Is it time to take your blog full time?

Is it time to take your blog full time?

Blogging, for many, is usually taken up as a kind of part-time hobby. Something to sink your teeth into whilst being creative. Many gain a little following, and if you’re really lucky some money will start to surface. But even this is a world apart from actually turning it into a full time business.

If you are currently thinking about turning your blog into a fully-fledged business, then you will have to make sure that you get it just right in order for it to flourish and do as well as you would hope.

So sit back, we are going to look at a number of things you will want to think about in order to ensure that you are successful in turning your blog into a business!  

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Judge your Timing

Firstly, make sure it is actually the right time to turn your blog into a full business. It can be pretty hard to establish whether you have got this right or not, but generally a good way is to take a look at your growth potential. Have a look at how many readers you have been gaining over the past month or two, and you will be able to see your likely growth. If you extrapolate from this, you should be able to discern whether it is a sensible time to start your business, or whether you should build your blog a little more first.

But that’s not the only thing which comes into the matter of timing. You should also think about whether you personally have the necessary time in your life at the moment to be able to devote the energy to the project. A full time, fully functioning blog takes a lot of time, so make sure there is space in your current schedule to cope with the demands it requires. 

Knowing Your Niche

If you want to make sure that people are genuinely going to follow your blog to the point where you can monetize and take it full time, then you really should look into your desired niche.

Without looking into your niche, and establishing your target market, you’ll find it hard to find and pinpoint an audience that will appreciate and return to your blog. Get to know your audience, their traits and likes. Research fellow sites and bloggers and note what they are doing, and you can personalise or do better. Really nail the key aspects of your niche and own it. The more you know what you’re doing here, the bigger and better an audience you will have, and that will really make all the difference in the world.

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Forming The Business

If you think it is time to turn your blog into a real business, you will need to start taking steps to make that happen. One of the first steps to take is to form the company officially, as this will mean that it is genuinely recognised in a legal sense. You can do this on your own if you know how, or if you want to make it a little easier and cheaper you can have it done for you by going to the relevant people. Click here and see how easy it can be. Forming your company officially is clearly a vital step in ensuring that it can actually function as one, so this is not something that you should overlook. Make sure you get this done early on, as if you don’t you might well be trading illegally.

Inform The Taxman

Another way people commonly get in trouble with their blog businesses is by failing to inform the tax-man about it. You need to make sure you have set yourself up to pay the necessary tax, whatever that might require in your area, and that you know how much you are liable to pay. One of the best things you can do for yourself here is to hire an accountant who will be able to inform you professionally.

Plan It Out

Any business needs a plan, and your blog is no different. You can’t just dive right in and hope for the best if you want it to go as well as possible. You need to make sure that you know exactly what you are doing and what you will need to do in the near future if you are to give your business the best shot.

For that reason, you need to sit down and draft out a plan for the next month, six months, or even a year, so that you can be sure of giving your business the best possible start. Be sure not to overlook any details, as it is only be being detailed that you can expect your business to thrive and have the best possible chance of success throughout its life, however long it might go on for.

Taking your blog to the next level is a dream of every blogger, and one that can only be achieved if really considered and planned effectively. Taking some of these steps will give you the best opportunity to smash your way into the full-time blogging world, without getting into trouble!

Are you thinking of taking your blog full time? 

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Charlotte x

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