Starting a business, aka side hustle, is not an easy task. It takes lots of dedicated work and is a huge time commitment. If you already have a full-time job, it can seem impossible to squeeze in enough time to work on your side hustle. The good news is that it’s possible to balance both a full-time job and a side hustle.
If you are already spending what seems like all your free time on your side hustle, here are 6 tips on how to dedicate even more time.
1. Reassess Your Routine
Chances are you work full-time and already feel stretched thin. With your side hustle, it can feel like you don’t even have a spare minute to waste. If you don’t already have a routine, the key to your success starts with a solid routine. If you find you aren’t dedicating enough time to your side hustle, reassess your daily routine beginning with your mornings. Ask yourself these questions:
– Am I waking up early enough?
– Am I being productive with the time I have before going to work?
– Are my mornings organized?
– Do I set realistic goals for the morning?
– Do I achieve my morning goals often?
If you answered no to any of the above questions, this is a great place to start with reassessing your routine. The mornings are valuable when it comes to maximizing time for your side hustle.
If you begin work at 8:00am like I do, waking up at 6:00am can give you 45 minutes to an hour of work on your business. If you start work at 9:00am, you’ll have even more time. In order to maximize work in the morning, I always shower at night and set my clothes out the night before just to take the guesswork out of it in the morning and save time.
The next part of your routine to reassess is the time you have after you get off of work. Since side hustles are grown after work hours, the evenings is when you’ll have great success. Obviously, there are things you need to take care of before you spend time on your business.
Those things include eating dinner, preparing breakfast and lunch for the next day (click here to read about some awesome green smoothies for the workweek), getting prepared for bed, and taking care of the family. After all of that is in order, there is usually only limited hours left before you need to go to bed and repeat your routine.
In order to maximize your time in the evening, really look at how you spend your time after work. If you are taking an hour each night to cook dinner, try meal prepping on Sunday’s. If you take an hour to shower and get ready for bed, set goals to do that in half the time.
While everyone is different in various situations, the point of reassessing your routine is to make more time for your business. It may be hard to find time to trim, but I guarantee you it will be worth it when your side hustle succeeds and you can work for yourself.
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2. Weekend Workdays
When you have a business, especially a side hustle that you’re trying to get off the ground, weekends are not off days. Instead, weekends are valuable days to dedicate to your business.
It helps to include your weekends in your routine schedule so that each weekend is accounted for and you have maximum success.
If you’re like me, I personally choose to include Friday evenings into my weekend. That means that Friday nights are for work. However, I do set aside a few hours every weekend to hang out with friends.
I usually plan the week before which day of the weekend I’ll hang out with friends and then I’ll make my plans. This way I have plenty of time to work before (and hopefully after) hanging out with friends.
I love to schedule hangouts around lunch time so that I can still have productive mornings and evenings. Regardless of what you do, just remember that weekends are the best time to get ahead in your side hustle.
To read more about having successful weekends and setting goals for your side hustle, click here.
3. Cutback on Chores
Well, not cut back, but simplify. Here are some ways to simplify your chores while still keeping clean and fed.
– Meal prep for the entire week instead of cooking each night. To do this, invest in some good Tupperware!
– Schedule a laundry day once a week or bi-weekly vs. washing small loads. This also saves you money.
– Clean as you go so that you don’t get overwhelmed with your mess and have to spend hours cleaning. This includes your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.
– Deep clean once a month to stay ahead. Places to deep clean are the floors, baseboards, cabinets, and drawers. By doing this, you stay ahead and don’t end up spending unnecessary hours cleaning.
4. Lunch Break
If you aren’t utilizing your lunch break to work on your business, you’re missing out on a valuable hour to work. Think about it. If you spend your lunch break to work on your side hustle, that’s 5 extra hours a week dedicated to your future. Who wouldn’t want 5 extra hours to put toward their business?
The trick for me is to use my lunch break to work and then eat my actual lunch during work hours. Since I’m a secretary and work out of an office, this is no problem for me. However, double check with your boss that it’s okay to do this. If they would prefer you didn’t, eat your lunch in the first 15 minutes of your break and then use the last 45 minutes to do your side hustle.
Read this post to learn more about how to use your lunch break for your side hustle.
5. Hire Out Tasks
While we may be able to do everything ourselves, sometimes it’s a wiser investment to hire out work. For example, I hired training and set up for my website when I first started. Although I could have done this myself, it would have taken months and months of research and a huge learning curve to get what I needed.
Instead, I got training for a month and hired someone to walk me through building my website. I can’t stress to you how much time this saved and allowed me to spend more time building my business.
If you can afford it, hire an assistant or a virtual assistant to help with the nitty-gritty. Even if you can’t afford to pay someone full-time, part-time work can still help free up your time to get other aspects of your business done.
6. Limit Your Social Life
Here are some hard facts. Successful people don’t build empires by hanging out with friends all the time.
While you’re building your side hustle, you’ll need to dedicate as much time to it as possible, which means you have to limit the amount of time you spend out and about. Now, I’m not saying you can’t ever hang out with your friends.
Like I suggested earlier, pick a day on the weekend to spend a few hours hanging out with friends. If you prefer to go out after work during the week, that’s fine also.
Some other alternatives to cutting your social time, but still hanging out with friends, is to schedule creative sessions. If you have some like-minded friends who are also building businesses, hang out with them in a creative environment and bring your work with you.
This also allows for motivation and can be healthy to spend time with someone else who is in the same situation as you.
So, there you have it. 6 ways to dedicate even more time to your side hustle. While you’re in the start-up phases and building your empire, it’s necessary to implement every tactic you can in order to reach your success.
If that means you sleep a little less and don’t see your friends as often, it will be worth it in the end when you work for yourself! Best of luck to you!