Side hustles are all the rage right now. From drop shipping to MLM schemes, there’s tons of options when it comes to making money on the side from your day job. Obviously my side hustle is blogging. I never realised when I started this blog of mine what sort of income could be made and that’s why I’m here to share with you the five reasons you should start blogging as your side hustle and start earning some extra pennies.
1. There’s very few outgoings
When it comes to blogging, you barely need to outlay any cash to get started. Forget about buying premises, shop front signs and other infrastructure. All you need is a laptop, a hosting package and the inclination to get started.
As the years have gone on, I have found that I spend more and more on my business. Premium hosting is much more important to me than it was as the beginning and as the workload has grown I’ve started outsourcing some of the tasks to virtual assistants, but in those first few years, your outgoings will be minimal.
2. You can work from anywhere in the world
A blog can be run from absolutely anywhere in the world, giving you flexibility if you want to travel or move away. Obviously for me we have no plans to move as we have bought our forever home and the kids are happy in their respective nursery and school, but if we want to get away for a couple of weeks, I don’t need to worry about not having visibility on my business.
3. There are multiple income streams
There isn’t just one way to make money through blogging, most bloggers I know have multiple income streams. This is important because you shouldn’t just be relying on one method of income as you never know when it’ll be taken away. Having a blog allows you to earn money through:
- Advertising revenue
- Sponsored posts promoting brands
- Affiliate income
- Social media posts promoting brands
- Selling your own goods and services
I make the majority of my income from the first two areas, but I know that if I want to exponentially grow I need to start making money through affiliates and selling my own services. Definitely one for the not so near future!
4. The support is endless
There are hundreds of blogging groups on Facebook that can help, no matter your niche. Whether you need help with your SEO, need to up your Pinterest game or are looking for help in boosting engagement, there is a group for you. Some of my favourites include:
- Make Traffic Happen
- Women in Marketing
- Sisters in SEO
5. The skills you’ll learn will take you far
Before I started blogging, I had no idea about social media management or SEO and now, nearly five years later, I am a digital marketing expert who does this for a living in my day job. Without blogging I’d have been stuck for work after being made redundant after having my second baby, but instead I now work for an amazing digital marketing agency as an account manager.
So, what do you reckon? Will you start blogging as your side hustle?!