I’ve been working for “the man” since my first job at 15 in the tobacco fields. I’m still an employee decades later although in much better circumstances. I never thought I could actually be the employer of myself or anyone else.
That changed because of this blog.
Blog to Business
Bucksome Boomer was started for both selfish and selfless reasons. I wanted to keep myself motivated as I strived to become debt-free and hoped I could help at least one person along the way.
One year into blogging I attended the Savvy Blogging Conference and met bloggers who not only made money from their blogs but considered it a business. It started to open my eyes to the possibility and didn’t take long to bear fruit. Six months later the blog had generated $4,000 after only earning $20 the previous year.
Revenue continued to grow the next year and I fully made the transition to business owner. I got a business license and opened a banking account to segregate the money. Money also went out for the blog including a redesign, staff writing and more to improve the end product.
Other Business Possibilities
It’s highly unlikely I can replace my income entirely from this blog. I started a second blog with my sister and we’re light years ahead of income with that than I was with this blog after one year.
I’ve also thought about business ideas outside of the web and have identified a couple that would fit well into our lifestyle in a few years when I retire from my day job.
A New Way of Thinking
All of us can be our own boss, we just need the confidence and self-belief that may be lacking.
My grandfather ran his own business for half his life. He owned bees (6oo hives at one point) and had acres of fruit trees. The bees generated honey plus he rented them out to other orchardists that didn’t want to bee-keep; all on a sixth grade education.
I now believe what my grandfather knew; I can own a successful business. So can You. Are you ready to launch yourself?
This post is a part of Women’s Money Week 2012. For more posts about Entrepreneurship, see womensmoneyweek.com.
photo by jardenberg