I have a fun interview for you today featuring Christine from The Mostly Simple Life. Christine has become a great friend of mine and I know you guys are going to find her interview so helpful!
Find out what made Christine want to start a blog, how she made money in the beginning, how long it took her to go full-time on her blog, and a lot of other helpful information.
Blogging isn’t for everyone. You do lots of free work in the beginning without getting paid anything at all. Those of us that stick it out for the long haul get to see the amazing benefits blogging as a business has. Let’s find out if it’s for you!
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1. What made you want to start your blog?
I was working full-time at a boring office job and wanted to do something interesting and creative with my free time.
Money was insanely tight back then, and I had dreams that I could make a little extra money each month to give us some financial breathing room.
In the back of my mind, I hoped that I could turn blogging into my full-time job, but I didn’t even want to admit that dream to myself.
2. How many hours per week do you work on your blog?
My best guess is 20-25 hours per week on average.
Side Note: Find ways to save time blogging here.
3. How did you make money when you first started your blog?
I first started making money with affiliate marketing.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the first investment I made in my blogging education, and it paid for itself almost immediately!
4. What’s your #1 tip for someone who wants to start a blog and turn it into a profitable business?
There is no “perfect” anything.
I see a lot of people wanting their site to look perfect, have their writing and photos be perfect, and always want to make the perfect decisions.
But perfect doesn’t really exist in blogging.
Things are always changing and you’re always making adjustments and improvements.
If you try to do only perfect work, you won’t do anything at all.
Do imperfect work and get it out into the world so that you can make some money!
5. How long did it take you to reach full-time status?
It took me two years to get to the point where I was consistently making the same or more than what I did working full time, but I actually quit my job well before that.
We had to move for my husband’s job after I had been blogging for a little over a year, so I quit my job and focused all of my attention on my blog even though it wasn’t providing much income at the time.
6. How do you make money from your blog now
I make the bulk of my money through ads because I get a good amount of page views.
The other big chunks come from affiliate marketing and selling my own digital products.
7. Do you think it’s still possible to start and grow a successful blog in 2019?
Absolutely! Online content has never been more popular and easy to access.
You just have to start!
8. What’s your best time management tip for building a business?
Time blocking. I plan out every week with time blocking so that I know exactly what I need to focus on during each part of the day.
It also gives me deadlines to get things done.
If I’ve only blocked out 1 hour to write and schedule an email, then I have to get it done in that amount of time, and I usually do!
I’ve had projects that I assumed would take weeks only take one afternoon because I focused and gave myself a deadline with time blocking.
I explain a whole lot more about how to use time blocking here.
9. What’s something you’re most proud of from your business?
I’m proud of my income.
It’s not all that impressive compared to a lot of other bloggers, but before blogging, I was stuck in low skill, low paying jobs.
The fact that I’ve been able to build to my business to where I make more than I did full time, I get to work from home, and I love what I do every day is just dreamy.
10. What are you currently working on in your business?
I’m working on my first course about saving money on groceries as well as a set of budgeting printables!
Both have involved learning all kinds of new things and stretching out of my comfort zone in exciting ways.
11. Share where we can learn more from you.
Instagram is my favorite social media! You can check out my Instagram here.
I post about budgeting, meal planning, goal setting, creating healthier habits, and more. (Plus, my dog Mozzie is basically the superstar of my Instagram account).
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