Side hustling is a thing I know a thing or two about.
If you have a full time job, are a stay at home parent, or a working parent, finding the time and energy to devote to a business in addition to your full-time gig can be really challenging. I don’t know everything, but there are a few thing that I have learned a long the way.
Get Crystal Clear
Having a crystal clear vision for your business is essential. Creating a business plan can be extremely helpful way to pin point exactly what you are doing and how to do it. Download a copy of the free business planner on this site, and be sure to check out The Happy Solopreneur’s three part series for newbies. If you are like me and have several things you are passionate about, you may have to pick one for now to pursue wholeheartedly.
Don’t put off making money
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be surprised at how many new entrepreneurs think they have to do a bunch of elaborate things before actually getting to the money making part, and it’s just not true. So prioritize anything that is essential to getting your first client or selling your first thing. It will give you experience, a sense of accomplishment and motivation for what comes next.
Manage your time
Be realistic about your time and commitments. Figure out a doable number of hours you think you can work in a given week or month. Most people find that even with the busiest of schedules, it’s possible to find a few hours each week to devote to business. It may be your lunch break, first thing in the morning or an hour or two in the evenings. You may not be able to work every day, but instead you may be able to devote an entire Sunday or Saturday to your business.
Don’t get Crazy with it
If there is one thing that I wish someone had told me in the early days, it’s that it is fine to work really hard, but don’t overdue it. You will burn yourself out and hate what you are doing, and no one wants that.
Keep it Mobile
If you are working a full time job, keep as much of your business as mobile as possible. Invest in a sturdy laptop and use project management tools that you can access from any computer so you are always ready to work when you have some down time.
Organization and Streamlinization is everything
Yes, I just made up a word. But it’s critical that you figure out ways to save time and resources and streamline any tasks that are repetitive. Stay organized by keeping a running list of to-do’s will keep you. I like to go old school on this and keep a pen or a pad. You can also purchase a terrific daily planner (this one from The Alisha Nicole is super cute) or use other online tools like the mobile tools mentioned above.
Learn to delegate early and often
Build a team of partners, hire freelancers or a virtual assistant to help with day -to-day tasks. It’s an investment, but worth it.
Best bets: Fiverr.com and Upwork.com are great places to hire affordable help.
Get it in while you have a J-O-B
While your day job may not be your ultimate job, you can certainly take advantage of the comfort full time employment brings. For some that may mean stacking away some money. For others, that may mean getting things set up like your business structure. You can also test the waters and learn while you are employed, minimizing your risk later on down the line.
How do you manage a full time job and side hustle? Leave your tips in the comments.