Of course, they might not always understand what you are trying to do, but as soon as you show them the numbers it starts to make a little sense.
And rather than trying to sell a get quick rich or multi-level marketing scheme, blogging is a much easier sell.
Everyone has something to say, don’t they?
However, best intentions don’t always end up with the desired result, as my first attempt at convincing my sister to start a blog ended up with a website that never got past the first post.
Sure the initial excitement was enough to get started, but she lacked confidence and need extra hand holding, which was hard from 1700km away, Fortunately, she chose a low-cost plan from iPage and lost less than $60 on the failure.
Starting a Craft Blog
But a year later, I revisited the idea with her and this time the idea stuck as she created a craft blog.
Of course, hating her day job was enough to finally get serious about alternative forms of income. Let’s face it, when you’re getting close to retirement what happens if you lose your job? What are your chances finding a new one?
At least with blogging as a fallback plan, you can always rely on a little extra income and even turn it into a full-time profession if you suddenly find yourself out of work.
Now the writing hasn’t been easy for her, but I’m proud of her because she pushed through that initial pain point, and is actually doing just fine now.
And it’s in a niche that she really enjoys so basically it’s a win-win.
Although the website is only a few months old, she is already getting organic traffic for the search terms we’ve targetted. Yipeee!
And since she’s also creating YouTube videos, we’ve discovered an additional income stream, when the channel starts to pick up.
I’m really happy with the progress so far, and when she comes back from a short break, she’s going record videos ready to be scheduled for the rest of the year. Which is also going to be the ongoing inspiration for her blog posts.
Do you see how these can work hand in hand?
And both opportunities offer different ways to monetise so it’s not a case of putting all your eggs in one basket.
Here’s the blog on Kids Craft Ideas.
In fact, my kids love the notion that their Aunty is doing crafty stuff because what kids don’t like to make craft and she always has plenty of craft materials on hand, which is another bonus.
So despite an initial failure and a loss of $60, she found another niche, spent $60 on another 2-years of iPage for her craft blog and is well on her way to making blogging her full-time job.
It never hurts to have a few options at hand in case you start to hate your day job and still need a ready income.
No longer do you need to be working towards someone else’s dreams, when the Internet affords you the opportunities to begin working towards your own.
Start your own craft blog today!
UPDATE: This craft blog is still growing steadily, however, my sister’s attention has more recently been focussed on YouTube. Just remember that both a Blog and YouTube work very well together and both can drive traffic to each other.