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I get far more questions about what I do for a living now that I work for myself full time as a freelance writer and blogger. Two of the biggest questions?
- How do you earn money?
- And what does a typical day for you look like?
Working for yourself has its pros and cons: I’m always busy learning new things, but sometimes I lack routine and structure. I’m lucky in that I get to chart out how I want to spend my time, and that with what I do every day looks different.
Although my workday might look a lot different than your typical 9-5 life, there’s one thing all aspects of my workday have in common: the need for internet. The only way I’m able to keep it all up and running is to have a reliable internet connection. I couldn't get any of the below tasks done without it (or without my partnership with Comcast Business!) They also offer a lot of online resources for entrepreneurs which I highly recommend you check out, here.
Mornings for a Professional Blogger
I don’t set an alarm (unless I have an early meeting or conference call) and instead prefer to wake up when my body naturally wants to (or whenever my puppy, Roo, gets restless in his crate) … which is usually about eight hours after I put him in there the night before. He’s the best alarm clock.
I like to make coffee while I let the dog out and feed him, and then I watch about a half hour of television to let the coffee “soak in.” Yes, I’m a television addict. (You can see my 30-day challenge about that here.)
Then I go to yoga or take the dog on a hike as my exercise for the day, and then I start work around 11:30-12 and work until around 6 or so.
Afternoon (My Work Day)
Between posts for the blog, developing new products, writing posts for sponsored campaigns, a dabble of freelance writing for private clients, plus my weekly newsletters… I’m still generating a lot of words per day. I love writing, and it’s one of the favorite things I do.
I always take the time to answer reader emails and comments on the site, and although it’s time-consuming, it’s also very important to me. There are also emails from my writing clients, advertisers, and affiliate partners to field each day.
Phone Calls and Face Time with Clients, Sponsors and Media Partners
I try to limit my time on the phone, but it’s good to get on the horn sometimes and have an actual conversation with sponsors or people you’re working with. I also do ~ 2 media interviews each week, which take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. There’s also a handful of private coaching clients I speak with on a weekly basis!
Social Media Management
Admittedly, I outsource a lot of my social media work (you can’t do it all), but I’m still actively involved in my Pinterest and Facebook strategy and do all of that work myself. I like being hands on with my social media, because otherwise I’m not sure how I’d stay “in the know” with what’s happening online.
I’m in a very committed growth phase with my blog and business right now, meaning I’m trying to do everything I can to learn about new ways to grow. When I’m not working on a deadline, I section off time to read great resources on how to expand the blog, or I spend an hour or two brainstorming things I’d like to do/could implement on the site that might work for growth.
Lately, it feels like this is where the lion’s share of my time is going, but if you’ve read my latest income report, you know it’s paying off for me.
Things like paying bills, writing up contracts for campaigns and communicating with my graphic designer, social media assistant, and junior writer also takes up time during my workday, although we do everything digitally. Primarily we use email, Slack, and Trello to communicate and collaborate.
Why It’s Important to Have a Technology Vendor You Trust
I hope this list above doesn’t undersell how much hard work and chaos that exists when you work for yourself. With a to-do list that is ever growing, I’m thankful that I don’t have to spend time worrying about my internet.
I’m very lucky that it’s really the only thing I need to run my business, but when it’s out or I’m having technically difficulties – there are few things more stressful! This is why having a dedicated technology partner like Comcast Business has been very important for my blogging business and me.