A side hustle is more of a passion or interest. It is something that you can treat as a business or income producer, beside your main or traditional job. The concept has gained popularity in recent years. Almost everyone nowadays is pursuing something on the side, be it photography, modeling, graphic design, programming or writing.
As much as it sounds like a great thing, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you still need to find some time to rest. This means that finding time for your side hustle can be pretty challenging. However, there are strategies and tactics that you can implement, to create extra time for your side hustle, without risking burnout.
1. Figure out your priorities
Prioritization is very important in every aspect of our lives. When you are already overstretched, identifying the most important tasks is a very crucial part of the whole process.
You only have a limited time to attend to your side hustle. Therefore, once you sit down, list down the aspects of your side business that need to be attended to, and start with the most important.
For example, if you own a monetized blog, you may need to respond to client’s emails, produce content, and add items on your blog. Once you have these things figured out, you can respond to client’s emails, for example if you have less than thirty minutes.
If you have more than three hours, you can handle the more demanding tasks of producing content and posting. When you are busy, it is very easy to get confused and start running from one project to the other. At the end of the day, you will have accomplished nothing, thus the need for prioritization.
Apart from your side hustle and your 9 to 5 job, you still have other things running in your life. This includes aspects such as yard work, housework and others. During such times, you cannot manage to handle all these activities all by yourself, thus the beauty of outsourcing.
For example, you can outsource your accounting work to a proficient company, to handle all your accounting tasks. You can also hire a virtual assistant, to handle your shipping orders. You can hire a social media assistant to handle all your social media pages.
The fact is, outsourcing will require a significant amount of time. However, you will realize that the time saved is more than the cost spent. Make sure that you retain the important tasks to yourself.
3. Wake up early and sleep late
When it comes to your side business, sacrifices have to be made. Interruption is always the biggest drain on your time. When you go to be late or wake up early in the morning, very few people will be awake by that time. Others are either watching a late night movie or even contemplating whether to wake up. This means that chances of being disrupted are almost zero. This is the best time to dedicate to your side business.
Additionally, you will have an easier time going through your emails, before work-related inboxes start flooding in. Another advantage of working early in the morning is that, your mind is still fresh. As such, you can have a very productive time attending to your side hustle. You will be able to get work done easily and with precision. By the time you get to work, your side business will be already on course.
4. Avoid distractions
Saying no to things that don’t add value, or don’t bring joy and satisfaction is not an easy one. Your friends might be all over social media discussing the latest episode of a TV series. You might feel as if you are missing out but you need to focus on things that are adding value to your life.
You need to embrace your new lifestyle, as soon as possible. Time wasted on non-beneficial things will only push you further from your goals. If you are too busy to attend a football match with your friends, simply let them know.
Don’t try to impress others, at your own detriment. Don’t keep them waiting, honesty is always a good policy. You can even work around with the special people in your life, in order to come up with agreeable dates, when you can meet.
Once you eliminate time wasters, you will be able to focus more on your side business. Your side hustle should be your main priority for it to succeed. Within a certain period, your increased productivity will start paying off.
5. Establish clear boundaries
Juggling all the responsibilities and tasks of your 9 to 5 job is already demanding. The juggling art becomes even tougher, when you add your side hustle to your already busy schedule. However, juggling is a skill that you will have to perfect, to strike a successful balance.
Finding the time to do them both might sound like the most challenging thing. However, successfully dividing the time to execute them successfully is always the bigger challenge. Setting strict boundaries to yourself is the most important thing to do.
Do not take phone calls, answer emails or do your side-hustle related work, during your normal working hours. On the other hand, any work-related commitments should be left at the office. Establish clear boundaries between your side-hustle time, working time and socializing time. Most importantly, don’t forget rest and relaxation.
Once you establish these clear boundaries and restrictions, you will be able to manage your time efficiently and effectively. Your boss will not get irritated and your side-hustle will not get neglected.
A side hustle is a great addition to your life. When you are working full time, it can be very difficult to start one. However, there is a lot of wasted time during that, which can be put to proper use. Everybody has 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. Therefore, it is up to you to determine how you spend your time according to your goals. If you incorporate the above time management tips, you will be able to add valuable time to your day. This leaves you with sufficient time to attend to your side hustle. This means more money in your pocket!