Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: It is very much possible to be a streamer and still have a full-time (or part-time) job to support you financially.
The secret is: Time management.
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, but 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.
Use your non-streaming days to observe & improve your channel
During my days off, I relax by watching Netflix or other leisure activities, but I also use these days off to go back and watch my most recent VODs.
Because it’s good to see 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 view 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’re multitasking. For example, my commuting time 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.
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 recent video that’s 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.
So the question 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, 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.
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 do all this, it will be rewarding for you as a streamer and as a person.
Over time when your channel grows, eventually you’ll be able to add more days and more streaming hours, and slowly you’ll figure what is a priority in your life.