Since launching Inspired Bloggers University last week, I’ve heard a few concerns that I think are extremely valid for bloggers. When I first started investing in my business, I had tons of questions too.
I felt completely alone and wondered where I would get the money to invest, where I would find friends and support, and where I would find the time to do everything I needed to do each day. I struggled. A lot. But when I finally knew enough to teach others, I created the Inspired Bloggers University.
How can I spend money when I have yet to make money?
In any business, you have to invest. In direct sales, you buy a kit or inventory. In retail, you purchase product to sale. In blogging, you purchase a domain, hosting, and knowledge.
During the month preceding the time I truly invested into my education as a blogger, my family did not even have money for groceries. How in the world could I afford to invest into my business? My husband and I had no idea how to make it work but were willing to make sacrifices to help me grow in my chosen career.
The results were almost immediate. Within the next business quarter, my blog traffic doubled. During the next quarter, traffic doubled again. The third quarter, AGAIN… and I started seeing an income from my blog. By the end of the year, our investment had been completely paid back plus more.
Encouragement from an Expert
Can I just say as someone who has been blogging since 2009, I wish there was a course like this around when I started. I spent so much time thinking I was too “broke” to pay someone else for their knowledge and wasted countless hours in front of “Mr. Google” trying to find an answer. In retrospect, it wasn’t until I took a leap of faith on attending a conference (it was around $1K to go) and started believing that I could make a regular income from my blog, that my blog took off. If you think of what you can give up in the short term (for me, I took money out of our grocery budget for five months) in order to follow your dreams for the long term, won’t it be worth it. If this was easy, everyone would be an entrepreneur and everyone would have a blog. There are always sacrifices that have to be made in the short term to get to your long term goals.
Kelly Snyder, Redefined Mom
How will I find the time to take the classes at IBU?
We all have 24 hours in a day, and while it may seem like we have more to do than we have time, our priorities are reflected in what we accomplish each day.
When I was first starting to blog as a career, I worked long hours at night and rose early. I had four small children and homeschooled, and even with an extremely supportive spouse, my work-life balance was confused. However, as I began to structure my time, I saw a significant improvement.
I have set office hours and within those hours, I equally designate time for content creation, promotion, and education. Why? Because the more I learn, the more money I seem to make.
Encouragement from an Expert
I think fear of failure is what holds most people back. It’s certainly held me back for a long time. I do make a full-time income blogging, but I’ve had to take lots of death leaps and try lots of things to be successful. This is absolutely not a sales pitch, and I get nothing monetarily from encouraging you guys… But what Tabitha has created here is an absolute goldmine of resources. If you push yourself, it very well could be a catalyst to your success. Yes, it will take some money, some time, and a lot of energy and effort. However, you cannot be successful in blogging by being passive. Blogging takes full force contact every day to be successful.
Jamerrill Stewart, Free Homeschool Deals
Blogging is never easy. It’s not a “get rich quick” business. You will struggle. You will be faced with tough decisions. Your business will be full of risk.
But it is the most fulfilling experience… growing a blog… building a business… supplementing your family’s income… and changing your life.