Blogging for me started as a bit of fun, something I did in my spare time and enjoyed. That was over three years ago now and since then things have changed a lot. For one thing, blogging is now my business and how I earn money.
If you’re thinking about making the move from hobby blogger to full-time blogger, there are a few things you should think about beforehand. If you love blogging and think you can turn it into a business that’s fantastic, just make sure you’re armed with all of the facts so you know what to expect. I have blogged about a few of the key things to take into consideration before making the move.
The first thing you should do when you start earning money from your blog is to register as self-employed. I thought this would be a daunting process, but it’s actually very straight forward. You can register online and find out more about working for yourself by visiting the Gov.UK website. When you’re self-employed you are solely responsible for paying your taxes, national insurance and completing your tax returns. Make sure you keep track of all your income and expenses throughout the year so you don’t have to try and work backwards at the end of the year.
Updating your insurance
This might be something you haven’t considered yet, but it’s definitely something you need to think about. If you choose to work from home you might need to consider what type of insurance you need. Having the correct insurance is essential, if something happens to your equipment or you’re injured at work and don’t have the correct insurance you might not be able to make a claim.
Chances are work won’t begin flooding in as soon as you start blogging as a business. It will take time and dedication to build up contacts and get regular work. This is why it’s important to consider the decision carefully, having some money behind you before you take the plunge will give you some breathing space until you start getting regular work.
Keeping a work-life balance
Working for yourself means getting paid is in your hands and your hands alone, this sometimes means having to work a little longer than you would like to get things done. It can be easy for work and home life to blur into one when you work for yourself so try to have scheduled work hours and stick to them as much as possible so you have time to do other things too.