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Bloggers are Freelancers: Learn to Say ‘Yes’ Wisely!

How could you say 'No' to me?

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]

One of the things that I learned very early on is that my blog is the cheapest (and best) form of active marketing that I can possibly leverage.

And for a long time I used my blog as a channel of income for freelance design and software development projects for clients and organizations; in fact, I still do at times (although I don’t say “Yes” nearly as often!).

What I’ve discovered is that many other bloggers who have these skills (and more) have found very similar success and I highly encourage you to do just that, especially if you’re working towards becoming a full time blogger.

Work is work, as they say, and you can afford (literally) to take any opportunity that walks through your blog’s gates. But managing it well and marketing it well (and using the right tools like promotion through social networks) is the challenge.

I thank God for my blog and the income that it has generated both directly and indirectly as a result of some of the stuff that I write and even the worst blog posts still generate pageviews and traffic. In the beginning I would take anything!

But here’s the catch…

Saying “Yes” Wisely

One of the challenges of becoming a full time blogger is that you’ve essentially become a freelancer and you will have all the native challenges of a freelancer like time management, finding the right environment to work in, distractions (if you work from home and have screaming children to manage) and managing loneliness (at times).

One of the best things you can learn to do today though is how to say “Yes” and “No” wisely for the right projects. I don’t have any specific counsel in this area (since I’m a terrible offender) but I can say that if you know your boundaries and have the right systems and accountability in place you’ll do just fine.

In other words, you need to make your decisions less in a vacuum and more in a conversation that knows your situation as well as you do (or even better – sometimes we are pretty blind to our own reality).

Most people when moving into full time blogging or professional blogging will say “Yes” to about anything and everything that comes through the door and the more you hone your ability to discern wisely what is a good opportunity and what is a better (and best) opportunity the longer you’ll be able to sustain your workflow and passion as burnout is your greatest enemy!

And, of course, always have time to write amazing blog content and make sure that’s at the top of your list!

How have you used your blog to solicit opportunities for jobs and work? Have you ever “firmed up” your strategy and execution? What does this look like? How are you saying “Yes” wisely and well?

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]