10 Things To Know Before You Start Blogging For Profit

Making money from your blog probably sounds like an amazing idea and I bet blogging full time sounds even better. I’m not a full time blogger but I do work for myself full time and I work with bloggers on their blogs all the time as well. The one thing I’ve learned is that blogging is not an easy job. Below I want to share a few things you should keep in mind before you quit your job to blog full time. These can all be applied to general entrepreneurship as well.

Building A Successful Blog Takes Time

If you think you can just walk in here and make all the money think again!!!

Just kidding, but seriously…

You aren’t going to start making money right away. If that was your dream then I’m sorry to bust your bubble. You’ll have to work and pay your dues just like the rest of us before you see success. Most people who are now full time bloggers (or entrepreneurs) started their blogs or businesses while working full time. That’s probably the approach to take if you can’t afford to have little to no income in the beginning. If you can afford to have little to no income I say go for it full time if it will make you happy. My opinion is the minority so take it with a grain of salt and do what’s best for you.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule so maybe you’ll write something viral and be an instant success.

You Will Have To Run Your Blog Like A Business

I wrote about this before but it can’t be said enough. You’ll have to worry about always putting out content, finances, expenses, etc.  You have to be extremely dedicated and motivated even when you don’t want to be to become successful enough to blog full time.

Your Income Will Always Change (Sometimes Drastically)

Some people can’t handle this so make sure you factor it in before you quit your job to focus on your blog full time. Some months you’ll make a lot of money and other months you might barely scape by. Make sure you’re saving or that you have a backup plan.

Networking Is Really Important

I’m always talking about networking so I’ll keep it short. If people don’t know who you are then they won’t be invested in helping you build your brand. One thing a for profit blog needs is brand advocates who will spread the word. Make sure you go out there and find yours. Networking is also a good way to create media opportunities for your blog.

Traffic Doesn’t = $$$ And Neither Does Your Social Media Following

There are bloggers with 5,000 monthly page views who make thousands of dollars each month through their blog. While it may be hard not to focus on the numbers make sure you’re focusing on the people who are actually reading your blog now. Give them good content and turn them into customers.

Focus On Engaging Your Audience 

If your audience is responsive and engaging there is no limit to how much money you can make. Show your audience that they should purchase the items in your shop or that they should buy your book. If they believe in you and your expertise you’ll excel at this blogging thing.

Time Management Is Key

I set and alarm to do most tasks these days. If not I’ll end up focusing too much or one thing and not enough on another or worse I end up not focusing at all. Make sure you do what you have to do to stay on task and manage your time efficiently.

You Will Not Always Want To Blog

I’ve forced myself to write many a day when I didn’t want to. I think some people believe full time blogging is this magical job that they will always love which isn’t the case. Sometimes you’ll want nothing more than to lay in bed and pretend your blog doesn’t exist but you’ll have to fight that urge to give your audience awesome content and keep them coming back.

You Will Always Need To Evolve

Just because you’re a popular blogger today doesn’t mean you’ll be popular tomorrow. You need to create other money streams. I don’t know of a rich man with only one source of income. Do you?

Tax Time Is The Devil 


I’m not a full time blogger but as I said I do work for myself full time and tax time can really break you. I recommend hiring an accountant and leaving it in his or her capable hands. They’ll find plenty of write offs and deductions that you would have missed.

Do you want to blog full time? What would you add to this list?

Author: Candice VanWye

I’m the founder of this community and a creative millennial. In my spare time I write on my my personal blog and make youtube videos. I also have a podcast called The Creative Millennial where I interview cool people. I love to eat, hate to cook, and shop too much. Click the buttons below to follow my socials and follow me on snapchat: @candicevanwye

  • True, true.

  • I’ve found that it’s best to ignore people that don’t understand. They’re not meant to.

  • Right now I’m working on putting out the content — consistently — and networking. I can be a little modest about sharing my work. :) The thing that struck a chord with me is the “run your blog like a business” part. I always find myself defending this because some of those around me think blogging is only a hobby and nothing more. They don’t understand why I spend so much time creating posts and images, etc on something that doesn’t earn me an instant paycheck. Fortunately, I’m also surrounded by entrepreneurs and they totally get it. How do you generate the income without putting in the work?

  • I’m so glad it’s helping. Let me know if there are any particular posts you’d like to see on the blog.

  • It helps to blog at least once a week.

  • Thanks for reading!

  • This post was right on time! I’m working towards branding myself and turning my blog into a brand. I’ve been blogging for a year and a half, but just recently started getting serious about it. These are some extremely helpful tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • i needed to read this since I’m working towards this! I don’t know about full time completely but definitely more often

  • You hit it the nail on the head. I wasn’t thinking about monetizing my blog at first but now at almost a year I think it may be time. In my head monetizing it moves i from hobby to business which can be scary. The best point was that followers do not = money. Love this post.

  • That’s awesome. Thanks for reading! If you ever think of a topic you wanna see here let us know.

  • Amber Janae

    Great tips, I am still trying to focus on moving the blog into move or a business platform and I often do not know where to begin. I can say that there is always useful information here on BGB to help me stay centered and not lose sight of the bigger picture. Thank you!

  • Networking is hard at first but it gets easier.

  • That’s my weakness too. I tend to overwork myself when I’m in the mood to make up for those times.

  • Exactly! That’s my tip. Don’t rush it. Your time will come.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Chonce Maddox

    Great tips! I’m trying to get into freelance writing and monetizing my blog more and it is a ton of work. Time management and networking are key for me right now. But instead of rushing after the money too soon I’m just focusing on putting out great content so far and taking it slow. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  • Great tips! Networking is major; something I’m working on.

  • Carla Miranda

    Amazing tips! The one about working even when you don’t want to remeber you got a blog its my weakness.