I continued this for a few years, and my side hustles are now my full-time freelancing income. I was constantly asked how I was able to manage it all, and for as long as I did.
Well, I am here today to help all of you manage your side hustles along with your day job. My five tips are below.
1. How determined are you?
It is possible to work both a day job and a side hustle. It just depends on how determined you are. If you really have a good reason to have a side hustle, then you will find a way to make it work if it is meaningful to you.
This is important because managing a side hustle and a day job can be a lot of work. If you are not determined to manage both, then I personally think it would be very difficult to manage it all both mentally and physically.
2. Carefully schedule your time.
Managing both a side hustle and a day job means that you will have to schedule your time as carefully as you can. Every minute and every hour counts, so you will want to be careful with your time.
For me, I scheduled my side job into any time slot I could find. I would wake up early in the morning and I would freelance for around an hour. I would then go to work and use my lunch hour for my side hustle as well. Then, I would come home and side hustle some more. I had a strict schedule and if I didn’t stick to it then where I am right now probably wouldn’t have been possible.
3. Use time off strategically.
I also used my time off strategically. I would take vacation days off so I could work on my side hustles. I also used holidays and weekends to work on my side hustle as well. For a few years I didn’t have an “off day” where I wasn’t working at least a little bit.
Every little bit counted if it meant I could grow my business!
4. Automate as much as you can.
One thing I have done that has really helped me out is automating as much work as I can. I write several articles each week, and I always try to write as much as I can ahead of time and then I schedule them to go live later.
The same goes for tweets and statuses on social media networks. It saves me a ton of time just in case I can’t get to it later.
5. Still find time to enjoy life.
Even though it can be hard to manage a side hustle and a day job, it is possible. You also still need to find time to enjoy life, no matter how hard it may be. I didn’t have a ton of free time when I was working 100 hours a week, but I still made sure to see my friends at least once or twice a week.
Even just a quick lunch can be fun and relaxing.
Do you have a side hustle? How do you manage it all?