I got one of those forwarded emails this morning that caused me to actually read it. Usually I dump those emails that are forwarded to thousands of people, but this one had a subject line that got my attention: Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license.
The link leads to an article in the Washington Examiner. And yes it’s true. Philly really is charging blogger $300 for a business license –even if they are only hobby bloggers.
The lady mentioned in the article should have read my book, How To Make Money Blogging From Home. Even though the city is charging her $300 a year to blog, she noted in the article that she had only made $50 from her blog.
Both blogging on a topic and setting up niche WordPress blogs is a great way to make anything from a few extra bucks to actually making a living working from home.
And blogging is fun. I just hope that the city fathers in Philly come to their senses and if not that other cities don’t try to fill their coffers by copying them.
Of course it could be something more nefarious. It is well known that governments hate bloggers as they are often the source of stories that embarrass governments and government workers when they uncover bad behavior, corruption or wasteful and silly spending. There is an old saying: “If you want less of something then you should tax it.” I wonder if maybe that is what’s really going on here?