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4 Ways to Fit a Side Hustle into Your Crazy Schedule

mountains-665199_1280One of the biggest reasons people decide not to side hustle to make extra money is because they don’t think they have time to fit a side hustle into their schedule.

Honestly, I think this is just an excuse for most people.

When I started my online side hustle last year, I was already working a full-time job for 40 hours per week, a part-time job for about 10 hours per week, and trying to sell products for a pyramid scheme for about 2-4 hours per week.

I also worked on my parents’ farm and volunteered on a couple of different boards in my community. Somehow with all of that going on I also managed to grow my online business from $0/month up to about $2,000/month in a year.

Here’s how I fit a side hustle into my crazy schedule, and you can too.

Decide You Want To

The first thing you have to do before you start clearing time in your schedule for a side hustle is decide if you really want to do it. If you don’t want to have a side hustle or don’t need to have a side hustle, that’s great too! But if you really need or want the extra money (and other benefits) of having a side hustle, you need to commit to it before you get started.

Look at the “Book Ends” of the Day

I honestly can’t remember where I read this, but working during the “book ends” of the day is one of the best ways to fit a side hustle into your crazy schedule. By waking up early or staying up late after the rest of your family has gone to bed, you’ll be able to work in peace on your side hustle, or other things that need to be accomplished.

This strategy will also allow you to spend time with your family and friends while they are awake and available so they don’t begin accusing you of working too much, or the dreaded “you’re a workaholic” phrase. 😉

Give Up Time Sucks

There are so many ways we waste time each day. For instance, the average American spends about five hours per week watching television. Just imagine if that time was devoted to a side hustle that paid $25 per hour instead of a time suck. You could be earning an extra $125 a week or $6,500 a year!

I always say that if you have time to watch TV, or surf Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Insert Social Media Here then you don’t have a reason to complain about not having enough time for productive activities.

Make it Temporary

One of the biggest things that kept me going when I was tired and it got hard was telling myself that it was only temporary. Shortly after starting my side hustle I decided I was going to work hard so I could make it my full-time job. This meant making temporary sacrifices, like working the evenings and weekends, so I could succeed.

One year after I started my side hustle, I’ve quit my full-time job, my part-time job, and I’ve nearly escaped from the pyramid scheme I joined and I’m now working my side hustle as my full-time job.

 

Do you have trouble finding time for a side hustle? When do you work on your side hustle? Do you use any of these techniques to find more time in your crazy schedule?

 

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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6 comments

  1. I stick to my schedule at all times, which helps me work on my side hustle. I usually work around 9PM when kids are already asleep. Then, I go to sleep around 12 and wake up at 6AM to be at the office by 8. Then, I also work during weekends, but it’s minimal.
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  2. I have 4 small side hustles, I try to keep them alive all the time, and keep them running, I don’t find time for all of them , but I’m doing my best.
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  3. Giving up TV will add tons of time to most people’s schedules. Great tips! 🙂
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