5 Tips To Manage Your Side Hustle

5 Tips To Manage Your Side HustleJust one year ago, I had several side hustles. I was working 100 hours a week. 50 hours each week were spent at my day job and 50 hours each week were spent on my side hustles.

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?




5 Tips To Manage Your Side Hustle — 15 Comments

  1. I love this! I think you had mentioned in one of your other posts about working on your side hustle during your lunch period at work… I thought, how brilliant! and now I do a little of that at my work. I mostly try to do research at work and then email the links to myself, to save myself from tedious research while I’m home.

    I really appreciate your blogging and side hustle advice, Michelle! You seriously are an inspiration!

  2. I have had many side hustles over time and what made it work was that I used points 1-4 religiously. I remember when I was modeling, I would attend go-see’s during my lunch break, before or after work hours and take time off from my day job in order to fulfill other side hustles. I wasn’t so great with taking time to relax but I have started to do that a little more often nowadays.

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  5. 100 hours a week?! Wow – now that takes some self-discipline!

    I agree with you regarding the strategic use of vacation time. A couple of years ago I took time off to write and launch an ebook. It did surprisingly well but I would never have been able to fit all the various tasks around my daily routine; instead I had to “drop out” and just focus on it for a few weeks.

    I think some people find this a “waste” when they hear you spent days on end sitting at a computer but the results more than made up for it – and I quite enjoyed the process too!

  6. Great points, Michelle!

    Automating and scheduling things in advance is something I’m trying to get better at. I tend to do things as they come up or as they need to be published, which ends up being a much less productive use of time. Sitting down, writing 4 blog posts in one go, and scheduling them for the next month would be a lot more effective!

  7. I really love side hustles! I’m starting to get into some more complex ones and was amazed at how the logistics changed. I had to get a lot more organized. Great tips Michelle.

  8. You are seriously one of my inspirations for making it all work. I know it’s hard to find balance and get everything done, but if you are driven, you can make it work!

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