Today's “I Want to Be” series features Fanny Seto, she previously owned a wedding video business and worked in online marketing before beginning her journey into writing. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Living Richly on a Budget. She enjoys cooking, playing guitar and ukulele, reading, learning new things and being at home with her 19 month old daughter.
How long have you had your business?
3 years - My blog, Living Richly on a Budget, started in 2009, but I didn't really work on it consistently until 2010. Just this year, I wrote an ebook, Eating Organic on a Budget, which is an added source of income.
What led you to pursue it?
I was laid off for the 2nd time in a row and found out that I was pregnant. I knew that I wanted to stay at home with my daughter yet be able to earn an income from home.
Are you full time or part time? If part-time, do you anticipate switching to full time?
I work part time because that's all I have time for, while taking care of my daughter full-time. I'd love to work on my online ventures on a full-time basis when I can justify paying for part-time childcare or when my daughter starts going to school.
How do you market your business?
Having an SEO background, I started marketing my blog by optimizing it for search engines. With all the Google updates and changes in search, I've focused more on social media sites instead, like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. My ebook also provides a new source of traffic to my site from Amazon.
What is your favorite part of the business?
My favorite part is not being stuck in an office, not having to climb the corporate ladder, or have my career path be controlled by someone else. And I enjoy being there for all of my daughter's milestones.
What one question do you get most from people about your business?
How do you make money? Most of my friends and family don't know how blogging works and how I earn money online. There are several ways to earn money from a blog or online like through advertising and affiliate marketing. Finding the right one that works for you is the hardest part.
What one myth or misconception do you want to dispel about the work you do?
One myth about blogging is that it's a get rich quick scheme. Some people don't make money at all. It takes time to build up a blog and a following. It took me a few years after trying other blogs to find the right niche that worked. 6 years after starting my first blog, a food blog, I finally found something that worked.
What advice do you have for others who want to get into a similar opportunity?
Be patient, work hard, and keep learning. With blogging, there's so much information out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed and give up when you don't see results right away. If you work at it consistently and give it some time, a few years even, it will happen.
What is the first step?
The first step is to find your niche and your point of view. That's the hardest part. The Internet is crowded with blogs. It's challenging to stand out.
What websites or books do you recommend for tips?
I love smartpassiveincome.com for blog marketing tips. Some ebooks that provided very useful info for me are Howto Work at Home with a Toddler and MyBlog Traffic Sucks.
To learn more about Fanny visit her blog Living Richly on a Budget, a frugal living blog about living more on less, featuring the latest deals and freebies. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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