Many people start their own business as a side business at the same time as continuing to work at their day jobs. The goal is to eventually leave the day job and focus on your business full-time. It’s tough to juggle a side hustle with a day job. It can feel as though you are working all the time with no end in sight.
A side hustle isn’t easy, but it can be well worth it once your business is up and running if you can remain disciplined. Here are some ways you can juggle a side business with your day job.
Tip #1 – Remember that it is only temporary
With the internet, it’s now possible to have a fully-fledged business in just a few years. This means that you may need to sacrifice your leisure time for a short while in order to focus on your side hustle.
You might find that you’re working your regular hours in your day job, and then spending your off-hours on freelance audio visual jobs or on working on your side business idea. This might seem rough while you’re doing it but try to keep in mind that it is only temporary.
You’re putting in the time now so you can enjoy the fruits of your hard work later on.
Tip #2 – Follow the money
Focus on making money from the beginning. Many new business owners get this wrong, and at first, put out their work on a consistent basis for years and assume the money will come their way. Many don’t understand how to monetize their work.
To focus on the money, think about value you are providing in exchange for money. How is your offering a solution to someone’s problem? If you concentrate on this, then you can save a lot of time, energy, and trouble, and see results much faster.
Tip #3: Find a Mentor
Find a mentor. In the early stages of your business, you’re probably following a lot of people online. The problem with this is that there are a lot of routes to take, and not everything will work for you. This can leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed by choice.
Stop listening to anyone and everyone. Be more selective about where you take advice from, then try to get help. The fastest way to get where you want to go is to find a mentor or a coach. Even when you become more experienced, a mentor can help you at times of change or growth in your business.
Tip #4: Focus on Self-care
The time spent working on both a day job and a side hustle can be rough and you can easily burn out. To stop this, you need to incorporate some form of self-care in your life. For example, you could make time to go to the gym or take part in a yoga class.
Make time to see your family and definitely make sure you are still getting enough sleep, and taking occasional breaks. Just don’t let self-care become a distraction.