So you’ve started a blog or maybe you’ve had one for a while and it’s going well. Your stats are climbing, your bursting with fresh ideas and feeling motivated. What’s next?
How do you transition your blog from hobby to business and start making some cash?
Well it starts with having great work habits. If you’re just starting out and you have another job it can be tough trying to squeeze in time to write blog posts so these habits will take time to put in place.
They’re a set of guidelines I have set for myself though to motivate me to keep blogging. When I’m having an off day or two, or even three I like to read over them to help me get my focus back.
All business owners should have some motivational material on hand to spur them on. If your goal is to succeed here are 8 great working habits of a blogging entrepreneur.
- Have a great attitude. Blogging is your job now so treat it like one. (Although it’s way more fun than anything else you’ve done, am I right?) Get up early, get dressed, spend your evening’s planning tomorrow’s content instead of staring blankly at the TV. Your attitude towards your work should be thinking about your plan of action, your working habits and focus. It also encompasses your inner dialogue. How do you speak to yourself about what you’re doing? You should feel excited and motivated. Remember to pause and give yourself some credit for what you have achieved.
2. Be prepared. When you start a business (any business) it should become an extension of you. Blogging in particular is literally that. Make sure you have a clear consistent plan for what you’re doing each day and what you’re aiming for.
3. Set Goals. You should have short term goals, such as weekly ones; pushing stats, researching, social media goals, what’s your game plan today? You should also have long term goals, where do you want to see your business in a year? What about after that? Set SMART goals to be efficient and remember to record all your findings in things like social media reports, video diaries and notes so you can measure what goals you have reached.
4. Give 100% for the full day. This is your business. You choose the hours, you choose the focus and how much you want to give. Go the extra mile, for yourself. Just think that high intensity will give you good results. At the moment I’m working seven days a week and I still love it (I did this for the first four months but now I give myself time off). I like to break my days down to make them manageable.
A typical day looks like:
I’ll spend two hours reading through old content and updating articles. Then an hour promoting my content across social media sites, then I like to break up my day with some creativity and taking some photographs. After lunch I’ll edit my photographs and make a reel for Instagram. I’ll spend an hour promoting other peoples content and then start to write a new post for about an hour/ hour and a half depending on the content and then I’ll promote my writing across social media sites again. In between I try to respond to all comments on my social media. There’s a lot of work that goes into blogging but I just love the variety of changing my tasks throughout the day. It helps me to stay super focused.
5. Maximise your territory. You need to make sure you have researched as many revenue streams as possible, marketing strategies, social media accounts. Are you approaching the businesses you want to work for, are businesses approaching you for content? What are your goals? Make sure you better your chances to get them.
6. Protect your attitude. This is your business, and that means it’s your baby. Don’t let anyone bring you down or tell you it won’t work out. Did you know that only 12.9% of the population in the world are entrepreneurs? It’s not for everyone and not many people dream of owning their own business because it’s hard work and it can be tough. So, If you’ve made it this far give yourself a pat on the back.
7. Know why you’re here and what you’re doing. Why did you start this? Why do you want it? Why are you doing it? Always keep that focus in your mind. Say it over and over again, like a mantra.
8. Take control of your time and your life. Be your own boss. You got this.