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Money 4 Mom: Invest in Yourself

by Freebies4Mom on September 29, 2008 7:33 am

Blogging for almost a year now has reinforced for me that an investment in myself is the best investment to make. I never imagined that I would have my own website someday. Or that it would be a source of income. I used to have a mental block in-place that I could not have a website if I did not know a computer programming language like html. Now I look back and think how silly I was to think that was a roadblock. It’s easy to set-up a free blog with Blogger. With the abundance of free resources on the internet, you can learn almost anything you want to learn. You can also find friends to help you, and experts to lend you a hand.

Investing in yourself also means knowing when to do-it-yourself and when to hire an expert. I’ve been aggressive about making improvements to my blog, and I even hired Sashwhy’s Studio to do a professional design for me. Sure, I could have continued a “self-done” blog and learned the design elements as I went. But I knew that I did not have the time to dedicate to learn the design fast enough to keep up with my goals for my blog. So it was a smart decision to hire an expert to help me. When I encouraged some of my blogging friends to also consider a redesign, I reminded them to invest in themselves. I know it is hard to spend any money on your blog when you have just started out and you can’t even see the day when you will reach the minimum payout for Google Adsense. But guess what? If you are passionate about what you write about, your audience will likely continue to grow. If you are investing wisely in yourself, that investment will pay off. Your blog is all about who you are and what you want to do with those you connect with online.

How else am I investing in myself?
I am treating my blog as my small business.

I am drafting a resume that reflects my blogging achievements thanks to encouragement from Classy Mommy.

I am learning about new blogging tools and resources at BlogCoach.

Speaking of investing in yourself, I’ve just found out about a free magazine called Successful Living that you might be interested in subscribing to. I found out about it from My Precious Pennies, who got her first issue in the mail and said this is a magazine worth reading for the quality articles and refreshing absence of advertising. Read here for her full review of her first issue to help you decide if you want to get a free subscription too.

How are you investing in yourself and investing in your blog or website?

Turn your Blogging hobby into a business at Freebies 4 Mom

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Nancy October 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Great post, I’ve signed up for the magazine and subscribe to BlogCoach.

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Sandy September 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

Thanks for the post. Very helpful.

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The World's Dresser September 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

This was amazingly helpful. Thanks Heather!!

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Trixie September 29, 2008 at 8:11 am

Hi Heather!Thanks for writing about investing in ourselves. Between us, my husband and I own 3 home based businesses. And, honestly, it should’nt be like this, but investing in ourselves is the LAST thing we do. It’s like hitting our heads against a rock to say we are worth the time and money it takes to invest in ourselves. Thank you for the excellent reminder!Take Care,Trixie

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Angie September 29, 2008 at 8:10 am

Great article, Heather! Thanks for the link love!

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