Obviously, building a blog and making it successful takes lots of time and effort. It’d be a weird idea to give up a steady paycheck just to experiment and make mistakes.
During the learning period, you won’t be making any money from your blog because you know nothing yet.
You’re still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. In this case, the best solution is to do this in your free time. That free time is whenever you’re not working for your other job. How much time you put into it depends on how willing you are to embrace the “new-age digital space”.
It’s wise to use your spare time to educate yourself, and with your steady paycheck, you can easily invest in the necessary blogging tools and services needed to simplify and facilitate your blogging tasks.
You can only call it quits when your blog is earning more than you earn for your day job.
Time Management Guru
I have mentioned this quote multiple times & I truly believe in it.
In my experience, I’ve come to realize that you can actually be very busy sometimeswithout being productive; therefore, you should try to squeeze out enough time to work on your blog.
If you spend a lot of time watching the TV, playing video games, partying, etc., you may want to apportion that time to work on your blog instead.
Bottom line: Time is a very important factor when it comes to running an internet-based business (just like any other type of business). It’s now up to you to decide how you can find enough time in your daily schedule to make your blog a success.
Schedule Like a Boss
Sticking to a routine is often the most difficult part when it comes to blogging, but it’s also the most important.
In my initial days of blogging, I mastered my routine with the help of scheduling. I ensured that every single day, one blog post got published.
Scheduling is a must for getting things done.
You should plan your publishing schedule ahead of the time.
Tip: It’s always good to start with your most difficult task, because once you’ve done that, the rest will become easier to tackle.
- “What’s the one thing that if I do now will make every other task on my list easier?”
This will help you to ensure you’re not unnecessarily wasting time.
Once you’ve mapped out your tasks, stick to it at all costs and don’t allow yourself to deviate from that schedule for any reason.
Always Stay Organized and Focused
To be honest, staying organized & focused is the key to achieving all of our dreams.
Running an internet based business while also maintaining a day job not only takes organization, but also focus.
In my case, I created two bucket lists:
I put the tasks that need to be executed into the “To-do” list. Once I’ve executed a task, I move it to the “Done” list.
Remember Your Big Why
Being an entrepreneur and having a 9-6 at the same time can be very tedious and time-consuming. If you aren’t careful, you can easily get off balance and lose focus in the process.
One of the things that will always keep you inspired and highly motivated to move forward even when things are not working well is to know why you’re doing this.
With a very big and compelling reason, you’ll stand the test of time.
This is one thing John Chow emphasized in his recent interview with me at Affiliate Summit West.
Develop Confidence and Peace of Mind
Making money from the internet is not meant for desperate individuals.
It usually take lots of time, money, and effort before you start seeing any significant income from your blog. But with a steady paycheck from your day job, you’ll have something to rely on while waiting for your blog to start paying the bills.
Without that certainty, your anxiety level will naturally be higher and potentially push you to quit and give up when results don’t materialize based on your expectations.