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I’m one of the many young-trepreneurs that turned my hobbies into a business.

In Collabation with alldayPA It’s the dream. isn’t it? Turning your hobby into a business. I’m one of the many people who have been able…

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In Collabation with alldayPA

It’s the dream. isn’t it? Turning your hobby into a business. I’m one of the many people who have been able to do this. Let me tell you my story.

Why I started this blog

I might not be classed as ‘young’ anymore – as I’m now in my mid-30s. But when I started this website 10 years ago, I was fresh-faced and ready to achieve my big dreams.

If I’m frank with you – and I will be honest – I didn’t start blogging to make money. I have been online for most of my life in some capacity. On forums, DeviantArt, LiveJournal, and YouTube. I’ve always felt a need to have a creative space online to express myself and I explored many avenues with this – such as poetry, photo manipulations, and vlogging and then, in 2012, I started this blog.

My goal has always been to be an active member of a community. I wanted connections and acknowledgement. As someone who has always struggled to make connections in real life, this was a perfect solution for me. I wanted to be seen and feel important in a safe way. Safe, for me, was being behind a screen.

I started this blog as a fashion blog. I would read hundreds of blogs a week and comment on them, enjoying getting comments in return. Then I started to notice that some bloggers were getting free items and making money. I wanted to be a part of that, too.

Putting in the work

When I realised I could make money or get free things, I started learning all about being successful at blogging. I learnt about SEO and improved my photography and website design. I started working on different content and I put a lot of hours into this website and growing on social media.

It wasn’t all easy. At the time, I was a manager at Tesco working awful shifts. All my free time was spent blogging and for 5 years, I blogged every single day. I was not getting paid, but still putting in the work. I dreamt of being able to leave my job and be a full-time blogger. It felt like something I could do but also felt so far away.

Although I wasn’t getting any income from all the work I was putting in, I managed to stay motivated due to the community who engaged in my content. I even made friends who I met up with in real life.

After a couple of years, I was getting sent a lot of free things and earning a bit of money here and there. It wasn’t until 2017 that I had my first month earning over £1000. I think I had three in a row and I considered leaving my job, or even going part-time but I was always too scared to make the change.

Being self-employed comes with the benefits of freedom, flexibility and not having to answer to a boss. But it also has unstable income, no pension, no paid holidays and no sick or maternity pay.

My monthly earnings balanced out a bit after I moved in with my husband. I wasn’t working on my blog as much, I was still earning a decent amount for a second income but wasn’t growing. But that’s okay, I was enjoying a new relationship and the money I made blogging allowed us to save for the deposit on our home.

Making a full-time income

It wasn’t until I had my baby in 2020 that things changed. When he was around 3 months old, it became apparent that I didn’t want to go back to my job (still at Tesco, but working for head office).

I actually really loved my job at the time, it was the best one I’ve had during my 19 years at Tesco. But I also loved my son and I didn’t want to put him in nursery 5 days a week (not saying that those who do, don’t love their child! I’m just saw an opportunity to spend more time with mine and went with it). My job also required some flexibility and evenings/weekends on call and I just didn’t see how it would align with nursery care.

I spoke to my husband and we decided that if I was able to start earning good money again, I wouldn’t go back to work. So I worked hard for the next few months, but thankfully I already had previous contacts and was able to increase my income pretty quickly.

Now I often earn more each month than the job I left. Sometimes it’s less but sometimes it’s a lot more. I have 8 websites now that all make money (some much less than others) and I also have a freelance copywriting job which is something I’d like to build on when Leo starts nursery.

Although I put in a lot of work the first few years, I am reaping the rewards now. I work about 5-10 hours a week and spend my days with my boy. My husband is a teacher, so we can spend all the school holidays together as a family – something we wouldn’t have been able to do before as it’s always hard to book a holiday from work during school holidays as lots of people want it.

It’s took me 8 years to get to that point. Some people can create their own business much quicker, but don’t be worried if it’s not like that for you. Put the work in and you will get a return on your time investment later down the line.

A lot of people think I am lucky to be able to do this, but it was a lot of hard work at the start. Although I am thankful I can work for myself and spend more time with my child, it wasn’t luck.

Do you want to start your own business? Get some inspiration from this alldayPA study which looks at 30 young entrepreneurs and how they have been able to build a business in different industries.

8 comments

  1. This is the most real story of a successful blogger I have read. Most bloggers offer a lot of advice on how to make quick money from blogging as if it does not require any effort.
    I actively started blogging this year and focused on writing and posting one blog per day to refine my writing skills.
    I want to learn more about SEO and digital marketing but I am not sure if I have the skills to market my blog and manage my finances.

  2. This is a very inspirational post! Success looks differently to everyone and for many people it does take some time to get to you where you want to be. Congrats on everything you’ve achieved so far 🙂

  3. Awesome! What an inspiring story. I’m also trying to do the same thing now. I want to make creative writing and art my full-time career. I just launched my first novel last August. And I hope to continue this journey.

  4. it’s refreshing to hear that if takes time to earn money for blogging. It’s not this overnight thing some bloggers like to advertise. It happens to some, but a lot of times it takes years. I’m like you where I also love having a creative space like my blog & social media to express myself.

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