Should I Quit my Job to Become a Pro Blogger?
This is a guest post by Adarsh Thampy, who is a full time blogger and blogs at the content marketing blog, conversionchamp. He loves to talk about content marketing, conversion optimization and lead generation. Add him to your Google Plus circle.
One in every 10 adults likes to be their own boss. This is not my theory. This is the outcome of several national surveys conducted in the US and UK. Many people ask me whether they should quit their day job to start an online business.
Here is a recent query I got:
Do I need to quit my job to start my blog and become a pro blogger? If so, how and when should I say good bye to my job? Do you think I can become a success if I work very hard? I’ll blog every-day, comment on 50 blogs each day and work very hard.
I’ll answer this by breaking down the question.
Should you quit your day job?
Simply put, NO. You needn’t quit your regular 9-5 job to start a blog and realize your dream of becoming a pro blogger. In fact, when you start out, it is not recommended that you quit your job. There are several reasons why I tell you this.
- It puts pressure on you. You don’t have an income source. So you have to earn money from your blog somehow. Especially, if there are others who depend on your income.
- Blogging by itself is not a viable business model.
- Profiting from blogs takes time. Unless you have a cushion of money to support yourself for 24 months, don’t quit yet.
- Chance of failure is high. I admit that starting a blog is very easy. But, the chances of failure are very high too. If you don’t plan properly, then you are in for trouble. If failure is not something you can live with, don’t quit your day job yet.
- Not everyone is fit to be an entrepreneur.
- Most people are not passionate about what they want to blog about and is in it just for the comfort of working from your home and the pro blogger label
OK. Now you are afraid to quit your job. Wait. I haven’t told the best part yet. Although you may not need to quit your day job when you start out, you may probably have to in a few years.
When should you say “I Quit” ?
You might be ready to quit your job when
- You have built a strong community with loyal readers.
- Your income via blogging is at least 75% of your full time income.
- You are able to diversify your income so that if one income stream fails, you are not left in the dark.
- You are absolutely committed to making things work (Mind you working from home can be highly unproductive and a waste of time if you can’t focus on revenue generating tasks).
This will not only boost your confidence, but also take the pressure of “no-monthly-pay-check” from you. Most people live from pay-check to pay-check. If you are going to quit your job, that idea should be kicked out first.
Can I find success with my pro blogging ?
Yes, absolutely. In all ways you can be a success story. It’s a matter of planning well and executing the plan properly. No matter how hard you work, if you did not plan properly, you will fail. But do it correctly, and reward shall be yours.
Hope you are inspired a little bit after reading this post & take the right decision on your blogging career.