44 Million people have a side hustle while working full-time in America.
How do they manage to work full-time and have a side hustle?
It’s not always easy but it is 100% doable if you know why you are doing it and have a plan in place.
Some people quit side hustles because they don’t see overnight success.
Blogging, for instance, is not something you start up and see instant results. Whether it’s gaining readers or money, growing a blog isn’t easy.
The same goes for writing a book, starting a podcast, or becoming a freelance writer.
But when you start a side hustle and work full-time you can sync them together to make them extremely beneficial to your life.
Check out these steps to learn how to work full-time and still have time for your side hustle:
Why are you starting this new project or side hustle?
What is your goal?
Is it to make money, find a creative outlet for your passions, or a combination of both?
If you don’t know your why — it’ll be easy to give up and skip out on your hustle.
I did this all the time when I was blogging and working full-time. I had no real goal — no traffic goal or money goal to hold me accountable.
If you want to be successful at anything you need to have clear goals with an even clearer “why” behind your goal. This is one of the 5 secrets that successful people share.
Your goal could be to save an extra $500 a month, pay $1,000 down on your debt, save for a down payment or start your kid’s college tuition.
Whatever it is — know why you are starting this side project.
Passion Vs. Money
Some side hustles are more for money than passion — and that’s totally ok as long as you know what the goal is for your hustle.
Some examples would be:
- Delivery services (Instacart, Ubereats, etc)
- Part-time or seasonal job
- Dog Walking (check out Rover or Wag)
For more ideas check out 40 ways to make money outside of your 9-5 here.
While other hustles will help you fuel your passions:
- Blogging (learn how to start a blog in under 10 minutes here)
- Freelance Writing — check out my freelance website I just created for some inspiration here.
- Youtube channel
- Etsy Store
For more side hustles to fuel your passions check out my post for 11 side hustles to fuel your passions.
Once you know what your goal is, why you are starting this project and what you want to do it’s all about finding the time.
When you have a full-time job it can seem daunting to find time for a side hustle — but to be successful you have to be a great time manager.
In my past life of full-time employment, I was guilty of being lazy and watching an endless amount of Netflix.
But if you want to make this side hustle work you have to commit the time necessary each and every day. It could be 2 hours of driving for Uber, 1 hour of writing for your blog or editing your Youtube videos.
If your job is relaxed or you have more freedom you can also find a way to sneak in some work at your job.
You have the time — you just need to plan it out in advance.
As Gary Vee said in his book “Crush It” you work for 8 hours sleep for 8 hours and have 8 hours left. What are you doing with that time?
Wake Up Earlier
If you really want to make your side hustle work you have to be fully committed. Sometimes this will mean waking up early.
I’m not saying don’t rest your body but how much sleep do you really need?
As Arnold Schwarzenegger says, “You sleep 6 hours — you have 18 hours left.” As he calls it, sleeping less, is one of the reasons he and so many others have accomplished so much.
Don’t sleep your way through life.
I understand some people will think this is crazy but I completely agree. If I go to bed at 10 I’m up at 6, 1030 and I’m up at 430.
The morning is the best time to start your day ahead of the rest of the world. It’s so important I wrote a whole chapter about it in my book, Advice For My Younger Self.”
Since I’ve been self-employed I’ve also found that the morning is the best time to accomplish the hardest tasks of the day.
Do The Hard Things First
How often do you know what you need to do at work or at home but procrastinate until lunch…then the end of the day…then it never got completed?
I was so guilty of this — while I was working full-time and even when I first started my new journey in May.
Stop procrastinating and do the hardest thing first!
If you’re starting a side hustle focus on completing it first thing in the morning. This could be writing a few blog posts, editing photos, or recording videos for your Youtube channel.
By completing them first you will build confidence and start each day strong.
Take Advantage of PTO
If you’re working your ass off with your full-time job do you take advantage of your paid time off?
I definitely did when I was in the corporate world — more so to play golf or just not go to work.
Instead, I should have been spending this time working on my blog, starting other hustles or learning something new.
Some people have hundreds of hours of PTO — if you have the extra paid time or sick time spend it investing in yourself.
Spend a day starting your blog, driving for Uber, or figuring out what you want your side project to be.
Related: Working at Home Pros and Cons
To hold yourself accountable I highly recommend planning your activities the night before — if not you will more likely to find yourself on the couch with Netflix.
Trust me, I was there…a lot.
Figure out exactly what you want to accomplish each day and be ultra specific for yourself. Create a to-do list the night before.
Here is what mine started to look like before I quit my full-time job:
- Up at 430 am
- Workout 5 am cardio & full-body circuit
- Write 1,000 words for next blog post before work
- Protein shake to-go
- Work 730-430 (promote on social media @ lunch)
- Finish freelancing article
- Create blog images for next 5 posts
- Write 500 words
If you are working full-time and want to start this side hustle you will have to be an excellent time manager. No question about it —be prepared to make some sacrifices.
Be committed to your new way of life and have fun doing it. We live in a world where more opportunity has been possible than ever before. Quit looking at it like a burden and be grateful that the internet and gig-economy exist to earn more money.
If your why is strong enough you will be able to stick with it even on days when you have very little motivation.
I’ll be honest working full-time and having a side hustle is not the easy route in life.
You will be busy, some days you will be tired, but if you know why you are doing it you can figure out how to make it work.
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you know why you are doing this new project. Make your why so strong that failure is not an option.
It doesn’t matter if it is a short-term goal or a long-term goal — commit to something that will keep you motivated on your worst days.
Looking back I would have started my side hustles of blogging and writing before quitting to build up my income. But, luckily I saved up enough and earned enough to not use much of savings.
But this route is not great for everyone. Make sure to find your why, set your goals, and commit to finishing it.
Greatness is so close — you can do it!
Do you have a 9-5 and a full-time job? How do you manage them both?
Let me know in the comments!
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