Blogging isn’t something that has always been considered as a job. If we take a peek back to 2013 when Copper Garden first started, blogging couldn’t generate an income and was purely a community of likeminded people posting their outfits and beauty purchases online. I had my blog purely as a form of procrastination and a way to document my outfits, as did many other girls. To this day it still baffles me that the day I decided to create a website was the day that I unknowingly created myself a job for the future. Crazy right?
I have now been a blogging full time for a year and as much as I wouldn’t change it for the world, the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about what being a ‘full time blogger’ means to me. Every time someone asks me how I managed to take my blog to full time status, I think back to all the things that I wish someone had told me when I made the decision. There are a few taboo subjects between bloggers such as money, difficult times, etc so it can often be difficult to talk to people who have been through the change themselves.
So whether you’ve come to this post from an internet browse or because you’ve asked me for some advice.. here are a few things that I wish I knew before taking my blog full time..
Freelance life isn’t easy.
A big part of freelance life is being able to accept the sporadic payments. You could be paid once in a month or twenty times, payments could be big or small – it varies each month. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and couldn’t do anything better, but even if I’m financially okay and have money in the bank, going a few days without landing a collaboration scares me. And knowing payments are late scares me even more (trust me, it happens more than you think).
I might do a whole blogpost on this but being your own boss means the confidence needs to follow. As a freelancer/blogger/youtuber you need quite thick skin too. I have recently fallen into my step and found a place that I love which has boosted my confidence and I now fully know my worth but it took a while to get to this point.
Days off are few and far between.
I watched a Saccone-Jolys video last week where Anna mentioned the fact that working from home takes away from maternity leave and it really got me thinking (and no, I am not pregnant.. bare with me). Blogging doesn’t allow for days off in the same way that other jobs might. A holiday abroad is still work, weekends are still work and pretty much every part of your life is part of your job so its difficult to step away for a few days. If I step away for a week to go on holiday, my posts and videos are scheduled so nothing falls behind and still update my social media daily. Yep, technically still working but as I do a job that I completely love.. it doesn’t feel like work!
Networking can be your best friend.
Whether its meeting up with blogger friends, having coffee with brands or attending various events – networking is a great way to keep working but also give yourself a break. Working from home can be lonely sometimes and its nice to get out of the house but feel like you’re still doing something work related! Spending time with other bloggers is a great way to bounce around ideas and discuss business-y things too because they understand things from the same perspective.
You’ll have way less time than you think.
Its an automatic assumption that when a blog is your sole focus, you have all of the time in the world to create amazing content. I honestly wish this was the case, but its the opposite! Admin takes up a lot of my time with endless emails, invoices, taxes, collaboration work and general life admin. I tidy my house a lot more now that I work from home because I like to have a clean environment to help me focus! All of the actual content creation like editing videos, shooting blog pictures and the likes are a luxury to my days. I try to get this kind of stuff done three times a week at least but sometimes its tricky!
Its more rewarding than you could imagine.
The fact that you’ve built an entire job role and brand for yourself is very rewarding.. and I don’t mean financially. When I look back over my previous blogposts, it always shocks me to notice that the quality of my writing, style of my photography and overall professionalism improve. I never dreamed that this website would become a financially stable job but it is and I’m so grateful. I’m working to my own clock doing something I love and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There are a million other things that I could add to this list but for now, I’m going to halt at five because I think I’ve been quite broad. There might be a sequel to this post in a few weeks because as soon as I hit publish – a million more things will probably ping into my mind!
So if you’re thinking of taking the plunge or just wanted a little read, I hope that this helped you in some way and you enjoyed it. Feel free to add things that you wish someone told you in the comments – after all, communities share!
What I’m Wearing
Clear Round Glasses // H&M
Grey Wool Coat // Boss Orange via Amazon
White Ribbed Turtleneck // ASOS
Straight Leg Jeans // Weekday
Patent Pointed Boots // Unisa (similar from topshop here)
Snakeskin Effect Bag // Vivienne Westwood