Can Life Kill Your Dream, ProBlogger?
Recently some of my favorite bloggers are leaving the working world and taking a shot at making a living online. Doing what you love, working for yourself, and being location indepedent all make for a dream life. I had these visions myself, but a funny thing happened on my way there. My current reality may have altered my dream.
Escape the Rat Race
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, Beating Broke, So Over Debt, Invest It Wisely, Retire by 40 and Financial Samurai all are making a living online or leaning toward this lifestyle. They all have one thing in common. Their jobs were far from ideal. Doing something other than their day job was a no brainer. The only exception is Financial Samurai who makes a great salary, but he himself only likes his job. Why do a job you like when you could do something you love? I asked myself, do I love my job? I wouldn’t go that far, but I would say I am very passionate about my work. Using my own criteria, could I do my job for hours on end for free? The answer is a resounding yes. Since I work in IT, I make a decent wage, I am constantly learning new skills, improving myself, and am part of a great team.
Return Of Investment
I’ve been blogging for a year and a half. Although I now make more than two cents from AdSense, I am still years away from making money that would make me leave my day job. With the little one on the way, I cannot afford to go all in for a ProBlogger career. Car seats and diapers aren’t cheap and it would take years for me to make even a fraction of my day job’s salary.
Assess Your Situation
Where are you at in your life? Do you have a mortgage to pay? Do you have a kid on the way? How bad is your day job? If you can barely get out of bed to go to work, you owe it to yourself to get out. If being a full time blogger is your best course of action. Go for it. However, if a lateral move or finding another job with the skills you have accumulated over the years is more feasible, do not discount it so quickly. Just because everyone is doing it, please remember that everyone’s situation is different and everyone’s outcome will greatly vary as well.
Don’t misunderstand this as raining on the parade. I truly believe every blogger I mentioned will obtain their dream. My message is for those who are on the fence. What is the best way to escape your rat race? Get a job you love or turn a hobby you love into a job? Second, what is your ROI if you go into blogging? Do you have a plan to get there? Visit Online Money Bloggers for ideas. Finally, realistically review your situation. Will you truly be happy with a fraction of what you were making? Once again, I apologize for being a downer and a worry wart. This is probably a rant to myself. Everyone is expanding their blog empires, but should I feel bad for finding a day job I wouldn’t mind doing for free, that provides for my growing family, and that improves me as a professional and a person?