra money towards student loan payments.
That was my life in 2017. Solo travel was not on the cards. As far as I knew, I was “chasing the American dream.”
Because that’s the dream, right? Get a college education. And after that a 9-5 so you can pay off those student loans. Somewhere in the mix, take out a car loan. And eventually, you’ll sign a mortgage for a house.
And then I started a lifestyle and travel blog in February 2017.
Suddenly, I started making money blogging. Like… real money. Since my net worth has always been in the negative tens of thousands (thanks, college), I didn’t really know what to do with it.
One year later, and I saved up enough to start travelling the world with someone I thought to be my life partner.
Less than two months into our adventure, he realized the laptop lifestyle wasn’t for him. So he bought a one-way ticket back to the U.S. and I had to ask myself: what do I want to do?
Suddenly, I found myself running our business alone while travelling solo for the very first time.
But I wouldn’t give this single travel up for the world. Because women can make decisions for themselves.
Yes – you can reroute your lifestyle to work while you travel the world.
Should I start a blog?
I was THAT friend in college who tried something… and told all her friends about it.
It’s hard to answer whether or not you should start a blog.
If you love writing and sharing, blogging can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your time.
Not sure if blogging for-profit is right for you?
- Think about what topics you’d want to write about.
- Brainstorm 10-20 article ideas about those topics.
- Understand that readers are subconsciously asking themselves, “What’s in it for me?” before they read something.
- Write a few articles addressing the question “What’s in it for me?”
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So I started a blog. Honestly, I only intended to make enough money to pay for hosting, and maybe put a little extra towards my student loans.
Soon I found myself more willing to #treatmyself to guilt-free sushi dates. I comfortably travelled through France (Paris, Strasbourg, the French Alps, the Cote d’Azur) for the first time. I finally could say “YES” to life experiences I thought would be unobtainable for years.
All the while doing something I loved: writing, online networking, and analyzing numbers.
And there’s a huge skillset you can develop if you start blogging.
What skills go into learning how to blog?
One of the most incredible things about blogging is that you can teach yourself a big, marketable skill set.
- Social Media Management
- Growth Hacking + Outreach
- Audience + Market Research
- Web Design
- Search Engine Optimization Research
- Marketing + Monetization
- Content Writing (for an audience)
- Lead Generation + Conversion
- Email Marketing + Sales Funnel
- Email Management + Customer Service
See why blogging is perfect for the multitasking woman who wants to kick ass?
Not only can you leverage these skills for your own success. These skills are also incredibly marketable to companies and small businesses. So if any of this interests you, you can invest time in your blog knowing that you will have these skills to help you get hired in the future.
I literally spent most of my free time teaching myself these skills. I studied which kinds of leads converted into sales.
Teaching myself these skills helped me sign clients after I rerouted my lifestyle.
How can I make money blogging?
Offering services and signing clients is an indirect way of making money from your blog. There are also direct ways you can leverage your blog to make money.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Posts
- Product Creation
As a blogger running your own business, you can choose how you will monetize your blog.
You can connect with advertisers through networks like Google Adsense, Media.net, and Media Vine.
If you’ve always loved recommending products to friends, you could be a natural at affiliate marketing.
You have the option of leveraging an engaged social media following to collaborate with brands on sponsored posts.
Alternatively, you can create your own product (like an ebook, spreadsheet, or course) to market to your audience. You can market your product yourself (using tools like Sendowl or Teachable) or use a platform like Fiverr, Udemy or Amazon that does the marketing for you.
What comes after that?
So you get started with your blog: creating content, monetizing that content, promoting it all the while trying to grow your mailing list.
Maybe you create a services page and sign your first client. Or two. Or three.
After you start making money from your blog, you’ll get to a point where you need to evaluate how to financially prepare to quit your job.
- I regularly put money into investments (I use the roboadvisor Betterment) and have enough stashed away in case of emergency.
- I use YNAB to meticulously estimate and track my spending/expenses. Watching your budget is so vital – but especially as an entrepreneur!
- I travel the world while I work, so I use Airbnb, Booking.com and HostelWorld to get an idea of how much it would cost to stay in a place for 1-2 months.
You’ll also need to think about how you’ll want to invest in your blog and business (because the saying “you need to spend money to make money” bears truth).
Take steps to ensure you’re productive when you work at home. Create a system to help you keep track of your big goals and your day-to-day tasks. You’re guaranteed to feel overwhelmed and uncreative, so make sure you set aside time for yourself to practice self-care and reclaim your creativity.
- Trust the process.
- Network (Facebook and Twitter are perfect platforms for this).
- Never stop learning (Pinterest, ebooks, and courses are perfect for this).
So, what do you think? Does ditching the 9-5, rerouting your lifestyle, and setting out on a solo travel adventure around the world sound like your kind of gig? Let me know in the comments below!
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