#TipsTuesdays: 8 Ways To Blog On Little/ No Budget

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?

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    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:53 am

      Ah wow, I'll have to check that out -thank you! 🙂 x

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:54 am

      Completely agree love, I started with no budget and only invested once I'd made some money from my blog! I love a good weekly brainstorming session! x

  1. Abigail Alice 29th September 2015 / 6:13 pm

    I really want to try the Olympus Pen as it looks so great for logging, my blog camera is way too big to be handheld. Fab tips, I'm going to read the pinterest article now <3


    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:55 am

      I honestly could not recommend the camera enough – it's amazing and 100% worth the investment! Hope you enjoy the read 🙂 x

  2. Catherine 29th September 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I love your TipsTuesday posts! It's amazing how much I've learnt through blogging through online tutorials – great advice!
    Catherine xx | Brighton Girl

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:55 am

      Ah thank you lovely, that means a lot! x

  3. Amy 30th September 2015 / 12:50 am

    These are great tips! I have a few fake flowers I use as props and I love that I don't have to replace them. I also make wishlist sets on Polyvore and post them to my blog. It's great to talk about items you want but are maybe a bit out of your price range.

    Amy | Dervish Darling

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:56 am

      Same here, they make for great props! 🙂 x

  4. elzbthchlmrspps 30th September 2015 / 4:42 pm

    I love this post, I always think I can't blog because I haven't bought the latest clothes or whatever, but truthfully that isn't the case, you can blog about anything! it doesn't have to cost a penny! Also I love your weekly planner, where is it from? I'm on the hunt for the perfect one! I am so excited for my olympus pen to turn up! I am literally going to photograph everything when I get it and I can't wait to use it on my trip to Barcelona in December! I really need to step back and look at all the inspiration around me then I can hopefully blog blog blog!

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:57 am

      Ah thank you lovely! Same here, I always have to remind myself that originality and ideas cost nothing! Thank you – it's from Paperchase, I couldn't be without it! You're going to love to PEN, definitely take it to Barcelona, you'll get some amazing snaps! x

  5. Josie 30th September 2015 / 10:24 pm

    This is a fab post! So many people worry about needing money to blog but like you've said, it can be done on the cheap 🙂 x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:58 am

      Thanks lovely, I completely agree – ideas cost nothing it's important for us bloggers to remember this rather than always trying to keep up with everyone! x

  6. Amanda 3rd October 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I've never bought something specifically for a blogpost, or have ever spent any money on my blog to be honest. I guess that's because I'm not a beauty blog, so I don't need to constantly review products, and I also already have a camera.


    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 10:58 am

      That's really great to hear that you already blog without a budget, it's easy to loose sight of that fact it's not always about what you spend and what you have! x

  7. Abbie 18th October 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Great tips hun! Deffo the one about re-hashing content! xx


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