15 Tips For Starting A Successful Finance Blog

Want to start your own finance blog? Here are 15 tips you should know.
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We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a finance blog:

#1: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, founder of Making Sense of Cents:

We chatted with with Michelle, founder of Making Sense of Cents ($100K/month). In our interview, Michelle says:

Learn how to separate work and life. Being a blogger can mean that your work-life balance can get out of whack, and this is because it is so easy in today’s world to constantly be connected.

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If you are worried about leaving your job to start a business, start your business on the side if you can because this way you can build up your business while still having the comfort of a regular paycheck from your day job.

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#2: Jeff Proctor, founder of DollarSprout:

We chatted with with Jeff, founder of DollarSprout ($50K/month). In our interview, Jeff says:

Find your target market and be the best possible solution for them.

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#3: R.J. Weiss, founder of The Ways To Wealth LLC:

We chatted with with R.J., founder of The Ways To Wealth LLC ($30K/month). In our interview, R.J. says:

Often, it's only after you start a business that you learn what opportunities exist inside an industry. So, getting this hands-on experience as quickly and cheaply as possible is what really matters today.

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#4: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, founder of Making Sense of Cents:

We chatted with with Michelle, founder of Making Sense of Cents ($100K/month). In our interview, Michelle says:

Take a course! There is probably something that you can learn, especially if you feel stuck. A course can help you figure out what you may be missing, learn new ways to attract customers/readers, grow your business, and more.

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#5: Jeff Proctor, founder of DollarSprout:

We chatted with with Jeff, founder of DollarSprout ($50K/month). In our interview, Jeff says:

I was 25 when I left my fulltime job. I had saved up a little over $20,000, which I figured would last for about a year. It lasted for 9 months. I ended up having to go back to work because I was dead broke.

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I don’t think there is any way I/we could have learned these lessons without making the mistakes ourselves. It’s not like reading a how-to article would have necessarily made everything easier; we had to learn things the hard way.

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#6: Ryan Luke, founder of Arrest Your Debt:

We chatted with with Ryan, founder of Arrest Your Debt ($3.5K/month). In our interview, Ryan says:

It took me about two years to start to feel comfortable with the business of blogging and how to start monetizing content while providing value to others at the same time.

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#7: Sayan Neogie, founder of Prosmartrepreneur:

We chatted with with Sayan, founder of Prosmartrepreneur ($9.5K/month). In our interview, Sayan says:

Only a small percentage of your content online will bring the most of the revenue.

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#8: David Ning, founder of Astute Actions Inc:

We chatted with with David, founder of Astute Actions Inc ($30K/month). In our interview, David says:

At the end of the day, good content is the best way to keep readers from coming back.

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Make friends, meet up with people, and help others. You never know when a simple tip from a friend will transform your business.

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Network with others. Learn from them, and offer what you’ve learned too. You just never know how you can help others and how they can help you in the future.

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#9: Alexis Schroeder, founder of FITnancials:

We chatted with with Alexis, founder of FITnancials ($7.5K/month). In our interview, Alexis says:

Treat your business as a legit business and not a hobby.

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#10: Pardeep Goyal, founder of Cash Overflow:

We chatted with with Pardeep, founder of Cash Overflow ($10K/month). In our interview, Pardeep says:

I learned from the failure of my startup that we should launch products after understanding the pains and gains of the target audience.

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Most of the entrepreneurial dreams die before germinating. You don’t need a lot of money to start an online business but a burning desire to become successful.

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