How to Quit Your 9 to 5 Job to Blog

  July 8, 2022 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 7 minutes read

Pedasi, Panama

 

(Updated 7/8/2022)

 

Leaving a 9 to 5 job sounds like a pipe dream for most people.

 

But following clear steps can turn lofty dreams into freeing realities.

 

Long, stressful commutes, office politics and extraneous meetings tire even exuberant employees from time to time. As remote work gains in popularity many people see the freedom of working in a home setting.

 

Blogging professionally allows you to work when and where you want.

 

Achieving this level of freedom inspires employees to become entrepreneurs who blog.

 

Before leaving your 9 to 5 to blog keep these ideas in mind.

 

1: Create an Exit Plan

 

Create an exit plan from your 9 to 5 job.

 

Begin the process of leaving your job by mentally putting your employee mindset behind you.

 

Most people never leave their full time job because passing whims do not constitute a real, intentional exit plan.

 

Before setting a flexible time for leaving your job simply write down on a piece of paper:

 

“I am in the process of leaving my full time job”.

 

Post this declaration in a high traffic area around your home. Stare at the words each time you walk by the paper.

 

Allow the idea to seep into the subconscious mind.

 

The ego will try to weasel itself out of the perceived discomfort, instability and seeming risk of leaving your salaried job to blog professionally. Writing your exit plan on a piece of paper for regular review propels you toward setting a flexible timeline for leaving your 9 to 5 job.

 

2: Establish a Flexible Timeline

 

Establish a flexible time frame for leaving your job.

 

As a rough estimate, blogging intelligently, patiently and persistently for at least 2-3 years part time may net you sufficient income to leave your full time job.

 

However, too many variables factor in to establishing dependable timelines because:

 

  • some bloggers work more intelligently than others
  • some bloggers work more intelligently and more persistently than others
  • everyone lives a different lifestyle including different income requirements

 

Set your rough timeline as a strong catalyst for blogging part time starting now.

 

Setting a date for leaving your full time job motivates you to begin blogging immediately, patiently and persistently to make your dreams come true.

 

Lyttelson, New Zealand

Lyttelson, New Zealand

 

According to Parkinson’s law, work expands to fill the time allotted for it. Devoting a time frame for evolving from a part time to full time blogger goads you to work diligently to get your job done in 18 months, 2 years or 3 years.

 

Set a realistic time frame. Theoretically, anyone can become a full time blogger in 1 year but how many part time bloggers working 40 hours at a full time job each week do the intelligent, uncomfortable things necessary to earn a full time blogging income in 365 days?

 

Set a 2-3 year timeline as a basic rule of thumb.

 

However, special cases exist for drastically shortening this typical time frame.

 

Special Cases

 

Full time employees whose savings cover expenses for 1, 2 or 3 years can quit their job comfortably right now if no concerns about losing health benefits seem pressing.

 

If you can live comfortably from savings without earning a penny in blogging income for the next few years feel free to leave your job ASAP.

 

Part time bloggers with spouses whose jobs sufficiently cover bills and savings can also consider leaving their jobs sooner than later.

 

Every case seems to be different based on:

 

  • the dynamics of a marriage
  • children’s financial needs
  • general risk tolerance

 

Most part time bloggers make almost no money for the first 3-6 months. Income tends to trickle in from 1 year going forward but only for diligent part time bloggers who spend a few hours daily blogging effectively.

 

Account for a Panic

 

Save enough money to prevent the inevitable panic that arises after you quit your job and make no money through your blog for months.

 

Boosting savings influences you to blog:

 

  • confidently
  • patiently
  • persistently

 

for a long time versus panicking and making rash, impatient, foolish blogging decisions from desperation.

 

3: Accept a New Reality

 

Prepare yourself emotionally to accept a new reality.

 

Full time bloggers experience:

 

  • fun
  • freedom
  • maximum creative expression

 

through the medium.

