Last Updated February 2022 by Crystallace
5 Killer Tips for Managing a Successful Side Hustle While Working…from Someone Who Actually Does It.
Hey girl! If you know me or follow me on a social media platform, you probably know that I’m a lawyer, like a real, practicing, attorney. I started blogging before I went to law school and then turned my blog into a money making business.
The truth is I have yet to be a six-figure blogger but my blog does make me money. Enough money to help with my student loan payments for that expensive law degree and that was ultimately my goal for my blog.
For example, this past November my blog earned almost four times as much as it did in November 2020. A big jump, right? So, I am not complaining at all and I am optimistic about the revenue that content creation will earn me in the future. But sometimes it’s hard practicing law and managing content creation and I know that if I am feeling that way, then you are probably feeling that way too.
As someone with entrepreneurial desires, you might be thinking that it’s not possible to balance your side hustle while working. Like something is always falling through the cracks but it doesn’t have to be this way!
So whether your side hustle is blogging, content creation, or candle making, I wrote this blog post to give you my best tips on how to manage a side hustle while working and still having time for yourself and your family.
It can be a challenge to balance your side hustle while working. With just 24 hours in a day, you have to make choices and prioritize what needs attention first. How you handle your schedule will ultimately determine whether or not you will succeed.
Here are some helpful tips on how to manage your side hustle while working at the same time…from someone who does it daily.
1. Plan and Prioritize
Know what you want to accomplish with your side hustle. If you have an established plan, it’ll be easier for you to determine how and when to take action. For me this was having a blog that made passive income.
When you know which project needs your attention first or where your resources should go, you can prioritize what has to be done and get started. Once you’ve set your goals, you can keep track of your progress as well as see if there are adjustments that need to be made along the way.
2. Know Who Can Help You
Identify other people who can help you with your side hustle. It could be a partner, family member, or friend. Recruit them to help you out in areas that you’re not as skilled in. If you don’t have anyone, look into hiring a virtual assistant if you can afford it. I wrote a great article about virtual assistants here.
A team effort will give you more energy to focus on the things that need immediate attention.
You’ll have better synergy when you work together with people who are passionate about your side business success too!
3. Stay Consistent
It’s hard to juggle both jobs at once but staying consistent is important for productivity. Honestly, this is the hardest thing for me but no matter what, I try to do something for my blog every day.
Long periods of time without taking action will make it harder for you to handle both jobs well later on; you may even feel overwhelmed and discouraged. So it’s better to stay consistent with the side gig by working on it regularly. It doesn’t matter if you’re able to work for a few minutes during your break or can only squeeze half hour after a full day at work – just do something that will keep you mindful of what needs to be done, even if it’s small.
Check out my post for how to create a daily blogging schedule here.
4. Get Some Rest
There are times when you’ll need to prioritize sleep over work. If your job is demanding or you have tight deadlines, then there will be days where you spend almost all of your energy just dealing with these tasks.
Ideally, you should still manage smaller things like checking emails or replying to messages so that nothing major falls behind but, don’t exhaust yourself with side business tasks when all you really want to do is get some rest.
5. Make Sacrifices
During this time that you’re building your side hustle while working, things like night life and fun time will naturally decline. You won’t be able to do fun activities or spend as much time with your friends. This is why it’s important that you start out this side business for the right reasons; so it can benefit others and yourself in the long run and not just to have a little more free time. Remember that when you’re making sacrifices, there are rewards that come with it!
When it comes to managing your side hustle while working, figure out your most productive hours outside of your 9-5 and go from there. There are some people who thrive at night while others work best in the early morning. I am the latter. I check blog emails at 5am. Btw, if you haven’t done so already be sure to join my email list for blogging tips straight to your inbox.
It would suit you to figure out which time is more suitable for doing side hustle stuff in order to maximize results. Be realistic about how much time will be spent on both activities every day so nothing slips through the cracks and you get overwhelmed in the end. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, You owe it to yourself to work on your side hustle.
You also want to make use of technology and tools wherever possible. Take advantage of things like Google Drive, Evernote, Trello, and Asana to organize your ideas, keep track of time spent on your side project or resource allocation. I wrote an article about blogging tools that I use here.
Also be sure you know how to effectively use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter for keeping in touch with your customers too (without spending more time in it rather than working on the business).
By managing both your day job and your side hustle, you’ll find success in both areas instead of just one. Along the way, make sure that you’re still taking care of yourself as well – your body and mind need some love too!
Which of these tips are you going to implement? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to Pin this post so that you have it saved for later.