I Went From Budgeting To FULL-TIME Blogger
These days Em Sheldon, 22, runs her successful blog emtalks.co.uk – but she started out with nothing
Iwas your typical broke student until recently. I was studying at the University of Leeds and was planning on a career in TV. I was living on next to nothing with a very low loan that didn’t even cover my accommodation and I worked every spare hour in a shop to cover my expenses.
I’d began blogging originally as a way to get onto my course. But my second year I was more broke than ever, so would spend evenings working on my fashion, fitness and beauty blog. Slowly it started to take off, with more and more brands sending me products to feature. On my tight budget it was a blessing. Getting free make-up was incredible as
it’s what I wanted to spend my wages on anyway.
People seem to think that blogging is easy but actually it’s challenging and you have to be really self-motivated. Plus, trolling can be really bad and you have to learn to deal with that.
Towards the end of my third year, it was getting increasingly hard to juggle my studies with my site. I was barely sleeping and I only just made it through my final year, which took its toll on my health. But the hard work was worth it when, in 2012, the industry finally started to take notice and I won my first major award.
Blogging for me is a brilliant way to engage with like-minded people and share topics I’m passionate about. I realised I was making more money from blogging than I was at my part-time job, so one day, after another exhausting 24 hours, I handed in my notice.
Money-wise, earnings started to come in after I hit 10,000 individual readers per month and brands would ask to collaborate with me on sponsorships and brand deals, which was all very exciting and still is to this day.
When I left university, I decided to pause my TV presenter dreams and instead continued to write.
I’ve never been happier. I’ve met the best friends through blogging and have had some life-changing experiences – walking the red carpet with George Clooney at the BAFTAS was a highlight.
I didn’t go into this with a business plan, I went into it with a passion. If you’re passionate about something and you want it enough, it will come. You have to work hard and be yourself. You are your niche!