Turning your hobby into cash – Part 7

Welcome to part 7 in our series of inspiring mums who have turned their hobby into a business.  Today Carol Smith tells us how an idea to log her journey with her baby daughter became a successful business for her.

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1) What is your hobby?

Blogging

2) Was this a hobby you started when you became a mother or something you have always done?

I started my blog when my first daughter was 16 weeks old as a way to log our journey together.

3) What motivated you into monetising your hobby?

When I decided to return to work after my maternity leave the company declined my application to work part time. So I left them and started to look for part time work, after 6 months of searching I decided to give professional blogging a go and become self-employed.

4) How did you develop your hobby into something more?

I did it in two ways:

1) I monetised my blog through advertising, sponsored posts and affiliates.

2) I used my blog as a platform to get blogging jobs writing for other people. I set up a page on my blog offering freelance services and advertised on social media.

5) Do you consider what you are doing now to be a business or a self-funding hobby?

It is now a business, though I am on maternity at the moment. My business has developed into freelance blogging and offering virtual assistant services, using my new and existing skills.

6) What do you gain from this venture?

My work is very flexible so I can work around pre-school and nap times. I earn my own money and get a real sense of achievement.

7) Who is your target audience/customer?

I tend to work for other mums who run their own businesses which is fantastic as they understand working constraints and believe in true flexible working.

8) What advice would you give to another Mum who was thinking about turning a hobby into something more?

Research your niche, see who else is out there doing what you are doing and see if it is a viable business.

Go for it, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith! Start off small and see where it takes you.

9) How do people contact you/find out more about your businesses?

You can contact me at carolproblogger@gmail.com

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