I know, right? Isn’t that supposed to be everyone’s goal? Especially for someone who blogs about blogging. Massive betrayal to the “blog your way to 6 figures in 6 months” crowd here 🙂
So why don’t I want to quit my job & blog full time?
My main reason is fairly personal in that I’m the sole income earner for my household and a carer. I need a stable income. And the most immediate form of stable income is still a job, above all else.
I am not a fan of something I’ve seen recommended around the internet in some circles. The people who call you trapped by a day job, who say quit because then you “have” to make it work. When I’ve seen a business owner do that, you can see the desperation in their sales. They sell more than they give value. And I honestly doubt it works for most people.
Update: Oh yeah, and I actually like my “day job”. I know that’s super uncool to “admit”.
The other thing I think about a lot is pricing of the courses and books and services. While I want to make money from this website, I also don’t think there is a lot of success in pricing myself out of the market. It’s why I launched (old info alert!) my former eCourse Contentum Creatio as pay what you want (usually $75), it’s why I have my Time Management for bloggers eBook at an affordable $7.
Update: Both books now available here.
Staying IN a different also industry helps to keep you aware of the prevailing attitudes and limitations and challenges of your possible clients. None of what I do in day jobs has to do with blogging, writing or social media. And I like that, in a way. It lets me know what people outside of blogging think. It lets me be distracted from blogging, and that’s often when I get most ideas.
The other year, I was working only part time and I technically had days free each week to blog. And you know what happened? I did LESS blogging. I get a heap more blogging done now that I work full time, even being out of the house 11-12 hours per day. I think that for me, having a limited time makes me more productive, as well as the above part of having more ideas.
It’s not what some “experts” will sell you as the ideal blogging life, but it is what works for me. And that’s what counts.
Do you want to blog full time?