Episode #327: How to Find Time for Your Side Hustle
TAYLOR BRADFORD: You’re listening to episode number 327 of the Boss Girl Creative podcast. Today I’m talking about how to make time for your side hustle. On to the episode.
Hello, and welcome to this episode of the Boss Girl Creative podcast. I’m your host, Taylor Bradford. Thank you so much for tuning in today. Today is all about how to make time for your side hustle. Before we dive into this episode, the Inner Circle membership is back on a waitlist but don’t fret, the doors will be reopening in December. So if you want to get yourself on that waitlist to get yourself into the Inner Circle membership, pop over to BossGirlCreative.co/InnerCircle to get yourself on that waitlist.
Alright, let’s dive in. So this podcast episode stems from a conversation with the Inner Circle membership in our September live Q&A session. And it kind of propelled me to turn it into a podcast episode. And if you’re new to the show, or you’ve been listening for a while I am the professional side hustler. For the longest time I had a day job. And I only just recently Actually, it’s now been a full year. It’s been a full year. That is crazy. It’s been a full year since I’ve had a day job. And it was due to mismanagement of funds, which is what caused the day job to extinguish itself. And then some other external factors that I had no control over, kind of happened. And here we are a year later, but never fret because my husband and I are starting a roofing business, which will be effectively my day job. And this means I’m right back to side hustling just like many of you. And that’s just where we are because Sugar Creek isn’t quite ready for full time status just yet, although I really wish it would. But having COVID as a major setback and forward momentum, kind of made it stall. However, I did just hire my first worker, my first assistant, which is epic in my world, she is going to be handling a lot of the things related to Sugar Creek, which is just going to allow me to focus on getting this startup off the ground, which is a big deal. And it’s like a full throttle pedal to the metal right now over in my world trying to get everything, all the ducks in a row to start a roofing business.
Okay, so let’s get started. How to make time for your side hustle. I have 15 tips for you today. So get out your paper, your computer, your journal, your whatever your voice dictation app, whatever it is that you’ve got nearby. Here come your 15 tips to make time for your side hustle. Number one, use your time before and your time after your day job intentionally. You’ve got to prioritize and use your time wisely. I also encourage you to schedule in this time to work your side hustle. Use the time in between. Like if you have errands or lunch hour or you’re sitting at the doctor’s office, use your in between time intentionally as well. Again, your commute your lunch, your errands. So instead of scrolling social media, read a business article that you’ve previously saved. do research. Tackle an item on your business to do list, read a few chapters, then a business book. Listen to this podcast. Schedule your social media starting outline for a blog post. Write your newsletter. Any time that you find yourself with time to do something else. Prioritize, switch the focus and work on your side hustle, make the margins and the bookends of your day work for you. You got to prioritize and use your time wisely. But don’t force it. Because once you force it, it’s just going to make you not want to work on it. So this morning, for example, in my own world, I woke up before my alarm. And if you’ve been listening to this show for a while you guys have heard me say that I don’t wake up to alarm but I have been adding an alarm just to make sure that I don’t sleep past it. And so I woke up before my alarm which I’ve actually been doing for the last few weeks which is kind of crazy, but that’s okay. I am becoming a morning person which is very strange. Maybe that’s something that happens when you get older who knows. Anyways, I woke up before and the first thought that came in my head is How are we going to put a lift slash elevator into this new building? Now, I told you last week that I have had a dream to own a wedding venue, actually an event venue before I realized weddings were a thing. So ultimately, this dream has been an event venue. But I’ve had this dream since 2009. And it’s going to become legitimately tangible at some point in my future. And I think it’s going to happen sooner rather than later, which is why I’ve already got the name for it. And I’ve already got the logo started. I’ve already got the domain name. I’ve got things working, I’ve got a Pinterest board started for inspiration. And this morning, it was how am I going to install an elevator to get up to the second floor in a historic property? Now the property is not on Historic Register just yet. Does it need to be on the Historic Register another thought is there grant money out there to help you preserve a building, etc, etc. But that was the first thought in my head this morning. And so I went right to tackling what is out there on the interwebs to help me figure this out. So my early morning time when I woke up, I traditionally check my email, and scroll Instagram. But this morning, I was like, You know what, this is more important, I want to know this answer. And while I don’t have it fully figured out, I have a jumpstart on it, which is something more fruitful than scrolling Instagram. So I want you to think about using your time incredibly intentionally before you start your day job. And after you finish your day job and the moments in between, prioritize that use your time wisely. And any time that you say to yourself, I didn’t have enough time, I want you to reframe that and say I prioritize something else. Because I don’t want to hear the excuse. I didn’t have enough time. You did, but you just chose to do something else that was more important at that moment. Instead of prioritizing your side hustle.
