Balancing Your Side Hustle

June 11th, 2018

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Full-time employees start side hustles for various reasons. Some pick up an independent gig in order to create multiple streams of income, while others use it to pursue their passion. And while both are wonderful reasons to go into business for yourself, the process of pursuing a successful side hustle can be rather overwhelming if you don't have a plan. So whether you’re a part-time freelancer or on the verge of starting your own company, finding ways to curate your routine is key.  Take a look at the following guide on how to effectively balance your side hustle, in your already busy life. Have a Clear Vision When first planning a new business venture, we all want to dream big. And while having a massive vision is important, the key to success comes in breaking down the dream into smaller, attainable steps. So make sure you’re incorporating S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, & time-bound) goals into your overall plan. Once you’re clear on how to achieve your vision, the pathway to success becomes much easier. Be Consistent Before beginning your side hustle, take a hard look at your schedule. You’ll want to devote a consistent amount of time to your business, so be honest with yourself. Does your full-time job, family, and social life have enough flexibility to dedicate to this new endeavor? If so, block off weekly time slots to work on your business, and stick to the plan. Don’t Neglect Health The process of getting your business off the ground requires plenty of time, energy, and resources. This can be particularly draining if you’re balancing your side hustle with a 40-hour a week job. In an attempt to find time for your personal work, it’s common for other aspects in life to fall by the wayside. However, neglecting your personal health is never the answer. Make sure you have time to cook nutritional meals, hit the gym, and get plenty of sleep. Because this hustle is a marathon, not a sprint. Learn to Say No Life is full of obligations, and while you won’t be able to opt out of certain commitments, learning to prioritize is key. So when opportunities arise, ask yourself the following: What is the time commitment? What is its value? Will it bring me joy? Not every proposal will pass all three of these questions. However, looking at the entirety of your situation when committing your time and money is essential. If after evaluating the opportunity, you’ve decided it does not align with your current priorities, the politely decline. All parties will be happier in the long run. Don’t Skimp on Your Full-Time Job Don’t forget about  your day job! It’s the whole reason you’re able to fund your side hustle in the first place. It provides financial stability, health insurance, retirement savings, etc. So while you’re committed to your entrepreneurial pursuits, your full-time gig must take precedence. Have Fun! Okay, this may seem like a simple step ~ but oftentimes the very things that bring us happiness are the first things we neglect when our schedules get busy.  Life is for living! So make time for that happy hour, take that long-awaited vacation, and call your mom. The people in your life are your greatest support system, so go make memories with them!