Having trouble keeping your day job and side hustles on track? Thinking about starting a side hustle but not sure how to integrate it into your regular life? Here’s how I manage my side hustles and stay sane!
Ah, the good ol’ side hustle. For many of us, our regular 9 to 5 isn’t cutting it. Either financially or for some other reason, many of us turn to a side hustle. Long story short, I took an administrative job as a way to support myself after getting back from school without job prospects. I’ve considered going back to school, but I don’t want to take out more student loans. After sitting down and decided what I want out of my life, I think I found a way to get there. I don’t want a typical 9 to 5, I want to work on my own terms, I want to travel, and I want to be able to be financially stable (to the point of not having to worry).
This sounds like an impossible list, but I’ve made it work. Even though I love forensic anthropology, going get my PhD right now is not what I want. I would rather flip houses full-time (which is something that I have enjoyed so far), and share my stories through this blog. This will give me the income I need to do everything I want, and still make me happy. In the mean time, I have my position as an administrative assistant, and am using my side-hustles as a way to help pay off my student loans.
In addition to my day job as an administrative assistant, I have this blog and I have an Etsy shop (which you can check out here). I’m also working on my real estate license and am working on a house flipping project. This all seems like a great deal of work, but I manage it! My administrative job allows me to work from home most of the time and my Etsy shop is more of a hobby.
This allows me to focus a good bit of my time on this blog (which I hope to turn into a source of income soon!), and my real estate stuff. But keeping a set blogging schedule, working inconsistent hours with my administrative stuff, and visiting the flip projects can be tough. Especially when I have other household things to do!
It seems like it would be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Every Sunday, I take the time to schedule my administrative days, blog posts and social media, real estate coursework, and any Etsy stuff I need to get done. If you haven’t read my Bullet Planner post yet, you can do so here. This is how I keep everything organized and my week scheduled. Here is my typical week currently:
- Monday, Wednesday, Fridays : Wake up at 8, workout, publish blog post, post to social media, visit flip projects after lunch, do real estate coursework after dinner
- Tuesday and Thursdays : Wake up at 8, social media networking/promoting, administrative work day
- Weekend: Social media promoting, household tasks, weekly prep for next week, Etsy tasks
In general, I get a ton of emails of last-minute tasks for my administrative job. I will always take care of those the same day they are sent to me. As it is my primary source of income, it takes priority over everything else. My Etsy shop is more of a hobby, and I usually don’t have very many orders at once. That means I am able to do them over the weekend. If there is an emergency at on of the flip projects, I drop everything and go. So while my schedule is pretty standard, there is room for changes.
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My administrative stuff will be getting busier in the future and I will have much more work to do for it. So we’ll have to see how that works out with everything. But my goal is to make my real estate stuff my full-time job, and keep up blogging as an extra source of income. I knew when I took the administrative position that it wasn’t going to be a permanent thing. For now it pays the bills!
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But the important thing to remember about managing your side hustles is that every situation is different. Manage them in a way that works for you and doesn’t drive you completely insane. I strongly suggest taking the time over a weekend to set a weekly schedule for yourself so managing everything isn’t overwhelming. Happy side-hustling!
Do you have any side-hustles? How do you manage them?
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