How I Became A Full-Time Blogger In Less Than 1 Year

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How do you make money blogging, especially in the beginning? How long does it take to reach full-time status?

Today, we’re talking to Tiffany from Beautiful Dawn Designs where she answers your most asked questions about blogging as a profitable business.

Blogging isn’t easy. Most people end up quitting because they start a blog thinking it’ll be super easy. It’s hard work, but so worth it!

Side Note From Alexis: Tiffany and I have been internet best friends for years. We knew each other when I was making NOTHING from my blog, so it’s so exciting to see where we’re both at now. She is one of the kindest people I know. If you need blogging tips and inspiration, definitely check out her blog at BeautifulDawnDesigns.

Actionable Advice: Before we begin, take action now and download the free How To Start A Profitable Blog PDF and learn how to monetize your blog from the beginning, how to save time and money when blogging, and the #1 resource I recommend to new bloggers. 

1. What made you want to start your blog?

Before I started blogging, I was a custom blog designer, and I sold premade WordPress themes for women.

Business was pretty good back then because I was one of only a handful of people creating feminine blog designs.

As time went on, though, my market became more saturated, and I noticed both my traffic and income start to decrease.

I started exploring ways to grow my traffic and income and came across articles talking about the importance of blogging for your business.

So I decided to give it a try, and it has been the best thing I’ve ever done to grow my business.

2. How many hours per week do you work on your blog?

I spent the last two years working to make my blogging income mostly passive.

It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

After putting in the work up front, I’m now able to spend around 10 hours per week on my blog to keep things running smoothly.

3. How did you make money when you first started your blog?

When I first started blogging, I was making the majority of my money by offering custom blog design services and selling WordPress themes.

I think that creating your products or offering a service is one of the best ways to make money with your blog. Especially in the beginning.

When starting, you probably won’t get a lot of traffic to your blog, so making money with ads, or with affiliate marketing may be a challenge. I’ve found those income streams to be heavily based on how much traffic you receive.

When you’re selling your own products or offering a service, you can sell your offerings, even if you don’t have a large audience.

I was earning around $30,000 a year with my products and design services.

Side Note From Alexis: If you’re ready to create and sell digital products, I recommend Six-Figure Blogger. This is the course I am using to scale my income to the next level by creating products. You learn literally everything you need to know to make six figures on your blog by selling digital products and services. This course is not for brand new bloggers, but intermediate bloggers. 

4. What’s your #1 tip for someone who wants to start a blog and turn it into a profitable business?

My number one tip for someone who wants to start a profitable blog is to find an untapped niche.

An untapped niche is a niche where there isn’t a lot of people doing it. I believe that the biggest opportunities for bloggers are in the untapped niches.

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers think that the key to blogging successfully is by selling marketing advice to other bloggers/entrepreneurs.

However, the fact is that the majority of the people in this world are not bloggers or entrepreneurs. They are people who are looking for information or products that have to do with their everyday lives or interests. They want to know “how to start a garden” or “how to declutter their home.”

These are the areas where you have an excellent opportunity to start a profitable blog.

5. How long did it take you to reach full-time status?

I was able to reach full-time status in my first year. When I first started my business, I had just graduated from college, so for me full-time meant being able to make at least $20,000 a year.

I told myself that if I could earn $20,000 in a year, then I would be “legit.”

So when I hit the $20,000 mark in less than a year, I decided that this is what I would be doing full-time.

Side Note From Alexis: Tiffany created The Blogging Blueprint, which teaches aspiring bloggers, how to grow a successful blog and earn a full-time living from it. This course is packed with useful info such as getting started, content creation, social media strategies, Pinterest, SEO, making money, and a lot more. Check out the full class curriculum here

6. How do you make money from your blog now?

I’m currently making money three ways:

I offer my own products (WordPress themes, blogging course, and a printable blog planner), ads, and affiliate marketing.

7. Do you think it’s still possible to start and grow a successful blog in 2019?

Absolutely! But I think the key is to try to find those untapped niches that I talked about earlier.

If you have a self-sustaining homestead, you can create a blog that gives people free homestead advice, or you could create a course that teaches people self-sufficiency.

You could create a homestead cookbook. The list goes on and on.

8. What’s your best time management tip for building a business?  

Can I share two things?

(1) Eliminate all distractions, and (2) work on one thing at a time. I wish I followed this advice more often myself.

I’ve found that my most productive days are the days when I’ve written down the things I need to accomplish for that day, eliminate any distractions, and tackle my tasks one at a time.

I often find myself getting distracted with YouTube, checking in on my Facebook group, or some other random distraction. You can accomplish a lot more if you stay focused on the task at hand.

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9. What’s something you’re most proud of from your business?

The thing I’m most proud of is that I’ve been able to help others achieve their dreams.

My number one goal has always been to be a great resource for women who want to achieve their dream of having their own blog, whether it be for fun or professionally.

I’ve been able to do that with Beautiful Dawn Designs, and it’s honestly been a dream come true for me.

10. What are you currently working on in your business?

I’m not working on anything new for Beautiful Dawn Designs; however, I am currently working on a new blog. I’m following my advice and digging into the untapped niche markets.

While I love helping others grow their blogs, I have other interests as well.

I want to share my knowledge on those topics with the people who are looking for it. It’s been really fun working on a new project!

11. Share where we can learn more from you.

You can connect with me in my Facebook Group, The Blogging Blueprint Community. This community is for bloggers who are ready and motivated to start, grow, and monetize their blogs. I would love to chat with you!

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. This turned out fantastic. Thank you so much for interviewing me! 🙂

    1. Thanks for being so helpful!

  2. Your story is very inspiring Tiffany!

    You often hear about bloggers saving 6-12 months of expenses to quit their jobs and blog full-time. But it’s not often that a blogger starts out their blogging career by selling their own products. Normally bloggers (like myself) start with ads and affiliate marketing—before moving onto selling their own products!

    Anyway, thanks for answering the interview questions, and good luck with your future niche sites!

  3. I enjoy reading about the success others have had in blogging. It gives me the push to continue trying even in trying times. Keep up the good work ladies.

  4. This is inspirational as I am in my early stages of blogging.

    I would like to add my thoughts with respect to the ‘untapped’ niche. Through my personal experience, when I started blogging (Jan this year) I was blogging on a ‘tapped’ niche (blogging) and a friend advised me to switch to an ‘untapped’ niche and I did but I failed the blog due to the fact that I wasn’t passionate about the niche.

    I ended up starting over again (on a tapped niche) so I think what matters is your passion when it comes to choosing a perfect niche. I agree that you will not quickly earn income but I think it’s best to do what you are passionate about regardless of the competition then money comes in naturally.

    I like the idea of offering services I think that way you will not have to worry about the competition since you will be earning a good income from your blog

    I am Tiffany’s huge fan and I really enjoyed your interview! I am happy to discover Alexis’ blog it’s my first time here

    Thanks for your help Alexis and Tiffany

    1. When your blog and business is your passion – it definitely helps and makes the process much more enjoyable.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂 Tiffany is amazing!

    2. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Sharon! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview.

      I agree that passion can play a huge part in your success. When it comes to untapped niches, I definitely recommend choosing a niche that interests you. Otherwise, as you mentioned, you have a higher chance of abandoning your blog, because the passion isn’t there.

  5. Hi Tiffany, from a fellow Tiffany. 🙂 I found your tips very helpful. Thanks for sharing your story!

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