I’m just around the one-year mark of officially becoming a full-time blogger! (You can read more about the 12 things I learned in my first year of business here!)
So I thought I’d share a day in the life and write about what it’s really like being a full-time blogger and working from home.
Having a job that allows me to work from home is an absolute blessing and I am so thankful every day that this is my job & business that I built from the ground up!
If you’ve ever wondered what a typical day is like, you’re in for a treat! Here’s an inside look at my day-to-day working full-time in my business from home.
I started my blog as a hobby back in 2016. It was a beauty blog that I absolutely loved! I created the blog as an outlet for my writing and to share my love of makeup. It was a really great escape for me while I was studying in college.
After a few months of taking it not-so-seriously, I realized just how much I loved it and how much I wish I could write on my blog all the time. Then, I decided to give it my all and focus on seriously building my blog and my traffic with SEO and Pinterest. Not long after that, it became a good side hustle for me because I started making a decent amount of money from it working with brands.
A year into my blogging journey, things began to shift and I decided to rebrand my blog to what it is today. I discovered that writing about beauty tips & makeup no longer lit me up. I did some soul-searching and figured out what I was truly passionate and eventually, my blog evolved along with me.
While I was learning and growing my blog in a new niche, I stumbled upon Pinterest marketing and the career of being a Pinterest manager. I was already using Pinterest to grow my blog anyway and I was pretty good at it, so I decided to give it a shot. I took an online course from one of my favorite bloggers and then soon after began taking on clients.
And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since!
Full-Time Blogger: A Day In The Life
So I will say that no two days are ever the same. A day in the life of a full-time blogger is different for everyone. No two bloggers are exactly alike and we all do things differently.
What’s important is that we set a schedule that works for us and our families/home life.
As bloggers we wear so many freakin’ hats, it’s crazy. I know I say this all the time, but it’s just way too true.
I’m the CEO, copywriter, photographer, head of marketing, bookkeeper, graphic designer, social media manager, and so much more. We do a lot! Because we do so much for our businesses, it’s essential to structure our days in a productive way that fits our lives.
As a full-time blogger and entrepreneur, I set up my days in a way that helps me work to full capacity. This allows me to make time for the things that are important to me.
And I will say, it’s so awesome being able to do this. So let’s dive into my daily life!
Wake up (can you call it waking up?!) with my fiancé and kissing him goodbye as he heads off to work. Then, I probably roll over & sleep more until my alarm goes off a little bit later. I am not a morning person AT ALL.
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Get up and start my day. I usually start by doing my normal morning routine, opening all the windows up and just bringing light into my apartment. Light inspires me so I love having the sun shining bright on me in my home office. Some days — especially if it’s a beautiful day outside — I’ll take this time to go for a walk and get some fresh air.
I make my morning coffee, head for my desk (or wherever I’m choosing to work from that day, sometimes it’s the couch!). And then I check what is on the schedule in my Content Planner. Besides what’s on the calendar (I love using both my Content Planner as well as Google Calendar to plan out my work) for today, I like to look at the week ahead and write in anything that may come up over the week. Things change from day to day!
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
I do a bulk of my work during this timeframe. I check my emails and see what needs my immediate attention. At this time, I also check in on the blog and approve and reply to any comments or messages I have.
After that, I focus on my clients. Aside from being a full-time blogger, I’m also a Pinterest Manager so I manage Pinterest accounts for bloggers and online business owners. This is the time where I go through and make sure all of their Tailwind accounts are filled, pin new blog posts and products with keyword-rich descriptions, and submit their content to Tailwind Tribes. If they have graphic design added onto their package, I also take this time to create their pins.
I usually batch my work. So if there are multiple clients needing pin design, I tend to do all of the in the same day instead of the above. For example, I might work on client accounts Monday through Wednesday, and then spend this time block on Thursday creating pin designs for the clients that need them.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
LUNCHTIME! This is my favorite part of the day, haha. I eat lunch around the same time every day which is 1 pm. Sometimes I might have an early lunch or a late lunch if I’m busy, but it’s usually always the same.
Depending on what I’m having, I do different things during this break. If I’m cooking something, I will do household chores while it cooks or while the oven preheats. I throw in a load of laundry or pick up things around the house.
Once the food is ready, I try to take my lunch breaks away from the computer if I can. It doesn’t always happen but I do try to make it a point to not work during this break. I usually watch Netflix or Hulu while I eat 🙂
1:30 pm to 5 pm
After lunch, this is where my day mostly varies. Most days, I head back to work. This is the time where I write blog posts, schedule social media posts, write email newsletters and other miscellaneous tasks that pertain specifically to running my website and being a full-time blogger.
I outline my blog posts on Mondays, create the drafts on Tuesdays, and they are typically scheduled and ready to go by Wednesday to be published on Friday.
I also use this time to create opt-in freebie if I am planning to launch one. Sometimes, I create products for my online shop as well. When I’m not working on my website, I like to use this time for education like going through any courses I might be enrolled in or researching something I want to learn more about.
On not-so-busy weeks, I work until maybe 3 pm max. I tend to work Monday-Thursday and take Fridays off. I use Fridays to clean the house, catch up on errands, and visit my family!
Other things I work on
Besides these day-to-day tasks, there are some other things I work on during the month which aren’t very frequent. For example, at the end of the month, I make sure my bookkeeping spreadsheet is up to date and ready to go for my bookkeeper (my fiancé!) to take care of. I also like to fill in my HQ monthly reports to track my business’s growth.
And besides that, I also like to take a few days to do quarterly planning for the quarter ahead. So I do that maybe once every three months! I work these things into my schedule depending on when they need to be done.
My days are not always perfectly organized or productive!
It’s all still a learning process. I’m not always organized and focused on my work. Some days I might not feel like doing certain tasks and I might fall behind — it happens! And other times, if I’m feeling super inspired, I might stay up late working on a new post or some new content I can’t wait to share with you.
That’s the beauty of entrepreneurship — I have the freedom to structure my days how I want or have them completely unstructured. If I want to take a day off, I do. If I end up wanting to work on Fridays, I will.
I am so blessed to be able to have the flexibility to work whenever and wherever.