Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: It is very much possible to be a streamer and still have a full-time (or part-time) job! Many new streamers and even veteran small streamers seem to struggle the idea about how they can do all of this. But here’s the secret:
If you’re able to make time to watch Netflix, scroll on social media (Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr), play a sport, or work out, then you can make time to stream.
It’s just like any other hobby that requires skill, so it takes time to practice and to build it into a habit.
Here’s how to do it for all you streamers that are struggling:
Keep a streaming schedule
Find the right days and the right times that works best for you when you’re creating your schedule. Then once you figure out your streaming schedule, stick with it.
Sticking with your schedule will help you in the long run because it allows your viewers to make time to visit your stream. And as long you maintain your schedule, they will expect you to go live at these times and days.
Think of it as your favorite TV show. You already know what time and day it will be on air, so you will find a way to make sure that you’re home to catch the latest episode. This works the same for streamers who will always stick to their schedule. Eventually your viewers will find a way to your channel when you’re live. Sometimes asking them to turn on the notifications on their app will help!
Use your non-streaming days to observe & improve your channel
During my days off, I relax by watching Netflix or going to networking events, but I also use these days off to go back and watch my most recent VODs.
Because it’s good to observe what you can improve for future streams. You’ll be able to find moments of silence and you can get a feel of how awkward (or not awkward) when this happens. Or can finally see what your viewer is seeing, so if there’s something that may seem off to you, you can then edit or change it later on.
Or use this time clip your best moments of the stream from the night before. And if you want to get more fancy, compile them to a clip montage and then share it on YouTube. Anything that you believe that needs improvement, use this time to do that.
Also another tip is finding those moments where you can fill in time. For example, my commute time to work is roughly an hour. So I try to utilize this time to write some notes for new blog posts, ideas for the stream, and reading new articles that will help improve my exposure for my channel. Doing these small little tasks will have your future self say “Thank you, past self!”.
Don’t forget your personal life
When you’re grinding and working hard to stream, don’t let streaming take over your after-work life. Make time to hang out with friends, family, and your significant other (if you have one). Your support system is important to have, so don’t forget about the real people in your life.
A video that was circling around the web is Twitch streamer Yuber’s confession video about his current situation. He grinded his way to 6k followers, streamed nearly every day, but then lost his friends and family. He discussed how it took over his life. All he wanted to do was to stream all the time, but it was s l o w l y killing him.
Is it worth to sacrifice the time away from friends and family? For some people, it is. Unfortunately, for the people like Yuber, it’s not all cracked up to be. It can be lonely, and even though you will have an online community to support you, having physical human interaction is something every person should have at least in their life. So don’t forget that you need to balance everything else in between. Work, personal time, and streaming.
Use your time wisely
As cliche as it sounds, it is very important that you do this. Like we discussed before, try to keep a schedule, make personal time for yourself, friends, family, and partner, and then use those off-stream days to work on other things to improve your Twitch channel.
Trying to balance everything out from work, streaming, and having a social life will definitely take some time and practice. But as long you’re making an effort to balance all of this, it will be rewarding for you as a streamer and as a person. So don’t waste any more time!
The more that you work hard, you’ll eventually be able to add more days and more streaming hours, and slowly you’ll figure what is a priority in your life.
Good luck and happy streaming!
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Leave a comment below if this guide helped you balancing your work and streaming lives! I wanna hear all about it as a fellow part time streamer.