I love a side hustle and blogging definitely started off as a side hustle for me, now it’s turning into a full-time part of my business.
Today’s post is a GUEST POST from David Chen of Millennial Personal Finance.
Why Blogging is the Ideal Side Hustle
Have you been looking for a fun side gig that can help you earn a little bit of extra money, or maybe just help you to express yourself? Blogging may be a great idea! Did you know that there are people from all over the world, from all walks of life, that blog as a side job? If you enjoy writing and have a little time on your hands, then you may want to consider it. Let’s take a closer look into why blogging is the ideal side hustle.
It Doesn’t Require a Huge Time Commitment
If you are anything like me, then you probably don’t have a ton of free time on your hands to commit to anything daunting. This is probably one of the biggest reasons that I chose to be a blogger. The problem most people have these days is that with family, work and a social life, it doesn’t leave much downtime. I love that blogging doesn’t require a huge time commitment and I can do it when I want, on my own time. And I love the freedom of owning my own time.
It Can Be a Lot of Fun
Another perk of blogging is that it is fun. This is especially true if you are able to blog about things that you have a genuine interest in. Choose something that you are passionate about, and it won’t really feel like a job to you. It will flow naturally, especially if you have that writer’s knack. If you don’t have much experience writing, that is okay too! People just want to hear your voice through your writing.
It Gives You The Ability to Discuss a Variety of Topics
When you blog, you can literally write about whatever you want. Most bloggers choose a blog that focuses on a certain niche, but you don’t have to. Whether you want to write about something that you are passionate about, or something that people find really interesting, or even something that may be controversial- you can do it! The sky is the limit. You just have to keep it interesting if you want to build your audience.
It is a Way to Spread Knowledge or Awareness
Are you passionate about something in particular? Would you like to spread awareness about something? Awareness these days is really essential when it comes to anything really. You hear about breast cancer awareness, autism awareness, political awareness, and the list goes on. Spreading awareness is important because, without it, people are unaware of so many things in this life. Being aware helps to spread truth and hope for the future. You can also use your blog as a way to spread knowledge about things that you are knowledgeable about. Do you know a ton about pet care? Blog about it! Do you know a ton about politics? Blog about it!
It is a Great Networking Tool
When you write content that is really shareable, chances are you will find yourself in a web of other business minded individuals. As people share your content, it grows your network. If you rely on networking and social media to promote yourself in the business world, then blogging is a great idea. As you grow your network, more and more opportunities will come your way. You will become extremely connected with people, and if they like your ideas, it can mean success for you in the future. Your side gig can really help your main gig.
It Can Bring In Some Good Money If You Work it Right
A lot of people look at blogging as just a time waster if they aren’t bringing in any money right away. The truth is, you won’t typically make money with your very first blog post.
You have to invest some time in your blog and build your audience through rich, shareable content. When you do this, and more people start to see your blog, you will be able to join blogging networks and get valuable links to your posts.
If your page gets ranked high enough with viewers, you can also sell ads on your page. This is actually one of the biggest ways that people make money. You can even use affiliate marketing to help yourself earn money through the advertisements that are on your blog. Just remember to keep the ads relevant to the content, so it isn’t too sales-y. For an example, look at my most recent income report!
What do you think? Could blogging be a good side gig idea for you? Give it a try and see how it goes!
David Chen is the main contributor of his personal blog, Millennial Personal Finance. When he manages to find free time, he writes about his ideas, experiences, and advice; he also likes to put together data-driven studies from time to time.