We’re in a strange time where it seems the norm is “hustle” instead of balance in the working world. We’ve been trained to think that the only way to make money is working in an office 9-5. This is where the stable income is for most people.
But what if you didn’t want to compromise the time you spend at home? You might want to stay home if you have kids to take care of, family members, or other obligations that would keep you from being away 40 hours a week.
I’m glad our mindsets are shifting and the work-from-home movement is rising! I’ve always been so introverted and work well when I have no one else around me. Then I became a mom and the time was really sparse! Time management and choosing the right income streams is crucial to work-balance success.
I talked to a mom who writes and blogs as her full-time business. We’ll get a look into how she manages it all and seems pretty well-rested! Check out her interview below. She has some tricks to a productive and balanced home.
Name: Micah Klug
Location: Brigham City, UT
Occupation: Full-time Blogger
Kids? Ages? 3 children: Ages 4, 2, 18 months
How did you start this business?
About two years ago I published a cookbook called, “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family.” The publishing company told me I had to have a blog. And at the time I had no idea what I was doing or anything of that nature of writing or blogging.
Over time and after reading resources, there were key areas that I learned the most–that if a young mother who’s taking care of children or someone who’s taking care of their aging parents… whatever their situation might be, where so much of their time is already taken, there is a way where you can run a full-time successful business on a part time schedule.
Some of the things I noticed with my business where I had the most success is when I had dedicated time. Sometimes, on Mondays, it might just be one hour. Tuesdays it might be two hours, etc. The times might vary by the day but I know exactly when it’ll be. And you have to guard that time. Basically, hold it sacred. Another thing I found successful is to write things out. I have a written planner. Each day has a specific assignment associated with it:
Monday: Blog post writing day
Tuesday: Social media day
Wednesday: SEO/keyword research/graphic design
Thursday: Course taking/Continuing education day
How long have you been in business?
I wrote my book in 2015 and started blogging in January of 2016. My cookbook hit the bookshelves in March of 2016 and I’ve been going forward since then.
Who is your primary target market?
I primarily write to women who are looking to love motherhood and womanhood by helping them to strengthen their home, family, faith, and marriage by living simply without losing quality or sanity in their lives.
What does success look like to you in your business?
Success is knowing that I helped someone in a way that peace was brought into their lives. My ultimate reason for doing this blog is reaching out to that one who I wouldn’t be able to help in any other way besides through my blog.
If someone wanted to do what you do, how can they start?
The primary thing is, really sit down and decide “Okay I want to start a blog.” And a general idea of what you want to blog about. Obviously, before you even start a blog you don’t know the products you’re going to create. You don’t know the posts you’re going to write. But if you do know the purpose you want to serve, whether it’s helping moms or dads… whatever purpose and passion you have, figure out that first.
Then do research on your domain name. Make sure it’s not trademarked. After that, just start. Read a book about blogging. There are several books that are available and a lot of great resources. There’s so much research you can do on blogging. But you won’t be able to make that difference unless you start. Don’t overwhelm yourself! Only do what you can. So if it’s only one blog post a week, then do that and be consistent with it. You never know what’s going to stick until you put it out there!
What would you tell someone if they asked: “How do I know if I was meant to be a blogger?”
You never know until you try! And when you do try, then allow yourself to fail. It’s within that first failure that you’ll really know yourself. If you’re going to give up and quit, or if you’re going to keep trying. All of the best bloggers have failed. But the thing they have in common is that they are very tenacious and persistent. None of them have given up. Blogging is a longevity. It’s a long-term commitment. It’s not a get rich quick scheme.
How do you make money?
The majority of my income is from freelance work. I’m currently helping other bloggers write their own weekly newsletters. I do also have a percentage of income coming in from Amazon affiliate sales, Google Adsense and from selling my own products.
How do you take the breezy route in life and business?
The most important thing you can do is successfully managing your time by being intentional with your time. Have a plan in mind. You also need to decide what goal you want to set for yourself for that week and then get to work. As long as you have one goal in mind, then nothing else should be popping up or getting in the way. Nothing else should be distracting you.
Second, guard your business time with your life. Something that helps me is to sit down, list out the days of the week and then write down what time you’re available to blog. Even if that means getting up an hour earlier or going to bed an hour later. Whatever that might be, you need to find your time.
For example, in my schedule, I wake up Monday – Saturday at 4:00am. I work from then until 6:30am or 7:00am (depending on when the kids wake up). On Sundays, I take a break from the blog and let it breathe. And I go to bed around 9:00-9:30pm each night.
Finally, be excited to fail. There’s so much that can happen and that will happen with your blog. But you need to get back up and keep learning from it and not be terribly hard on yourself. Give yourself that grace to learn and grow. The battle is not to compare yourself with other bloggers. Don’t compare where you are and where they are in the blogging journey.
What does creativity mean to you and how do you stay creative?
Creativity, for me, means being willing to be uncomfortable. If you’re comfortable then you’re not thinking outside of the box. You’re not thinking from a new perspective or being challenged in any way.
My little ones are another one of my greatest sources of creativity. One of the hardest parts of being a work-from-home mom is to leave the blogger me at my desk and be mom to the kids, without blogger me in the back of my mind.
You have to be willing to live life, to read, to go on adventures, and do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Then allow your life’s experiences to really soak in to write about them so you can read through them later when you’re in need of new ideas.
Thanks, Micah, for the insight into your life!
I’m currently staring at my calendar and looking at all the ways I can tweak my workflow!
Some takeaways from this interview that I really wanted to hone in on:
- Micah has a distinct separation between her work and home life.
- She found her business through trial and error.
- The barrier to entry for blogging is very low that it wouldn’t hurt to try!
If you believe this is the way to a more stress-free life and can earn you income, don’t wait! The doors are wide open.
So, do you think you can #takethebreezyroute and work a full-time business on a part time schedule by blogging?
Micah Klug is a wife, mother to 3 hilarious ankle-biters, author of, “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family” and blogger at Home Faith Family. She strives to help women love motherhood and womanhood by helping them to strengthen their home, faith, and family by living simply without losing quality (and sanity). You can keep up with Micah on her website, Pinterest and Instagram.