It seems just about everyone has a side hustle these days, wether it be for a extra bit of income or just a hobby, we all struggle to fit things in to our busy schedules, I know first hand that balancing a busy job alongside blogging and YouTubing is quite a feat and the struggle to make an extra couple of quid is real, however, i’ve come up with some tips and tricks to squeeze it all in a make the two go hand in hand.
USE YOUR MORNINGS AND EVENINGS
This may sound pretty obvious but it’s so easy to have that extra hour in bed in the morning or waste your time flicking through Netflix and catching up on love island when you get home from work. The time spent doing this is valuable blogging time. Use your time wisely to get stuck in on any outstanding work you need to complete. It might just be, you need to do your emails, if so grab a cuppa, get on the sofa and sort that inbox out. You could also draft your next blog post or accumulate ideas for upcoming posts, trust me you can get loads done in a couple of hours. I tend to work better in the evening so this suits me great but if you’re an early bird use these precious hours before work to get stuff done!
BE SUPER ORGANISED
Now this is pretty easy for me because I’m an organised freak and panic at the thought of not having my shit together but if this is something you struggle with then now is the time to get it sorted. Make lists and lots of them! Lists kind of rule my life (am I starting to sound weird yet?) I have one for everything, the food shop, travelling, things to do, jobs for the day etc and this can work just as well if you are a content creator. I have a few separate notebooks, one for my blog another for youtube and one for Instagram, all my notes, ideas and general brain spill will be jotted down in these and I find it keeps me really organised and separates the three of my most used platforms.
GOT A DAY OFF? USE IT!!
I”m aware that not everyone wants to be working on their days off but if you want this side hustle to take off then I’m afraid you have to put the graft in. I get the odd day off a week or take days as holidays so I can get heavy work loads done. I use these days to pre film/pre-write, by this I mean film in bulk or write/plan blog posts in bulk so then when I’ve got a busy week at work I can just press publish and ta-da a brand new blog post goes live. It’s all about planning ahead and remember, weekends are your best friend.
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
We are human, we can’t always fit everything in so if you are starting to panic and everything gets too much just take a step back and re-evaluate the situation. Can you do it on a quieter day? Can it wait until next week? Not everything has to be done right away and with careful planning it should all work out for the best. Remember it’s okay to switch off and take a break, be realistic with your work load, it can sometimes help you to come back stronger and nail everything.
DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT
If you are at the stage where you are earning money from your blog then please bare in mind that if a company are offering you less than what you would earn in your day job then just go to work! Don’t sell yourself short, remember what you are charging needs to be more or the same than a day at the office otherwise it’s not worth having the day off for. If you can fit both in then great (double pay, woohoo) but if it’s jeopardising your day job and your pay cheque just say no.
Are you juggling a blog and a full-time job? How do you balance the two? I’d love to know how you balance blogging with a full-time job