We can all use extra money or time to spend with our loved ones. The problem is getting that extra money and time. Growing up, nobody told me it was possible to have both money and time, so the idea of making money online was nothing but a fantasy.
Everything changed when I discovered successful online entrepreneurs like John Chow and Neil Patel. If these guys can do it, why can’t I do it?
I was tired of waking up early in the morning to be stuck in traffic, just so I can make it work. Let’s not forget about the drive going home. Even though my average workday consists of only 8 hours, but if you include commuting, that’s at least an additional hour!—We don’t get a lot of hours in our life!
Not only am I trading my life away, but I’m also giving up precious family time. Let’s say my family is planning a trip to Hong Kong or China.—Forget it… I can’t go.
Before I got into the make money online industry, I was COMPLAINING to a friend about my situation and he said, “You are not forced to go to work.”
Yes, the employers are not forcing me to go to work, but life is forcing me to because, without work, I wouldn’t have money to pay the bills.
My Make Money Online Journey Begins…
Like many people, I started my journey to making money online by completing paid surveys. Well, that didn’t work out for me, but after watching videos of successful people like John Chow and Neil Patel. I discovered Wealthy Affiliate, currently my recommended platform.
Wealthy affiliate provided me with an online entrepreneur certification course with action plans, so I’m not only learning, but also applying what I’ve learned. To me, they are an All-in-One education program for people who want to make money online. It even carried its own website building and hosting service at no additional charge.—Free members can build up to 2 websites with website hosting!
It Takes Time To Make Money Online.—Are You Serious?
Making money online is like trying to lose weight. It requires work and time. However, I couldn’t afford to quit my job because I still have bills to pay for. I wish I had someone to support my living expenses while I pursue this new venture. So, is it possible to make money online while working a full-time job?
The answer is yes, but it will require more effort and sacrifices! Unlike someone who can afford to stay home to create content for their website, you will work a full-day. After work, you will have to work some more!—I remember working 10 hours on my regular day job and an additional 2-5 hours working from home.
I had to make sacrifices in my life to ensure that I become successful at making money online. I gave up television, gaming on my PlayStation 4, and hanging out with my friends on my days off.—Is it worth it? Heck yea! I know one day I will be able to enjoy life and live under my terms.
If I’m able to do it, so can you! Here are some tips to help you make money online while working your regular 9 to 5 job!
Tip #1: Remind Yourself Why You Dislike Your Job
What really pushed me to search for a way to make money online was because I hated my job. I was selling cars at a new car dealership and the stress level was off the charts.
When you’re selling cars, you are considered a liar no matter how honest you are. Sure, there were some pretty nasty salespeople in the past, but times have changed. A new car salesperson is paid through commission and let me tell you… the commission is less than astonishing.
With the internet, car dealerships have to be extremely competitive in terms of pricing to stay in business. With such a low-profit-margin, car dealerships are relying on another form of income and it is based on customer satisfaction.
That’s why being transparent and being honest with your customer is extremely important. With the internet, your customers can find out if you were lying with ease.—A bad survey can cost the salesperson and the dealership thousands of dollars from the manufacturer.
Long story short, I would spend hours with my customer trying to convince them that I can’t sell them a $30,000.00 car for zero down payment, $100.00 per month for 60 months and 0% financing.—$1000 x 60 = $6000.00. It’s mathematically impossible. How can I get the $24,000.00 discount excluding tax and fees?
What’s worst is even after you get them a good deal and earning a $100-$200.00 commission? You run the risk of getting a bad survey from this customer and losing your bonus.
In the car business, you’re not working the regular 40 hours a week. I’ve worked 60 hours a week earning the bare minimum of $2000.00 simply because people wanted to test drive the car and wouldn’t be ready until a year later or asking for unreasonable discounts.—Not exaggerating. That works out to be $8.33 before tax plus the stress you have to deal with.
After reading my little story, I’m sure you’ll understand why I wanted to make money online. It’s because of this job and the customers that I had. However, it also motivated me to push myself to the limit, so I can eventually work from home.
If you have this mindset, you will begin to realize that it is satisfying knowing that you are trying to create an online business, so you can forever leave the job that you hate.
Tip #2: Use Your Spare Time Wisely
We are all limited to 24 hours in a day. How you want to use it is up to you. Let’s say you sleep for 8 hours per day and you spend approximately 9 hours at work with the commute. That leaves you with around 7 hours to do what you want.
I understand that most of us have priorities at home such as taking care of kids or doing chores. Make sure you take care of your priorities first! You can do this by setting up a planner for your time.
What I like to do is, work on my blog whenever I have spare time to watch television or to play video games. You see, television and video games will not make me money. It will only cost me money because time is money.
