How I Quit My Job to Become a Blogger (2021 edition)

OCTOBER 12, 2020 – UPDATE:

I first published the below article three years ago.

Every word of it is as true now in 2020 (and going into 2021) as it was in 2018.

Working from home is perhaps MORE possible than ever now, one of the few positive changes to come out of 2020 – in my opinion.

There is still SO much potential for those want to create their own job freedom.

(THIS POST PROBABLY CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS REALLY BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)

When it comes to blogging specifically, the ONE thing that may be a little different now is I would perhaps start with a niche site, rather than a “blog”, but at the end of the day it’s gonna do the same thing for you. (Learn more about starting a niche site here.)

Now, on with the important stuff:

Ever think about quitting your day job?

I’m almost sure you do!

Never waking up again at 6 am to commute, never again worrying more about someone else’s bottom line, never missing another one of your baby’s firsts… never (ever) smiling like you mean it (but really, really, not meaning it) – when you’d rather just flat out punch the guy in the throat? (I worked in customer service. Can you tell?)

Or maybe your dream is throwing your laptop in a bag and getting on the next plane – working from the beach with a margarita in hand…

I’d be willing to bet MOST of us have at least thought about it.

But you’re a responsible person. You have bills to pay, and you’re smarter than to think you can chase some pipe dream all the way to the bank. You’re gonna put in your time and do what needs to be done to make sure you’re making a decent enough living.

That’s what grown-ups do.

I get it… ‘cus I’m that way too.

No really, I really am that way – when it comes to living the dream, I am a hard sell; I am a skeptic.

But I am also a success story.

Three years ago, I was in a very different place in my life.

Here’s the abbreviated version:

I was settling in as a receptionist (at a job I loved, but didn’t make a killing at), after 10 years of terrible customer service work (at a job I hated, but made decent money at).

I was ready to accept the pay decrease to finally be happy.

About three months in, we found out I was pregnant. (Not unplanned, but still unexpected. We had been trying for a long time, and I was giving up on the idea of becoming a mom. Praise God for His many blessings ♥.)

It didn’t take me more than 5 minutes to decided that if we were finally going to have a baby, then I was going to raise the baby – not pay some strangers to do it for me. (This is not a slight against working moms – this is what I wanted for me and my family.  I want to be the one there with my baby, day in and day out.)

But, I had no idea how I was going to do that. (Like none. It was blank inside my head.)

I had tried and tried over the years to figure out how to quit my job and work from home – as a travel agent, as a photographer, as a “crafter” (yes that’s a real thing). I had started a blog on a whim once… and given it about two weeks of “effort” before I abandoned it. I had considered transcription. But none of those things were working for me. They all felt a little like wading through waist deep mud – maybe this is why I am a skeptic?

Maybe these experiences had “proven” to me that working from home is a pipe dream? (Baffling, because both my parents work from home. I’ve seen it done!)

But this time, there was a reason bigger than just me not wanting to go to work

This time, I wanted to make working from home real for myself more than I wanted anything else in the world. 

I had no idea where to start, what steps to take, how to make it happen.

Then a little voice inside my head said  “You love to write – there has to be a way you can write”!

That first “start my blog” experience I had was pretty scarring.

I wasted 70 bucks and WordPress had made me feel about 103 years old. (Am I the only 30 year old woman in the western world who never took a single computer class in high school?) So you wouldn’t think blogging would be the thing I would choose to do.

(I honestly can not even tell you why I chose blogging… except that God must have directed me here.)

But this time there was a big glaring difference in how I approached it.

This time, I decided that I would not fail. I decided to be all in.

I did a.l.o.t. of research. I realized that if you want to do make money at something, you need to LEARN to do it RIGHT.

There are no practicing Doctors out there who didn’t graduate from medical school, no lawyers who haven’t passed the bar. Getting an education in what you want to do is usually necessary. So I invested a decent chunk of change into a blogging course.

And then I worked.

