How to run a successful blog when you work full-time
March 18, 2019
Most bloggers will also have a full-time job – there are very few who make it to ‘full-time blogger’ status and even the ones who do will have had to juggle blogging and a job at some point.
Trying to balance a successful blog and a career doesn’t come easy! It’s hard work – your friends and family who don’t blog just won’t appreciate how many hours you need to dedicate to your blog when you’ve finished work for the day.
The hard work will pay off though – you could start to earn money from your blog and even turn it into your full-time job if you put in enough hours.
Here are some tips on balancing a full-time job and a blog…
Time management for bloggers who work full time
We’ve said this many times, but being organised with your blog is just so important. Having a schedule and to-do lists helps you to get things done quicker, and reminds you what needs to be done.
This is vital when you work full-time, as you already have a lot on your mind all day and it can be easy to forget things.
On a Sunday night, write your to-do lists for the following week. Put things in your calendar and work out what you need to work on before or after work each day.
Plan your content so you know ahead of time what you are going to blog about and don’t waste time staring at a blank screen when you could be writing.
Publishing blog posts regularly keeps the traffic coming to your site even when you’re not working on your blog and helps you to build a loyal audience.
Adding consistent blogging into your schedule helps your blog to grow and delivers your goal of being a full-time blogger much quicker!
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Make the most of your time
When you’re short on time you need to use any spare time that you do have wisely. If you work a 9-5 job then the only spare time you will have will be in the mornings, evenings, and at weekends.
You might need to wake up earlier or go to bed later so that you can fit in blogging around your job and not use up all of your Saturday and Sunday.
Whether it’s sacrificing sleep so you can spend time blogging before work, or not seeing your friends during the week, you might need to make a few sacrifices so that you can build up your blog.
The more hours you put in now, the more you will get back later on.
Use your phone
Installing blogging apps on your phone will help you to make the most of your time. When you’re commuting to/from work, in your lunch hour or when you’re waiting for your dinner to cook, you can be using your phone to promote your blog posts on social media, interact with other users, reply to blog comments and lots more useful tasks.
If there’s an element of blogging that takes up a lot of your time you could consider giving it to a Virtual Assistant to do instead. Maybe it’s promoting your blog posts on social media or completing some of your blog admin tasks.
Or maybe it’s not blogging tasks you want to hand over to someone else, it could be hiring a cleaner to free up some of your time.
Take time off
It might sound silly – after all how does taking time off help you to get more done?
It’s important to have time to yourself so you don’t get burnt out – getting sick or stressed will waste more time in the long run.
Make sure you take an evening off, have a lie in, or have a whole day off at the weekend so that you come back refreshed.
Love what you do
Possibly the most important one on the list! If you don’t have the passion for blogging you won’t have the motivation to put in all the extra hours and late nights needed to make your blog a success.
Write about something you love and you’ll find it much easier to sit down and work on your blog when everyone else is chilling out after a long day in the office!
If you work full-time and manage your blog, do you think these tips will help you to balance it all? Do you have any tips for other bloggers on how to do it all?