 

Most unhappy employees seem happy to enjoy each benefit but few think about:

 

  • long income droughts during newbie blogger days
  • wildly fluctuating income as profits slowly grow
  • loss of health benefits
  • working solo with the loss of a social professional setting
  • being motivated enough to be their own boss

 

consistent with leaving your 9-5 job to blog professionally.

 

Think through your prospective new reality. Develop a friendly relationship with fear. Practice the habit of leaving your comfort zone.

 

Leaving your job feels freeing but understanding how putting your employee career behind you changes your life helps you to avoid being blindsided.

 

Take care of your mind and body. Remain as healthy, fit, and well-rested as possible. Leaving your comfort zone feels easier when your mind and body are well.

 

4: Set Up and Stick to Your Work Schedule

 

Follow your daily work schedule.

 

Devote 2 or more hours to blogging part time daily.

 

Blog when you feel most energized to get work done.

 

Whether waking early to blog from 6 AM to 8 AM feels fun or blogging late into the night seems appealing just set up your work schedule and get the blogging job done.

 

Most aspiring bloggers never leave their job because they don’t put in blogging work. Schedule your blogging work day to complete blogging tasks daily.

 

Blog for 5-7 days weekly. Put in more blogging hours than usual on off days to accelerate your online success.

 

4: Begin Blogging Part Time

 

Blog part time to build a strong foundation for a profitable blogging career.

 

Pick a blogging niche that solves a pressing problem. Make sure that you feel passionate about the niche to energize yourself for a sometimes challenging blogging journey.

 

Buy your domain and hosting. Own your online real estate to blog intelligently.

 

Invest in a:

 

 

or perhaps blog coaching.

 

Learn how to blog successfully from pros to make every blogging second count.

 

More than any other blogger, full time employees do not have the luxury to waste blogging time. Blogging the right way every single day is a must to leverage your limited blogging time daily.

 

Write and Publish SEO-Optimized Blog Posts

 

Drive targeted, passive Google traffic to your blog around the clock to leverage your blogging presence.

 

Busy, full time employees need to generate passive blog traffic to maximize their imprint in minimal time.

 

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ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina

 

Create each blog post around a niche specific, long tail keyword. Publish 1500 word posts rich with practical tips.

 

Format posts for easy scanning.

 

SEO-optimized content targets a passive element critical to your part time blogging campaign.

 

Leaving your full time job involves building your blog into a passive income generating tool.

 

Passive blogging income begins with passive, targeted blog traffic.

 

Engage in Genuine Blogger Outreach

 

Network with bloggers from your niche.

 

Comment genuinely on blogs within your niche.

 

Promote bloggers on your blog.

 

Share blogger posts through:

 

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

 

Building your blogger friend network indirectly accelerates your success. Blogging friends grow your traffic and referral business by promoting your blog.

 

Monetize through Multiple Income Channels

 

Leaving your 9 to 5 job income behind means generating full time blogging income through multiple passive streams.

 

Consider:

 

  • engaging in affiliate marketing
  • placing ads
  • publishing sponsored posts
  • writing and selling eBooks
  • creating online courses

 

to increase blogging profits.

 

Concentrate on earning passive income to free you from trading time for money. Being a coach or freelancer increases blogging income but trading time for money seems difficult for a full time employee already working 40 hours weekly.

 

Pricing

 

Price premium offerings generously to maximize blogging profits.

 

Replacing a full time salary with a professional blogging income means pricing your products relatively consistent with pro bloggers. New, inexperienced bloggers cannot command top pro rates but pricing handsomely nets you a reasonable blogging income

 

5: Leave Your 9 to 5 Job

 

When your part time blogging income covers your expenses and continual savings simply leave your 9 to 5 job to blog full time.

 

Me overlooking Savusavu Bay with my virtual assistant Hazey. This was from our Fiji trip to Savusavu. 4 month house sit in the Paradise of Fiji, as Fijians have dubbed it.