I quit watching TV, quit surfing Facebook, quit shopping and cooking and showering and sleeping. I worked 50+ hours per week on the blog, while still working my desk job 4 days per week. (I was on a baby imposed deadline. It probably doesn’t have to be quite this intense – HA.)

I put in the time. (And the tears, and more money. Yes, it cost me money.) And it just started to come together.

One year later, I was making a full time income from blogging. (You can read my income reports here.) I will not be returning to a desk job (or any job). I am raising my baby and working for myself from home.

(If I didn’t have kids, I could be working for myself from anywhere.)

It’s not a pipe dream at all.

UPDATE: Five years in, and blogging is better than ever. The longer I do this, the more I learn.

How to quit your job and work from home as a blogger:

First of all, start now.

Just do it. (It really is dirt cheap to get started. Follow this easy, step by step tutorial here: How to Start a Blog.)

There is no time like now. If I hadn’t started a year ago, the year would still have passed. 

Whatever reason you have for not starting, it’s probably not good enough. You are capable – if you decide to be.

I am nothing special.

No, really. That’s not a self-esteem “issue” statement – I’m a pretty confident lady – it’s just a fact. I have no education, no special talents, no anything about me that sets me apart from you or from anyone else. I am not more qualified than you. (Maybe I am more determined, but that’s something that you have complete control over!) I just decided to do it, and then I did it. 

As far as the secret to making a full time living BLOGGING in less than a year, I believe it really does come down to a few key things.

I go over HOW to do all these things in more detail in this free mini course, but in a nutshell:

  • Start your blog the right way, with an understanding that it is not going to be easy (.Just start with a cheap hosting company, so you have money to invest in education.)
  • Invest in learning how to blog. You need to treat your blog like it is your business.
  • Do not get distracted by the rest of life. Your blog needs to be a priority.
  • Choose a niche with a lot of potential. (More on that here.)
  • Write ONLY profitable content that will get you clicks and views and shares – AND MAKE YOU MONEY. Don’t bother writing fluff. 
  • Have 25 or more AWESOME, clickable posts written BEFORE you start promotion.
  • Learn how to get easy page views with Pinterest. (This was essential to my success.)
  • Do affiliate marketing the right way (yes, there’s definitely a wrong way)
  • Learn how to get page views from OTHER sources too. (I STRONGLY recommend Lena Gott’s Traffic Transformation Guide .)
  • Don’t be afraid to jump into monetization strategies right away.
  • Try ALL THE THINGS! Don’t just put up some Ads and Amazon links and call it a day.
  • Have patience in those first few slow painful months. Don’t give up!

I’ve put together a FREE course on how to start a blog (and make money) to help you get going in the right direction for profitability. Starting a blog for profit is different than just “starting a blog”, and there are things – important things – that you need to understand to make money blogging. ESPECIALLY if you want to make money quickly. The free course will help you get a solid foundation set up. 

I’m not saying that blogging has to be the thing for you, however.

There are lots of work from home jobs that you can approach the same way I approached blogging – and be just as successful at.

Find your thing and DO YOUR THING.

Choose to make the change. Stop whining about your job and fix your life.

If you’re looking for other work at home suggestions, consider becoming a virtual assistant, or try freelance writing.

I’ve always thought that transcription or proofreading looked like awesome options – more about both of those work from home ideas here.

Just start. And then don’t stop until you succeeded.

Related: Stay at home mom jobs: the ultimate guide to earning an income from home

Does this apply to everyone? Does this apply to you?

Fact of the matter is, if you don’t think it DOES apply to you, then it won’t.

This only applies to you if you let it.

If you are ready to work for yourself, then do it.

Let’s be real. (There’s an awful lot of not real on the internet, and I hope you know you won’t find that stuff here.)

I am not (even though I do joke about it) working from my couch in my jammies. I am putting on pants, and choosing to work when I would rather not. I am spending every free moment I have learning more to improve the way I do what I am doing.

It is hard to work for yourself. It is hard to make something – with your bare hands – that amounts to anything.

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. 

But here’s the thing. It’s also hard to hate what you do, hate paying some else to raise your kids, hate that you’re trading two hours of sleep every day for two hours on the train.

