Many people like the idea of blogging as a career because there is little in the way of startup costs. You need a site, a domain, and ideas. Or, at least that is what you need in theory.
In truth, there is a lot that goes into creating and maintaining a quality blog, so if you want to turn a profit, you have to be a little thrifty—especially when you are just getting started. Below are 5 money saving tips for running a blog to help you make the most of your dream job.
For your blog to catch eyes, it is going to need graphics that pop. But paying people to design these for each and every post, plus the various pages on your site, adds up fast. Instead, look for a cheap, online crash course in design, such as those offered on Udemy. These cost less than a meal for two in an average restaurant and will allow you to take on the graphics yourself.
What are you good at? Any skills you have are skills you can trade in exchange for work that isn’t quite your forte. Maybe you need someone with web design skills; you could ask some web designers if they would trade their time and effort for you creating content for their webpage. The sky is the limit.
Most blogs require some photography, especially cooking blogs. But a big problem with this is that using the same accessories over and over again gets boring for readers—and it isn’t like you have a warehouse filled with place settings, throw pillows, etc. To fill in the gap, ask friends and family if you can borrow items from time to time.
Is there something you need done for your blog that you can’t trade skills for, but happens to cost a pretty penny? Hope onto Upwork. There, you can connect with freelancers from all over the world ready to work at rates that match their local economy. In many cases, you can even find native speakers who happen to be living abroad.
Finally, if you need something to write about, look into trading promotion for products. You get to try out something new and review it, bringing in readers, and they get free promotion, driving sales. It is a win-win for all involved.