Whenever I first tell people about my blog I always like to wait to see their reaction. In just a few seconds I can determine exactly which direction the conversation is headed. It’s all in their expression.
You see, in my experience there are two types of people. The first type is firmly planted in what I call the “employee mindset” and they see anything outside a nine to five job as either bullshit or a scam. They realize there are a lucky few who come up with a great idea that earns them a fortune, but they don’t believe that can realistically happen to them or anyone they know.
This type of person greets any talk of entrepreneurship, small business opportunity, or side hustle as either a waste of time or a scam. They tend to roll their eyes with superiority or humor you with a half-hearted “Well, good luck with that.” You can almost hear them thinking “What a LOSER” to themselves.
On the other hand, there is another group of people that have the exact opposite reaction. As soon as they hear about your online income stream their ears perk up and their eyes open wide. They’re full of questions and want to know all about it…how you got started, the costs involved, the learning curve, earning potential, and whether or not your method would be a good fit for them.
Obviously, talking with someone who has an entrepreneurial mindset is much more fun than someone with an employee mindset.
Will You Strike It Rich As A Blogger?
No matter how hard you work and how many hours you spend toiling away at your blog, you can’t expect to become rich and famous as a blogger. For every Pat Flynn or Darren Rowse with their legions of followers, there are thousands of struggling bloggers toiling away in anonymity. They don’t get mentioned in the Wall Street Journal or on Good Morning America, and they may never be able to quit their day jobs and live off their online income.
But that doesn’t make them a failure. Even an average blogger who only puts in a few hours a week can earn a few hundred dollars a month in online income. And while that may not seem like much, it can be enough to make a big difference in your life.
Just imagine having an extra $500 a month to live on. You can put that money towards paying down your debt, sock it away in an online savings account, or invest it in a Roth IRA.
Or you can use it to enjoy some of the finer things in life. If you enjoy cooking you can afford to spend a little on fancy ingredients or an expensive bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner. If you like traveling, you can afford to go on a once in a lifetime vacation every year!
With a little more work and a bit of luck you may find yourself earning $1000 or $2000 a month…and that is a lot more common than you might realize. So while that is still not enough to live on full time, it will certainly be enough to change your life for the better.
Are you a blogger? Have you ever considered starting a blog to supplement your income?