Today I wanted to supply you with some tips and reasons why blogging is a work at home mum’s best small business.
Blogging is fluid. It can be lucrative. It provides you with freedom and the time to spend more quality daylight hours with your family. Sure, it takes a lot of hard work however in the end it may just have you wondering why you didn’t take up this whole “Internet business thing” a long time ago. A word of caution: there is no sure-fire way to make money online right now. But, there are proven methods that will show you how to make money as soon as possible.
Loving what you do is imperative to your maintaining a quality of life (and that of your family’s as well). Knowing how to do it well is your responsibility for the life you choose. Consider these factors when you are thinking about starting a blog or website.
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“How to” Blog Information Everywhere
There is almost a never-ending amount of research on how to blog on the web today. Everything is at your fingertips; from SEO to “blog what you’re passionate about”, to which platform to use, which plugins to use, and how to monetize your blogs. They are all within reach. Everything you’ll ever need to know is at your calling and a Google search away.
Count your blessings! Most entrepreneurs of small businesses don’t have it as easy. The tricks and rules of the trade are guarded secrets that are akin to the McDonald’s “special sauce” recipe. And like the conglomerate’s fast food secret, the whispering and ingredients have been out for a while. All you have to do is read, learn and mix well.
There are articles on how to optimize your blog post for SEO, there are design ones, logo choosing, hosting tips and so much more out there if you start searching.
The Cost of Blogging Is Near Zero
Yeah, I didn’t mind that subheading either, because it’s subjective. Maybe you’re a mum who has the extra cash to lay down a monthly Hostgator fee to host your domain. And, maybe you’re not. It really doesn’t matter as long as your blog. There are free platforms that are simple to use and will have you blogging in minutes and then there are sites that you may have to outsource the work to get it set up.
This is a hosted site with its own domain. It cost me $15 for the domain name and I get a $9.95 per month package food hosting with unlimited additional domains. Not a bad deal. When I want to start a new blog I just purchase the domain, find a programmer to do the work of putting it up and getting it operating optimally and then start blogging!
Measurable. Everything is Measurable
I love stuff that is quantifiable. Knowing the number of unique visitors, page viewed per visitor, a country viewed from, most popular content and Adsense clicks are all stats that are paramount in this business.
And, like a friendly lady in an online forum told me recently: “If you’re not constantly testing with different layouts that may or may not be working for you then you could find yourself falling behind, real quick.
Interest Laden and Built For You
You get to work on something you’re passionate about! Please tell me that you ARE passionate about the web, blogging, SEO and helping other people! Serious inquiries only. All others need not apply.
It’s imperative that you enjoy what you’re blogging about, mums! Otherwise, you’ll find this business is just like any other business; you’ll get up every day not wanting to do what you do for a living and go to bed every night hating the prospect of having to do it all over again in the morning. This results in a bad blog, with bad content, and a bad attitude at the helm-“a sour blog!”
Find something you like to write about, if not totally passionate about, then learn everything there is about it and…blog, blog, blog. Study other blogs. Master search engine optimization (SEO).
If any of this seems like it’s boring to you, then you may want to look into another way of making money at home.
Flexibility to Transition
How many other personal, small-businesses are there going to be where you can work your 9-to-5 job and successfully transition into a new, personal one. It just doesn’t come along that often.
I started getting serious about blogging when my career would be over in the next five years. I made plans. I have goals. Will it work? Only time will tell, and I may have to switch a blog or two before I find my “money-maker.” I have to ignore the fear of failure and get on with it. The freedom to do so, however-and still maintain a full-time job with full-time benefits while supporting my family is priceless.
And for a work-at-home mum job…this is actually a lot of fun, very rewarding, and YES making some money!