Your usual 9-5 has you wrapped up in a daily routine of wakeup, commute, work, commute, relax a little, sleep and repeat – over and over. You’re not really feeling it anymore, and in fact, you’ve had a brilliant idea for your own business for quite some time.
However, you can’t even manage to find time to grocery shop or shower some days. How on earth would you ever fit in the necessary hours it takes to start a successful business?
Well, in truth, it is both possible and manageable to create your own side hustle, no matter what excuses naysayers or your own inner-self might give. All it takes is understanding the execution method of turning your idea or hobby into something lucrative.
Here are 5 ways to fit your side hustle into your busy schedule.
Don’t Do Everything By Yourself
How can you possibly maintain a blog while working full-time? The trick is to not do everything by yourself. You are a human, not a machine so don’t feel bad if you can’t do it all.
Look for ways to outsource and automate some of the tasks that will eat up your time uselessly for a side hustle.
For example, if you’re running a blog, look into paid tools like Co-Schedule or MailChimp to help streamline, schedule and share your content. It will help save you time and give you a leg up building your audience and supplementing your income, without burning you out.
Balance Your Side Hustle And Personal Time
It will take you some time to figure out a routine that works to balance your normal work schedule, personal life and new hobby/enterprise. Don’t panic if in the very beginning it feels a little all over the place.
Take a moment to figure out new ways to multitask. Here are some tips:
- Get involved with meal planning. It’s a huge time saver to create a routine so you know what you’re eating each meal.
- While driving to work, listen to your favorite side hustle podcast. My favorite is Brandon Gaille’s The Blog Millionaire podcast.
- Instead of spending your free time on Instagram, use your phone to get some side hustle work in. You can do a lot on your smartphone. Whether it’s replying to emails or checking your stats, your phone is your computer away from home.
Set A Schedule To Work On Your Side Hustle
By deliberately carving out time in your day and sticking to that appointment, you will create a habit of constantly working on your side business. It’s the same theory as forming good exercise habits. It will become second nature and an integral part of your routine. Plus, you have the bonus and incentive of generating more income for yourself.
One of the tricks to mastering your appointment schedule is having the right to-do list in front of you. There are a lot of productivity apps out there that can help you organize and stay accountable.
Use the Pomodoro Technique
Essentially, Pomodoro it is a productivity/break technique that keeps you focused. This way, you don’t fall into a black hole of pushing yourself too hard to finish a project. You’ll be able to continue the balance of working smarter without burning out.
Don’t worry about it being difficult. There are great Pomodoro apps out there that will help you stay on task with scheduled times for work and breaks. It’s mindless, really. All you have to do is hit the start button and you’re on your way to maximizing your productivity.
Spend Your Time Wisely
We should never underestimate the value of hard work. But when it comes to making money online, working hard isn’t always going to generate revenue.
If you have a day job and a family, you don’t have much time to devote to your side hustle. Therefore, spend your time doing what actually makes you money.
The other tasks that need to get done can be outsourced. Use the income from your day job to hire a freelancer to do the tasks that take up too much of your precious time.
There is a great quote by Keith Springer that says, “Wealth is the ability to do what you want to do – when you want to do it – and you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission”.
Remember, the overall goal of your side hustle isn’t to take up more time in your life. You’re doing this to give yourself more financial freedom. Your side is more than just extra income, it’s a path toward your freedom.