I’ve been a full-time affiliate marketer for several years now, but I had my fair share of crummy jobs before I found this dream gig. From retail sales to minimum wage security jobs to making cold calls all day and even driving a truck across the country, I’ve tried a lot. For each job I had, I would always say things like, “if I only ran this company things would go way smoother around here!”
With my “typical jobs” I never got caught up in the office politics and didn’t have much of a desire to wine and dine clients. When I worked at Best Buy and Radio Shack, I didn’t want to sell extended warranties or (get this) magazine subscriptions when people weren’t buying anything even closely related to a magazine (that drove me nuts).
I sure as heck wasn’t willing to put my life on the line at my $8.50 / hr security job. While I did enjoy traveling as a truck driver, being away from home for 4 to 6 (or more) weeks at a time was only slightly worse than working 70 to 80hr workweeks while living in something the size of a walk-in-closet.
These days, things are much different. I live a dream life. I’m my own boss, I set my own hours, and I’m making more than I ever did at any of my previous jobs. Listed below is what I consider to be the top 10 reasons why it totally ROCKS to be a blogger.
#10: No Alarm Clocks
I haven’t had to wake up to the sound of an alarm clock in years. That is one thing I hated about having a “regular” job. I was expected to work on someone else’s terms. When I wake up at 6:00am so I can shower, fight traffic, and get to work by 8:00am, my entire day just drags. I can barely keep my eyes open and if there was a meeting, I didn’t hear a thing. In the winter time, I’d have to fight traffic before the sun even rose, and then by the time I left work to fight rush hour all the way home, it was dark again. I hardly ever got to see the sun. For this and other reasons, I was falling deeper into depression.
These days, I wake up when my body is good and ready. Sometimes I get up early, other days I sleep until 10 or 11am. It doesn’t really matter, because I’m the boss, and I give myself permission to work whenever I’m good and ready.
#9: Unlimited Vacation Days
Unlimited might be a bit of an overstatement. If you take 365 vacation days per year, you won’t be a professional blogger for very long. But consider this real life scenario…
As I write this, I am sitting in my brand new travel trailer in the rocky mountains. I can work from everywhere, and I choose to work where most people vacation. Every day of my life is spent in a vacation paradise. But that’s not all.
Since I’ve been traveling around so much, I haven’t been back to my hometown in Chicago for several months. So tomorrow, I am going to fly home for one week. During that week, I will not be working. But guess what? You’ll still see 3 new blog posts show up on this site while I’m gone. I wrote them ahead of time and simply scheduled them to post at a later date. So, when I leave, not only will I continue to get paid, but my business will continue to grow and function as if I never left.
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#8: No Office Politics
When I was in my sales job, I didn’t have a chance at being a top sales person. For starters, I was selling something I didn’t know much about and I didn’t truly believe in what I was selling. But even if I did love what I was selling, I just wasn’t extroverted enough. I didn’t like going to after work functions. When I was allowed to leave work, I wanted to go home and have a beer, not stand around talking about business with my boss and co-workers. I wasn’t a “team player” and didn’t get involved in all the office gossip. Seriously, office buildings are worse than high schools sometimes!
As a full-time blogger, I never have to worry about getting involved with office politics, because my office is in my home (or rather, in my travel trailer where I’m sitting now). While I do hire freelancers from time to time, I do not have any co-workers and never have to report to a boss. I operate out of a drama-free zone.
#7: Bloggers Can Go To The Store At Noon On A Wednesday
Or any other time I want. As I mentioned before, I am currently living in my travel trailer deep in the rocky mountains of Colorado. Not only is it an hour drive to town, but the nearest town gets absolutely packed on the weekends with shoppers. So, ever Wednesday I make my weekly run into town when things are much less busy.
I know this might seem trivial, but every time I go to the store during the middle of a weekday, I remember how fortunate I am. Having the freedom to shop whenever I want and avoid the weekend rush is a great reminder of how awesome professional blogging is.
#6: Take Your Dog To Work Day Is EVERY DAY
Being able to be with my dog nearly 24/7 is so awesome. I’m not a parent, but if you are, you could easily replace this one with “I get to stay home with my kids all day”. It’s not just having my dog around while I work that makes me happy, though. If it’s an exceptionally beautiful day outside, I can easily say “screw it, I’m going for a hike.” I’ll grab the dog and away we go, totally spur of the moment. I can easily make up the lost day by working in the evening or on a weekend. I actually do that anyway since I really enjoy what I do for a living.
