1.) Originality and ideas don’t cost a penny: Sit down with a notepad and jot down some ideas of what you’d like to blog about, originality doesn’t cost anything – you can come up with unlimited ideas to blog about for free which is important to remember when blogging. Earlier this year I put together a post of 50 blog post ideas if you’re looking for inspiration, or I recently purchased this 365 Blog Topic Ideas book for around £10 which is also a great source of inspiration to keep your ideas flowing consistently!
2.) Save where you can: If you are determined to purchase the latest palette/ lipstick to write up about then save where you can, I have a beauty card for Superdrug, Boots and Debenhams so I can build up my points when I am shopping, always keep an eye out for 3 for 2 deals too!
3.) Buy affordable props: Places like Primark, Tesco, Homebase, Debenhams and Wilko are all great for budget props – whether you’re looking for a cute pineapple dish or a pretty candle for the those background props then start with the more affordable shops and you’ll be surprised at what you find! Also, buy props that can be re-used, I purchased some faux Peonies from eBay to save me buying fresh flowers every time I wanted to shoot!
4.) Maximise your content where possible: If you shot a really great outfit post that you featured on your blog, maybe take a look back over the pictures to see if you can re-use any images, maybe you loved how you styled your hair that day so use the snap for a ‘how I style my hair for Autumn post’ or some head shots for a more personal/lifestyle post. Re-use where you can to save yourself extra work.
5.) Brainstorm: When I’m slacking with ideas I take a step back from my laptop, I’ll pick up a notepad and head to my local coffee shop or even just away from my office and brainstorm about what I’ve recently been enjoying reading and what kind of posts I’d like to publish next, once you get the ideas flowing they won’t stop!
6.) Teach yourself: There are so many tutorials on YouTube now on how to edit your videos, how to use your camera, how to code your blog or even to use Photoshop – gain all the knowledge you can from the internet and improve your skills for free – it will improve your blog and quality of work ten fold!
7.) Be inspired for free: I’m constantly turning to Pinterest and Instagram for free inspiration when I’m feeling a little lost, Pinterest is a great source as you can build up your boards and start to work out what content you’d really like to push. I recently did a post on the 10 things you need to know about using Pinterest which is worth a read if you’re a newbie!
8.) Invest wisely: So many people think they need the latest camera, software, laptop etc etc to be a good blogger – you don’t. As long as your content is fresh and interesting and you can take a decent picture you’re halfway there already. I started my blog by taking pictures on my iPhone, then upgraded to a point and shoot, then a Canon 600D but that’s been over a couple of years so don’t just splash out straight away. If you are looking to invest in a good camera, I genuinely can’t recommend the Olympus Pen enough – I bought it for myself before I went to Thailand and it was the best £400 I’ve ever spent!
What are your top tips for blogging on little/no budget?