How to Become a Professional in Your Field
Becoming a professional in your field isn't easy. It takes dedication, patience, and true skill. The very established bloggers that you see everyday aren't making a bunch of money because they have thousands of page views. It's because they have established themselves as a professional in their field to their target market
Well, before you establish yourself as a professional to others, you must first establish yourself as a professional, period. Here's how:
Stay educated within your craft
When you go to college, you don't just stop there. You go out and start an internship. Part of this is to send you out into the real world and make a way for you to have a job as soon as you leave college, but the most important part of this is to help you continue to be educated in your craft. The online space is no different.
If you don't blog about something that you are truly passionate about, you won't put in the necessary effort. That effort also includes research and education.
Offer products? It would only be a matter of time before you've created products on everything you know and can't create any more. Offer services? Your services will never evolve and you will never be able to raise your prices because you won't have more value to offer in order to do so.
Your audience wants to be assured that you know what you're doing and you know what you're talking about. They can't do that if your knowledge within your craft has a cut-off period.
In other words, keep your creative juices flowing. There are always ideas to be thought of, things to be created, and more knowledge to be offered. As a creative, we have tons of ideas every single day, but think about how many end up being really solid ideas after you've done a little process of elimination? Keeping your creative juices flowing helps you to avoid hitting those road blocks, or writer's block.
Staying inspired helps you to constantly and consistently put out new, fresh, useful and valuable information to your readers.
You can get inspired by:
- Reading other blogs in your niche
- Networking with other bloggers and sharing ideas
- Reading books on your niche
- Taking courses or reading e-books from a blogger in your niche
Find joy in selling
This may sound a little far-fetched, but it's true. When you transition your blog into a business, you're no longer just putting out blog posts. You are creating ideas that you have to mold into valuable products or services. You have to actually sell to your readers in order for them to buy.
As a creative, coming up with ideas comes naturally. It's not always easy, but it's sort of like second nature. Knowing how to effectively sell your content is something that no one is actually born with. It's a true skill that you have to be willing to learn if you plan on running your blog as a business full-time.
Most of the time, if you don't actually like to do something, you will either not do it or not put your all into it.
Just think of it, when you are on your 9-5 that you absolutely hate, do you really feel compelled to give your ALL into the things that your boss has you doing? Wouldn't you rather be blogging?
Enjoying the actual art of selling is something you need to have in order to establish yourself as a professional.