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This week’s Meet The Money Maker is another interview with a full time blogger. I love hearing about how people turn the things they love and are passionate about into a full time income that not only allows them to write about what they love, but helps other people at the same time!
This interview with Christina from Raising Biracial Babies talks us through how she makes money while being home with her kids, and some of the challenges involved with that.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog
My name is Christina, I have two kids (5 1/2 & 3 1/2) and I work from home. As hard as it can be to manage time between family life and working, I love the freedom it provides me to make money to help support my family and still be home with my kids.
My blog is Raising Biracial Babies and the focus is helping moms through the journey of motherhood from pregnancy and childbirth, to parenting young kids, to raising mixed kids and learning mixed hair care.
What’s your ‘money maker’ and what does it involve?
My blog is my money maker.
The overview of running a money making blog includes writing content, finding photos for the content, promoting the content, creating opt-ins so people can sign up for my email newsletter, and creating a relationship with those readers with weekly emails.
Technically how I make money is by selling my own digital products, having ads on my site, and with affiliate marketing.
How long have you been doing it & why did you start?
I’ve had my blog for 2 years. I started it because at the time I was a single mom with two very young kids and the thought of putting them in daycare so I could work at a job that wasn’t fulfilling, crushed me.
So I began to research ways to make money from home and I came across blogging. It took 3 months of research to convince me that I should go at this full force.
I wanted to show other moms that it IS possible to make good money from home doing something you love AND still be present for your kids every day.
I also wanted to reach other women who were struggling with raising little kids or moms struggling with understanding how to take care of biracial hair and support their kids biracial identity.
How much money is it possible to make?
It’s definitely possible to make a full time income blogging.
What’s your favourite thing about it?
Growing up my dad always told me, when you get a job do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. I never understood that because most of the jobs I had weren’t fulfilling, or if they were, they didn’t pay well.
I love that I finally get what he meant. I wake up everyday and I’m excited to work on my blog. I love writing and I’m excited to share solutions to people’s problems. I love the emails I get from readers who connect with what I write.
I love that I can work on my own terms and the sky is the limit. There’s no set wage for blogging. What I do determines what I make and that’s exciting.
What’s been the biggest challenge?
There’s a big learning curve.
When you start out blogging and you know nothing about it, (like I did) you have to learn everything from the ground up.
I had to learn how to build a business and everything that’s involved in that by reading articles, participating in Facebook groups, taking courses, and experimenting with things to see what worked.
Time management can also be a big challenge. Sometimes you get so caught up with work that it’s hard to shut that off and be present with your family. Or if you have something to do with your family, work may not get done that day. So you have to be really self-disciplined.
Is there any advice you’d give to someone wanting to try it?
If you want to start a blog to make money you should definitely go for it, however you don’t make money overnight and when you do start making money the amount isn’t always consistent. You have to be willing to put in the work to reap the rewards, but it’s most definitely possible to make a living working from home with a blog.
Where can we find you?