Alright, number two, and accountability group or an accountability partner. Find one. Find a group. Find people that are like minded like you that can help you keep your focus on those times, not part of your day job. The time before the time after. It’s what I like to call the bookends of your day, or the margins of your life. The margins of your life is where you can spend time working on your side hustle. So finding an accountability group, like the Inner Circle membership, or an accountability partner, a like-minded business person will be key to helping you so make that a priority.
Number three scheduled time with this accountability partner this like-minded friend, to have some business powwows whether it’s grabbing drinks, grabbing coffee, hanging out on your sofa and brainstorming together, whatever it might look like for you. I want you to schedule some time, whether it’s weekly, monthly, quarterly, scheduled time with somebody that gets what you’re doing, and have a business powwow have a side hustle powwow. Surround yourself with people that also understand the side hustle.
Number four, manage your energy. Are you more effective before your day job starts are more effective when you get home? Where are you the most productive in your day, effective and productive, manage that energy toward your side hustle before your day job starts or before you go to sleep at night.
Number five, use social media schedulers so that your side hustle continues to work while your day job. I have done this for years. It looks like I’m active on on social media when in actuality I’ve used a scheduler to work for me while my focus is on the day job. There are plenty of social media scheduling apps that you can use. I personally use later for my Instagram scheduling. I have also test drive, co schedule and buffer and plan only. You find one that works for you. There are others that are social media base so Pinterest has one is called tailwind. Also, Tailwind can now schedule through Instagram. So there are options out there. Hootsuite is another one that I’ve used in the past. I use that primarily for Twitter. But it can also schedule across other platforms as well. Facebook has its own scheduler Pinterest now has its own scheduler, so use the schedulers to your advantage. Make your side hustle work while your day job being.
Alright, number six, pre plan and or prep your meals. And I know this sounds like wow, that will be a lot of work. But trust me when you don’t have to think about dinner. And it’s already there for you. Because you pre plan that on your Sunday, you prepped everything for your week, it will make life so much easier. I’m not even kidding. Last night, my husband said because we have the same question every single day he asked me this every single day, babe, what are we having for dinner? And I, I personally don’t think about that until I get hungry. And that doesn’t work for him. So and then he starts making me think about dinner when I’m not ready to think about dinner. It’s it’s just something that happens in our world. And he said to me last night, we should probably find a service that would just prepackage our meals, so that we just go to the fridge and get something out and heat it up. And I’m like, Yes, this is actually part of what I feel is our dream life is having a chef come in once a week to prep that week’s meals. And then all we have to do is heat them. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy cooking. But that tedious task of trying to figure out what’s for dinner. And then for me to self-focus on what do I want for dinner takes up so much time and then I have to go grocery storing and then I have to prep and then I have to cook. And by the time it’s done, I have legitimately spent three hours of my life encompassed into what’s for dinner. So that is a goal. And that might be something that gets realized way before my dream life is fully intact. But it was funny to hear him finally say maybe we should hire this out, maybe we should find a service that will do this for us. Because it does take up so much time in our day and can get super frustrating. So that’s my tip, pre plan, or prep your meals, because that literally will save you a lot of time that you can be using for other things.
