You want to start blog and make extra money every month.
You even wish that someday you’ll be able to quit your job and blog full time.
There is just one problem…
Right now you work 9 to 5 and wonder how you can find the time to build something on the side.
Well I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that building a successful blog on the side is definitely possible.
Many people do it.
I did it.
I built the blog you are currently reading when I was a full time student and an employee.
The bad news is that you’ll have to work some extra hour every month to grow your blog. There is no way around it.
I’m sorry I don’t have any “secret formula” that will magically make you +$1,000 without working.
There is no such thing.
If you want to start a blog on the side and make more money, you’ll have to work harder. Period.
Now it doesn’t mean that you must sleep 5 hours every night and stop going out to succeed. If you do that you’ll burn out in a month.
What I want to show you today is how you can create time in your busy schedule to build a profitable blog without sacrificing your health, family and social life.
So let’s get right into it.
The layer cake hack
I don’t know you but I love layer cakes.
Not only are they ridiculously tasty but they can also teach you something really valuable about productivity…
Layer cakes look a lot like your daily schedule.
You’ve got “work layers”. That’s when you work. And “break layers” that’s when you take a coffee, go to launch, eat a snack…
A great way to grow a blog on the side, is to make use of these “break layers” to be productive.
No matter how short your breaks are 30 min, 15 min, 5 min… you can always work on something to grow your blog.
You can for example call a potential partner, reach out to people on Twitter, create a Facebook group, set up a form, send an email campaign to your subscribers, write a paragraph, create an illustration for your next post…
All these things take very little time and will grow your blog overtime.
A few months ago, I sent a couple of emails, which took me 30 minutes and made $300 as a result.
So never underestimate what these little time blocks can do for you.
Make your commute productive
According to the US census bureau, the average travel time to work in the US is 25.4 minutes. That’s almost 3 hours/week, 12 hours/month or 6 days/year!
Can you imagine what you can accomplish during this time to grow your blog?
Whether you use public transport to go to work or drive your car, I’m going to show you how you can use your commute to be more productive.
If you take the subway, bus, tram or train to get to work, you can use your smartphone or tablet to write blog posts, email your community, create a product, prepare your email campaigns, design some illustrations/pins for your posts using Canva, help people on forums, do some research…
When I used to work in Paris, I would spend 2 hours in the subway everyday.
I didn’t want to waste my time playing Candy Crush, listening to music or watching series on my phone so I worked on my blog instead.
I turned the subway into a second office.
My commute time became my most productive hours of work.
To make that possible, I used Evernote on my smartphone to write the drafts of my blog posts. When I came back home every day at 7pm, I would open my laptop, open Evernote, copy my draft, paste it into WordPress, edit it and publish it.
I wrote dozens of posts like that, edited many interviews, ran a contest and created a program only using my smartphone and Evernote in the subway.
See, I’m not on level 450 in Candy Crush but I made a few thousands dollars during my commute 😉
I know that some of you don’t use public transport to get to work but drive their car instead, so here are a few ways to be productive during your car commute.
Listen to podcasts
Being productive doesn’t necessarily mean writing blog posts, finding partnerships, emailing people…
You can also be productive by educating yourself, finding better ways to grow your blog, learning how to get more traffic, learning how to build your list efficiently…
Blogging and entrepreneurship podcasts are perfect for that.
I personally recommend you the following podcasts. I’ve listened to them for years, they’ve been a great source of inspiration for me. They always provide valuable tips and strategies that you can implement right away to grow your blog:
- Side Hustle Nation
- Entrepreneur On Fire
- Eventual Millionaire (it’s not a podcast but you can download the videos on your smartphone and listen to Jaime and her amazing guests)
- Smart Passive Income (a great podcasts for beginner bloggers)
- 4 Hour Workweek (the podcast that probably offers the most in-depth interviews ever)
All these podcasts will definitely help you become more productive BUT they won’t do the work for you. You have to actually implement what you learn.
Use dictation apps
You can’t write while driving but you can certainly dictate using your smartphone.
Over the last few years, voice recognition software have become more and more performant.
These apps are fantastic to stay productive while keeping your eyes on the road.
If you want to learn more about how to use them, Zapier wrote a great guide about how you can use dictation app efficiently. I strongly recommend you to read it.
(Note: Don’t forget, always stay safe on the road!)
Get a personal driver
Instead of driving to work everyday, why don’t you find someone to drive you?
If someone drive you then you can work actively on your blog during your commute.
Here are a few ways to find someone to drive you:
- Ask your wife / husband / daughter / son / cousin / friends to drive you to work
- Put an ad out there to offer someone to use your car as much as he/she wants at a very cheap price on the condition that he/she drives you to work everyday (learn more about this hack)
Implement these tips and your commute will become much more productive.
Work during week-ends
You can get a LOT of work done in 8 – 10 hours during week-ends to grow your blog without sacrificing social activities.
For example you can work on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm. That way you have all the time you need to go outside, do some hiking, spend time with your family and friends, go to restaurants, go to cinema…
When you come back home after 8-10 hours of work, you usually don’t feel like working an extra 4-5 more hours on your blog.
It’s completely normal.
You are human afterall and like every human, your willpower is limited.
Many people think that their willpower is at their disposal.
Willpower is like a battery. The more we use our minds, the less mind power we have.
So the question is: How can you still grow your blog in the evening when your energy is completely sucked out and you don’t feel like doing anything?
It took me a long time to figure that out.
See I’m not a night owl. I’ve a hard time focusing on anything in the evening.
I tried many times to write blog posts, eBooks or fix technical problems after 8 pm or 9 pm and I noticed that it usually takes me much more time to write a single sentence or fix a problem at night.
So I figured, instead of beating myself up and trying to get big things done in the evening, why not working on tasks that require little brain power and that can make my blog grow?
So every night instead of writing long content or fixing technical problem, I started doing things like answering emails, designing illustrations for my posts, networking, contributing on forums, commenting on other people’s blog…
And I found out that by doing that I was able still stay productive and grow my blog even if I felt tired in the evening.
If you currently have a job and want to make money blogging, you can.
You just have to adapt your schedule, use the hacks I showed you and you’ll be able to build a profitable blog on the side.
Now the question is do you want to take the leap and start today?
If so, join my 6-Day Challenge (it’s free).
- [Day 1] How to find a blog topic when you have no blog idea or too many ideas
- [Day 2] How to create a professional blog in a few minutes (you don’t need any technical knowledge)
- [Day 3] How to write your first blog post
- [Day 4] How to build a highly engaged community
- [Day 5] How to drive traffic to your blog
- [Day 6] How to start making money with your blog