How to Manage a Side Hustle with a Full-Time Job

It’s pretty amazing when you can have a 9-5 job and make money on the side doing something you’re passionate about. If you have a side hustle to help pay for everyday living expenses or if it’s your extra fun money…it’s important to manage both, keep a social life, along with your sanctity. Here are my tips to successfully manage your side hustle while having a full-time job.

After COVID19 and quarantine hit I got furloughed and with no end in sight of when I will be “called” back to my previous job, I decided to start a new adventure in hotel marketing (where I was in hotel sales before). Rebranding a hotel, creating content, and taking on an adventure of a new boss + hotel to get to know is a lot in itself. In addition, I have my Beautycounter biz, my blog, and a handful of freelance clients that all need my attention. 

I’ve sprouted more zits, gained and lost a few lbs, and am in a constant battle with the bags under my eyes which really speaks to my mental state. BUT I LOVE IT! I thrive on staying busy and to-do lists. I’ve gotten really good at time-management and productivity. In reality, it’s not so bad, I really can’t complain because the paychecks make it worth the hustle. But on the flip side, what has really been a game-changer is staying on top of it all with prioritizing and staying productive with my time. 

A hand writing in the planner

Here’s what I learned from doing it all and how I manage to do it all (or so I think)

Don’t let your side hustle take over your life

I get excited and time flies, but that passion and excitement will fade and if it doesn’t, that shouldn’t be your permanent pace. It’s not healthy to go to work every day then come home and work another full day. I decide how much time I like to set aside for my side hustle, along with what my top priorities are so that it doesn’t become all-consuming. 

Don’t mix your day job with your side hustle

I am a firm believer in doing everything 100% or don’t do it at all. If I can’t commit to my day job 100% then I probably shouldn’t be doing it. I will find myself doing blog work on my lunch breaks, but when you’re being paid to do your full-time job, make sure that’s what you’re doing.

Know when you’re in over your head

I’m a big believer in following your gut, mine has never steered me wrong. When your gut gets queasy at the thought of your side hustle or you no longer feel the passion. Take a break or stop altogether. This is your body or your brain telling you that you are overwhelmed. That’s when it’s time for you to step back and reevaluate what you’re doing. 

Time management is the most important aspect

This is key, I can’t stress that enough. When I’m sitting waiting for something or commuting I’ll do what I can for my side hustle. I learned how important time management is way back in high school when I was being carted from school to sports practices to homework and time with friends. I guess I’ve just always done it all (LOL)! 

If you live and die by your calendar mark off days/times for YOU! For grocery shopping, for working out, for happy hour with friends, or date night with your SO. I’m a very visual person and love my to-do lists so I have a side hustle to-do list at all times and a personal to-do list at all times. I make priorities for each of them and cross them off, which I find very satisfying. 

So in reality, the hustle never stops– but I’m okay with it.

~ XOXO, the girl who’s always running around like a chicken with her head cut off, Amanda // Blonde out of Water

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