October 25, 2017

Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Blogging Full Time.

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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..

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

9 comments so far.

9 responses to “Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Blogging Full Time.”

  1. Amy says:

    There was a time when I would have loved to have been able to take my blog full time, however, I’m now settled down another career route and generally look forward to doing well within that area. I still love blogging but have accepted that for me it will just be a part time hobby. I’ve followed you since what feels like the start and its amazing to see how far you have come. Your content is top notch and I wish you all the success.

    P.s Your coat in these pictures is to die for! x

  2. Sarah says:

    This is a good post, but just because it grinds my gears and sets my teeth on edge I have to tell you that it’s “bear with me” not “bare with me”.

  3. Michelle says:

    I don’t blog full-time but I do freelance and that point you make about days off being few and far between is spot on! In 2017, I’ve taken 7 days off to myself when the industry standard is 28 which is insane. It’s so important to give yourself a break once in a while!

  4. Frances says:

    I always find it really interesting to hear about the behind the scenes of blogging full time. It is incredible that you’ve built this career for yourself but I can totally understand how every moment of your life is an opportunity! Absolutely love what you’re doing though and have really noticed a step up in your content! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Lifestyle

  5. Charlotte says:

    You are such a boss babe and I totally admire what you do! I dream of going full time but then I am always worried about those mortgage payments and losing a chunk from my full time career. Can’t wait to see what is next for you hun xx

  6. Imogen says:

    I loved reading this post lovely! You know, it’s crazy to have watched your Youtube and blog develop in such a beautiful way. I remember watching your YouTube videos back when you were a Uni student showcasing your arty work to us all. And your style has developed massively. I feel like you just ooze sophistication. Gorgeous post as always my lovely xox Imogen


  7. Megan Garner says:

    This was a really interesting read! Im lucky enough that since having my son (a year ago) my other half supports us financially, so any money I make with the blog is a bonus, so I probably don’t feel the pressure you feel sometimes. Only just stumbled across your blog and I love it! 😀

    Megan | http://www.MummyandHarrison.co.uk

  8. Charlotta says:

    Great post! I love the photography in this post.

    x Charlotta

  9. Petra says:

    I love this post. It is exactly how I feel since I started blogging full time. It is luxury to do a job I adore but there is no time off ? xxx petra http://www.chicjournal.com

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