Number seven, outsource, hire other freelancers or pros to do the tasks that will waste your time and waste your energy for you to figure out hire a podcast editor if you have a podcast, I have the best one in the world. His name is Zack, you can find him at the podcast man. I promise you hire a pro to take away the tasks that is basically crimping your time by keeping you working in your business instead of on your business. Hire a website developer if you need help with your website, hire a graphic designer to create your graphics for you. Hire that freelancer so that you don’t spend time trying to figure it out. Because by the time you do, you could have just paid somebody to do it for you. That’s why you still have a day job. Remember, you’re trying to side hustle and grow this empire while you have a day job. hire that person to do that task so that you can focus on working on your business instead of in your business.
Number eight, consider staying an extra hour at your day job so that you can tackle something for your side hustle. So once you’ve finished up your day job for the day. And if you can, if time affords this for you stay an extra hour so that you can go ahead and tackle something off of your business to do list your task to do list with your side hustle.
Number nine, use some kind of time management tracking system to tackle your task list. For your side hustle, for example, use the Pomodoro app when you are working on your business, and you are trying to get things knocked out. Sometimes if we just sit there and work, work, work, work work. We’re not as efficient and we’re not as productive as we can be, or we could be. So using some kind of time tracking software like the Pomodoro app can help you get more focused within the time frame that you have chosen to work on the task and then give yourself a break. So we actually do this and the Inner Circle membership. We have two co working sessions. every single month, and we spend 20, or 25 minutes on a task or on our to do list, and then we break and check in with each other for about five minutes. And then we go right back into a 20 to 25 minute sprint, and then we break again. And then we do that for a third time, the amount that you can actually get done when you’re working in time blocks like that is crazy. Awesome. So if you haven’t tried that, definitely get yourself into doing sprints by using the Pomodoro app or something similar to that.
Number 10. It pays to stay consistent, it pays to be consistent. And that’s going to be whether or not your side hustling or not staying consistent. being consistent, will help you move your side hustle forward.
Number 11. If you’re not organized, you’re just going to be wasting time getting yourself organized or trying to figure out where you left off the last time you were able to work on your side hustle, get yourself organized, create a content calendar, create a social media calendar, create a making of all the things if you sell something physical, sell something tangible, create a calendar for when you’re going to sit down and work on the production of those things. Get yourself organized.
Number 12. It’s also important to know when it’s time to rest. We cannot go full throttle 90 to nothing 365 days a year, there’s just it’s not possible. A long time ago, I realized that my breaking point came to about Friday, I side hustled my butt off Monday through Thursday, but Friday once it got to quitting time, it was unplugged time for me. No more social media, nothing related to the business. I needed time to regroup, refocus, and spend it on myself or spend it with my spouse. That was important and is still very important. So finding time to rest is important.
Number 13 do work that you actually enjoy doing. If this side hustle is not something you enjoy, find something else. You’ve got to enjoy this in order to be productive with it. If you’re not enjoying it, why are you doing it? It’s got to be something that you enjoy.
Number 14, say no more often. If it’s taking away from your momentum of creating the life you want, with the side hustle that’s eventually going to be the thing that you do to support you and your family. Say no more often. Warren Buffett said it best the difference between successful people and very successful people. Is that very successful people say no to almost everything. And that is key. If it’s not a hell yes. Say No. That’s my motto. If you don’t immediately feel Oh, yeah, hell yeah, that’s awesome. I’m going to do that. If there’s any trepidation in saying yes, it’s got to be an automatic No.
And finally, number 15. This is most important. Find your why you have to want this side hustle. You will make time for what is most important to you. You absolutely will ask yourself, what do you want your ideal life to look like in two to three years and write it down? Then make the decision to do it. This is not a sacrifice. This is a decision to make it important.
Find your why. And make it happen. Decide to make it happen. Go back and reframe the I didn’t have time for it to I prioritize something else. Find your why you have to want it because you will make time for what is most important to you decide to make it important. Thank you so much for listening to today’s episode. If you found this valuable, share it with your business bestie or share it with somebody that you know that is trying to side hustle their way out of their day job. I would so greatly appreciate it. Until next time, I hope you have a great rest of your week.