This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MOO. The opinions and text are all mine.
Way back in 2008, when we only had four children and I was pregnant with Matthew (who is now eight), I started a blog.
Initially, I did it to share the every day shenanigans that take place in a house full of crazy boys. It was truly like a journal and I still love to go back over those old stories and posts I shared and read about life during that season of my life.
At the end of 2009 I knew I wanted to turn this space into a business. As time went on, I developed relationships with my readers and worked harder and harder to turn what was then a hobby into a true business.
I was following strategies for growth and treating my blog like a business. I connected with a gal online, who was also a blogger from the south but she knew so much more than me. Soon she soon became my mentor.
As this blog turned into a business, I began to really evaluate a need for things like branding, solving problems for others moms and really identifying a niche and plans for growth. Words like return on investment became a part of my thought process. There was not only content to be written, but also other elements like being present in all of the social media networks, creating business plans, invoicing clients, etc.
Over the course of just under a decade, this blog has become a legitimate business that grosses more than my corporate jobs ever paid me. I have staff that help me run things behind the scenes, especially as our family life has changed and we’ve taken in more children. We plan business meetings, editorial calendars and more.
My mentor is now a business partner where we guide and mentor other bloggers on how to run successful blogs. This is a second blog we created about four years ago. You should really check out Learn to Blog Hangouts where we have over 80 free videos and trainings that will help you understand blogging better and bring growth!!
All of that to say, no matter the business you create, there are basic elements that have to be done. One of those is to ensure you have the business tools you need so you can connect with readers in person and online.
I just love these business cards from Moo. You have the option to upload your own images and create designs from scratch, OR you can simply use of their templates and create something that is a reflection of your business.
As I sit and share the history of this site, I am in NOLA handing out these gorgeous business cards that speak my brand to my peers as we host our first ever Learn to Blog retreat where over twenty fellow bloggers have trusted our teachings and guidance enough to spend two days here learning with us and masterminding. It really is a dream come true!!
What is keeping you from starting your own business that you’ve been dreaming of? Do you have a brand name, a URL, are you registered, et? All of your business needs can be designed and created here.