Can Blogging Be A Full-Time Job? Yes! (It Is For Me!)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

People often ask me how I got started blogging and how they can start blogging. It isn’t a short answer because there is a lot more going on behind the scenes that people don’t realize and it isn’t quite as simple as some people think. But the easy answer I often give quickly is to just start writing. The long and the short of it is that the most successful bloggers have found something they are passionate about, and they love to share it with the world. 

For many bloggers, the next question becomes, “Can I make money doing this blogging thing?” The answer is yes, but like any start-up business it takes time, a lot of patience and a lot of work. Over the last five years, I have taken a small hobby and turned it into a full-time job. Better, I have turned it into a career for myself that I can do from home. 

Can it be done? Yes. Is it a lot of hard work? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes.

I am very excited to share this video created in partnership with IZEA in which I have a chance to share my story and a glimpse into my daily life. 

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As I mentioned in the video, one of the ways I make money blogging is through partnerships with companies like IZEA.com. IZEA connects brands with creators like myself to create sponsored content. Which means I am offered opportunities to work with companies to help spread the word about what they have to offer in a way that works for me and for my readers. 

I’ve been working with IZEA for four of the five years I have been blogging. They are actually based out of Orlando, so they were one of the first companies I learned about that works with bloggers. Over the years, I have had some really neat opportunities over the years like traveling to Gulf County, Florida, experiencing new dishes at Pei Wei, and creating a new recipe with Libby’s Pumpkin

IZEA has a new platform for creators called the Sponsorship Marketplace, which offers now offers opportunities for sponsored Tweets, pictures on Instagram etc. as well as blog posts. This offers new opportunities for both established bloggers and new bloggers who already have a social media presence to begin to monetize their platforms. 

When blogging went from a hobby to a job I was thrilled that I could use my platform to work and stay home with my girls, but most of all love that I created a job for myself that allows me to do something I love. I am excited to keep seeing where blogging takes me because already so many opportunities have opened up for me that I never dreamed were possible.

Jen Burg The Suburban Mom Blogger
If you are thinking about starting a blog, go for it. And if you already have a blog and you are wondering about ways to make money blogging, sign up for IZEA. Check out the new Sponsorship Marketplace and see how it can help you monetize your hard work. 

By the way — here is the tutorial for the 4th of July Sun Catchers Craft I made while filming my profile!


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26 thoughts on “Can Blogging Be A Full-Time Job? Yes! (It Is For Me!)”

  1. Jen that was AWESOME!

    You know, my husband got laid off in 2009 and in 2007 I had quit my job as an Architect to stay home with my kids. We were faced with a similar situation but I didn’t want to go back to work. Blogging saved us for a couple of years there and still does as he grows the business he started when he was faced with one too many “your over-qualified” letters.

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    • Amazing what that kind of motivation can do, right? At the time, it was sink or swim. I didn’t think, I just did it. But I look back, and I surprised myself.

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  2. I read blogs everyday and certainly realize that there is so much work that goes into keeping a blog up and running. I love reading articles about varied topics, reading reviews on products, reading about places people have traveled, getting ideas on DIY or gardening projects and finding new recipes to try out on my family just to name a few. I also love the giveaways. I love that you get to stay home with your kids and still have a job that you can do from home. I am very interested in starting a blog but not until sometime next year. Right now I am tossing around ideas of what I want to blog about.

    I loved hearing about your success and thought the video was great. Also, thank you for sharing your information on IZEA. Any information you would like to share on how you started up your blog, how to create a website, legal concerns or information you would like to share about blogging, I would love to read about it.

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    • Birdiebee – thanks so much for commenting. It is an incredible and crazy job, but I so totally love it. I have tossed around the idea of doing a series of posts about how to get started blogging for a while now. But it always gets pushed off. Perhaps this is a good time to move that along… πŸ™‚

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  3. Great video Jen! It’s so inspiring to see you turn your blog into such a success. After having my little girl a year and a half ago I chose to stay home with her and decided to start blogging while being mommy. I blog about gluten free living, but especially the challenges that it faces while being pregnant. Right now it’s such a rewarding venture and I can only hope in the future that it helps others and grows into something like you’ve built. Congrats on your accomplishment of being a full time mom and blogger!

    Lindsay
    @Gfreemomtobe

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    • Thanks Lindsay – It has been such an amazing journey. I love the blogging gives moms an outlet like no other platform has before, and it is such a great community to be part of.

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  4. Hi Jen!
    I just started blogging almost 6 months ago so I’m always in the hunt for finding new way to make this new passion of mine a full time career. Thank you for this post. I just signed up with IZEA πŸ™‚ Oh and I also live in Orlando and am a Florida Gator fan πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks so much Marcos. I too started as a fun hobby, even if that is all your friend ever does with her blog — it is a FUN thing to do!! Good luck!

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