It was 2011 when I switched to being a full-time blogger. I went in with a open-mind and 5 years later, I'm still doing it. Throughout the years, I noticed there are many great things about blogging, yet there are also the bad. Here are my 10 pros and cons about being a full-time blogger.
1. You get to work your own hours which can be handy. Especially now that I have a little one. I can do a weeks work in 4 days and have the other 3 days off. I get to plan my own time.
2. I'm doing a job I love, not a single day feels like work.
3. My work involves everything I love, make-up, fashion, travelling and so on. Blogging is diverse and I can blog about anything I like.
4. Meeting like-minded people. Many of my friends are not as make-up/fashion crazy as me so when I meet someone who is, it's like meeting a long lost sister.
5. I get to manage my own work and work at my own pace without anyone dictating what or when to do things.
1. Working from home can be lonely. Come Monday mornings, I don't have several colleagues to talk about the weekend, no-one to go for lunch with and definitely no chit chat coffee breaks. It's me and 4 walls.
2. You have to be self motivated and if you're a procastinator like me, it can be a battle. I also don't get 'holidays'. It's hard to switch off... almost impossible.
3. Many don't understand what a blogger actually does, how we make our money and how it's a 'business'. This leads to many patronising questions.
4. There will always be assumptions that working from home means laying in bed all day, always being free and generally not needing to work. Sometimes it's true, but most times it's not. The bills don't magically pay themselves.
5. Being a full-time blogger basically means self-employed. Income is unsteady. Some months are fantastic, some are great and some may be bad. It's unpredictable.
This is just my two cents, other bloggers may beg to differ. Overall all though, I love what I do and wouldn't change a thing about it. If you're in doubt whether to start a blog, just do it. You never know where it may lead, there's nothing to lose.