How I Started A $1,000,000+ Blog With A Full-Time Job

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Are you curious about how to build a profitable blog while working full-time?

I built this blog while going to school full-time, working full-time as a nanny, and freelancing work online. Pretty much every blogger that has built a successful business started their blog while working full-time. 

It’s really hard work – there’s no other way to put it. Blogging isn’t easy and anyone that tells you that it’s easy is lying. A lot of people aren’t cut out for blogging. You work for free for a long time and don’t see results for a while. If you decide it’s something you want to take seriously, stick with it for the long haul. It’s worth it.

I asked Michelle from Making Sense of Cents questions that I’d want the answers to – to make your blogging journey a little bit easier. 

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1. What made you want to start a blog, especially while working a full-time job already? 

My path of starting a blog is much different from the average blogger.

 In 2011, I started my blog with the hopes of learning how to save money and journaling my personal finance journey after reading a magazine that featured a personal finance website in one of their articles. 

I became extremely interested in that website, and my interest in blogging just grew from there.

This is interesting and hilarious because, before that same summer, I had no idea about what blogs were, that they could even make money or anything along those lines.

My blog was mainly just for me, and I had no real goals for it. I was anonymous when I first started my blog as well and stayed anonymous for around the first 1.5 to 2 years.

Eventually, I started earning an income from my blog, and it was a great feeling to earn an income while enjoying what I was doing – because I dreaded my day job.

2. How many hours per week were you working on your blog?

I was working anywhere from 10 to 50 hours a week on my blog.

A usual week was 40 hours spent on my blog and around 45 hours spent at my day job. I was busy, busy!

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3. How did you make money when you first started blogging?

I earned my first income through my blog through a sponsored advertisement.

I earned around $100 from that advertisement, and that was after about six months of blogging.

Like I said above, though, I didn’t start my blog to earn an income and never pursued that while I was blogging in the beginning.

So, earning that first $100 was super exciting even though I had poured hours and hours into my blog before that, haha!

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4. What’s your #1 tip for someone who wants to build a profitable blog while working full-time?

Since you’re already working full-time, I recommend blogging about a topic that you are passionate/interested in.

This will make blogging more enjoyable.

No one wants to work all day, and then work again on something that they dislike, haha.

I recommend finding a topic that you enjoy because blogging is a lot of work, and enjoying what you’re doing will make it just so much better.

Plus, I have a theory that people who enjoy blogging tend to see more success with it.


5. How long did it take you to reach five and six figures each month?

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It took me around six months to make $100, around one year after I started blogging I was earning $1,000, and just a few months after that I was earning around $5,000 a month.

I started earning five figures a month around two years after I started my blog, and that’s also around the time when I left my day job to blog full-time.

I started earning six figures a month around five years after I started my blog.

6. Do you think it’s still possible to start a profitable blog in 2019? 

Yes, I still think that it is possible to start a profitable blog in 2019 and that there is still plenty of room for blogs to start today.

The blogging industry is still so very new, and there are new ways to monetize and to grow that are created all the time. 

I believe that companies and advertisers are only recently starting to realize the value of online influencers, such as bloggers, which means that the blogging world will continue to grow well into the future and that opportunities for making money from a blog will continue to increase.

More and more companies are starting to advertise with online influencers on their blogs, social media accounts, and more, and I expect this to continue to grow well into the future. 


7. What’s your best time management tip for juggling a full-time job while growing a profitable blog?

My best time management tip for those trying to balance both is to realize how much time you may be wasting.

The average person watches around 30 to 35 hours of TV a week, and that is almost a full-time job right there!

Even if you can only cut that in half, you may still find almost 20 hours to use towards your blog each month, and that is a really good amount.

8. What are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m just trying to catch up on work!

We spent the last several months sailing the Florida Keys and the Bahamas, and I took most of the time off to enjoy our new sailing lifestyle.

I’m writing as much as I can, trying to get to Inbox 0, and going through a long list of to-dos that I put off to the side.

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Start a blog that makes money

I started this blog in college and graduated my senior year making $80,000 a year. Now, I work from home, spend time with my family and dogs, and I get to take my family on nice trips and donate to my favorite charities. 

Blogging isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work. It’s not for everyone. I had to work for free for a long time to build this business from the ground up. If you feel that you can help people with a blog and inspire others to live better lives, a blog is a great way to do that. I make money with ad revenue, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and selling my own digital products.

If you need a little more help starting your blog, I even have a free How To Start A Successful Blog quick course that shows you step-by-step what to do AFTER you started your blog. This quick course is filled with a TON of value giving you everything you need to get started the best way.

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