Savusavu, Fiji

 

Bold individuals can leave their full time job earlier but making a clean cut effectively propels you forward into a professional blogging career.

 

Do not impatiently leave your job too early. Never delay leaving your job by second guessing yourself.

 

Finding the right exit point for you depends on your financial needs.

 

Shorten or Lengthen Your Timeline Accordingly

 

Based on progress or lack thereof, either shorten your timeline to leave your job or lengthen this time frame before leaving your 9 to 5.

 

Allow income metrics to shape your decision.

 

Conclusion

 

Leaving your 9 to 5 job involves making a big mindset shift in most cases.

 

People generally learn to think like employees who get a weekly paycheck on work performed.

 

Running a blogging business demands you to publish in-depth content for free to gradually earn blogging income after a long dry spell during beginner blogger days.

 

Believing in your blogging potential and trusting in the blogging process creates the inner shift necessary to put your employee days behind you.

  1. Sue Anne Dunlevie says:
    at 1:52 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Fabulous post! I especially love #3; as bloggers we tend to want to control everything

    Thanks for the entertaining post and great tips!
    Sue

  2. Don Purdum says:
    at 2:03 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    It’s really incredible to sit back and think about all the people that are chasing the cheese in the rat race.

    These days I’m working more and more with highly skilled and successful entrepreneurs. You know, the kind who’s companies are $25-$50 million per year in revenue.

    I’ll be honest with you. It’s freeing! There isn’t a lot of nonesense. They want to be on message and they want to be even more successful and they want a way to discover how to give back.

    I love working with people who don’t have barrier’s or money problems.

    I love that you were able to share with the TSA agent just by her glancing at your passport.

    That must have felt really good to share your story with her. I do hope you inspired her.

    Were you able to give her your website address?

    It’s awesome and freeing and I love your message Ryan.

    Keep up the amazing work!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:47 pm

      Don it’s been SO much fun to see you expand into the stratosphere. That’s it, that’s the secret. You got super clear and let in those folks who have a similar vision. Matches. Folks who have no barriers, who are ready to work with you. Love it. Thanks much for your comment and oh yes; she took down my domain name πŸ˜‰

  3. Corinne Kerston says:
    at 2:50 pm

    Hey Ryan!

    Loved this! You’re so right: to most of us, the “real world” means that super shitty place we live in. Not cause we want to but because we have to.

    Like Sue Anne mentioned, I need to work on trust and letting go. Trusting I’ve made the right decisions when it comes to my career. I recently received an email from a recruiter to interview for an editorial position with a local company. The pay was pretty good, but it was a typical 9-5 job that would take me out of the home. Who would pick up the kids from school? And even if I had someone, would I want to stop being the one to pick them up and help them with homework? I wouldn’t be there for field trips anymore

    Needless to say, I turned it down. I trust it was the right decision. Even if the pay was more than I currently make, there were just too many negatives to make it worthwhile.

    I also need to make time to meditate more. It’s been on my goal list for the year.

    Corinne

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:45 pm

      Awesome stuff Corinne. When your intuition guides you, all decisions are good money. Thanks much!

  4. Tom Watts says:
    at 10:45 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    First of all, sorry for my absence recently. I’ve got some cool stuff I’m working on – which IS fun – but it definitely takes a lot of time!

    Anyway, here’s my two cents for today;

    “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” – I’m not sure where this quote originates, but it’s advice that has stuck with me for years. Unfortunately, the jobs that we qualify for and are capable of doing aren’t always the most fun.

    For me, a 9 to 5 is a way to fund the fun. That’s just the way it goes for most of us. But would I prefer a 9 to 5 where the work is the source of the fun? Absolutely.

    The only enjoyment I’ve ever gained from punching calculator keys is making other people’s lives easier. And by easier, I mean by letting them keep more of the money they’d already earned. Money they worked 9 to 5 for. Money to pay for their fun.

