15 reasons to start a blog in the 2020's
I'm not going to lie: I love working from home... mostly because I don't have to wear pants or talk to people. Personally, I find working in an office space very distracting and - quite frankly - emotionally draining.
A lot of people avoid creating blogs because they think blogging is just a way for aspiring writers to have some kind of creative outlet while they work regular jobs elsewhere.
This is simply not true.
Writers can make some real $$$ from blogs.... but you don’t need to be a good writer to have a successful blog.
In fact, you may be interested to know that blogging is the number one way to grow your small business or get your hustle off the ground in 2019/2020.
It's a simple equation of:
Create an online presence + generate more traffic = get more paying customers.
Plus, it costs next-to-nothing to start up.
Yes, I chose the blog-life because it means I get to work in my underwear... but there are some other much bigger reasons why blogging could be the best thing for you and your business or side hustle.
1) Flexible hours
I used to have anxiety attacks every Sunday evening because I knew I'd be 'stuck' in an office all day every day for the next five/six days. I felt like I was in a prison, and I was constantly being watched and monitored - like a child. I love being able to control my own hours and manage myself, and not have to stay in an office all day.
As a blogger, my typical day starts when I wake up around 6/7am. I take my dog for a half hour walk, and then my dog and I have breakfast together. I start working around 8.30am/9am- 12pm. I usually go for another half-hour walk with my dog around mid-day before getting another 2-3 hours of work in. Then I go to gym/yoga/zumba, and I try to take time out of my day to write, cook, bake, write music and paint - because those are all things I love to do.
If ever I have an emergency (like today - I urgently needed to take my dog to the vet) I don't have to worry about having to request unpaid leave from my boss, I just do what I need to do. This is one of the more appealing aspects of blogging - especially for parents and pet owners.
2) Time with your kids, family & pets
While I'm not a parent to any human babies, I'm a qualified teacher and I've been teaching kids for over 10 years. I've seen how much parents miss out on because of regular 9-5 jobs, and how many mothers wish they could be more present in their kids day-to-day lives.
So many mothers have said to me "I'd love to work from home so I can raise my own kids."
I may not have a human baby, but I just adopted a fur baby named Boris, who I pretty much consider to be my child. He's a 9-year old Shih Tzu X rescue with separation anxiety (we're working on it!) and honestly, I love nothing more than to spend my days working with him curled up on my lap and not having to worry about whether he's okay at a day care or home alone.
To me, time is priceless. No amount of money can ever give you back the time you missed with your loved ones.
3) Avoid the cost of day care for kids and pets
A friend of mine told me that child care costs her US$1500/month PER CHILD. $1500 for someone else to raise your child, basically. That's not including school fees, baby-sitting, private tutoring or after school activities.
Meanwhile, doggy day care will set you back a further $280- $600 per month... for each dog.
If you're a parent, aspiring parent or pet owner, you may want to take a hard look at those figures. With most people earning an average salary of $2500-$4500 per month in the USA and Canada, and the cost of living rapidly escalating every year, it's no wonder more and more people are getting into some serious debt just trying to survive.
If you have the chance to work from home, raise your own children and save money on child care, take that opportunity. To me, at least, it seems like a no-brainer.
4) Save money on office space/ rent
Aside from the (insane) cost of living and childcare/petcare, a common - yet unnecessary -expense a lot of small businesses take on is the cost of renting an office space.
We are already starting to see a massive shift away from the traditional and corporate office jobs and a move towards people working remotely from the comfort of their own homes. If you're starting your own business in the 2020's, the only office space you really need is a blog and your kitchen table.
5) Grow your own business, and don't work to make other people rich
I used to have panic attacks every Sunday because I dreaded going to work the next day. And for what? To make someone else rich? No thanks!
I was working my butt off, and I was hardly making enough to live on. Granted, I didn't exactly have the best job, but I did it to 'pay the bills'. The problem was: I had dreams - BIG dreams - and I knew that by staying in my current job I would never have the time or energy to give my dreams a fighting chance.
The best decision I ever made was quitting my 'normal' job and figure out a way to pursue my dream as a writer and blogger.
6) Save time and money on commuting
Do you know how much time and money it costs for me to get to work every day?