#5: Professional Bloggers Save A Ton Of Money
In addition to earning a great income, I save a ton of money as well. Most weeks, I only drive my truck once or twice so I can go to the store or see a friend. Not only am I saving a lot in gas money, but I’m putting hardly any miles on my truck, limiting the wear and tear.
If that wasn’t enough, I’m saving a ton on food expenses. If you’re the type of person who packs a lunch each day before you go to work, this probably won’t be a big money-saver for you. But for those who are as lazy as me and buy lunch everyday from the cafeteria or go out for lunch, you will see enormous savings. As an affiliate marketer, my kitchen is only steps away. Since I’m not going out to eat as often, I’ve also lost weight which is a huge plus.
#4: Bloggers Turn Hobbies Into A Careers
Becoming a professional blogger does take some time and effort. Anyone who tells you that blogging is quick and easy is probably trying to sell you an ebook or get-rich-quick “training course.” However, most bloggers are able to blog about topics they already know and love. For example, I have a website about sharks, a topic I love to write about (SharkSider.com). Developing that website wasn’t hard work – I had a blast building it! Being able to teach people how to legitimately make money online is also incredibly fun and exciting for me, which is why I began this website. No matter what skills, interests, passions, or hobbies you have, there is always something you can write about that you will make you money while you enjoy every second of it.
#3: Bloggers Truly Help People
Think about how you personally use the internet. If you’re like me, every single day you visit multiple websites about multiple different topics. You might go to Facebook to connect with your friends or you might visit Amazon.com to make a purchase. But you probably also visit websites just to learn information about a particular topic.
That’s where bloggers come into play. A professional blogger will find a topic they know and love or even find a topic they wish to learn more about. After developing a good strategy for their blog and planning out each article they will write, the information gathering and presenting begins. The more information a blogger shares with the world, the more people will find their site. Any website that attains 1,000 or more visitors per day can earn a substantial income if done right. So, everybody wins. Information seekers win because they are finding high quality blog articles about the exact info they are searching for. And, bloggers win, because a small percentage of those visitors may make a purchase from an affiliate link or click on display advertising. The perfect business model. That’s the power of the C–>T–>P–>M process.
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#2: Expenses Are Less Than $100 Per Month
Your expenses as an affiliate marketer will be less than $100 per month. Now, many professional affiliate marketers do choose to re-invest their earnings into expansion and growth, myself included. But when you first start out, all it takes is about $30 per month and a willingness to learn. From there, you invest your TIME instead of your MONEY (both are valuable).
Even though it does take some time and effort to become a professional blogger, the prospects of getting involved in this business can be mind blowing. When in history has it been possible for the average person to be able to start a legitimate business, from home, in their spare time, without any prior knowledge or training in the industry. I went from earning less than $40,000 per year as a truck driver to earning over $100,000 per year within the 2nd year of running my business. What a ride it has been.
#1: Income Is Residual
When a professional blogger creates a blog post, magic happens. Let’s take this exact blog post for example. I wrote this post in roughly 1 hour. And yet, you might be reading this blog post years after I wrote it. In other words, for each blog article I write, I will attract more visitors to my website not just once, but over and over again. Growth becomes exponential. And while I work on this website, my other 6 websites are still out there making me money 24/7/365. Blog posts never call in sick, never go on vacation, and never stop driving free leads to my websites. Things just grow and grow, including my revenues, profits, and bank accounts.
Ever think you could make as much money as a doctor or lawyer? You can. In fact, you can make much more.
You see… even doctors and lawyers get paid in exchange for their time. A doctor and a lawyer only has so many hours in a week to work with. That means, their salary is capped to some extent.
Not with a professional blogger. A blog will earn you revenue while you sleep, go on vacation, or watch your kids baseball game. True, the more you work, the more you’ll make. But, there isn’t a cap and you’re not going to lose money just because you wake up and don’t feel like working one day.
Residual income is extremely powerful. Making money separate from your time is how the truly rich can become rich.
Can you become rich as a blogger? Absolutely. Many people have become millionaires as bloggers. Other bloggers do it for fun, part time, and simply allow their blogging revenues to pay their car payment or mortgage. It’s really up to you and the amount of effort you put into it. Millions within the first year? Probably not. Millions within the first 5 years? That’s more than achievable, even if you hare starting with absolutely zero knowledge of blogging, developing websites, or marketing. And this can all be done for cheap.
The internet has truly changed the world. Are you a part of it?