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How It All Began
The idea to start this blog, Miss Corporate Dropout, came to light as I walked around the office informing my co-workers that I’d put in my two-week notice. After months of thoughtful consideration, I’d decided to quit my corporate job in hopes that I’d find another avenue to make money that didn’t involve soul-crushing boredom.
When someone tells you they’re quitting their job, the natural follow up is to ask what job they’re going to next. It was the same in my case as well; my co-workers were eager to learn about my new gig.
Except I didn’t have a new gig.
And when I told them that I had nothing else lined up at the moment, they looked at me like I was nuts. I’d go on to explain that I wasn’t happy in my current position and I wanted to find something that aligned with my true passions. Their shock morphed into a look of familiarity. Many of my colleagues would tell me they were in the same boat: they hated their job but stayed because of the money or job security.
It was comforting to know I wasn’t the only one who didn’t enjoy their job.
Instead of acting like I was a complete idiot, they applauded my newfound bravery and couldn’t wait to see what I’d do next. A few of my colleagues knew that I’d been hosting on Airbnb for several months, and wanted to know more about my side hustles adventures.
That’s when the lightbulb went off and the idea to start this blog came to life.
The Big Idea
2 weeks after leaving the corporate world, I registered the domain misscorporatedropout.com with Bluehost. At the time, I didn’t know exactly what I’d do next, but I knew I needed to highlight my journey of leaving the corporate world while I attempted to build passive income.
I love a challenge.
Blogging as Passive Income?
This brings me to my next reason for starting this blog: passive income. Blogging seemed like a natural side hustle to try. I’d always loved writing, and my life change seemed to interest people.
For the past year, I’ve been making significant passive income from renting my guest bedroom on Airbnb, and I like the idea of adding another layer of income.
I previously started a blog in 2015 that I regrettably didn’t give the time and attention it deserved. Typical of blogging newbies, I created 5 or 6 rambling posts that I’d brain dumped onto the computer. If anyone spent more than 3 seconds on my previous blog, it was 2 seconds too many. (If you’re one of the poor souls that ever saw my previous blog, sorry ’bout that!)
Out of those 5 or 6 craptastic posts, only 1 of them was of decent quality. That single decent post contained step-by-step instructions on how I stained my kitchen cabinets, inclusive of before and after photos. (I transferred that old post to this blog. You can check out how I stained my kitchen cabinets for less than $200.)
I threw in a few affiliate links for the products I used during the staining process and then posted it on a few Pinterest boards. Over the following 6-8 months, I got a steady flow of visitors to my site for that one tutorial. People were even clicking on my affiliate links!
Over the course of 2015, I made about $300 of passive income from readers purchasing products through my links. I was kinda amazed by this because I never really promoted the post.
The light bulb went off again.
What if I actually invested time and hard work on a blog that provided valuable content?
Imagine what I could accomplish! Through chatting with my friends and networking, I’d already seen that there’s a significant amount of women who want to quit their jobs, but aren’t sure how to make it happen, or how to financially prepare themselves for such a move.
And let’s face it, more than any other generation, millennials don’t want to be chained to a desk. We want freedom. (Seriously though, who doesn’t?)
To further dedicate myself to this blog, I enrolled in Elite Blog Academy. EBA is a blogging course created by Ruth Soukup which walks bloggers step-by-step how to build, grow and monetize their blogs.
Here’s her story: Ruth started the blog Living Well Spending Less in 2010, and within a few years made enough money to where she now makes a full-time income from her blog…oh, and her husband was able to quit his full-time job, too. She teaches us the ins and outs of everything she’s learned in the process of building her blog. (I’m lazy, so I’d rather learn from her mistakes and save myself some time.)
Enrolling in the course was expensive ($799 to be exact), but I knew that if I shelled out some cash, I’d be more inclined to put in the work. I’d also been reading so many positive reviews of the course, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
I had considered purchasing books on blogging, but if I’m being honest, I knew I likely would never finish them. I would’ve read the first couple of chapters, and then it would join the graveyard of books collecting dust on my nightstand. (I’ll provide more of an update/review on this course as I get closer to finishing.)
RELATED: If the $799 course price tag is over your budget, Ruth’s book How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul is a great alternative.
I haven’t even reached the midpoint of the course yet, and I enjoy learning about SEO, Pinterest marketing, and elements of graphic design. The creative part of my brain in being reawakened after a 10-year slumber. Good to know it’s still working!
Last but not least, this blog is a source to keep me accountable.
In the 4 months since I quit my corporate job, there have been days where I’ve questioned my decision.
Who am I to think I can have a life where I get paid to do something I love?
What makes you think anyone wants to hear what you have to say?
You’ve had enough time off – time to get back to work. You need 401K contributions and some insurance, honey!
But now that I have this little blog named Miss Corporate Dropout, I can’t go running back to Corporate America on those days when I’m questioning myself. I mean seriously, what kind of hypocrite would I be calling myself Miss Corporate Dropout and then running out to get a corporate job? Credibility meet window.
Starting this blog is definitely more work than I ever thought, but I’m learning that the sweat equity is where many new bloggers fail. Many people commonly think they can just create a blog and start collecting $$$, but that’s not exactly how it works. A successful blog requires an investment of time and passion. If there’s no passion behind the posts, the content suffers.
It’s my goal that you’ll see my passion behind every post.
Thanks for joining me on this ride – strap in!
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