One of the number one questions I get is how to how to build a successful blog while working a full time job or even while working a job you hate. When you are building a blog for business you want to hurry up and make it so that you can walk out of your 9-5 never to be seen or heard of again.
But before you do all of that, the first thing I tell people is there is a time and a place to quit your job (see my blog here), but the fact of the matter is; is that if you have financial obligations and the bills need to be paid you cannot just up and quit your job to build your blog. But that does not meant that you should just stay in the safe zone and not never pursue your passion, it just means that you are going to work 10 times harder om building a successful blog.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #1 Do not neglect your full time job
At the end of the day, your full time job is the job that is paying your bills. I understand that you may hate your job or that you do not want to work there, but at the end of the day you have to.
Instead of looking at your job as something that you hate and dread coming into, look at it as somewhere you need to be at this given time. Understand that you will not be at that job always and always look toward the future.
This mindset is something that us counselors like to call re-framing. It means that instead of looking at a situation badly, you change your mindset and look at the situation as something positive. Your mind set can have a lot to do with how productive you are. So if you continue to have a bad mindset about your job it will stop your productivity in other areas.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #2 Try to decrease your hours or get a high paying part time job.
The more time you have to work on your blog the easier it is to build a successful blog and not be exhausted. Building a blog is hard (check out my blog here on how to start a blog) and it takes many hours and hard work in the beginning.
So if you can find a high paying part time job that you can work 30 hours a week as oppose to 40 plus hours a week, then you will have more time dedicating in building a successful blog. Before you make this step you really need to evaluate your budget and to see if this is something you can do. The last thing you want to do is to get in a situation where you are not able to pay your bills while you build your blog. A good blog can be an investment and it will be hard to invest in a blog if you do not even have the money to invest in your bills.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #3 Practice good time management.
Since you still work a job while you are trying to build up your blog, your time is already limited. Come up with a schedule. Sticking to a schedule and knowing what time you want to do what is the best thing you can do because it will keep you from wasting your time when you do have free time to work on your blog.
The point is that every minute that you set out to work on your blog you want to make it as productive as possible. So laying out a schedule and knowing what you are going to do before hand will prevent you from just sitting there trying to figure out what you want to do wasting hours on end and really getting nothing done at all.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #4 Do What You Can
There are so many hours in the day. Each day you need to do something that will work toward your goal and understand that whatever it is you choose to do that day, then that is all you can do. There are so many days where I wish I could have worked harder on my blog, but then when I reevaluate my day I realize that I worked 5 hours on my blog, worked 8 hours, and there was no more time left for me to get anything else done. I now understand, that this is okay.
You cannot make up more hours in the day. So maximize your time with good time management skills, set out a certain amount of hours in the day to get things done, and as long as I abide by my schedule whatever gets done gets done.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #5 Set realistic timelines
When you are trying to learn how to build a successful blog you need to stick to a realistic timeline. For example, if you want to write an ebook; writing the book next week with a full time job is probably not going to happen unless you exhaust yourself. But setting a timeline of a month or two months is more realistic.
When you are building your blog, you want to get things done very fast. But when your timeline is not realistic and you work yourself to death to get something done and fail to meet the deadline, you start to feel like you have failed (click yo read my blog on why people fail). Or worse, you put out bad quality work just to meet your deadline and no one will come and read your blog anyway because you rushed to get it done and it sucks. Instead set a timeline that you can adhere to. This may mean writing several blogs on advance so that you never run out of content. And writing several blogs before you even launch your blog. Over all you want to give yourself enough time to finish a good product and still dedicate time to your passion and your job.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #6 Do what you can at work
That’s right I said it. And don’t feel bad for it. Whenever you are on lunch or have down time on the job, try to plan or do something that goes toward doing something toward your blog. Now a disclaimer to all of this is that you always need to do your full time job FIRST. You should not be working on your blog so much that your full time job suffers and you are not doing what you are supposed to do at work. That will get you fired. And that is something you don’t want.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #7 Take a Day off from Time to Time
If you have paid time off or vacation time do not be afraid to use it for things regarding your blog. Do not burn up all of your days off but sometimes it can be beneficial to get a good 8 hours or more in working on building your blog and catching up with important things that you cannot do otherwise.
Another added bonus is it will also get you use to working on your blog full time. When you are blogging full time, no one is going to come and tell you what to do. Having a day off to work on your blog will teach you what a real workday will be like once your blog becomes full time.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #8 Utilize the Weekends, Holidays, or Your Normal Day Off
I know that when you have a day off you want to use it to go shopping or doing something else that you want to do. But the reality is that you are trying to build a successful blog, that you are trying to make your full time job. So with that being said you are going to have to sacrifice some of your free time on your days off from your full time job to really go full force on getting things done for your blog.
How to Build a Successful Blog While Working A Full Time Job Tip #9 Be Consistent
When you decided to blog you have to be consistent. You can never go months on end without doing something for your blog. I know that you can get busy with a full time job, but you have to do your blog anyway. I do blogging and I have a YouTube Channel. It would be a mistake to go months and months without posting a blog post or posting a video. There is too much competition out there and if you are not consistent then people will quickly forget about you.
I hope that all of these tips helped you out with learning how to build a successful blog while working a job you hate. And even if you are feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with doing both a full time job and your blog, know that hard work will pay off (see my blog here). Remember your goal, are you wanting to work a 9-5 for the rest of your life or be your own boss.