All about… Probably Busy
Money and music make for a great mix in Chiino’s blog, Probably Busy. Along with lessons on entrepreneurship from Grime MC’s to the best places to sell on cd’s, there are plenty of fresh posts on how to make money.
We learned more about Chiino’s blog and how he got started writing about money.
Tell us about your blog.
Why do you write about money?
Once I finished school, I was determined not to get a job, because I heard you can make money online.
I found a whole world of opportunities and tried various different things to get my funds up. Although I eventually needed to get myself a job, I learned so much by doing surveys, reviewing, writing, gigging, and anything I could do to get paid from home.
When I tell people in real life about online money making opportunities, they don’t seem to listen or believe me. There are thousands of people online that will, so I feel the need to share what works, what doesn’t, and raise awareness that there are options for everyone.
How did you start blogging?
I found blogging through music journalism, and ended up being a guest blogger for years before I had my own site.
I started this blog after introducing my now-fiancée into this world. I suggested it as something she could get into. She loved it, and then converted me too.
What’s your most popular post and why?
The Wickedest Guide to Media + Book Trade Ins. I actually launched my blog with this post.
Music Magpie adverts were everywhere a few years back and it meant that they became the go-to for all CD, DVD and game trade-ins. I wanted to make sure people knew what they were actually doing with all of that stuff they get given, and to show them they can probably get more back if they use one of their competitors. I
t’s been my most popular post from the beginning. When I get emails about my blog, they’re either about Amazon or Music Magpie.
What’s your favourite post you’ve written, and why?
Jme is a Grime MC from London, and he’s a very creative entrepreneur. I wanted to let people know just how strong his skills beyond music actually are, and how it’s helped me to adjust the way I go about developing new business ideas. This post goes into all of it.
I even commissioned a painting of him to go along with the post, just to give it an extra push.
What’s your number one money tip?
Diversify your income.
If your online cash is from a full-time job, it better be a very well-paying one. The same goes for if you’ve got a decent side income, but it’s just from one source.
The more you can build up, the more secure you will be in the long-term.
What’s your top blogging tip?
Make it part of your routine.
Once you have time set aside for blogging, or you create a publishing schedule, it gives you the momentum to keep posting consistently. That consistency is valuable.
Why are you part of UK Money Bloggers?