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Side Hustles are one of my favorite methods of making extra money, and I love encouraging my readers to start up a side hustle. This blog originally began as a side hustle and l never imagined that it would become my full time job.
That being said, I’ve been extremely lucky in that I was able to grow my side business into a full-time endeavor. But I remember those days all too well.
When I was still working a 9-5 in an office, blogging was both an escape and a burden.
There were days that I just didn’t have the motivation to write after already working all day. My work-life balance became more of a work-work balance. I wasn’t doing too great managing, so both areas suffered.
Since going full time with the blog I’ve also learned my own tips and tricks for side hustlers (that I wish I knew when I was starting out!)
Learn How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Side Business with These Three Steps
Whether it’s designating a certain room in your home for side hustle work or just keeping a desk calendar with both full and part time deadlines on it, being organized will seriously increase your productivity.
It also allows you to separate the two different workspaces. For me, a home office kept me working instead of just lounging around the living room with my puppy. It was a space where I could focus and avoid distractions in my own home.
Set Aside Time
Do you work better at night or on the weekend? Are there days that you just can’t bring yourself to work on your side hustle? Finding out what times and days you work best can help so much with keeping motivated (as well as avoiding the dreaded procrastination). It's why my Blog Yourself Rich beginner blogger workbook includes a time audit exercise because it's about working smarter, not harder.
Create a Content Calendar for Your Blog
For bloggers, a content calendar is a godsend and is something you should be doing every month (in my opinion.) If you run a small business or online store, calendars can help you complete priority tasks.
The concept is simple: make a list of what content you'll need and when it needs to be finished. As much as deadlines remind me of college, sometimes you just need to light a fire under your ass. The good thing about calendars is that they allow you to work forward instead of coming up with posts off the cuff or having to read through dozens of emails and orders to find what should be the priority. If you know what you need to accomplish you can get right to work.
What I like most about this is that it takes the pressure off of days that you just don’t feel motivated. If you work ahead you aren’t stressing over taking the night off.
If you know what you need to accomplish you can get right to work. Finish early and still feeling energized? You know what needs to be done next! What I like most about this is that it takes the pressure off of days that you just don’t feel motivated. If you work ahead you aren’t stressing over taking the night off.
More Tips on How to Balance a Full-Time Job and Side Business
I side hustled for years before I finally took my side business as a freelance marketing strategist/copywriter full time, but I also firmly believe everyone should have multiple streams of income.
Which is why this episode from season two of Awkward Money Chat may be one of my favorite episodes from both seasons. Meet Randi, a management consultant with her own business, Disruptive Behavior, where she specializes in helping side hustlers, entrepreneurs and innovators make the most of their time and energy.
She's fantastic and funny, and packs this four minute video full of tips that I myself have been using in my own business.
What you'll learn in this video:
- The Importance Maximizing Your Revenue while you still work full time
- Financial mistakes to avoid as a side hustler or burgeoning entrepreneur
- How to fight through distractions when you work from home either full time or part time
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