This is a guest post by Jimena from My Little Green Car.
Life is so wonderful! Just a couple of months ago I was binge reading posts from Alexis, and now I’m writing one. Writing a post on Fitnancials was actually one of my goals when I started My Little Green Car. And the cherry on top is the fact that I’m writing about something I love and that has changed my life and that’s blogging.
I’m not a techie, nor especially smart, but I do know how frightening it can be to start a blog. And that’s true for almost everybody, but it’s especially true for people in their 20’s. Believe me, I know. I’m 24 myself. But you shouldn’t be afraid.
It’s precisely because you’re young that your blog has enormous potential. There’re many reasons why starting a blog is a wonderful idea, but it’s even a better deal for younger people. That’s exactly what we’re going talk about in this post.
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These are the 9 reasons why you should start a blog before you’re 30!
1. You won’t find a better time
I’m sure you have a lot of stuff going on in your life. And you’re probably right. But even though you think you are swamped right now, you probably won’t find a better time than your 20’s to start a blog.
You might want to get married in the future, have kids, travel the world, etc. And those are wonderful things! But that means that you won’t have as much free time to get started.
The time is now. Just think about it – if you cut your Youtube or Netflix time by 20 minutes a day. That’s over 121 hours a year you can put into your blog. Believe me, with that much time, your blog could be having thousands of visitors and making a pretty decent amount of money.
2. It’s inexpensive
There are so many cool things you can do in your 20’s it’s hard to decide. However, not that many are as inexpensive as blogging.
It’s very inexpensive because you only need a laptop (you probably already have one) and an internet connection (the one you’re using right now works). After that, you can start with as little as $5 a month.
And your blog could easily make $5 a month in no time, so your blog could pay for itself or even make some extra money for a new phone or computer. The cost just isn’t a problem.
3. You can blog from home
Do you know where you’ll be living in 10 years? Probably not. You could end up moving to another city or country because of a job opportunity, or because you got married. But that’s ok! You can blog from anywhere in the world. I’m currently living in Spain and I might move again to the US next year. It’s the most flexible job ever.
And since you just need your laptop to blog, you can do it while sitting on your couch. No more traffic jams, no need to commute. Your job is right where your laptop is.
I love it because it allows me to spend time with my family. And that’s the most important thing in the world to me.
4. Earning potential with Passive Income.
I honestly don’t know how much money you’ll make if you start a blog because that depends on a variety of factors. However, it’s a fact that many bloggers make a lot of money. Way more money than they would earn on most jobs. Alexis made over $80,000 last year.
But it’s not just about the money. It’s about “how” you make that money. A successful blog behaves basically just like any business. You don’t trade time for money. You set up a system that allows you to collect money from then on. That’s what we call Passive Income.
Say you write a post that’s making $20 a month (on average). That’s doesn’t seem like a lot, right?. But what if you wrote one post a week.
In a month you would’ve made $200, in 3 months $1,820, in 6 months $7,020 and in 1 year $27,560!
How is that possible? Because it’s passive income! You’re making money from the posts you’re writing, but also from the posts you wrote in the past. And so, the growth is exponential.
Here is a chart:
That’s why you have to start young! The sooner you start, the sooner your blog will start making real money!
Related: 7 Real Ways To Make Money Blogging
5. You can start part-time
Some of you might be studying, some of you might be working. Some of you might be studying and working. Whatever the case is, blogging is something that’s compatible with almost every work or class schedule.
You are your own boss and you can publish whenever you want and with whatever frequency you desire. And although it might get longer to grow your audience, you’ll eventually start getting more and more visitors.
As a matter of fact, most successful bloggers started their blogs while they had full-time jobs and then their blog grew so much that they were able to quit their jobs. Isn’t that amazing!?
6. It’s a lot of fun
This has been a surprise to me, but people are so welcoming when you start a blog. Other bloggers are very nice and willing to collaborate. It’s a very encouraging and supportive community.
And when you receive your first email from one of your readers… wow! It’s a very emotional moment. That’s the moment you realize how much you’re helping others. And nothing beats that feeling! I’m having so much fun meeting people online, it’s simply amazing.
To be honest, this has been super important to me, because I’m a very introvert person. I don’t talk too much in person, so I found in my writing a way to express myself. That might not be your case, but if you’re an introvert, I recommend reading Alexis’ post on How To Run A Business With An Introvert Personality and it helped me a lot! It was very helpful and inspiring!
7. Learning potential
Starting a blog is not hard. Not at all! But you need to get used to a couple of tools. Those tools are super simple to use for someone who is used to everyday technology like using Gmail, your phone, etc.
If you’re a young person, you probably don’t even remember having to learn how to use those tools. They’re simply intuitive.
That’s exactly what’s going to happen once you sign up for hosting. I don’t know a thing about code or programming and I already have 3 blogs online.
8. Prepare for success in your 30s
This is more an empirical fact rather than a logical argument. But the truth is that most bloggers have success in their 30’s. Which means that they had to start sooner.
Just do the following test. Find out when your favorite bloggers started their blogs and you’ll see that most of them started somewhere in their 20’s and have had success in their 30’s. It’s because of that exponential curve we saw earlier!
9. It takes just 10 minutes to get started
Last but not least… it’s extremely easy to get started. So much in fact, that you could start in just 10 minutes. Although those ten minutes are just enough to set up your blog, you’ll need more time to create your first posts and get everything up and running.
You can take a look Alexis’ resources page for different ways to get started. I also created a challenge to help people start the right way. I call it the 21 Days Challenge. For 21 days you’ll receive an email with instructions on what you have to do that day. In 21 days you’ll have your own brand, with your own domain, your custom design, everything. And it’s a FREE challenge, so anyone can join.
I honestly think anyone can be successful in blogging. I did it myself! Why not you? If you’ve read this far you are clearly thinking about starting a blog. Take action! You won’t regret it!
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