Ever wondered ‘How you can run a successful blog and keep your day job?’ Aspect no sugar coatings, running a blog, YouTube channel and a full time job is NOT easy nor glamorous as it appears. This post aims to help you strike the right balance between blogging and holding a successful career. Keep reading to find out more.
This subject is a topic that many of my fellow bloggers talk about and share similar frustrations! The hardest part of it all is trying to find a balance from having a day job that you’re not ready to quit yet due to financial demands, and managing a successful blog/YouTube.
There’s no denying blogging and YouTube takes an awful lot of time, working around the clock means say good bye to a social life but don’t let that put you off. The rewards you reap are sweet.
Nearly everyday I think to myself just how do I do it, where do I find the energy and time for it all. My day to day consists of attending events, writing/taking pictures for my blog, filming for my channel whilst still getting up every morning and heading to my office job. Most importantly I do this ALL on my own, no agent or agency to back me. Anyone that works a full-time job that is not related to blogging understands that maintaining your job and a blog at the same time is very hard! Meaning you have to use your time very wisely. Now on my two year blog anniversary I hope my tips can be helpful to my readers.
Never Forget What Pays The Bills!
We all have our reasons for not going full time with our blogs, at the end of the day we all need money to pay the bills. Those bills won’t pay themselves! So for me what takes priority every time is what’s contributing to my bank balance. The blogging world can be unpredictable you need to be realistic if it can support your lifestyle. There is no shame in saying blogging is your hobby and believe me the pressure will be much less when you don’t demand an income from it.
Create A Schedule and Stick To It
I know this is the obvious one but believe me your life will be much better for it. Although right now my blog has been all over the place I usally like to stick to publishing content on specific days for example, I try to post on a Monday and a Wednesday, I record for YouTube and take pictures on a Saturday. I always try to leave Sunday as family day. I have to confess most of my writing comes the day before the post goes live. I also limit myself to attending events to twice a week after work and I always get home at a decent hour so that I’m rested for the next day ahead. I also use my lunch breaks to be more productive with my blog/YouTube, whether that’s creating a thumbnail for my video or writing down ideas for my next post. Long gone are the days when I can enjoy my food and surf Instagram leisurely during my lunch breaks. Every moment of the day counts when you have a full-time job, but you must find a balance that works for you, you might want to have the weekends to yourself so perhaps lunch times and evenings works better for your schedule.
Don’t Feel Guilty
Following on from the events side of blogging which can help build relationships with PR’s, network with fellow peers and also help establish your brand in the blogging world. These events are usually held during the day or on a school night, meaning it’s always impossible to attend them but don’t feel down about it. It’s a lot of effort and time to travel to the location to only spend a couple of hours at an event and then having to travel back. Unless you have an agent, attending events will be unpaid and you’ll either have to take annual leave or miss out on a days wages. So even though it kills me inside turning down invitations, is better for me in the long run.
I hope this post was insightful and let me know what other aspects of blogging you will like to know next. I’m gathering questions to be answered for my YouTube channel so leave your questions below if you have any.
What I’m wearing:
Polo neck – Topshop
Leather Jacket – River Island
Skirt – Zara
Sunglasses – Prada
Shoes – Converse
Thanks for reading xx