4 reasons why you should appreciate your day job – even if you hate it

appreciate your jobI think that many of you reading this blog are in the same situation than I am; we are doing blogging and internet marketing activities outside 9 to 5, on our free time.

For many people this is hard. We are building our own future in our limited free time and simultaneously there are many other requirements as well. We have families, hobbies and other activities that need our attention.

You may feel that the day job you have is just a burden and it is slowing you down when you are working your way towards full-time online  career.

Although many of you may hate your day job, there are some reasons, why you should appreciate it instead. This makes the transition from your day job to a full-time internet marketer/blogger so much easier, because you are not focusing on negative things.

1. You have a certain lifestyle because of your job

I’m living quite comfortable because of my day job. I can buy new clothes, I have a pretty new home and I can travel with my wife if I want.

My salary has provided me all these things. I know that if I now quit my job, my life would look very different.

2. You might learn something that is useful in your blogging or marketing career

This depends of your job of course, but in some cases you can learn from your day job and apply those experiences (or skills even) to your own online career.

For example, I have been working in a project, which involves communicating in English language every day. Because of that, my English-speaking skills have improved quite a bit. Also, I’m not that afraid to talk on the phone using English language as I was before, so I have been able to overcome that barrier.

English language is the number one language in blogging and internet marketing (at least for me), so talking on the phone have definitely been a good thing. My spoken English has become better because of that.

3. Your online training and hosting is paid by your salary

Although I mentioned about enjoying a certain lifestyle in reason #1, I still wanted to emphasize the benefit of the monthly salary that I get paid in a different context.

Because my monthly salary, I’m able to educate myself with all the different online trainings out there. I know that it would be impossible for me to invest into my education without using some money and thanks to my day job it is paying my training indirectly as well.

Same goes for running this blog. Because of my current financial situation, I was able to purchase the web hosting for this blog and also the theme that I’m using right now, Thesis Theme Blogskin and the Thesis Theme Framework as well.

4. Other additional benefits

There are plenty of other benefits that we can thank for our day jobs as well. These benefits are of course something that depends of your work.

For example, because of my job, I get my home internet access free. Same goes for my mobile phone expenses. When you think of it, those two alone are quite big benefits financially.


It is very easy to hate your day job. However, as soon as you realize that your salary is providing you many nice things, you start to think differently.

I’m not saying that you should quit working on your goals outside the office hours. I’m just saying that the transition time from your day job to a full-time internet marketer or blogger becomes so much easier because of changing the way you think towards your job.

There are already many obstacles on our online journeys, especially when we start out, so if there is a way to make it a little bit smoother, the better.

Do you appreciate your day job? Is it bringing you some benefits, that you can take advantage of in your part-time IM/blogging activities? Let me know in the comment area.



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About Timo Kiander

My name is Timo Kiander aka Productive Superdad.

I want to show you how to improve your productivity when working at home and find time for the fun stuff in your life!


  1. Hey Timo

    You know what, I really liked this blog post!

    Most people are always moaning about their day job, but if you read your post we can see clearly that right now our day job benefits us in so many ways!!!

    I actually get a lot of ideas for blog posts from work, or when I am sitting in the local park having my lunch.

    And yes, my day job does pay for online business progression, I just never looked at it that way.

    But… I am seeing some really great results from blogging and affiliate marketing, so someday soon I really do hope to give up my day job.


  2. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Alex!


    It seems that very often there are lo’s of good things around us, but we take them so granted, that we do not recognize them.

    Our jobs are definitely one of them. It is very easy to hate your job but then there is the other side of the coin too – the salary you get is providing you something extra – like that latest course on list building or traffic generation :)


  3. Hi Timo,

    I am enjoying my day job. I fully agree on point #1. It creates a certain lifestyle. If i am to quit my job and go into full time blogging, it’s a bliss working at home but it can back fire too. Do you have the self discipline and patience to work hard for your blog? We need to ask ourselves.

    People like internet lifestyle thinking only about the benefits, you don’t have to drag yourself to work. However, there are people who full enjoy their work and like the job.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.


  4. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Lye and thanks for stopping by!

    Yes, I think that working from home full-time is definitely a different story than when your work on your 9-5 job. If you are not disciplined enough, it is going to be very tough.


  5. Timo,

    As much as I hate to admit it, there are actually a few benefits to my job (other than the obvious money aspect)

    I have quite a lot of freedom to work on my blog while at work, have access to my office 24/7 and can come work on my blog on weekeknds, and it’s close to home. Commutes in DC are awful and I am lucky enough to have a 10 minute commute. This allows me to see my family sometimes for lunch or to take my kids to the park during my lunch time.

    Thanks for the positivity lesson :)

  6. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Steve!

    Sure, anytime :)

    Yes, I have some benefits as well. Things like internet access or mobile phone are paid by my company I work for. My office is also very close to home, so my time is not spent on commuting.


  7. This is a solid list of reasons, Timo. We see so many “9 to 5 sucks!” posts that it’s kind of refreshing to see one like this!

    Now having said that, I do not have a day job and never really have had a normal job, so I can’t add too much here in the way of value. But thanks for the interesting reading, and good luck with your online endeavors!

  8. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Tristan!

    Thank you!

    Yes, it’s very easy to hate 9-5, but once you step back a bit, you can see that even it has some benefits – something that you can transfer to your online business.


  9. I think the important thing to do is, have a laugh when you’ve made the transition. When your no longer working the job and making that money elsewhere, that’s when it’s ok to joke about how bad your job is – before that, well, you need it to survive.

  10. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Peter!

    Yes, that’s true. It is too easy to forget, that your job is the way you can survive for now.

    I know that my job may not be the most inspiring there is – still I want to do my work well.

    Thanks for you comment!

  11. Oh, I agree so completely. In my own mid-life reboot, I know that “keeping an attitude of gratitude” is absolutely essential. Thank you for reminding me.


    • Timo Kiander says:

      Hi Jenny and thanks for stopping by!

      Yes, it is essential. You know, earlier I wasn’t happy of my job but then I realized, that it has some good sides as well. That made me change my way of thinking completely :)

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