People like to side hustle for various different reasons. For some, it’s a great creative outlet or way to make extra money, while for others, it could be a foundation to a new business venture.
It’s no secret that side hustlers are busy. When you work outside of your main job, it can be stressful and draining at times. I personally work an average of 70-80 hours per month side hustling in addition to my full-time job.
I’ll admit that while the money is great, it can be tiring if you don’t plan out your time wisely. If you are interested in side hustling to earn more money to meet your financial and personal goals, I would definitely encourage it. Here are five ways to stretch your time.
Get Rid of your Distractions
Distractions can waste of a lot of your precious time if you don’t eliminate them when it’s time to work. It’s best to work on your side hustle when you are focused because once you ‘get in the zone’ you can get a lot done in less time.
Some common distractions you might try to avoid include: television, your cell phone, social media, etc. If you need to work on the computer, try to block social media sites for a few hours to help you stay focused and set your phone in another room.
Depending on what type of work you do, you also might want to work somewhere quiet so no one else can distract you by talking, listening to music and watching television.
Wake up an Hour Early or Stay up an Hour Later
Getting the proper amount of sleep is each night is necessary, but if you can spare an hour for your side hustle, this is an option worth considering. First, you’ll need to determine what time of day you are most productive. If you are a night owl, you might want to stay up later to work on your side hustle.
I’m more of a morning person, so I actually wake up at 5 a.m. each weekday morning and 7 a.m. on weekends to get some work done and out of the way. I personally love the feeling of completion and knowing that I finished all my work early and have the rest of the day to look forward to.
Finding your prime time and optimizing it will allow you to get more done without losing too much sleep.
Create a Detailed Schedule and Cut Some Activities Out
One of the best ways to make time for your side hustle is to get organized and schedule your tasks out. Pick up a planner or use a tool on your computer to organize a to-do list for each day. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to do when you need to do it so you won’t waste time trying to get organized at the last minute.
Another thing you could do is cut a few activities out of your day to free up more time. So I don’t completely deprive myself of having fun and enjoying life, sometimes I cut out a combination of activities I like and some I don’t like so much.
For example, I may skip out of going out to dinner with friends or reschedule for another day so I can have more time to side hustle or I may ask my fiance to cook dinner on a few days out of the week so I can free up more time. I like seeing friends and do try to schedule outings outside of my work schedule, but I don’t like to cook dinner that much especially when I’m short on time.
Find one or two tasks that you can cut out of your schedule or move around to a different day so you can have more extra time to work.
Use your Lunch Break to Squeeze Some Work In
If you bring your lunch to work each day, you can eliminate the extra time it takes to run out and order food and drive back to work. Even if you pack a sandwich or another meal, you can probably eat comfortably and relax in about 10 minutes, then use the rest of your lunch break to catch up on your side hustle.
Whether you choose to check and answer emails, wrap up a project, make calls, or work on any other aspect of your side business, what you take care of during your lunch break will reduce the amount of work you have to do outside of your main job.
Once you Start to Gain Traction, Outsource
Outsourcing is a great option you should at least look into once you start to earn a steady income from your side hustle. If there are certain aspects of your side business that are time consuming or that you just don’t like doing, consider hiring a virtual assistant within your budget so you can spend more of your time focusing on building your income and doing the things you love.
Sometimes it’s hard to give up control, but when you ask for help, it can take a lot of stress and pressure off you and potentially double the amount of extra time you have.
How do you make more time for your side hustle? What’s one thing you’d like to hire out to free up more of your time? What’s a common distraction you struggle with when trying to work on your side hustle?