How to Balance Your Side Hustle Gig With a 9-5
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I work full-time as a software engineer while also running a digital consulting agency as a side business. While I love the opportunities to make extra income while still still having full-time work, it can be hard to manage your time, which can lead to increased stress, low energy levels, and trouble focusing on both. In this blog post, I'm sharing how to manage a side hustle while working full-time. Keep reading.
Make your side hustle different from your 9-5 job.
I know this may seem counter-intuitive and it may be easier to extend on what you're doing within your traditional 9-5, but trust me on this, it's a lot easier to build out your side hustle if it's DIFFERENT than your full-time employment. The reason why this is the case, is because if you spend your free time working on things that you do during the day, it can definitely lead to increased burnout which will make things a lot less enjoyable. For me, when I started my business, I thought I wanted to do web development and web design projects, however, I realized that that is not where I wanted to focus my free energy on. Doing something different than your traditional 9-5 allows you to explore your different skillset and really allow you to better context switch when you're ready to dive into your client work.
Create Automated Systems
Your time when working a 9-5 and having a side hustle is very limited. Spend the time and energy to create automated systems so that you're able to quickly onboard your clients without having to take too much time away from your 9-5. I've personally use tools like Zapier and Dubsado that allows me to automatically allow a client to sign a contract, pay an invoice, and get them scheduled for their kickoff call. This means, I'm able to review clients during my lunch break, an onboard clients before the end of my day. Allowing your side hustle to be more streamlined will allow you to better manage your time and also reduce stress.
Block Out Time to Work on/in Your Side Hustle
Time blocking is an amazing way to boost productivity but also dedicate time to focus on a particular thing at a given time. If you can set aside 1-2 hours every day to work on your side hustle, whether it before for your clients or to develop your business, you're guaranteed to get a lot more done then if you were to just try to fit it in wherever you can. I personally dedicate an hour in the morning and then a few hours in the evening instead of throughout the work day because it allows me to be hyper focused and not skip out on any minor details within the business.
Be picky about your clients
Whether your goal is to be a full-time entrepreneur or not, having a full-time job allows you to build the business that feels the most aligned to you. Because of this, you should be picky when it comes to the clients that you work with. Your goal when building a business is to build a business that is sustainable while also build a business that is scalable. When you get to a point that you want to start hiring more people to join your team, you want to be clear on what you're offering and you set the direction for your business so that all of your team members understand what the goal is for your business so that they can better help you grow your business.
Be okay with slow growth
Because you are running a side business while working full-time, you may not be able to grow your business as quickly as maybe some of your peers are building their businesses. Be okay with that. This allows you time to be more intentional about your side business and to focus on building a business that matches your passions or desires.
Having a side hustle allows you to increase your revenue streams and is a good way to make some extra cash and have some more income. If you're ready to start building your business, you can book a consultation call.