In this article, you will be taught the steps you need to take if you really want to succeed as a blogger while you still run a full time job.
We all know that for you to be able to meet your basic needs of life you will have to work so you can earn money (except you come from a very rich family).
The salary you earn from your job most times don’t settle your bills so having to look for a side business that you can use to supplement your income is always necessary.
Unlike other countries where a person can have two jobs, Nigeria doesn’t give people that opportunity.
Starting a blog is one of the best side businesses anyone can do with a full-time job.
The stress you face at work alone will drive away the thought of you starting a blog.
With the stress of one job, it is easier for a person who is single to nurse the idea of starting a blog unlike someone with a family.
The stress increases when you have to work and at the same time take care of your family.
You may ask why I chose Blogging?
Blogging is one of the oldest ways of making money online and it is still profitable till date.
With a good niche and a massive audience (traffic) to your blog, you can quit your job and go full-time blogging.
The problem most people have is the time to start a blog.
So then you may ask again what do I do?
I know you have read a lot of post from different bloggers that tell you how easy it is to start a blog and make money from it.
The truth is as profitable as blogging is, it takes time to grow to the point where you can quit your job and go full-time.
Most times it takes 6 months to 1 year or beyond for you to start making money from a blog.
One thing I most point out again is that blogging is not for everyone. Patience and dedication are the key criteria if you want to start a blog and succeed. Take it from me, it is not easy to sit down to write an article.
There are lots of research and personal experiences that are put together to write an article.
For a person that is willing to take the journey of blogging and has a full time job the first thing you need to do is to start blogging part-time. Starting part-time will help you figure out whether you will be able to keep up in the long run.
We have put together some few steps you need to follow as a blogger with a full-time job.
Take It Easy (Lower You Expectations)
The way most bloggers sweet talk you into believing that if you start a blog today, you can start making money in a few days will make some people rush to quit their job to start blogging full time. That’s not the case as blogging takes time. If you really enjoy your job, you can focus solely on blogging part-time so as to make extra income but if you are considering quitting your job someday (like me) you will have to lower your expectations of how fast you can make money from your blog.
Your goal shouldn’t be to quit your job after 1 year of starting your blog. For you not to allow anxiety creep in you can set a 3 years goal. This will allow you to stay focused.
Pick A Writing Schedule
Since content is king when it comes to blogging you will have to keep producing fresh and high-quality contents for your readers. The time to sit down and write an article may be a big hindrance to most people which is why if you don’t have enough money to hire writers from fiverr or other freelance websites you will have to pick a writing schedule.
Since I have a full-time job which keeps me out of the house from Monday to Friday and I also have a program I run the time to write is not always there. Since Mondays to Fridays are occupied, I use weekends to write most of my articles.
Since I am blogging part time I only write my articles when it is convenient for me. Most time I write in the night on Saturdays and Sundays. This gives me time to do other activities during the day.
It all depends on your schedule, you have to figure out what time and day works best for you to write then stick with it.
Invest In Your Blog
Running a blog does not come cheap; from purchasing a domain name to getting a web hosting plan and customizing the blog all require money. This is where your full-time job comes in as you use a fraction of your income to boost your blog.
You have to carefully consider how much money you are willing to invest in your blog and make sure it does not affect any of the important responsibilities you have to take care of.
Just like other businesses that you are not guaranteed of return on investment the same goes for a blog.
Tackle One Task At A Time
Most people feel that the more blog they have the more money they make. This is true but it only works when you are a full-time blogger.
I learned this the hard way. When I started blogging, I had up to 4 blogs set up in different niches and because of the long hours I have to spend at work and no time to work on them I had no other choice but to close 3 down and I am currently running this very blog alone.
You have to focus on a particular blog per time and grow it. .
Select A Niche
For me I don’t believe in choosing a niche that you are passionate about when it comes to blogging, my belief is that you choose a niche that is popular. But to be on the safer side as a part time blogger you should focus on a niche you have passion for is important.
If you blog about a niche you are passionate about it would make writing easier. If you have a job that you know you can blog about you should start a blog around your job. If that is not the case, you can pick a topic you are good at maybe a hobby and blog about it.
This will motivate you to keep blogging no matter the situation.
Promote Your Blog
This should fall under the investing section but I decided to put it alone as you can promote your blog for free. If you have enough money you can promote your blog via Facebook ads, Google ads, Twitter ads and so on. But what if you don’t have much money you can also promote your blogs for free on social media by sharing your contents on groups and forums.
If you have it in mind of starting your own blog do not let anything distract you. Go ahead and take it one step at a time.
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