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One of the main things I love about blogging and having a career in blogging is the huge prospects for growth and expansion. Really, there are no limits when it comes to a career in this industry, as the industry is always changing and evolving and as you grow your online following and presence, more and more opportunities open up to you.
In most career paths, there are plenty of things that are on offer which will allow us to grow our knowledge and prospects within our chosen career. These are usually offered to us by employers but when you work for yourself – as you would be if you’re a self employed blogger – it’s up to you to work out how best to enhance your career.
And of course it also depends on your niche and your vision, whether you’re a full-time or part-time blogger or whether you’re doing it on the side and have no intention of taking it full-time. But I’m going to go on the assumption that you’re either a) a full-time blogger or b) want to be a full-time blogger, if you’re reading this!
So if you’re ready to enhance your blogging career and take your career to that next level, here are some suggestions to consider:
Distance learning courses
Distance learning is a FANTASTIC idea for you if you want to enhance your knowledge, expand your mindset and gain well valued qualifications to better enhance your blog. And distance learning is such a great option for so many reasons – look at lockdown if you need an example! Even with the world falling apart, people were still able to learn from home. Amazing, right?
There are so many option for distance learning available, depending on your qualifications, time and budget. And there are also so many different courses available, many of which can help you enhance your blogging career based on your niche and specialties. Some courses which would be idea for bloggers are:
- Web Design
- Social Media (these could also help you expand into social media management)
- Business Planning & Marketing
- Digital Photography
- Creative Writing
- Freelance Journalism
Invest in advice from experts in the industry
I’m not talking about bloggers who did 5 minutes of research about SEO and are now offering a course for £200. That’s a whole other post for a whole other time. What I mean is those bloggers who have the experience and the results to back up what they’re offering. Like Ell from the (aff) Pinterest With Ell course – if you want someone who knows what they’re taking about when it comes to Pinterest, you won’t get much better than her!
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Consider different income streams
There is a lot of money to be made within the blogging industry – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! And there are a ton of ways in which you can make that money. If you feel as if your blogging career has come to a bit of a halt in terms of opportunities, prospects and income, it’s time to reevaluate and make some new opportunities for yourself. How are other bloggers making money that you haven’t dipped your toes into yet?
Create a new product, service or project
If you’re at a bit of a standstill, maybe it’s time to get those creative juices flowing. Now is a great time to consider developing a new product, service or project that you can sell or offer to your readers in some way. Perhaps something completely different for you that’s out of your comfort zone. Or perhaps you FINALLY get started with that project you’ve been putting off for months!
Step out of your comfort zone
Which leads me nicely onto this point. Get out of that damn comfort zone. I love the comfort zone as much as the next person but I rarely grow when I’m in it. It’s only when I put myself in a place of discomfort or unease that I truly reap the benefits and see the growth. Not only in myself but in my blog and my business. So perhaps for you, stepping out of your comfort zone is writing an eBook or doing live streams. Whatever it is… do it. I dare you.
Don’t ignore the small things
And don’t forget that enhancing your blogging career isn’t always about the big gestures. The small stuff matters too. The small stuff ALWAYS matters. That might mean simply having a re-brand or experimenting with different fonts and colours on your blog. It might mean starting a newsletter or trying a different style of photography.
Are you going to use any of these tips to enhance your blogging career? Do you already do any of these things? Do you have anything else to add to this list?