Treat your blog like a business. Seems pretty simple to comprehend, right? But some start blogs and do not buckle down and treat it like a business. However, this statement is an important one. If your goal is to make your blog a legit business that brings in income, you need to treat your blog like a business from day one!
It blows my mind to know that just within six months, my DIY blog was monetized. My social media accounts had grown, and my following base was growing every day. All of this because I was determined to make this blog work. I wanted to contribute to our family income and do what I love at the same time. Now, let us look at a few tips that will help you look at your blog as a business.
Designate Office Space
Have a designated office space. I can’t tell you how big of a game-changer this was for me. It can be a small space in your bedroom, living room wherever you have room to place a small desk and a chair. Having an office space makes you feel official. It also holds you accountable and will make you show up! It will give you a sense of “wow, I am really doing this.” I only have one child at home, so I converted a bedroom we did not use into a small office. This room also has a HUGE window, which allows natural light in. See my artboard? My three granddaughters love drawing me pictures!
Treat Your Blog Like A Business And Set Business Hours
Create business hours and stick to them. I know it’s hard for DIY bloggers to do this but having an established workday will help us stay organized and hold us accountable. If you want to work from 9-4 pm, then set these hours and abide by them. Not only does it hold you accountable, but it will also help you take much needed time off. Of course, sometimes, these hours will have to be amended due to family obligations, etc., but that’s one of the great things about owning your own business!
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For example, I adjust my schedule to spend time with my husband. He is a police offer, so his schedule is not like a normal 8-5 job. He works 12-hour shifts. With that being said, I would take a day or two when he was off to spend time with him. However, I made up those two days on the weekends when he works. Another perk of business ownership.
This tip is crucial for the growth of your business. Have a business mindset from day one. This is important if your goal is to monetize your blog with an ad program such as Mediavine. I can’t stress this enough. My DIY blog made me $2,000 a month just from ads. That figure does not even include the money I made selling my pieces. Take about 30 minutes a day and make a list of ways that you would like to monetize your blog. For example, write an ebook, a course, or any other ideas that you may have. Implement them from day one and make them happen. This is where hiring a Virtual Assistant can help tremendously! Read HERE at why a VA can be an important part of your team.
Dress For Success
This one is going to make you laugh out loud. Try not to blog or run your business in your pj’s. Yep, I said it. I don’t know about you but being in my pj’s makes me LAZY! I know there are days when we do not feel good. Those types of days are okay in moderation. But in order for your business to be a success, get up, put make-up on and get out of your pj’s. Now do not get me wrong, I am not talking about wearing a 3 piece suit NO! A nice pair of comfy jeans with a shirt and tennis shoes. It will change your entire mindset. It also gives you more confidence, which will help you slay your goals and going. A morning routine just as you would have if you were leaving home to work is a great idea.
This was a typical day when I ran my DIY blog. Of course, this is NOT everything I had to do, but just to give you an idea.
7:00 AM – Coffee, scan Pinterest, and breakfast.
8:00 AM – 9 AM – Check and answer emails and review To-Do List.
9 AM – 11 AM – Work on any DIY project for the week that I needed to complete. I worked on my projects first thing in the morning because I had the most energy.
11:00- Noon: – Lunch. Maybe sit outside on the patio and take in the fresh air. Spend this hour away from blog duties.
Noon – 2 PM – Write blog posts for the following week. Research for keywords and title ideas. State and take photos. Edit photos. Create social media post ideas for the blog post. Add blog post to WordPress, proofread and add images.
2 PM-4 PM – Work on DIY projects for the following week. Use 30 minutes to list future DIY projects. Anything that may need my attention. Check supplies and purchase what is needed.
A good way to stay organized to create a content calendar. Lord knows I wish I would have done this from day one. A content calendar will show you basically what you will be doing for the month. Of course, as with any schedule, this can and will be amended. However, it gives you a solid look at what you have to accomplish for the month. This can be done with an Excel Spreadsheet (I just saw you cringe). If you hate Excel, then purchase a desk calendar and write in the information.
Blog Post List
Keeping a running log of your blog posts will help you down the road when repurposing content. Do not wait until a year or two down the road. It will take up way too much time to create and take valuable time away from other important tasks. If you are not crazy about a spreadsheet, make a list in Word, Google Documents, whatever you are comfortable with, even if you have to write them down and keep a list that way. This is mine. I just simply add the blog post after I publish it to my site.
Lastly, be sure and post consistently. Set a day or two or however many times you want to post during the week and stick to it. Your followers will appreciate consistency. And, believe it or not, they look forward to your posts! That’s why they gave you their email! My blog post days are Monday and Friday. Of course, sometimes life gets in the way, and we are just not able to post, and that’s okay.
I conclude with hopes that this post has encouraged you to treat your blog like a business from day one. I understand that these points will have to be adjusted to fit your schedule, but I think you get the post’s main point. Just remember to treat your blog like a business from the start!
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