There are different reasons why people start a side-hustle. Some do it for extra money, some for the creativity that comes with it and some want to transition into a full-time business. Whatever your reason may be, if you are in a full-time job, the most important part of starting or scaling a side-hustle is finding the time to do it.
There are a ton of other things you could be doing before or after work than working on your side hustle but if you decide to do this, you will need to put in a lot of effort and hustle hard, but trust me, if you work in the right direction with clarity, it is going to be worth it.
(When you decide to make time, you will have it)
Here are some ways in which you can find time for your side hustle:
Get clear on your goals or this is where you will be spending most of your time. When you know what your end goal is, even in the short term, it will be easier to work in that direction. You may spend a week or two initially getting clear on your what, how and why, but it is going to be worth it. You don’t want to spend the limited time you have every day in thinking about what and why. It can also lead to a lot of de-motivation since every day you will feel that you are back to square one.
Automate as much as possible:
Social media updates, emails, proposals, automate everything possible. Create templates for proposals, graphics, even the client onboarding process (in case you are a service provider). Automate all processes that take time out of your everyday schedule but are repetitive in nature. Spend an hour or two over the weekend coming up with meaning social media posts for the week and choose a schedule to bulk schedule them. Don’t get overwhelmed with the multiple social media platforms out there, choose the one that best helps you to develop relationships that are meaningful to your business.
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Get up early or sleep late:
Give up some of your sleep time, but not all. Early in the morning and late at night are two times in the day when you are likely to be least disturbed. These are also the times when you are at your highest productivity level, depending on whether you are a morning person or a night owl.
Make good use of this time by having already planned what you want to use this time for, either on a daily or weekly basis. Have an easy and simple routine for the other part of the day, so that you don’t get burned out by constantly working on your side-hustle.
Taking up a side hustle is like a full-time job. It comes with a lot of responsibilities, extra tasks and sometimes a lot of frustration. It is important for you to learn the art of saying no gracefull to others and sometimes even to yourself when it comes to your side hustle. Not everyone will understand the importance of your side-hustle time, but this is your dream and you have to learn to make time for it. Have a list of tasks ready in order of priority so that you don’t waste time in going over what needs to be done when you should be doing it.
Enjoy the process:
Because that is the only way you will find the time and the heart to do this. It is going to be very difficult to work on a side hustle you don’t enjoy because if that is the case, it is easy to get demotivated. Spending extra time on this side hustle before or after your full-time job will need a lot of effort and focus, and the only way to stick to it is to enjoy what you are doing. Choose something that excites you and lets you be creative.
Works in a space that makes you happy:
Let this be your happy space. Let your business be the thing you can’t wait to get back to. Create a space that resonates with a positive mindset, a space that makes you want to work. It can be any place, your home office, your bed in the right setting, for me it is coffee shops. I absolutely love to work out of coffee shops. It gives me happiness and I realize the more I like the place I am working it, the more I can focus and the less I get overwhelmed.
Consistency is key:
Distractions are always going to be there. You are going to get demotivated, sidetracked and even bored at times. But remember, you decided to do this because you really wanted to, right? It is so important to be consistent in your efforts to see some success. Even on days when you are super busy or completely burned out, try putting at least half an hour working on your business, it will help you stay on track. Trust me, consistency is huge. Write your goals, skim through them every day, do whatever it takes to help you stay focused and disciplined about making this happen.
Join a community:
It is difficult to work on a side hustle especially when no one really understands what and why you are doing it. At this time, it is important that you join a mastermind or a community that becomes your safe place to share your experiences and learn from those of others. Having space where you can share your struggles as well as your wins makes the process of building a side hustle less lonely and overwhelming.
I absolutely love doing what I do as a side hustle. And since I love it, I don’t mind spending hours on it after work even when I am exhausted. My side hustle is the reason that I get up in the morning and do what I do.
When it coming to finding the time, I have realized that I work best during lunch breaks and after work. I try to automate as much as possible and stay consistent with social media posts and blog posts. The most important part of me is having a list of tasks ready so that I don’t waste the limited time that I have on planning.
If you love it, you will find the time for it.
How do you plan your tasks? Let me know in the comments below!