You Can Live Anywhere
Your Start-Up Costs Are Low to None
There aren't many businesses or industries that can claim virtually no start-up costs, which lo and behold, bloggers can!
If you worked as a designer, for a print publication, or a more traditional fashion industry job, you'd instead be trying to fund a Kickstarter campaign or looking for investors, as this would be downright impossible!
Instead, when it comes to fashion blogging, the biggest investment you will make won't be a financial one, but more of an allotment of time, and although time is money, you can pretty much acquire all of your blogging tools for free, from web hosting to social media. It's up to you if you eventually want to evolve and grow your site and to do so, you may want to buy a hosting plan and domain, a new computer or camera, etc.
You Set Your Own Schedule
You Deal with Who, and What You Want To
I've worked in some pretty toxic fashion work environments in my day, and although I am grateful for the experience, I'm glad to say a big “no thank you” to entering that world again.
The cattiness, coldness, blatant rudeness, clique-ish behavior that I've observed doesn't feel like a place mentally and physically that I want to indefinitely spend 40+ hours a week being around.
As a fashion blogger running your site, you don't have to deal with this. Ever. Bye Felicia, to all of that noise!
You Don't Have to Sacrifice Your Integrity
Picking up from the last point, you can say yes or no to opportunities and advertisers; if something is off-brand for you and your blog, don't be afraid to let the person on the other end know that.
Re-negotiate terms, or flat out reject opportunities that deep down just don't feel right.
Chances are; you won't regret it when you trust your instincts. I'm not saying that every other job in fashion may compromise your integrity, but when the only person in blogging that you have to answer to is yourself, you might as well make sure that you feel fulfilled and happy with your work decisions, and exercising integrity is a great way to get there.
You Can Work from Home
It's totally acceptable if, not assumed, that many bloggers work from home. You've certainly got to be disciplined to do it, but it is a pretty fabulous perk of the job. Working in my PJ pants, an old baseball jersey and a hoodie while my cat battles my computer monitor for my attention rarely gets old, but, of course, there's a balance to everything. You've got to shower, put on normal clothes and leave the house now and then to interact with other humans, and stretch your muscles, for fear of turning into a total recluse. All kidding aside, figure out your schedule as to if you like to leave and attend events or take photos in the morning, afternoon or evening, when your most productive writing self emerges each day, set a time to take lunch every day, etc, and stick with it to establish a routine and some “office-like” protocols in order to maintain an ideal mix and separation of your home life and work life.
Need more inspiration as to why fashion blogging is pretty much the best? How about the fact that you no longer need to be a model, actress, or celebrity to grace a magazine cover, as these three bloggers did on a recent issue of Lucky Magazine? Also, Jennine's article on 5 Things to Learn from Fashionista’s Top 20 Style Bloggers also is a great read, along with…everything else here at IFB!
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