July 15, 2014

5 Tips to Blogging on a Budget {FREE DOWNLOAD}

Tyler and I are avid users of a financial budget. I'm not quite sure I would know how to function without a budget. I appreciate the boundaries it set for us. It helps us stay on track and achieve our goals. Last year when I quit my day job it put us in a very different situation financially. When I set out to do what I was going to do, I knew everything I did I would have to figure out myself because the blog and the shop had little to no budget. Whatever the blog and shop made monetarily was the only money I could pour back into it. It was tricky.
Since then the budget for the blog and shop has grown, but only a fraction. Tyler and I have specific financial goals for our lives and those come first. Learning to blog on a budget has been tricky, but totally worth it.
Tips for Blogging on a Budget

1.) Supplement Knowledge for Money: Because I didn't have  a lot of money to invest in the blog I had to invest knowledge into my blog. I didn't let not having a large budget for my blog keep me from moving forward. If I wanted to make changes or grow I had to learn how to do that by educating myself. Skillshare is a great tool for educating yourself. And up until August 12th you could win a lifetime membership! Go check it out!

2.) Build Relationships: One of the greatest things about blogging is the community. You can grow and learn a ton by building relationships with other bloggers. Button/Ad swapping is a great example of this. You don't have to spend any money to button swap and you're still getting your name out there.

3.) Always Ask: We all have questions, ideas,  and concerns. Always ask. The worst thing that could happen is that someone could say no and there is no harm in that. Do you wish you could do a product review of one of your favorite brands? Send an email and ask. You'll start building relationships with brands and in the end that brand might promote you! Do you have questions about how another blogger is working on something. Email them and ask.

4.) Be Strategic: This one has been most influential in my blogging budget. Because my blogging budget is small I have to be really strategic with the money I spend. I'm not just thinking about what is taking place that week, I'm thinking about what is taking place that month and the month after that. If something is happening in two months that is more then my budget, then I will be making decisions with my budget that will make it possible to have enough money in two months. I have had to say no to some really fun things, because I was working hard to be strategic with my budget.

5.) Have fun: Blogging on a budget can be tough sometimes, but all the work and decisions I've made for my blog and shop mean so much to me because I've had to make calculated decisions about the money I invest and the time I put into it. Don't let your budget rule over you. Remember to have fun and trust in Jesus. He's the one that is making all the strides for you.
Do you have a blog budget or do you plan on creating one? After putting together this post I decided to create a blog budget digital download just for you! You can download it here! In what ways has a blogging on a budget helped to increase your blogging knowledge?

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14 comments:

  1. Lovely post - it goes to show that you don't need a lot of money to do an awesome job/ have a wicked blog, you just have to have a whole lotta passion.

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    1. Yes, I love how you put that. It's all about being driven by your passion! So, so right! :)

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  2. These are some great tips! I love how organized you are when it comes to blogging- it's really encouraging!

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    1. Thanks Carly! You're comment just made my day! I'm so glad it's an encouragement! :)

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  3. Love this. LOVE your photo header even more!!!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like it! I actually couldn't decide if I liked it. I kept staring at it and asking Tyler what he thought, I'm so encouraged by your comment! :)

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  4. Great advice! You blog is looking so good lady! I am in love with all that you have done here! You are a pro!

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    1. YAYAYAYAYAYA! That's me being super pumped! Thanks for your encouragement! I was till on the fence on how I felt about it! I'm so glad you like it!

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  5. Ah, these are GREAT tips- and a big encouragement for me to read this morning....cause it can be discouraging sometimes realizing that this hobby of mine feels expensive.
    Thanks for sharing Samantha!

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    1. I'm so glad it was encouraging! It's kind of tricky how blogging can be expensive, I think you and your blogging are doing so great though!

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  6. Ooh, I love this! I honestly haven't put much money into my blog but have recently decided to buy a font and it made me realize that tracking my blogging purchases is just as important as all of my other purchases. That said, thanks for the freebie and I'm with Elizabeth and Meg, the new header looks so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Kiki! I'm so grateful for your encouragement! Where did you buy your font from? I've only ever used FontSpace.

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  7. I love love love that you are working from home. I am hoping that in the future (when we have babies) that I am able to do the same thing. We will need to stick to a budget like this!

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    1. I'm so grateful that I've had the opportunity to work from home and Tyler has been a trooper. I've recently consider going back to work to pay off our student loans faster, we're leaving it all in God's hands. :)

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