How to be consistent with your side hustle
Since I started working on my side businesses several years ago, I have always been asked how I find the time to make everything fit into my schedule. It's no secret that working full time and running a side hustle can be extremely time-consuming but there are a few hacks that can help you be consistently productive while leading a balanced life.
As a quick disclaimer: I am not saying that everyone will be able to work an extra 3 or 4 hours a day on top of what they are currently working. As a matter of fact, there are a few career choices that may not be a good fit at all. If you are serious about being an entrepreneur while working full-time, you should look at your current job situation and see if it's a good fit for your new lifestyle to begin with; and this brings me to my first tip.
1. Find a job that doesn't require you to stay overtime: Coming from corporate sales myself, I spent countless days in the office past 5:00 pm. That's because the commission culture forces you to do more work to make that extra 1 or 2 k a month. While this is perfectly fine for someone whose sole goal is to make money at their primary job, it's not where you want to find yourself when you are trying to launch your own business. Being an entrepreneur means working tirelessly on projects that you may not monetize on for quite a long time. If you are chasing the carrot on the stick in the office at 7 pm, you're not going to have the stamina to build a business after work. Remember that your goal is to find a schedule you can stick to in the long run.
On the bright side, there are plenty of jobs out there that will allow you to work 9 to 5! As a bonus, try to find a job that truly makes you happy. If you enjoy helping people, work for a non-for-profit and give it your best. If you like to stay active, find work in the fitness industry. We are fortunate enough to live in a place where there's no shortage of work. With a bit of effort, you can craft your lifestyle from scratch. Don't ever feel like your stuck.
2. Do your best work early in the morning: As you scale your business, you realize that there are mainly two parts to your work. The operational side and the admin side. If you find the admin work hard and you can't get yourself to do it, tackle it first thing in the morning. Wake up early, make a big cup of joe and sit down. Just to put this into perspective, I hate doing taxes (and I am sure I am not alone), but when it's tax season, I do all of it right when I wake up at 5:30 am. It just doesn't feel as bad because my mind is so fresh I can concentrate for much longer. I don't have my phone distracting me, and I am not tempted to chat with anyone. Find out what tasks are currently holding you back from achieving success and tackle them within the first 30 minutes of waking up and leave the pleasant stuff for after work.
3. Stick to a timeline that fits your lifestyle: The internet is full of entrepreneurs that share how they "got rich in 30 days by following these simple tricks..." While it's true that some people achieve success reasonably quickly when leveraging the internet (I made 40k USD during a product launch), you should never compare yourself to those exceptions. First off, it's highly demotivating because when you don't see the same type of results, you neglect your small wins entirely. Second of all, remember that you're in this for the long haul. Would you rather work 18-hour days and hate your life or work 10/11 hours a day and still have time to hang out with friends, family and stay active? Sure, working on a side hustle means that you are working more than the average person, but you can choose to do it the smart way. Building a business over the span of a few years will also allow to you to understand finance, budgeting, inventory management, hiring, marketing etc. Please, make it all about the journey and not about the destination.
If you are interested in getting started and you don't know what to do. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram. If you want to make 2019 your year, we gotta get started soon!