I often get asked how I manage to balance blogging, youtube, and a full-time job. If you didn’t know, I’m a full time outpatient physical therapist and I’m in a clinic 40 hours a week with patients. In the last year, I stopped treating my blog as a hobby and starting putting in the work to make it more successful and help pay off my student loans quicker.
In this post, I’m sharing exactly how I’ve managed my full-time job with my side hustle of blogging and youtube.
Decide if you want your blog to be your hobby or a career
If you’re wanting to keep your blog as a hobby, don’t let it stress you out. Work on it when you’re passionate about sharing and keep it fun! I started my blog during my first year of PT school as a creative outlet to distract me from the stress of school. I kept it up just for fun throughout the years until last year when I thought… if I’m still blogging for fun 5 years later, I must really love it! I wanted to see what would happen if I started being more consistent and intentional with what I was sharing. Plus, I thought it couldn’t hurt to make a little extra money to help pay off my student loans.
If you’re hoping one day to go full-time blogging, you have to hit the ground running and treat it like it already is. That means working on your blog when you’re tired, on your weekend, and everywhere in between. To be honest, if and when you do go full time, this pace probably won’t stop. Blogging as a career or working for yourself, in general, will always demand more hours than your typical 9-5 job.
Recently, I heard Loverly Grey say to “go where the money is” and that has really put into perspective where I should prioritize my time. One of my issues with blogging is figuring out what I should focus on, whether it’s growth and engaging on Instagram, pitching, creating content, writing content, filming videos, editing videos, shopping for new content, answering comments and DMs, emails, etc. I know it sounds pretty blunt, but it makes sense to prioritize the tasks that will bring home the best return of investment of your time.
Utilize your free-time
How much free- time you use will depend on how much you want out of your blog. If you’re wanting to make it your career one day, that means making some sacrifices during your free time. I started bringing my laptop to work every day so I could take advantage of my hour lunch break to get a few things done. I started waking up earlier and stepped away from the couch in the evenings to also utilize that time for blogging.
Don’t have any free time?
If you want your blog to be a hobby then just squeeze it in when you enjoy it. But if you’re wanting it to make money one day then you need to find the free time in your schedule. Whether it’s waking up an hour and a half earlier, stopping your after work habit browsing Home Goods, or turn off Netflix. You just have to eliminate your distractions during your day to get it done!
Make the most of your weekends
On the weekends, you need to prioritize most of your time to prep for the following week. Batch shoot images for your blog and Instagram, record multiple videos so you can edit during the week, or write up 2-3 blog posts for the week. Whatever your platform priority is, get it ready to go over the weekend and schedule it out so it’s ready to go when you’re busy during the work week.
Create a realistic posting schedule
If someone checks your blog and they see the same post at the top each time, they will eventually stop checking. You have to post consistently to keep readers coming back. My biggest tip is to stick to a schedule you can maintain, even if that’s just once or twice a week. Don’t overwhelm yourself thinking you have to post 5 days a week because that’s what the bigger bloggers do. They do it full time! Stick to a schedule you can handle so your audience can expect it from . you week after week. I did this when I first started youtube last year. I committed to posting one video a week, and eventually, it’s gone up as I got more efficient filming and editing.
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I hope that was helpful if you’re in the process of balancing a full-time job with your blog, or if you’re wanting to in the future! If you’re wanting to read more blogging tips, I shared 10 things I learned from my first blog conference here.
xo Amanda John