Blogging can be a great side hustle, especially if you’re a full-time career girl looking for ways to create multiple streams of income. Having a blog or starting a blogging career gives you to perfect opportunity to write about your passion and interests outside of your corporate job.
However, just like any other project that you’re committed to, blogging requires a lot of hard work and dedication. And finding the time to manage your blog and create great content can be quite challenging when you’re in full-time employment. If you haven’t actually launched your blog yet, there are some great resources and books that teach you how to do so.
Here are our tips on how you can run a blog alongside your 9 to 5 job:
Create a Schedule
Starting a blog is basically like having a ‘second’ full-time job. If you’re not clear about how you want to move the blog forward, the journey can feel quite overwhelming. Having a schedule is not only a great way to keep your head clear, but it also gives you an idea of what needs to be done on a daily basis. So, just like any other activity on your to-do-list, start incorporating your blogging activities.
Think about whether you want to publish new content every day or rather every week. Based on that, you might have to decide to wake up early in the morning to create your content or sit behind your desk after you come home from work. To truly stay committed to your blog, try to be realistic when it comes to your schedule – Which leads to the next point.
Running a blog does not only require a lot of commitment it also requires you to be consistent. Be consistent in the content you write and when you publish new content. Whether this is every day, every week, or every two weeks. Due to busy schedules, this might not always be easy to carry out. However, if you have a loyal audience or group of readers, don’t let them wait a month before you publish new content. Try to keep them engaged with your content whether that’s through your blog or even on social media.
Blogging can also be quite challenging when you don’t feel inspired. Always look for ways to find inspiration to create new content. For example, try reading a book or other blogs when commuting to work. You can also listen to audiobooks or podcasts during your lunch break. In addition to that, also try gathering inspiration from things or events that take place during the day. A discussion at work might for all you know just be the inspiration you needed for your next post.
Have a Support System
Once your blog and audience start to grow, managing all your content, website updates, social media activity and newsletters might become quite a lot to take on. In this case, it might be good to look for people (paid or unpaid) who will love to help keep your blog afloat. Also, opening up your blog for guest bloggers is a great way to keep your blog running and provide your readers with new and useful content.