For some people, it’s necessary for them to have both a full-time job and a side hustle to make ends meet. For others, their full-time job just sustains them until their able to make their side project a fully sustainable entity. Regardless of why you’re doing it, working both a full-time job and a part-time or side job can be challenging. To effectively do both, you’re going to need to do some conscious planning and strategizing. To help you with this, here are three tips for managing both a full-time job and a side hustle.
Consider Disclosing Your Side Business To Your Full-Time Boss
Depending on what the two jobs are that you’re trying to balance, you might want to consider disclosing your side hustle to your full-time employer. According to Sarah Szczypinski, a contributor to The Balance Careers, it’s important that you’re sure to follow the rules stated about moonlighting or any non-compete agreements that you’ve signed for your full-time job. But if you’re sure you’re in the clear here, you might want to tell your boss about your other work and reassure him or her that your priority is your full-time job. You might be surprised that your boss could be incredibly helpful and supportive of your side hustle.
Set Distinct Hours For Each Job
While your full-time job likely has more set hours than your side project, it’s still important that you set specific and distinct hours that you’ll spend working on each job. According to Simon Slade, a contributor to CNBC.com, the time you’re able to put into your side project can have a big impact on how successful you’re ultimately able to be with this endeavor. So especially if you’re hoping to eventually make your side hustle your main hustle, try to spend at least some time each day working on your business and helping it to grow. While this might mean you have to sacrifice in other areas, this could prove to be the difference between success and failure.
Find Systems That Work For You
Because your time is likely to be stretched pretty thin when working two jobs, it’s going to be crucial to your time management to come up with systems you can put in place to speed things along. These systems can range from anything from ways to quickly get you in the right frame of mind for working hard on your side hustle to organization techniques for sorting through emails. According to Jessica Lutz, a contributor to Forbes.com, you should work through and test out whatever systems you put in place until you’ve perfected your processes and have made yourself an efficiency machine.
To help you maintain your sanity while working full-time and running a side hustle simultaneously, consider implementing some of the tips mentioned above.