As more bloggers quit their day jobs and become full-time web authors, I’m becoming more envious of their positions. Granted, I fully appreciate the difficulty of the switch, especially when it comes to the loss of stability (for most of them) as well as benefits, especially medical.
I make a decent income off my various sites (I have 3 main ones, but only 2 are monetized and publicized right now), but it’s not even half of what Stacie makes each month. That means it’s less than a fourth of what I make (Stacie makes less than half of my salary). I say that because if Stacie was the main blogger, then it would be a much easier transition to full-time blogger. So for now, the money is used for debt repayment, home improvements and other expenses.
The Only Way I Could Go Full-Time
So my epiphany today is basically the only way I could become a full-time blogger. Basically, we would have to do the following:
- Sell our house in Maryland
- Maybe sell the truck (maybe not)
- Move in with Stacie’s parents in PA (mine wouldn’t do as there’s already 4 generations in that house)
- Stacie would still need to get a job with benefits so I could get on her healthcare. It would be much cheaper than paying outright for both of us.
Stacie’s parents have 2 rooms only being used for storage, and best of all, they don’t have a mortgage. I wouldn’t expect to live there for free (although my father-in-law probably wouldn’t accept rent), but if I could, I would try to pitch in about $500 for rent and utilities. I could also apprentice for my FIL as a handyman, which would make my truck pretty useful.
Stacie’s income might drop by about 20-30%, but we would be close (very close) to at least half our family and I think I would be a much happier and content person. Along with inexpensive housing, the costs of most other things in central PA are less than the DC region; mainly food. And if we split grocery costs among 4 people, then the bill goes down even lower.
Right now I can’t really see myself making such a major shift, but both Stacie and I are getting burnt out by not only our jobs (mine isn’t so much the work, but the type of work), but also just living in a congested, unfriendly area like DC.
So it’s just a daydream for now, but who knows, we might decide to discuss the idea further with each other and maybe eventually with our in-laws. We’d have to investigate the possibility of Stacie getting a job somewhere in central PA (like at a certain major university or nearby hospital), and I’d have to start working on my various sites a bit more actively to monetize better while producing better content. The plan would be to eventually move out once we can support ourselves easily, but having the fallback of our family is helpful.
I guess we’ll let you know if anything ever happens 😉