Psst, I make money on some of the links in this post at no cost to you. It keeps the lights on around here.
So while I absolutely freakin’ adore writing this blog, it’s definitely a challenge. I wish I could take an oath of poverty and write here for the rest of my years, but sadly a 9-to-5 is necessary in the meantime. I knew blogging was time-intensive, but I didn’t account for how obsessive it would be.
So how do I make time to blog with a full-time job? Check out these tips! I talk about blogging here, but these ideas can be applied to any side hustle, be it dog-walking or eBay hustling.
P.S. If you’re interested in starting your own blog, check out my guide to starting a blog in 20 minutes!
How I blog while working full-time
It’s all about time management
When you run a blog you do more than write content—and that’s still a pretty tall order. Especially if you’re a blubberbutt like me!
In addition to writing and scheduling posts, I write and schedule social media posts, respond to emails/comments/tweets, talk to other bloggers, and read a plethora of other blogs. At the end of the week it easily adds up to over 20 hours of work. Yowza!
So how does a busy person make time to run a blog?
I have to actually manage my time. I have to prioritize more nowadays. That means using my down time to work on the blog: less Facebook browsing, less TV, and less naps. I write instead of playing Pokemon during my lunch break and wake up early if I need to.
This isn’t meant to scare you away! But if you want to turn your blog into a thriving side hustle, you need to put in more time on it. Don’t worry—every moment is still a blast. 🙂
Have a plan
I’m effective with my time because I make a plan. I have monthly goals for the blog and follow actionable steps to grow it. Every day I sit down with a neat lil’ checklist of all my blog to-dos so I can work in the most productive way possible.
There’s no rummaging for files or letting my mind meander—everything is executed according to lists I make in advance (usually the weekend before). I also keep a list of long term goals I have for the blog. I evaluate these every few months or so and adjust my monthly plan as needed.
Can you tell I’m a Type-A? 🙂
Have the right technology
It’s really hard to blog if you don’t have the right technology.
I have an iPad, laptop, and phone that I use for blogging. My phone is a Nexus 5X, which isn’t fancy, but it does take great pictures for the blog. I use the iPad to take care of blogging during my lunch break since it’s lightweight. Most of my blog is managed on my laptop, but the other devices are indispensable in takin’ care of bid’ness.
It would be way more difficult to blog if I didn’t have these neat little toys and had to wait after 5 pm to write every day. Yuck.
Ideas strike me like lightning. I’ll be in the middle of a phone call, cooking, or sleeping and I’ll get a brilliant blog idea. At first I forgot most of my ideas because I didn’t record them in any way (d’oh!).
After I lost one idea too many, I created a Google Doc to document all of my zany ideas for Picky Pinchers. I added the Google Docs app to my phone so my idea list is two swipes away. Now I can brainstorm all the time, and as a result, I have a gigantinormous backlog of post ideas. I could probably blog to 2018 just with the backlog—it’s pretty shweet.
I’ve been able to avoid writer’s block with this strategy, so it’s been great for providing sharp people like yourself with regular content. If I’m feeling “meh” and un-creative for a week or two, it’s not a catastrophe.
I also get ideas from following other personal finance sites and signing up for blog how-tos. Because I’m constantly reading, I’m constantly growing and learning.
And that’s definitely a good thing. 🙂
The bottom line
It’s not easy managing a blog while I have a full-time gig, but I ab-so-lute-ly love it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’d love to continue developing it into a full-time career, but we’ll see what the future holds. In the meantime, I’ll continue bringing y’all awesome content and making the blog even better for the years to come. These principles can be applied to any profitable side hustle, which is essential for growing your income and paying off debt.
We want to know: Do you make time for side hustles?