Today we welcome back our normal Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford!
Maybe I’m biased, but I firmly believe that blogging is one of the absolute best side businesses out there. From the low start up cost to the fantastic community, I encourage everyone I know to try their hand at creating one. Here’s why:
Low Start Up Fee
Setting up a blog is relatively inexpensive. You can always start an absolutely free site on WordPress or Blogger to see if you like it, but as your blog grows, you might have to move to a self-hosted wordpress site. I always recommend this route to start off with, since moving my own blog to wordpress was pretty time intensive.
However, regardless of the route you choose, your start up fees for a blog can easily be under $100.00. Purchasing a custom theme, domain name, or graphic design service can definitely add to this cost, but always make sure you really enjoy it before spending too much money growing it.
I seriously don’t know what I’d do without my blog friends. It’s amazing how you feel like you really know someone after meeting them online. The best part is that the community just keeps growing.
People start blogs every day, and there are millions of them. I personally love meeting new bloggers, hearing their stories, and learning about how they live. It’s the best part about blogging in my opinion. Plus, personal finance bloggers give the best advice!
There have only been about a handful of times when I’ve had a “freak out” moment when it comes to my blog. These freak outs were usually the result of a technical glitch that I just couldn’t fix or the site going down at a really inopportune moment. However, for the most part, blogging is only as stressful as you make it. Sure, I stay up late to make sure the post for the next morning is perfect, but for the most part, the day-to-day blog operations are really fun, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.
Room to Grow
When it comes to blogging, the sky is the limit. There’s no salary cap, no glass ceiling, and no waiting on someone else to give you an annual raise. The amount of money you make blogging is completely up to you and how much time you are willing to invest to ensure its success. For some people, this is the hardest aspect of owning a blog, but for me, it’s the most exciting and gives me the most motivation to move forward.
I seriously could go on and on about why blogging is so great. I really don’t know where my life would be without it. I’ve met so many amazing people and had such cool experiences because of my blog, and that’s why I’d recommend it as a hobby or a side business to anyone.
Do you have a blog? If so, why did you start one?