I’ve been an engineer, business consultant, started a clothing business, grew a 7 Figure bricks and clicks business from a tiny store near the Scottish border, trained to be a teacher and now I’m a pro blogger.
When I’m not blogging, I’m in the hills. I once broke the record running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu and I’ve been fortunate to climb all over the world.
That’s how I met my guy… on a mountain.
I started working from home when our son was small. It was a way to be there for him when he came home from school.
That’s the best bit about having your own business… deciding how you want to spend your time. Go for a run in the middle of the day, meet up with friends or pick your child up from school. It’s up to you.
My son is now 19 and he’s serving with the RAF. He’s the first to tell you his childhood was a blast.
It was filled with climbing trips and exploring bike trails all over Scotland.
Three years ago I walked away from the business I’d grown over 12 years. A 7-Figure bricks and clicks Outdoor store gone practically overnight. Destroyed by incessant discounting as the big players sought to buy market share.
It happens… but it was really tough closing down the lifestyle business that had given so much pleasure to staff and customers alike.
Suddenly I was a 50+ woman with no job and no prospects.
So of course I tried teaching…
What was I thinking!!! I’d forgotten I’d never really liked school and definitely didn’t like being told what to do.
Somehow I managed to qualify but I knew I wanted to work on my own terms.
I needed to start another business. This time round it had to be low risk and cost very little to set up…
I started blogging
All those years making money online with my ecommerce store counted for something. I knew how to rank a site on Google, attract customers, build an email list and sell online.
I knew I could use this experience to help other people in my situation. Stuck with no prospects and without a job. Or just looking for something better.
A way to spend more time with family and friends.
Plus this time round my situation was different. I didn’t want to be tied to one place or weighed down with excruciating overheads.
I wanted freedom… just me and a laptop helping people with my knowledge.
Two Years On And I’m A Pro Blogger
Most of my income comes from Simply Hatch, from my blogging courses and affiliate marketing.
In the beginning I supplemented my income by providing services. It’s a good way to fund a blogging lifestyle when you’re just starting out.
Last summer I figured, if I’m going to teach people how to start blogs I needed a blog that wasn’t just about blogging.
I Started A Lifestyle Blog
Starting a lifestyle blog was a summer challenge to show just how quickly you can start and grow a blog.
In 16 months my lifestyle blog has grown from zero to 70,000+ monthly sessions. It’s still growing rapidly.
I worked hard on the blog for a few months in the summer of 2019, talked about how I got on at the Blogging Mum’s Conference then didn’t touch it for 3 months.
My blog continued to grow.. it just shows what you can do if you learn some SEO for bloggers.
A year plus later and I’m making money like this:
It may not be the eye-watering income you’ll see on some blogging sites. This income is real – no advertising and just white hat SEO. I think of it as my side hustle. Something I spend time on when I’m not teaching you guys how to blog!
My 3 Step Plan
I have a 3 step plan – earn enough to be a full-time pro blogger, downsize – although we still need room for all the mountain bikes and climbing gear, travel wherever and whenever I want, all paid for by my passive blog income.
I’ve ticked off my first step and now I’m moving to my cute little house near the English Lake District! Travel plans have been put on hold for the time being but hopefully by next year I’ll find out just what it’s like to work from anywhere!