Professional blogging is not an easy profession to be in. The hours are long, the pay isn’t that great, and you usually end up putting a whole lot of work into something to get little in return monetarily. Blogging is truly a profession chosen out of a passion for the love of writing and sharing information with others, and the process of building your blog into a brand is typically full of hurdles and challenges. However if you are in the midst of trying to build up your blogging credibility, freelance writing is a great way to do so.
1. Extra income
Bloggers normally don’t make a lot of money. Ad revenue may bring in some income, and you may be able to write a sponsored post every now and then, but it is by and large something that just doesn’t bring in a lot of income. If you freelance as well as blog you have the opportunity to bring in additional cash flow, making it more reasonable to stay in a profession that isn’t always profitable.
2. More exposure to different writing styles
While you may post a new blog post every day, your posts all probably follow the same format and appeal to the same target audience. By freelance writing you have an opportunity to write on varying topics, giving you a more well-rounded approach to your writing.
3. Helps improve writing skills
Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to pursuing a profession in the writing field. Writing for a variety of different publications and venues in addition to your blog will help you continually improve your writing skills. No one will ever be a perfect writer, so it’s imperative to continue writing as much as possible. As you get to be a better writer your blog’s audience will continue to expand.
4. It gives you a chance to get honest feedback
Your blog likely generates loyal readers who give mainly positive feedback to each post that you write. However when you freelance for others you have an opportunity to see how a different set of eyes respond to your writing. It’s another chance to see where you may be lacking and can improve, and what’s working that you should continue doing.
5. It’s fun and challenging
As much as you may love your blog and your blog readers, sometimes it’s fun to get out there and write about another topic that is completely opposite of what you normally cover on your blog. You should always be challenging yourself as a writer to get out of your comfort zone, and sometimes freelancing is the first step you can take towards that.
Blogging professionally is an extremely rewarding profession. However freelancing in addition to your blogging can help open up doors to new opportunities, helping you grow as a writer and continue to challenge yourself. Plus you get to make extra money on the side – and who can really argue with that?!
Author Bio:- Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to hire a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.