Accidental Entrepreneurs: Careers That Didn’t Make the Cut
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I wish blogging was something you could choose as a college major, and maybe someday it will be. Until then, blogging will have to remain something you teach yourself how to do. 🙂 Most people who blog for a living are accidental entrepreneurs who did something totally unrelated to blogging before they quit their jobs.
Still, some bloggers are business majors who always knew working online was the wave of the future and found a way to ride that wave through blogging.
In order to celebrate all the different paths that bring us together here in blog land, we’re starting a new series at Frugal Rules that will feature full time bloggers who haven’t always held that title. The catch is that we don’t need to hear about awesome blogging is. We already know all about that! 🙂 We want to know the career that didn’t make the cut.
The question we’ll be asking bloggers during this series is: “What did you want to be when you grew up but became a blogger instead?”
Crystal Stemberger is a well known name in the personal finance space since she has been blogging for five years now. She wears many hats when it comes to online entrepreneurship but perhaps is best known for Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. Crystal and her husband also own an extensive ad network service and work with hundreds of bloggers helping them to make an income from their websites.
But Crystal didn’t know that blogging was the career for her. In fact, she says, “I thought I wanted to be an OBGYN and deliver babies. Then I decided that I didn’t want to deal with that many body fluids. In high school, I thought I wanted to work in a corporate office somewhere, work my way into a management position, save a ton, and retire with a full pension by the time I was 50 years old. That’s why I went to college in 2001 and received my BA in Marketing with a Spanish minor in 2005.”
A Marketing Degree Translates to Entrepreneurship
Her marketing degree was well suited for a career as a blogger, even though she didn’t know it at the time. Crystal’s knack for finance and business eventually made her grow tired of “commutes and making tons of money for other people while bringing home less than $30,000 a year myself.”
In 2009, amid exhaustion from her commute and cubicle-induced boredom, she found personal finance blogs in 2009 and started her own in 2010. She figured out how to monetize blogs rather quickly with ads and soon started helping other bloggers do the same. By July 2011, a mere year and a half after starting her own blog, she ditched the cubicle job and hasn’t looked back.
I have to say that I feel the same way. There’s just something about building something all your own that’s much more satisfying than working in a cubicle all day for someone else. Blogging as a full time career has its ups and downs and that can be worrisome when you’re trying to care for loved ones as a self-employed individual. However, when you work in a career as unique as ours, the sky is the limit. Luckily for us, Crystal is a part of our community and not delivering babies or holed up in a cubicle somewhere.