It has been eight months since I left my full-time job to pursue my passion for blogging and writing. While I have never regretted my decision to change course in my career, I will admit that there are a lot of things I’m no expert on when it comes to blogging as a business. As I delve deeper into blogging, and what it means to turn my passion into a paycheck — a few common themes keep emerging. How do I work with brands? What should I charge? And how will I be able (and fortunate enough) to have my passion support me?
I’ve been a long-time reader of Career Contessa, a site dedicated to helping women achieve fulfillment and balance in work and life. If you are unfamiliar with it, check out some of their articles. It’s not just a site for millennials or entrepreneurs, but anyone who wants to have a rewarding career at any stage of the game. When I went out to California last spring, I met with the then-editor and decided that I wanted to contribute articles to their site. And when I left my job in August, I became an ambassador for them.
So it was only natural that when I thought I could use some career advice, I sought out an expert from Career Contessa. I particularly enjoy all of the helpful webinars they offer, from “How To Turn Your Side-Hustle Into A Full-Time Job” to “Translating Your Passions Into A Career.” And did I mention that all of these resources are free? What are you waiting for? Head over to their site (after you read this post, of course!). It was in one of these webinars I virtually met Amanda, the blogger behind Advice from a Twenty Something and a Career Contessa expert, who turned her blog into her business. I picked up tons of valuable tips from her webinar and knew she was someone I needed to speak with one-on-one.
I can’t say enough good things about Career Contessa’s Hire an Expert program. It’s a great way to speak with someone knowledgable in your field at an affordable price. And it’s convenient, too (you can opt for a phone call, Google Hangout, or Skype).
I chatted with Amanda last month over Skype and have spent the past few weeks implementing the tips she gave me about growing my blog and working with brands. She offered me a wealth of information about how to grow my social media channels and informed me of some avenues I knew little about — like blog networks. It was nice to know that I’m on the right path, and with her tips, I should be able to achieve everything I want to with my site.
Wherever you are in a career, Career Contessa is a valuable site, and a friendly network of like-minded, career-driven women. If you are interested in receiving their free career newsletter, you can sign up here!
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