I went full-time on the blog for a very short stint and yet I’m still always asked what advice do I have for a blogger thinking about going full-time. I know I’m not an expert, but I can tell you what I learned going full-time on the blog for 6 months.
I’m not going to lie, I was very nervous and super skeptical myself. I had a very unique situation and in my case I just had to jump into the deep end and learn how to swim. Below are a few pieces of advice I have for those wanting to go full time.
No seriously, SAVE! Unless you’re part of the fortunate few that has a significant other supporting them or mommy and daddy you’re gonna wanna save your money. In my personal opinion I’d recommend saving up 4-6 months worth of rent and bills. If you come from having a full-time job there are so many more expenses you accrue that you never really thought about. For example you now have to pay your health insurance which is not cheap. Something to take into consideration is not seeing that bi-monthly paycheck. Most influencer campaigns pay Net 30 and most Net 60. So, don’t expect to get paid right away after you post and publish a campaign. I can’t stress this enough….save.
Now is not the time to sit back and wait for jobs to come to you. You have to go out and find them. This is where you start networking your ass off. If you’re shy, don’t be because you can’t be. Ask every brand and agency rep you know to get coffee, collect business cards at events, and follow up/schedule as many meetings as possible. There are thousands of influencers out there so you need to get in front of people to make sure they remember who you are and why they want to work with you. Don’t get into a habit of being lazy and remember to hustle everyday.
These days there are SO many influencer marketing platforms. We’re so fortunate to have a variety of companies that can connect us to the brands. With that said, join em all. The more platforms you join, the more campaign opportunities you’ll get.
Try and stay positive as best as you can. Switching to full-time blogging isn’t easy at first. It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Some months are good and others not so great. It will be okay though and I promise it will get better. Also try and remember not to compare yourself to others. It’s going to be tough when you see your blogger besties getting campaigns and you are not. It’s okay, there will be a time when the shoe is on the other foot and they don’t get that fun collabs you did. Stay positive, hustle, and remember you’re following your dream.
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