Ready for Something More? Here’s How to Balance a Full Time Job and Side Business


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.

Click here to see how to start a blog, or here to learn how I made $50k from my blog side hustle.

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!)

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Learn How to Balance a Full-Time Job and a Side Business with These Three Steps

Get Organized

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).

Related: The Best Side Hustles for Busy People (We Found 10 of Them!)

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.

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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

This interview features Randi, a management consultant who specializes in teach people how to balance a full time job and side business.

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  • ≈ CARMEN ≈
    June 13, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    All of these tips are totally spot on! A content calendar can work wonders, especially if you’re balancing a full time job, family, or anything that keeps you busy. :]

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  • Lisa
    June 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    So informative! Great, practical tips that I really feel like I can implement today.

  • MakintheBacon
    June 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Loved how the interview was short and sweet but still packed with loads of info. It looks like so much fun! It’s crazy how so many ppl depend entirely on their full-time job alone. I don’t think I could ever go back to having just one job. Lol.

  • Petrish @ Debt Free Martini
    June 9, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Really enjoyed the interview and I agree that most of us really need to audit our time. Its so easy to lose track of time and waste what moments that you could be making money from a side hustle.

    • Lauren Bee
      June 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

      A time audit has been crucial. I found I was REALLY unproductive between 12-2 so now I just take a long lunch or walk during that time 🙂

  • Michelle
    June 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Great interview and some really good action tips. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren Bee
      June 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Michelle!