Tip #3: Batch Your Work
If you are currently working the regular 9 to 5 job. Hopefully, you have at least 2 days off. What I like to do is batching my work during my days off, so I can relax on my regular work days.
Smart Affiliate Hub brings traffic through content marketing and Social Media. That’s why I produce new content daily and if I have to write new content every single day, it would drive me nuts.
If you check my blogs, you will notice that I publish daily, but the truth is, the articles are not written on the exact day. I would create multiple contents on my day off and distribute them throughout the week.—Click here to learn how to batch your work!
Check Out My Weekly Schedule:
Monday – This is my day off, so I would spend the entire day, usually around 10 to 15 hours researching and writing new content. Articles written on Monday are considered my rough draft and will be touched up on Tuesday. (3 to 6 articles written)
Tuesday – This is the day when I finalize the content produced on Monday. This is when I add pictures to my content as well as setting it up on WordPress to schedule the day and time to publish.
Wednesday to Sunday – For the remainder of the week, I would continue to work my regular day job, so I can pay the bills. If I feel like it, which I usually do… I would spend 2 to 3 hours after work to produce additional articles or to answer emails and comments left on my blog.
The above was my schedule and yours can be different. Making money online is a marathon, so try to fit it into your schedule without any conflicts.—I publish daily content and you don’t have to.
If you batch your work as I did, you wouldn’t have to worry about producing content regularly. It gives you that peace of mind knowing that you have content ready to be published even if life gets in the way.
Tip #4: Work Smart, Not Hard
When producing content, I recommend setting up a template for different purposes. For example, I do review articles on different products that teach you how to make money online. To make my work easier, I created a template for review.—Learn how to write good product reviews (template included).
I also have templates for responses to certain emails. This saves me time from typing the same thing over and over again. This allows me to effectively answer my readers without spending too much time.
When creating images, I have templates on Canva that allows me to tweak certain things to maximize my time. In the beginning, I would manually work on each image and it would take me hours!
You also want to use tools and plugins to save you more time! For example, I have plugins to optimize my image automatically as well as optimize my content for search engine purposes. This means I can focus more of my time producing good content for my readers.
I also use a keyword tool to check which keywords I would rank better for. This allows me to rank higher on the search engine. Click here if you are interested in the keyword research tool that I use.
The only downside is, most tools and useful plugins will cost you money. Personally, I don’t mind spending the money if it’s going to save me time down the road. This allows me to focus on other things that are more important for my websites growth. How much is time worth to you?
Tip #5: Outsource If You Can!
Starting your online business will cost you money, not a lot, but most people prefer to spend nothing if possible. The problem with spending nothing is that you will have to do everything on your own.
If time is valuable to you, you can try to outsource for help from places such as Fiverr. If you are looking to get a professional logo for your website or have someone create content for you. Fiverr will have what you’re looking for.
Friendly warning: When outsourcing for content, you want to ensure your freelance writer is producing content based on your specification. You don’t want to publish low-quality content that might potentially hurt your credibility.
However, you must ask yourself if you can afford to outsource first!
Example: CEO of big businesses would hire people to do janitorial work. You wouldn’t see a CEO picking up the mop or broomstick to clean his or her office. That’s because his or her time is worth too much.
If you can afford to spend the money on outsourcing. Go for it! It will allow you to focus your energy on other aspects of your online business.
However, if you’re like me… I like to learn, so if something goes wrong. I know how to fix it. That’s why I do everything on my own from SEO, blogging, and marketing.
My Final Thoughts
Making money online while working a full-time job is not a walk in the park. It’s going to require a lot of effort, but it’s not impossible. If you really to make money online, you will naturally force yourself to do whatever it takes.
Do I enjoy working after work? Definitely not! I actually would love to watch television or play video games, but that’s not going help me live a better life in the future. If you follow the tips above, you should have a much easier time trying to manage both working a regular job and working from home.
Do You Want To Make Money Online?
I didn’t start off knowing how to do this though. It all started from the point when I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate. I started with their FREE membership because I honestly thought that I’m likely to waste my time.
Before I tried to make money through paid surveys, I was scammed a few times by websites that claimed to have the secret to making money online.—What a bunch of lying sack of Nevermind.
I’m not sure if you’re going to like Wealthy Affiliate, but at least it is completely free to start. Even as a free member, you will be able to create 2 websites with hosting. Is it enough?
Well, I personally signed up for their premium membership which is $49.00 per month for the additional support, resources, and tools. I’ve even opted in for the one-year membership to save money because that’s how much I believe in Wealthy Affiliate.—Let’s just say, without Wealthy Affiliate, there wouldn’t be Smart Affiliate Hub.
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