How to make time for your side hustle

Once upon a time, I was single. I worked as a freelance writer, which meant that I woke up around 7 am and worked, from home, until about 7 pm. I got so much done. Sometimes I met a friend for lunch, and sometimes I went to yoga. If I felt like it. If I had time.

Flash forward to my life now. I have one son, two stepkids, a teaching job with a variable schedule, early mornings on TV, and my day ends at 3:30pm when I pick my kids up from school and turn to mom mode.

But I love working, and don’t want to give up all the projects I have on the go. Sound familiar? Maybe you’re trying to start a side hustle to make a little extra money. Maybe you want to eventually leave your full-time job to do something you love. Or maybe you’re on mat leave and are hoping to not go back to your day job once your year is up.

What you have is ideas, but what you lack is time, right? So here are some tips I’ve learned, that I want to share with you.

  1. Make time. You’re never going to find time unless you make the time to work on your project. If you can, try to be consistent. Five days a week get up at 5am and work for ½ an hour. Or every Saturday, tell your family and friends you can’t be disturbed from 9am-noon. Or if you normally drop your daughter off at dance practice and do errands, can you instead sit in your car or find a quiet corner to work on your project instead? Do errands when your kids are around, not when you could’ve used the time for your own project.

  2. Set a goal. Without a goal you won’t know what you’re working toward. Set a goal for each session, and another goal for the end of each week.

  3. Know your “why”. Why are you working on this project? Have a reason, and write it down. When you’re overworked, overtired or discouraged, your “why” will inspire you to keep on track.

  4. Reward yourself. Set checkpoints and when you meet them, reward yourself. Treat your project like a job and be your own best boss and employee.

Struggling to achieve a goal? Try this tip I use when I’m feeling unmotivated or uninspired.