This post is meant to open up the curtain and give you a peek inside my life and why I started blogging. I’d love to hear your story and get to you know you a little better too. Shoot me an email or share in the comments below.
Since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur.
I would often dream of owning my own business. Wearing a suit and tie to work every day, staring out my office window into the vast sea of enterprise, and having the freedom that came with being your own boss.
Back then (saying that makes me feel old. I’m only 34 😊), owning your own business meant having a physical location, an inventory, if you were selling a product, and a local ad in the newspaper to market your business.
The internet was in its infancy and blogging was something you did with a pen and paper in the privacy of your bedroom.
So, my dream of becoming my own boss quickly faded.
As I matured I realized that owning my own business meant either purchasing a franchise or starting from scratch. Both requiring a heavy amount of startup costs.
Which I didn’t have.
Like most of you, I went to school, got a job, got married, had kids, and the rest is history.
You know those days at the office when you start to daydream and think about life priorities, what your plan is for the future, etc (it usually happens for me on the tough days 😊), it was one of those days when I realized that I still wanted to have my own business.
This thought had been stored away on the top shelf in the back of my brain for quite some time, but I realized it was time to dust it off. I wanted more, I wanted to be my own boss.
I started researching how to make income online, how to make income from home, how to make passive income, etc. I probably used all of the “how to make money…” longtail keywords out there!
It took me a while to sort through the massive amounts of information. But I ended up finding several amazing resources through all the research. I’m sure some of you may have heard of them…
Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income
Neil Patel – Neilpatel.com
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner – Makingsenseofcents.com
Bobby Hoyt – MillennialMoneyMan.com
Nick Loper – Sidehustlenation.com
Darren Rowse – Problogger.com
There are lots more, but these are the most notable that I regularly read and follow. They inspired me to become a blogger and start Learn to Earn Blogging.
Once I figured out that blogging was it, I thought about the reasons why. It’s important to know why you want to do something. For me, it’s the motivation behind what I do.
Reason 1: Start my own business
This is probably obvious with the monologue you just read about my past. But, it’s one of the top motivators behind starting this blog.
I want the freedom that comes with being your own boss. As I write this post, I still work full-time and blog part-time. But, do hope to build this brand into a full-time business.
Blogging has one of the lowest costs of entry for a business. Important note: blogging is not a get rich scheme and becoming successful does not happen overnight. It took several years for many of the influencers, I mentioned above, to make enough money to blog full-time.
I’m sure some of you, who have a blog, are familiar with the grind. It takes hard work, dedication, persistence, and consistency to make it in this space.
Blogging is a great way to build a personal brand and online business.
Especially once you learn strategies to drive traffic, build an email list, and monetize your blog. Which I plan to share with you, throughout this blog, so you can pursue your dream too.
Reason 2: Earn extra money for my family
The other obvious side of starting a business is to earn income. I don’t know anyone who started a business solely for fun. You start a business to make money.
During my research, I realized there were multiple revenue streams for bloggers. This was a huge factor in my decision to start blogging.
Were there other opportunities to earn money online other than blogging? Of course, there were! Nick, over at SideHustleNation can tell you dozens of ways.
Blogging interested me the most because of the way you can make money.
Advertising and affiliate marketing are two of the ways.
How do you make money from ads? By driving traffic to your site. How do you drive traffic to your site? By creating content people crave.
Of course, once you create the content, you’ve got to get it in front of readers. Marketing content is a whole different animal but something I have experience with and enjoy doing.
Affiliate marketing is as simple as linking to a product or service, that you recommend or find helpful for your readers. If a reader clicks and purchases, you make a small commission.
On one hand, it’s not as simple as I made it out to be, on the other it is. Are you new to all of this? Don’t worry, I’ll provide relevant and in-depth content to help you learn and give your blog the best chance to succeed.
Reason 3: Help others Learn to Earn
I love helping others learn, which is the third reason I started blogging. I thought, if I can do this, others can too!
At my 9-5, I’m the guy who helps ensure there are process documents in place—standards that anyone can follow and learn how to do a process.
I can picture some of your eyes rolling to the back of your heads because your more of the creative type and the thought of processes or SOP’s makes your skin crawl. 😊
I’m definitely more of an analytical, process driven individual who can help break down a complicated process into easily digestible tidbits of information.
This naturally lends itself to be a good fit for teaching others how to succeed at blogging. I truly look forward to this opportunity.
There’s nothing better than seeing the “light bulb” moment while teaching someone. Seeing it click—when he or she gets it.
I hope to help many of you reach your light bulb moment too…to have: starting a blog, building a brand, building a community, and building a business make sense.
In closing, this is my obligatory first post. I thought what better than my story about why I started blogging.
I hope you found it interesting and look forward to hearing about what I can do to help you Learn to Earn.
If you have a question or need a resource you can’t find on this site, send me an email or leave a comment.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, start with my post What is a blog? Is blogging right for you?