So many young professionals are starting a side hustle, in addition to crushing it in their day jobs. Having a 9-5 while balancing a side hustle is HARD work, that’s no secret! How can you find the ability to have a life, see your friends, have free time, maybe go on a date, while crushing it in these two jobs, including working full time?
The good news – I’ve DONE it! Your work hours might be long, but it’s certainly possible. Check out these tips for balancing a side hustle and a 9-5.
I GET ASKED THIS ALL THE TIME…
Often, I get a message from a reader that states something like, “how do you do it all”? It’s true, I do a lot.
I have a full time job, write for Betches, in addition to two other publications (can you tell I LOVE writing?!). Additionally, I used to teach spin classes but recently quit because surprise: it was too much!
Balancing your time while being in a corporate job and trying to start a business is no easy feat. I’ve found a few creative ways to balance it all while still having work life balance.
I’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF…
I’ve always dreamed of being a business owner. I know so many other young professionals are in the same boat.
I’ve written about general time management hacks (like limiting your social media), and about why you should get a hobby as a 20-something, but if you are looking specifically to start balancing your side-hustle and your job, while still having friends and healthy relationships…THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU!
Balancing your time generally vs balancing your time while *trying* to start a business are two very different things IMO. Maybe you are in a situation where you WANT to leave your corporate job (I’m not one of these people) but you can’t because well, bills. And money. Ugh.
DON’T LET THIS STOP YOU…
Still, this shouldn’t deter you from starting your own company or side hustle. In fact, be comforted in the fact that you can try something new without the pressure of NEEDING it to work because you have a job.
That’s so much more than most people can say.
And TBH, I’m not perfect at it getting everything done. There was a time where most nights were filled with tears (or in the bathroom at work let’s be honest), because I truly felt so overwhelmed.
But in the last 6 months, I have found a BUNCH of hacks to work on starting a business while keeping your full-time job.
I decided I either needed to quit my blog, or spin (I did end up quitting spin) if I was going to feel stressed all the time, because I wasn’t going to do that to my mental health. Giving myself an ultimatum made it so I had to find a way to balance it all. And I did.
If you implement these five things in your day-to-day, I promise you will feel less overwhelmed! Balancing your side hustle is an art that I know you can conquer.
How To Balance Your 9-5 And Your Side Hustle
Create A Weekly Schedule
There was a time where I had NO weekly schedule for exercise, seeing friends or working on my blog. I felt like I had to do *everything* at once for my side hustle and it was a continual battle with the impossible. If you are working to balance your side hustle and your work schedule, it’s IMPERATIVE you do things in advance. THAT’S THE BIGGEST SECRET.
I rearranged how I do things so that I only have to spend 10 minutes on my blog a day in the morning, nothing else is required. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up and I don’t have to worry about my business for the rest of the day.
To create a weekly schedule, ask yourself these questions:
- What do you need to do every day?
- Go to your job?
- Work on one thing for your business?
If you are working a 9-5, I would *not* recommend simply committing yourself for working for hours every night. You’ll get burnt out! Find small things you can do for your business every day in these questions.
- What big blocks of time do you have each week?
Take these blocks of time and assign them. For example, I almost always make Pinterest pins on Sundays. I’m often tired from going out (yes, I still go out!) and need to do something simple to relax my brain. I also love to write blog posts on Saturday mornings.
- Do you need anything for your mental health?
I HAVE to see friends, hang with my boyfriend and workout every week. Multiple times in fact! Make sure you schedule things in, if you hinder yourself too much – you’ll be miserable. No side hustle is worth that IMO.
If your schedule is unpredictable (I travel about 1 week a month for work so I also get this), find creative times to work on your business. Right now? I’m currently on a flight ON VACATION from the Whitsunday islands in Australia, with no Wi-Fi on a flight watching Riverdale and writing THIS post.
Try having a do to list on your phone that you want to publish. Have a list of articles I want to write. When I have an hour or two, I open it up and take some notes. I love working on planes.
Here is my to-do list! I like to make them cute and add emojis.
I bought a cute Ban.do planner where I plan out my entire week. So, I don’t constantly feel behind, I try and underestimate how much I’ll get done each week so I never have to be too hard on myself.
… And that concludes my Ted talk, KIDDING! You might be wondering how I am able to underestimate how much I want to get done, and that will be covered in the prioritization section of this post.
Come Up with a Process
When I used to write a blog post or T20S, I had no process. I simply was throwing caution to the wind HOPING that the post would stick. The cool part about most businesses is that someone else has done it before. There are probably some free tools online that make it easy AF to get sh*t done!
For example, I use a tool to ensure my titles will be catchy, do keyword research through to be sure I’m using what people are searching for.
I also stopped doing ANYTHING that wouldn’t show the MOST genuine engagement. Why? There’s no point banging your head against a wall for things that don’t propel you forward in your business!
Since I’ve made this change, I’ve almost doubled my numbers. A feat I couldn’t do in my previous YEAR of blogging! It also is way more rewarding. I no longer feel like I’m faking it.
Find Ways to Outsource Parts Of Your Life
I’ve always heard the best business people actually the best at knowing their strengths, which also mean they know their weaknesses.
For me, I’m a good writer. I was a journalism major in college and it’s something I enjoy doing. That being said, I’m a HORRIBLE photographer.
I recently got a real camera and still do not take most of the posts with it because, well, they’re just BAD. In my situation, I stay open to buying stock photos if need be because photography is my weakness (for now)!
If you know there’s something that takes you FOREVER to do, or you simply hate, outsource it. Hire a virtual assistant. Get rid of the hardest part of your day and work “on” your business, rather than “in” your business.
Focus On One Part Of Your Business At A Time
I actually got this tip from Michael from The Skinny Confidential Podcast. There was a time where I was trying to do everything at once, and therefore, wasn’t getting anything done at all.
I told myself that until I reached a certain point in my business, I would *only* focus on one social network, and one part of my blog. If you get really good at one thing, you can rinse & repeat – and get really good at the next thing.
If you are balancing a full-time job AND a side hustle, it’s near impossible to do everything. Trying finding one or two things you can become GREAT at and simply focus on that.
Always Be Improving And Learning Your Business
The more that we can understand that any budding business is about its users, the better. If you are starting your own business, look over the analytics.
After 6 months or so, analyze what posts or concepts did the best, and try and understand WHY that happened. Was it in your promotional strategy? Or your actual content?
I also love to read and listen to podcasts to help me learn more. Here are some resources that helped me get motivated in starting a business:
- Podcasts: The Skinny Confidential, Jenna Kutcher, etc.
- Books: Growth Hacker Marketing and The Brand Gap
Once you’re able to follow these tasks, you’ll certainly be able to balance your side hustle AND your job.
Are you balancing a business and a full-time job? Tell me about your challenges below!
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