Today’s “I Want to Be” Series features Julie Mayfield who works from home full time on her own blog, The Family CEO as well as blogging for U.S. News and World Report and PerkStreet. She has inspired her readers with her family’s story of getting out of debt while paying cash for her daughter’s college education. Find out how to connect with Julie at the end of this article.
How long have you had your business?
I started blogging in 2006, but I didn’t realize it was a business at the time. My path has taken several twists and turns since then with other forms of writing online, but I came full circle back to the blog.
What led you to pursue it?
I was reading a lot of blogs and found myself wanting to take part in the conversation.
Are you full time or part time? If part-time, do you anticipate switching to full time?
It depends on whether you’re talking about time or income. I’m blogging full-time for part-time income. LOL I’d like that to change some day, but I’d say it’s that way for almost any business you’d start.
How do you market your business?
The Family CEO is my home base online. Every opportunity I’ve had – including blogging for U.S. News & World Report with my daughter – has come through the blog.
What is your favorite part of the business?
I honestly love it all. Researching, writing, photography, marketing, working with advertisers, and nerdy techy stuff. That’s why blogging is such a good fit for me.
What one question do you get most from people about your business?
How did you get started doing that?
What one myth or misconception do you want to dispel about the work you do?
That bloggers are just people who talk about what they had for lunch. Some do, but I find a lot of inspiration in the blogs I read and I hope my blog provides that for someone else.
What advice do you have for others who want to get into a similar opportunity?
Stop thinking and start doing. Everything I know I learned by jumping in and working it out as I went. And I still learn new things every single day.
What is the first step?
Choose a domain and set up a blog on Wordpress.org.
What websites or books do you recommend for tips?
Blogging with Amy. It’s a fantastic blog about blogging. I would advise anyone who is interested in setting up a blog should start by going through her archives.
*Photo by Tax Credits via Flickr.
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