5 Simple Techniques to Effectively Balance Your Side Hustle and Your Day Job

5 Simple Techniques to Effectively Balance Your Side Hustle and Your Day Job

These days, keeping your job until the day you retire is no longer a guarantee. The fluctuating economy, steep competition, and burnout can be some of the factors that prevent you from staying in the same job until you retire. This is one of the reasons why some people have turned to freelancing for extra cash.

But working 9-5 with a side hustle during your free time can be challenging. You need to adjust your hours so that you’re not stressed out. You also need to find a balance between the two. Here’s a video on how to balance your side hustle with your full-time job:

So how do you become more effective at balancing your side hustle and your job? Here are 5 simple techniques:



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Be Prepared

For first-timers, a side hustle can what you’ve always wanted. A passion project that you’ve been dreaming of doing for a while now. But then, you need to prepare for it.

You need to prepare mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially.  Read books and articles about your field as you hone your skills and talents. Educate yourself financially so that your side hustle earnings don’t go to waste.

Emotionally prepare yourself. You must be ready to face rejection and you’ve got to be willing to work really hard on that side hustle. Plus, you need to be ready to juggle a full-time career with a side hustle. This takes skills and a whole lot of patience.



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Beginnings Are Hard

Starting a side hustle can be difficult. Landing your first clients might be very hard. You have to prove yourself to your new boss without any experience to show.

And I tell you, it’s fine. Still have the confidence to show that you can do it. Your attitude is important at this stage. You need to be resilient.



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Utilize Organizational Tools

You’ll find it enjoyable to work on your side hustle while still working hard at your full-time job. You just need to manage your tasks effectively so you get more things done with the time you have.

With that, there’s a lot of software and apps that you can use to stay organized. Online calendars, for instance, can be useful in your side hustle as you balance your job and sideline. 

One of the most useful apps out there is Evernote. It helps you save important articles or notes for later and it’s very efficient and easy to use. You may also want to use an online to-do list such as Trello, which allows you to prepare your daily to-do lists online.

You can use these tools to help you balance your job with your side hustle without any hitches. Stay organized and on top of your tasks every single day.



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Manage Expectations 

As you embark on your side hustle, make sure that you communicate with your boss at your full-time job so that you’ll always be in the loop. This way, you don’t drop what you’re juggling. The key is communication and openness. 

Let your boss or manager know that you’re doing something on the side. They will understand. And, if you continue to perform at your best, they may even admire you for it.



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Follow a Strict Schedule

Now that you’re working on two separate jobs, make sure that you’ve got your schedule prepared and follow it religiously. This way, you won’t miss out on anything from both your full-time job and your side hustle.



There you have it. 5 simple yet effective techniques to become more effective at balancing your side hustle and your job. It may get complicated but it doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Simplify your day with these tips and you’ll become more efficient in time.


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