In the world of blogging, the internet is your oyster. There’s always so much that you can do push your blog and encourage it to grow. But unless you know what options you have, you may not know what to do. Whether you started your blog as a hobby or you wanted it to become a business, you may be looking for your next steps. When you’re already monetizing your blog, you may think that you’ve reached the top – but really, you’ve only just started. And when you’re motivated and you’re looking for your next move, you really do need something to take you there. But what? There are many different things that you could do to move forward, but we’re going to walk through five that should get you to where you want to be.

1. Hiring An Employee

Number one – you may be in a position where you need help with everything that you’re doing. So bite the bullet and hire an employee. If you’re making enough money where you’re able to afford to pay somebody, make sure that you put the money towards that and not just spending on what you like. If you reinvest in your blog right now, you will be able to grow, and then you’ll be earning the kind of money you want in the future.

2. Outsourcing Your Marketing

From here, if you think that you need some help with your marketing, bring in some professionals. When you’re looking to take things to the next level, you have to be able to grow your audience, your awareness, and your marketing tactics overall. If you feel stuck in your ways, you want some fresh ideas, or you just don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to this, a marketing agency could be perfect for you. You will need to invest in this, or even just a consultant, but it will be worth it in the long-term.

3. Launching A Product

If you’re doing well with your growth and you know that you need to move forward with your business offering, creating a product could be your next move. Just make sure you do your research. Not only into what your audience might want, but into everything from round labels to warehousing and shipping costs. Because you need to factor packaging and shipping into the costs and not just production.

4. Supplying A Service

Or maybe you don’t want to go with a product? Then providing a service could be exactly what you want to do. Maybe this is something that you want to offer alone, or you think you can offer alongside a team of people. Either way, look into launch options and what your customers might want.

5. Find An Office

Finally, you may feel ready for your own office space. If you know that you’ve outgrown your basement or your bedroom and you need somewhere for your team to work, then finding your first office space should be on your agenda. This could be the one step that makes you feel like the legitimate business you want to be.

*This is a contributed post.