Want to know how to write around a full-time job?
Working for yourself is the dream for most copywriters. True, many work in agencies or in-house at large firms but for the rest of us, sacking off the 9-to-5 grind is a dream.
So, when you‘re stuck in a dreary job, how do you keep creative when your mind is buzzing with spreadsheets?
I’ll show you.
How to write around a full-time job
I know what its like when you’re sat at a desk when you’re craving to work on a written project instead. Here’s how I stay creative and get jobs done around my day job.
Keep a notepad close by at all times
I make notes all the time. Whether it’s for ideas on what to post on my blog, social media or a great line I could use on a project, a notepad is essential.
You’ll inevitably find a spare 20 seconds to jot down an idea. Don’t let that moment of inspiration wait until you get home because you’ll forget it.
Make every break productive
No matter how long or short your breaks are in work, use them. Start a blog post. Post on social media. Research potential clients. E-Mail potential clients. Write a little on that ongoing project.
You can’t sit at your desk working on your business all day – but you can during your breaks.
Make them count.
Network in work
Before I move on to working at home, speak to colleagues about your business. They don’t need to know you’re trying to wave them goodbye.
Tell them what you do. Ask them if their partners, families or friends have their own company and would have a need for your services.
Make the most of those you spend the most time with. They could be vital to expanding your business and be the ones who tip you out of your 9-to-5 and into working for yourself.
Just make sure you’re not spending all your time selling your business at work – you’re there to do a job after all.
Write every evening
You don’t need me to tell you this, but to be at your most productive I would do one thing when you get home from work:
Yes, for the first hour make your tea, eat it and let yourself unwind for an hour. Jumping from your day job to writing will boggle your brain. Give yourself time to switch off. Your mind will appreciate the change of pace and you’ll be more productive when you do sit down to write.
Then get started.
Continue the ongoing project, or follow through on chasing clients or posting on social media etc.Build time to write into writing every night, even if it’s just half an hour.
You have to make it work for you, but even a short time spent writing will help to keep the habit.
Stick to your plan
Your mates have invited you out for a few drinks, but you’d planned to spend your Saturday writing and working on building your business.
If you’ve made your plan, stick to it.
That’s not to say you can’t have a social life, or that you have to work non-stop all weekend, but if you have planned to work on your business – do it.
Life gets in the way sometimes, but if you let you plan slide this once more than likely, it’ll happen time and time again.
If you’re a writer, you love it. We are all a little crazy. We all pull our hair out. We all worry we aren’t cut out for it, but when all is said and done, we love what we do.
So, enjoy it.
Make sure your social life doesn’t suffer – you need rest too.
Finding the balance between work, rest and play is different for everyone.
Find a schedule that works for you.Now you know how to write around a full-time job – go out and do it!
Until next time,