No, not really. At least from my 10 year blogging eyes.
In one way, blogging is like a job: you better show up and work or you ain’t never getting paid because ya gotta work to eventually get paid. But other than showing up and working, blogging and being an employee cannot be any more different. Employees agree to work for a set salary. Maybe you get paid by the hour. Or perhaps you agree to work 8 hours daily, for 5 days weekly, for 52 weeks each year, minus one week of vacation. Employers agree to pay you an annual salary based on your work.
Employees get health benefits. Employees pay you based solely on some work agreement, a contract. That’s the gig. That’s being an employee. That’s working a job.
Blogging is being an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is nothing like working a job.
How it works: you learn how to blog the right way, create and connect generously, open multiple streams of income by creating courses, eBooks, audio books and various service channels, and money shows up in its own time, via whatever amounts it chooses. No one pays you based on a set amount of blogging work you do. Nor does anyone pay you based on some agreement. No one employs you because you run the business, the whole show. This is a painful point for most employees who aspire to be pro bloggers because job folk want to get paid for blogging work completed and often look at folks for permission to complete blogging work, or, to tell them what to do with their blog.
The quantum leap between employee thinking and entrepreneur thinking is quite intimidating. I had to learn thinking like a pier guard was nothing like thinking similar to an entrepreneur. People told me what to do and I got money, prior to blogging. Blogging became me taking charge, telling myself what to do, and allowing money to flow in, on its own accord, in its own time.
Bloggers are business owners. Business owners put in time, generously help people, gain skills, exposure and credibility, and monetize through multiple streams of income. Business owners know; money chooses when to show up, money chooses the amount, and money does not care about your personal desires, budget, bills or dreams.
Money gives a rat’s rectum less about your goals, dreams, hopes and deadlines. Money shows up whenever it damn well wants to show up. Entrepreneurs know this.
Again; blogging and full time jobs both require your persistent effort but that is where any similarities begin and end because bloggers are entrepreneurs, business owners who run the show, who fulfill various tasks, who network with like-minded entrepreneurs and who delay gratification in order to build their blogging business on a rock solid foundation. Business owners work for themselves. Employees work for business owners. Big difference.
Think, feel and act like an entrepreneur to become a professional blogger. Step away from the employee mindset. Surround yourself with people who think, feel and act like business people to adopt the proper blogging mindset. Let go the idea someone will pay you based on putting forth a set amount of blogging work. No doubt, you have seen bloggers who ask how many posts they need to publish before making money, or, before making $1000. These bloggers seem stuck in the employee mindset of getting paid a specific amount of money based on completing some specific task.
Bloggers generously work to lay the foundation for a professional blogging career. Money arrives in its own time, in its own amount. Money takes its sweet time because money has no concerns about your time tables, goals, bills and financial aspirations. Money arrives when it decides to arrive. Accept this truth.
Get completely invested in:
learning blogging from pro bloggers
practicing your writing
generously creating helpful content
building genuine bonds with top bloggers by serving them and expecting nothing
monetizing through multiple streams of income
Money will arrive but works off of its own timetable. Be at peace with this truth. Just get busy following the bullet point fundamentals above for 1000’s of hours. You’ll go pro. But the experience will be nothing like being an employee who works a job to get a paycheck.
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