It might be the path of least resistance, but it’s still hard.

So choose your hard. 

Related: How to Start a Blog and Make Money From Home
Related: 4 Secrets of People Who Successfully Work From Home#blogging #workfromhome #blogger #blog #startablog

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140 thoughts on “How I Quit My Job to Become a Blogger (2021 edition)”

  1. Congrats on all your success. I started a blog in late April and I’ve been working really hard on making great content myself. I personally work part-time from home and it’s only made me hungrier to be a stay-at-home mom. I’m dying to stop working on someone else’s to-do list. I don’t want to throat punch anyone, but I do want to get away from the crazy. I like tailwind myself, but I’m skeptical to paying full price for it now that my free trial is over. What do you like best for scheduling pins on pinterest? I’ve read others recommend Board Booster and I don’t know which one to pull the trigger on.

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  2. Thank you for this post! I’m very happy for your success and it inspires me to not quit. I started blogging last year and just recently put ads and started using amazon links. I’m a stay at home mom but it’s been very difficult and I need extra income but do not want anyone raising my kids. I get 20 page views and not making income. This is a huge motivation that it’s possible. I won’t be watching tv, cleaning, cooking, sleeping and make it happen lol

    Xoxo,
    Jenny

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    • Hi Jenny!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! IT really is an uphill battle to make a full time income from a blog but it is totally worth the effort! I wish you ALL the best 🙂 xx

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  3. Hey,this seems very interesting and inspiring.Even I started my own blog, although not making any substantial money. But,the feeling of working for yourself and building an asset is really soothing.I am actually enjoying this adventurous blogging journey.
    “It is hard to work for yourself. It is hard to make something – with your bare hands – that amounts to anything.If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. ” so true. One needs to be calm and have patience in the blogging field.

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    • HI Harleen – yes… PATIENCE is so important! Just keep going – the making money part takes some time to figure out. 🙂

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  4. I have read so many of these kinds of blogs and I am so glad to have stumbled upon yours! I think it resonates more with me than others because your story is similar to mine. I am an avid book reader/lover and have always dreamed of writing, unfortunately, it is not something that gets a whole lot of support when you tell people that. I have an idea and some hopes for a blog (and more) and would truly love some advice and feedback! Thanks!

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    • Hi Sari!! Thanks for your comment! I hope if you choose to jump into blogging you just remember to take it slow and enjoy every minute of it!

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  5. So glad I found your blog! I just started my own and hope to eventually have the same outcome. with lots of time and hard work of course! I’m looking forward to the future with this new step in life.

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  6. I loved reading this post! Super helpful and informative! It gives me some inspiration as my traffic isn’t too high. Thank you so much!

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  7. Congrats on your success! I am just starting out with my blog, and hope to be where you are some day. Great Information and inspiration!

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    • Thanks Kate!! I hope the same for you 🙂 Best of luck on your journey!

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  8. Welp, this is quite the encouragement for me as I just rebranded my 6 year old blog to make it fit my message better and am ready to dive in with grit! I have like 5 tabs open now to go read from this post alone! Hugs lady! Way to rock it! I hope our paths cross as my blog becomes a frontline mom blog too ???. Holding the vision I’ve been given!!! Question: do you attend blogging conferences too? And, what do you think is actually a waste of money for blogging? Thanks!

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    • He Julie!! I wish you ALL THE BEST going forward with monetizing your blog! You have such a huge head start – WOOT! I haven’t been to any blogging conferences yet… hopefully one day soon? I think they are probably a waste of money to begin with… and then once you have grown a bit they might be worth it 🙂

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  9. Hi Carly, just been reading the comments, I also have just found you on Pinterest and have a bunch of your tabs all competing for my attention. After a year and a bit of blogging, which I’m a bit addicted to (I’m thinking more about writing than I am praying, maybe that should change!), I’ve decided to take it to the next level and actually turn it from a hobby into a job – just have to figure out HOW. You have inspired me! I’m just a little worried it will take over my life and I’ll ignore my children too much 🙂

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    • I wish I could say it won’t take over your life, but it DOES! It’s so hard to keep a good balance. I’m guilty of paying more attention to my blog than to my life, and I am working really hard on finding some balance. I wish you all the best on your blogging journey! (And balance, I wish you balance too!)

