For many people who already have a full-time job, the dream of creating an online business that will provide a full-time income seems like an impossible reality.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. By following the tips listed below, you can begin to create incredible content that your audience will love in as little time as you’re allowed for your lunch break. Here is how to write a blog post during your lunch break.
Planning Ahead – 2 Things to do in Advance
If you’re working a full-time job, odds are you do at least have a couple of days off per week. While it’s understandable that you want to spend time with your family and relax a little, it’s important that you take a couple of hours on your days off to prepare for the busy week ahead. The key is knowing exactly what you should be doing in those few hours to really give yourself a leg up for the rest of the week.
1. Keyword Research
On your off days, take a couple of hours and invest them in keyword research and audience research. Go ahead and map out what keyword you plan on targeting for the week. Once you have your keywords, go ahead and write down the headline titles that you plan on using for your posts.
2. Research the Topic
Also, jot down a couple of quick questions that your audience may have about those topics. This will let you already have a solid idea of what you’re going to be writing about in each blog post throughout the week and will put you on a much stronger footing when it comes to knocking out the actual post as quickly as possible. Once you have your post ideas in mind, you’re going to want to grab your laptop and head somewhere that will allow you to write at your best.
Where to Go for an Optimal Writing Environment
Since you’re going to be trying to create content within an hour, it’s important that you find an environment that is optimal for writing. If your job has a break room that many employees don’t often hang around during lunch, then you may be best off heading there. However, if your coworkers go to the break room for lunch every day, then you’re going to want to find a more optimal environment where you can write in peace and quiet. Since many restaurants and cafés have Wi-Fi access available for their patrons, if you have one that you can get to within five minutes, then you can pack up your laptop and head there.
Try to find one that promotes a quieter environment where employees and other patrons aren’t talking loudly and really trying to hustle to meet the demands of the lunch rush. If you’re in the US, some of the larger chain stores that really promote quieter environments are places like Starbucks and Panera Bread.
If you’re heading to a restaurant, try to seek out a location where everything is full-service, so you can focus on writing for the maximum amount of time possible instead of having to wait a counter for your food to be handed to you. While it may not sound like a big deal, those 3 to 5 minutes spent waiting on food can often be the difference between a completed post and having to try to remember your train of thought later in the evening.
Utilizing Drafting Options
Once you know where you’re going to be working from, there are a couple of things you can do to optimize your time spent creating content even further.
1) Just Get the Words on the Page
Don’t focus on aesthetics at all. Once you have your content written, you can always come back later and add images, links, and other styling options to the post.
Use a tool like Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteContent platform to just get the words on the page and saved as a draft so that you can come back to your post later. This will let you get the hardest part of content creation out of the way during your lunch break while also allowing you to have the ability to come back and really style it up before you publish it later that evening or the following morning.
2) Don’t Worry too Much About Editing
All you’re wanting to achieve on your lunch break is getting that initial first draft ready to roll so your site always has fresh content available to deliver to your audience. This means that it’s perfectly acceptable to have spelling and grammar issues present when you save your draft at the end of your lunch break.
It only takes a few minutes to run a spelling and grammar tool later while you’re also styling your post with images and links.
A United Community Can Make Things Much Easier
It can often be very hard to stay motivated while you’re trying to build an online business while also working a full-time job. Many of your coworkers, friends and family members will not understand what you’re trying to do, and this can often leave you feeling depressed and as if you’ll never succeed. Because of this, it’s important that you try to surround yourself with other like-minded individuals who understand the frustrations and time constraints that you’re placing on yourself to succeed with an online business in the future.
Find a community that also has several active successful members who have been exactly where you are during their online business journeys in the past. If you’d like to find a community that supports one another throughout the journey to online entrepreneurship, take a moment to check out the opportunity over at Wealthy Affiliate.
Through blog posts, live chat, and much more, the community at Wealthy Affiliate strives to support one another throughout the journey of online entrepreneurship. There are members who have been where you are (including myself), members who are there with you right now, and members who may be further behind in the process than you. Regardless of your experience level, there are folks who are more than happy to just sit down and chat for a few minutes while giving you a bit of motivation to help you keep hustling away. Often, having the support of a community like that of Wealthy Affiliate is the key between failure and success when it comes to building an online business.
Writing a Blog Post During Your Lunch Break is Possible!
As you can see above, by creating a solid plan before the week begins and then taking steps to really optimize your free time, you can create an online business in as little as the time available to you during your lunch break. Just always remember that you are creating the means to escape your 9 to 5 and provide better opportunities for you and your family in the future while you’re optimizing your free time as much as possible now.