    That’s why I want to improve my blogging, while also helping other people with what I write. I hope that my blogging will be the main source of fun for the future, but as I mentioned I’m working on other stuff which I enjoy immensely too.

    My goal is eventually be in control of my fun and money, and be helping others to do the same, much in the same way that you do.

    Aside from blogging, I’m also working with some people to develop a tool to help bloggers reach more people, more easily (Run sequence: shameless plug) and I’d really value your input on the project. Now, I understand you’re busy having your fun, but if you can spare a minute, you have my email address; hit me up!

    Thanks for this post, it was extremely positive, just the way I like it. As always it was a pleasure to read it!

    Talk soon,
    Tom

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:37 am

      Great to see you Tom πŸ™‚ Please feel free to plug; you know I’m as shameless as they come lol……thanks for the fab comment and keep on rocking it out!

  5. Ravi Roshan Jaiswal says:
    at 2:55 am

    Hi Ryan Sir!
    Nice meeting you here!

    This post is really lovable. As you mentioned here that blogging is the most. Really, I agree with you because it is the way to express our self online among the people.

    Thanks!
    – Ravi

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:36 am

      Lovable. I like that πŸ™‚ Thanks Ravi.

  6. Sandip Killedar says:
    at 3:37 am

    Hello Ryan,

    I am totally agreed with you. The “Real World” has too many problems and obstacles, which keeps us away from achieving the goal. When i joined local BPO company, i thought i am going to earn satisfaction from that job. But i was wrong.

    So, after realizing the real reason behind dissatisfaction ( I was not interested in Job), i started a blog. And whoa! It was getting huge traffic after following the simple tips by PRO bloggers. That time, i realised my real passion was writing.

    Thanks for this post Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:35 am

      Sandip that is GREAT to hear! Keep up the inspired blogging play.

  7. Brent Jones says:
    at 9:07 am

    “The Real World: that place where people do stuff they don’t want to do because they think they need to do it.”

    ^ Yes!

    Ah, Ryan… this might be my favorite post that you have published to date.

    (Well, at least out of the dozen or so I’ve read in recent history…)

    This is what I have tried to explain to friends and family and former co-workers who thought I was crazy to quit my job.

    I’m not averse to chasing pieces of paper with numbers of them (as you put it), but I am averse to doing something I don’t enjoy for the rest of my life so someone else can collect even more of those pieces of paper.

    I think business — whether you are a freelancer, blogger, or otherwise — should always be a vehicle to accomplish your personal goals.

    Begin with the end in mind, and work backwards.

    And who knows?

    Maybe I’ll meet up with you in Thailand one day.

    My wife and I traveled a fair bit this past year, and are currently planning our adventures for this year. Next on our list is a Europe trip — probably this summer.

    Chat soon,

    Brent

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:34 am

      I look forward to seeing you on the road Brent; you’re well on your way to being a part time nomad πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the awesome comment.

  8. Duke Stewart says:
    at 6:04 pm

    “The Real World: that place where people do stuff they don’t want to do because they think they need to do it.”

    I’m not alone in loving this definition but have to tell you! This is so true. I’ve been forging my own world since returning home from Korea and let me tell you, it’s scary but free at the same time. I hope you’re enjoying your time at home and I’m looking forward to where you next adventure takes you, Ryan.

    Take care and all the best.

    P.S. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:33 am

      You’re doing awesome Duke!

  9. Kim Willis says:
    at 6:47 am

    Hi Ryan

    I offer 4 words: ‘let go, let god’

    That’s all

    Kim

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:25 am

      That is it Kim. That is it. 4 words. Fun. Freedom.

  10. Akash Gurnani says:
    at 1:15 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    Superb Article! Thanks for sharing a way out of boring life.

    Goodluck
    Akash

  11. Linzi Clark says:
    at 11:21 am

    Great post – what we all really want is freedom but we are so conditioned into believing in the “system” that it’s hard to let go of the known. Having said that, there are some office jobs that are really fulfilling even though it’s not working from the beach…….