8 Tips for Leaving Your Job to Blog

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  September 6, 2019 blogging tips 🕑 5 minutes read

From my trip to Oman.

 

11:01 PM on a Thursday night.

 

I enjoy the Brooklyn skyline.

 

Manhattan sits in the distance. Today was fun; a long walk to the Barclay’s Center, dinner out, yoga, blog-work and a few episodes of Succession. Sweet.

 

How does this life taste to you? Are you prepared to settle into a life of fun, freedom and fulfillment? Good. Add another “F” word: fear. Sometimes, you face fear heading toward your dream life. Natural progression. Had to happen. No worries though; fears faced, felt and released simply vanish more each time you feel ’em.

 

Do you want to leave you 9-5 job to become a pro blogger? You can, and will, by following these simple but sometimes uncomfortable steps.

 

1: Own Fears Anchoring You to Your Job

 

Fear is the only reason you work a 9-5 job you dislike. Fear of losing money. Fear of losing homes. Fear of losing benefits. Fear of failure. Fear of criticism.

 

Hug, feel and release deep fears anchoring you to your job. Everybody who leaves their job to blog full time owns, feels and releases deep fears to make the jump from employee to entrepreneur.

 

Sit in quiet. Feel your fears. However unpleasant, fish out these energies. Prep yourself for your fun, freeing journey.

 

Let go the fear of not receiving a weekly pay check. Let go the fear of wasting your time blogging for free. Stop thinking like a fear-filled employee. Begin thinking like a bold entrepreneur.

 

2: Know Why and Tie it to Fun and Freedom

 

Why am I working around midnight on Friday morning after a long work and play day? Blogging feels fun and freeing to me so I blog every day and have blogged daily for years of my life.

 

I explain how your reason why must be overpoweringly tied to fun and freedom. People stay in jobs they hate because they are terrified to let go the job for one or many reasons. But choosing to blog for an overpowering fun, freeing reason nudges you to feel your deep fears and begin taking steps to blog part time, then, full time.

 

Get SUPER clear on this reason to ensure you blog for 1-3 hours every day of your life, no excuses. I care not if you work 14 hours a day at your job; if you do not commit to working-blogging-wise for 1 hour or more daily, you cannot succeed, because where your attention and energy goes, grows.

 

3: Keep Your Day Job

 

Unless you have significant savings to live off of, keep your day job. Money flows in slowly and steadily over time, but money does not appear at first, then, through a small trickle.  Keep your day job. Keep money flowing. Blog intelligently, and from a generous, detached space, so you avoid doing foolish, fear-filled stuff crippling many blogging careers.

 

4: Pick a Niche You Love Blogging About

 

You better love your blogging niche because if blogging feels like work, you are doomed. You already work 40 hours weekly. Why work for more hours? Blogging a niche you enjoy covering makes the work, the reward. Perfect intent for full time job folks who often blog late into the night or for a hefty portion of their weekend. If you need guidance about how to start your blog read this excellent guide:

 

How to Create a WordPress Website

 

5: Follow 1-3 Blogging Tips Mentors

 

Follow 1-3 blogging tips mentors to be inspired, educated and to keep going. Imagine you put in a 60 hour work week at your full time job. Sunday arrives. You desire to watch 6 hours of football more than anything, to relax. But pro bloggers explain how bloggers with full time jobs MUST spend 4-6 hours blogging generously on Saturday and Sunday to catch up from work time lost during week-work days. If you only blog 1-2 hours per work-week day, you better get in 4-6 hours or more on your days off, to eventually go pro.

 

Here is where having a mentor and a fun, freeing driver comes into play. Folks with weak why’s and no mentoring spend all day Sunday watching football versus blogging and struggle blogging-wise for years, never putting in the time. Folks who blog for fun and freedom, being mentored, put in the time and succeed.

 

Buy my course to get blogging guidance.

 

6: Create Helpful Content

 

Create helpful content to leverage your time blogging-wise. You have no time to waste, working a full time job. Make all creative actions count. Prove that you know your stuff. Earn trust. Build your blog on a rock solid foundation. How it works; work for free, increase your skills and exposure, open MSI, get paid. Go full time. But create blog posts, guest posts, videos and podcasts – or just one of those content forms – for a sustained period of time to build your rep, to gain credibility and to position yourself to blog full time. Business will come through creating and connecting.

 

7: Build Connections

 

Employees need blogging buddies to amplify their reach. Hell; ALL bloggers need blogging buddies to amplify their reach. I go to sleep in a few hours. But during 6-8 hours of sleep, blogging buddies retweet my content and share it through online channels. Why do I get all that sweet passive traffic? I made friends by generously promoting bloggers and asking for nothing in return. Genuinely comment on blogs. Help bloggers. Promote them. Make friends. You never make the leap from employee to entrepreneur going solo; impossible. Build your network to become a pro blogger.

 

8: Establish MSI

 

Open multiple streams of income. Earn money through various channels to boost profits and to become a full time blogger who leaves your 9-5 job behind. Open MSI to be abundant, to make money and to feel awesome seeing profits grow through many channels. Add one income stream every 1-3 months. Income streams are receiving channels; do not attach to streams because each simply allows you to receive money.  Employees become entrepreneurs by diversifying their income model. Stop relying on a paycheck thru a job and one income stream through your blog. Keep adding streams to boost your blogging income.

 

Summary

 

You can and will leave your job to blog full time. Be all in. Generously create and connect. Blog daily. Put in the time. Full time employees need to commit 100% to blogging part time before full time money arrives. Develop a genuine work ethic and you will become a professional blogger.

 

  1. Sue Slaght says:
    at 12:05 pm

    Ryan these are excellent and realistic tips. I always appreciate your honesty and genuine approach. The ‘keep your day job’ is a great example. Dave and I are in a different position being retired from our careers. In some ways this perhaps makes us less driven but there are many positives to the freedom and flexibility of it as well.

  2. Jack Klinnon says:
    at 3:18 am

    Great write-up Ryan. I’ve been aching to leave my job and travel for a bit, but I just feel so financially constrained! I’ve been in the US and have been trying to get my green card renewed, but perhaps I should just call it quits and go back home. Really appreciate your insightful articles. They’re always so reflective and yet very action-orientated. I could learn a few things from you!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:06 am

      Letting go your US stay for now or facing your money blocks could definitely move the process along buddy. Rocking comment, thank you.

  3. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 5:05 am

    Hi Ryan,
    Oh yes! It took me years to leave that day job. I was fearful of the cost of medical insurance. But once I started to get quotes and then the corporate world started charging more it became a no-brainer! Now I wish I had started this earlier. It was scary at first only have a few clients but it quickly grew from referrals and continues to do so. I would highly recommend anyone that wants to do to start now! It’s not all easy and you put in a lot of time, but it’s on your own terms and TIME 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:43 am

      That is a big block, right Lisa? Fear of medical costs can be scary. Which is why I spend 3 hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising 🙂

  4. Esther Harris says:
    at 7:28 pm

    The fear of entrepreneurship is something terrible, it cost me some years to overcome it, sometimes we think that we will fail and that limits us.

  5. Nirodha Abayalath says:
    at 10:49 pm

    Hey Ryan,
    Great tips. Yes, we need blogging buddies. Within the last few months, I realized that blogging is basically building healthy connections. Almost all the bloggers I connected via my blog are really helpful, including you.
    Thanks.

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