Are you curious as to 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.
Luckily, there are tons of bloggers (a.k.a. business owners!) that share their strategies and tips for growing a successful blog while working full-time.
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!
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!
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.
Related: [Michelle's course: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing]
5. How long did it take you to reach five and six figures each month?
You can find all of my blogging income reports here.
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.
Related: [Making Sense of Sponsored Posts]
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?
Tips To Become A Blogger:
1) Choose a niche that already makes money (personal finance, health, and fitness, travel, etc.) and sub-niche from there. This means to go even deeper into a niche. Ex. Niche: Personal finance > Subniche: Personal finance for college students or personal finance for moms.
2) Take a comprehensive blogging course. My #1 recommendation for new bloggers who want to build a profitable blog is Blog With A Full-Time Job.
Blog With A Full-Time Job consists of:
- A specific plan for launching, growing and monetizing your blog while working full-time
- The exact strategy to grow and monetize your blog to a six-figure blog
- Learn how to manage your mind, productivity, time management (all essential for working at home and running a successful business)
- How to set up a beautiful looking blog that is entirely customizable
- How to write blog posts specifically for monetizing
- Sooo much more + tons of bonuses, templates, worksheets, etc.
3) Learn and absorb as much information about blogging as possible. Pinterest is a gold mine for this. Type in “blogging tips” in Pinterest's search bar and hundreds of helpful articles will come up. You can check all of my popular blogging articles here.
4) Figure out what outlet you want to use for blogging. Do you want to have your blog? Or do you want to create a YouTube channel? Find out where your audience is and go from there. If you don't know yet, don't sweat it. You'll learn as you go.
5) Create a blog with this easy tutorial.
My blog paid off my student loans the day I graduated, paid off my dream car and is helping build a great retirement.
With blogging, you can create a life of financial independence, happiness, and freedom while helping people all around the world.
Related Blogging Posts:
- How Natalie Grew A $100,000 Blog With A Full-Time Job
- How I Made $80,000 My Second Year Blogging Full-Time
- How To Make $10,000 A Month With A Small Blog
Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments. 🙂
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