Whether it’s making ends meet or saving up for our creature comforts, the bottom line is always working equals money equals getting what we want and what we need. On top of our main means of income, we may find ourselves juggling our time for ourselves, our friends and loved ones, our homes, our passion projects, and recreational activities. So the question is: how do we make time for “side hustles”? We’re talking about passive income stuff and small or part-time jobs that give you a little (or a lot) of extra income. Whether it’s setting up your Airbnb for that spare room or writing articles for Buzzfeed, the main concern always boils down to “how do I make this work?”, “how do I make time for this?”, and “how do I get to keep my sanity?” and we’re here to help with some tips on how to do it all and take it all.
First, understand the nature of your side hustle compared to your day-to-day activities. Sometimes the things we do on the side can work themselves out on their own and require very little and occasional maintenance like stock market investments, or real estate. Other times they require daily reports or work, like if you bake pastry to sell to your colleagues in the office. Whatever the case, try to understand how it works, how your main schedule works, and how much you would be willing to compromise if you really wanted to keep doing both. Is it something you can let go of in a pinch or is it something you’re trying to develop into your future full-time job? This activity is key to the next tip.
Once you have a good grasp of your limits for your side hustle, manage your time. Try to see where you have pockets of time you can spend working on it if you can do it in parts. If you need a bigger chunk of time, try shuffling your daily or weekly schedule to set aside a bigger chunk of time to work on it for longer without any interruptions. What’s important is that your side hustles don’t negatively affect your main means of income and your non-negotiable personal requirements.
Further to time management, consider using time or task management apps to ease the mental burden of keeping all the things you need to do in your head. Some examples include Trello, Evernote, and Wunderlist to name a few.
On weeks where you can’t find time but need to maintain your output, try delegating some of the work to people you trust to lift some of the burden off you. Just remember to cut them in on taking and try to be transparent so maintain your relationships with the people you choose to work with.
Lastly, try to see what things can be accomplished simultaneously, or at least timed to work within your main work schedule. Say your main job is to write articles and like to make roast chickens on the side. Instead of writing articles the whole day and get to work on the chicken afterward, it may be more time-efficient to start marinating and seasoning the raw chicken before you get to work on your articles.
Side hustles are great means for extra income, so long as they don’t affect the main work you do or your personal time and obligations. Getting to keep working on them takes time and effort, just like your personal and professional life. Just remember to manage your time, understand how you feel about the extra work, and know how it fits in the picture of your life so you’ll always come out on top and satisfied with what you do.