Managing a blog and a full time job is very time consuming. If you’re side hustling like I am, you know this to be true, right? Most days, I truly believe I have two full time jobs begging for my time on top of regular housework and weekly events I already have in place. While I imagine most people (including me) would rather just blog full time rather than participate in the daily grind, it’s just not feasible financially right now. Today I hope to show you that you can run a profitable blog and have a full time job at the same time – and excel at both of them.
- Stop Comparing – I know, this isn’t what you thought my first point would be. But before I lose you, the moment I stopped comparing my journey with someone else, my journey got a lot better. I have spent a lot of time saying, “Well, if I was able to stay home and work on my blog, I would be able to make that kind of living, too”. Or “I wish I had enough energy to decorate like that after work”. In reality, we’re all on a different journey. Some people may be full-time bloggers and make a full time income from that – but some people are just lucky enough to have the income of a spouse which supports them to stay at home. However, not one way is better than the other. Keep this in mind when you start comparing, because you probably will compare yourself at one point… And just as the saying goes, “comparison is the theif of joy” – and it absolutely is.
- Plan – Alright, let’s get practical. Planning is the biggest part of how I manage my blog and my job. I use the Happy Planner, but there are a lot of free resources out there like Wunderlist, Google Calendars, etc. I keep a notepad in my planner of all of my running ideas for my blog, and when I’m at work I have a sticky note on my desk that I jot ideas on as well. (I’ll get into this next). Then, I set apart one hour a week to strategize of what I will actually post about, what I’ll make and what supplies, photos or text I need to get started. Then, I’ll plan out what I’m doing every day, what social posts are going up on what days, etc. It’s all about planning.While I’m at it, it’s also important to plan things like dinners out, laundry, dishes, and nights with friends. If you don’t have these things written down, there’s a good chance you will forget and not be as successful (or have an extra-late night).
- Time Management – Can I be honest? Okay good, because I was planning on being honest whether you like it or not: In order for you to be successful at anything in life, you have to manage yourself and your time. For me, when I am at my full time job, I am working. I work as hard and as well as I possibly can because I want to excel at what I’m doing. I don’t sit on my phone all day or check all my friends’ blogs. I keep a sticky note on my desk of all running blog ideas that I have throughout the day so that I can write them down and then forget about them. When I’m on my lunch break, I open up a word document and start writing, then send it to my personal email that I’ll check at home. I set apart time on Saturday mornings to craft and photo my step-by-step instructions, and when needed I will craft most things at night without natural light to be photographed in the morning.I also set apart time on Sunday afternoons/evenings to write and schedule all of my blog posts, social posts, etc from Sunday to Sunday. This is helpful for me to be able to not touch my blog while I’m at work. I don’t have to really think about my blog during the week other than commenting on other blogs and doing weekly maintence things.
- Hustle – If you really want this, you have to be committed. You will need to use every ample opportunity to work on your blog and grow your following! If you’re relaxing on the couch, take that time to comment on some blogs or schedule your social media posts! You can download this Hustle while you work print – FOR FREE – right here!
Being a full time blogger + a full time employee is a lot of work – but both can be done successfully. Do you have any tips? Where do you struggle?