There are a lot of well-known bloggers out there who make a million dollar a year, or even $$$ per one Instagram post. So, should I become one? We can, we all can become the professional blogger, but it is not easy. The fashion scene from the Instagram seems so wonderful and glamorous, but the reality is not a piece of cake like what we have seen online. It takes 1000% of dedication, consistency, followers, and potential. I am not gonna go through how to make money from being a fashion blogger in this post. Instead, based on my experience, there are a few necessary things to consider before quitting a job in order to become the full-time blogger.
FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I think the first and foremost thing to concern is how many followers you have. It doesn't make sense to have 100 followers, then decide to become a full time blogger, does it? (Unless you have a million dollar family business, then no worries!) A number of followers is the factor that attracts the brands to use your blogging service. Are you an influencer on Instagram? Do you have over 40K followers on social media ? Do you receive a lot of work proposal emails from clients every day, or week? If the answer is yes, go for it. I think it is better to become the full time once you have a certain amount of followers and sponsored brands who willing to pay for your work weekly. Besides, it always better to put more than 100% to do what you love. At least, you will have time to prepare for the photoshoot, make the YouTube video, and create some cool content for the fans and readers! You won't have time to do such things, as long as, you still have a full-time job. It literally drains the energy!
HOW DIFFERENT FROM BEING A FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME BLOGGER?
Personally, I am a freelancer, co-owner of the online shop, and working part-time as a marketing executive for one of the shoe brands here in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the best option for me to cope with everything, including working on The Equinox Fashion blog. I was a full-time once...maybe not a 100% full-time blogger but mostly worked with my freelance tasks. It is hard to earn a lot of money when you are just a start up blogger! I didn't even have Instagram when my plan was continued, so you know it's difficult. However, I didn't let it get me down. So, I have still continued with all of my work that I have been working on right now. I guess there are a few things I am currently doing and I am having fun! Though, marketing job takes a lot of my energy, I love having a passive income anyway (lol) I love experience life in many ways :). So, what's different between FT and PT? Well, full-time is you have your own office. It can be a living room, bedroom, or anywhere you want. You do the photoshoot, create contents, reply emails, etc. It sounds easy and fun, but where will you get the connections from? I think being a full time blogger is like a freelancer.Of course, the salary will not be stable. What about part time? Just like what I do basically. 3 days marketing, the rest is blogging.
If you still need money to survive, and sure that being a full time blogger can pay your rent, then go for it. However, if you need the whole income, then don't quit the job just yet.
WHY NOT RISKING?
After all, if you really wanna do it, then just do it and believe in yourself. I think in this life, nothing comes easily, but it's better to try :)