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  10. Awesome post 🙂

    I love reading success stories and can relate to what you say, I started my blog in April and am just plugging away, the learning curve is huge but I will not be quitting until I can leave my job and spend more time at home with my family.
    I work away and am sat writing this in a crap hotel 200 miles away from home wishing I was with my wife and son.
    I have just got your book so working my way through that and will be implementing once finished.
    Thank you again and wishing you continued success with your blog.

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    • Thank you so much Mark! I hope that very soon you can write a VERY similar post!

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  11. God always has great surprises for us. 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration, i’ve been working my ass off for more than a year now and needed the input.

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    • Keep working girl! I know it feels like a loooooooong road lol

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  12. Thank you so much for your honesty in your post. I have been on the fence about starting a blog for months now. I have a full time job and two young children. I am a single parent as well. My job, even though I love it, just isn’t bringing in enough income. I need to make more, but I’m nervous about beginning a blog. Mainly because I am afraid 1- it wont be profitable and 2- what if I can’t write enough? What if I draw blanks and cant’ come up with anything to keep the blog going? Do you have any suggestions for this?

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    • HI Sarah!! Writing is the hardest part of blogging for me too. I have blanks in my head ALL THE TIME. In fact, I think content creation is the thing that’s holding my blog back – I’m sorry that’s probably not what you wanted to hear!

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  13. Thank you for writing that kind of blogs.It is a lot helping.i subscribed it and i am also writing blogs but i am not getting results.
    I will appreciate if you will check it once and give me feedback to do better.
    plz check once http://www.iaminblog.tk

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    • HI Shawn, I had a look at your blog and it looks like you do have a way to go – but that’s ok! It’s a learning curve. For one thing, I can’t tell what your blog is about… there is no clear message when I land on your page. I would work on that first of all! Best of luck to you 🙂

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  14. Hey Carly, I stumbled across your blog on Pinterest and I found your blog post very helpful to me as someone who literally just started blogging. I hope I can be like you one day. I.e., your own boss and killing it! Love how your tone is so sincere. It makes me feel like we are having an actual conversation. Keep it up!

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    • I wish you all the best Rachel! The important thing is to just KEEP GOING even when it’s hard!

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  15. Hi Carly! This is such a motivating post. I’ve been blogging since the beginning of July, bought your Pinterest book in August, have had some Pinterest success and made a little money from being an affiliate for your book (thank you by the way!). I lost my job of 15 years at the end of September and will have to find a new one soon since my blog is making so little money but I plan to stick with it! If I quit now, who knows what I could be missing out on the coming months, right? I love your honesty and directness. If you’d have a minute to look at my blog and make any suggestions, I would love to hear them. http://www.lazysundaysblog.com Thank you so much!

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    • Hey Keli!! Thank YOU for being an affiliate! I so appreciate it! I will shoot you an email 🙂

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  16. Hi Carly, this was interesting information! Thank you for sharing. I recently started a blog and am struggling to get it off the ground (I’ve been active for about 3 months). Your site is awesome! Could I email you about your site setup?

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  17. Hi Carly!

    Congrats on your success! It’s AWESOME that this worked out very well for you!

    I just started my blog and I know there’s SO much to learn! It’s also very tough w/ a day job but I’m still pouring in as much time as I can, trying to not burn myself.

    The bad part is I even think about my blog while working my day job (dying to get off so I can work in it)… I catch myself thinking about it almost 24/7 for two months now, which can get stressful and overwhelming. The second I’m not doing anything related to the blog, I feel like I’m slacking off. Am I the only one? Or did you feel this too when you started? Lol…

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    • When I started? Still? lol. Honestly I wish I could let it go a little. I’m alllllllways working, even if it’s just in my head. BUT I think that’s part of what allowed me to see success in a short time.

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