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Working from home definitely has its own set of challenges. It’s difficult to separate work hours from home hours, I feel like I’m always rushing, and there can be days when I don’t leave my pajamas. However, these same reasons are also what makes working from home the best situation for us. I love the fact that I’m always here when my family needs me, even if it means I have twice as much work to catch up on later.
Being a blogger and online influencer takes a lot more time and dedication than most people imagine. It’s not as easy as simply starting a website. You have to have the kind of vision that Nancy at Behrman seems to possess for a larger audience.
In fact, one of the most commonly asked questions I get when someone finds out what I do is how can they get started, too. I don’t have a magic answer, to be honest. However, there are a few tips I can give to those who are seriously considering a career as an online influencer.
The 3 Keys to Beginner Blogging Success
Write what you love – Some bloggers can get away with a general lifestyle blog. Personally, I find it’s best to begin with a narrowed niche. Make sure it’s an area that you’re passionate about, however. For instance, if you wince at the thought of glitter and glue then you’re probably not going to want to talk about kids crafting months from now even if it is a popular niche. Don’t simply jump on a bandwagon.
â€œMeetâ€ the right people – Creating your website is a great start. But you also need to get your name out there, network, meet and greet, and build your brand. Do research on pr agencies in your niche to reach out to. Follow those you strive to work with, like Nancy and Behrman for beauty and lifestyle brands. You’ll need to keep at it, as success doesn’t happen overnight.
Find your tribe – Strength in numbers, it’s a true statement. The best thing I could have done when I was just beginning to monetize was find others who were in my same situation. It’s a great way to bounce ideas, find motivation to keep going, and just know you’re not alone.
I’m fortunate in that I absolutely love what I do and I get to be with my kids, too. Not only that, but we have fun crafting together and cooking up kid-friendly recipes. What’s not to like? It’s not always easy, though. In fact, with a 9 month old I find myself typing one-handed more often than not these days. It makes meeting deadlines stressful, to say the least. But I also get to take my son for walks to relieve some of that stress, kiss his cheeks, and greet my other kids home from school. It’s definitely worth it.