Approximately 3 seconds to get to my laptop, and $0.00 to commute.
The only fuel I need is coffee - which costs me $16 for a giant bag that lasts 3 weeks.
My husband spends at least one hour commuting every day (mostly because of traffic), and approximately $10 on gas per day. That's around $200 spent on gas every month just to get to and from work every day.
7) Work from anywhere
One of the main reasons I choose to work remotely is so that I can be free to travel whenever I need or want to and wherever I like. If I want to work on a beach in Bali, I can. If I want to work in bed, I sure as hell can - and I do.
My family and friends are scattered all around the globe - from South Africa to Los Angeles to Hong Kong - and I need to be able to travel long distances often so I can see them.
8) Follow your passion and do what you love
Sometimes I work long hours - but not because I have to, but because I want to. They say that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. While I can't say that I totally agree with that statement (because there have been days that have felt like work), I can say that most days I want to keep working because I'm so passionate about what I do.
For me, working is as enjoyable as eating chocolate. I get immense pleasure from it and the moment I start typing, I want to keep going forever.
I never felt that way while I was working other jobs.
The great thing about blogging, is that it can be the perfect strategy for any hustle or business - no-matter what you do. Whether you're a yoga instructor or a dog psychologist, your best chance for success is by having and growing a blog.
9) Work in sweats... or your underwear.
We all have those days where you just want to go bra-less and wear sweats... or just stay in bed all day. I know this better than anyone.
I freakin love my yoga pants and I stay in them most days - all day. In the mornings I don't have to stress about what to wear, or try to squeeze myself into jeans or hideous work pants.... I'm so over that stage of my life.
Y'all can keep your uncomfortable pantsuits. I'll stick to my yoga pants, thanks!
10) It costs next-to-nothing to start your business online
To start a blog is free. If you want to start blogging as a side project, you can keep it going with very little or no costs involved. If you’d like to take it more seriously and start blogging for business, it may cost you a little more than nothing. Blogging for business purposes can cost anywhere between $5 per month and $500 depending on what you choose to spend your money on.
My blogging business currently costs me around $50 per month - the biggest cost being email marketing @$30/month. The first few months, like any business, you may run at a loss - but I think you’ll agree its a fairly small loss compared to what most start-ups have to endure.
If you take the right steps and follow the right strategies for your business, you’ll start profiting within the first 6 months.
11) It's the best way to get paying customers
Blogging is the perfect opportunity for you to attract the ideal customers for your business - no matter where they are in the world. What’s more, it costs very little (or nothing at all) to promote your business. You simply need to make the most of the online space on your blog and learn how to increase your Google ranking so you can generate organic traffic.
12) You don't have to deal with a boss micromanaging you
… You also don’t have to worry about having to work other personalities in a small office space. I think you’ll agree that the biggest killer of creativity and passion is a boss who tries to micromanage every little thing you do.... or a co-worker noisily munching on tuna and crackers in the seat next to you.
13) There's no cap on what you can earn
It may start off slow, but once your blog takes off it can be a very lucrative business. Furthermore, there is no cap on what you can earn. The smarter you work, the more you can earn. I personally know bloggers who earn as much as $30 000 per month.
While this certainly isn't the average salary of the average blogger, it can be done.
14) You can be as creative as you like
The world is your oyster and the sky is your limit. The freedom I have to do what I want and use my creativity as I see fit, is priceless.
15) The 5 hour work day
While most full-time jobs require you to work a 10 hour day, you get to choose the hours you put in as a blogger. Obviously the more you put in, the more you get out. But I’m in the process of creating a course called Blogging for $$$: The 5 Hour Work Day which gives you a day-by-day plan of what you need to do to get your blog off the ground by working only 5 hours a day. Find out more here.
Blogging can be a very lucrative business if done correctly and strategically. I’ve spent years studying all of the ins-and -outs of blogging, and have managed to compile it into ONE course that takes you step-by-step through the entire process.
Yes, it’s true: I like to work form home so I don’t have to wear pants and I have an excuse to be anti-social. But there's a much bigger reason why I prefer to work from home: I get to work on my own business, do what I love, and control my own work hours.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, but don’t know where to start or what to blog about, save your spot now for my free Blogging for $$$ course.