A side job or a side hustle is a great thing to have. Why wouldn’t it be? After all, with the one you’d be able to earn extra income and network all by yourself, you wouldn’t have to rely on the limits your 9 to 5 job has to offer.
With a side business, you gain the opportunity to not only think outside the box but to also be outside it. You’re your own boss, you don’t have to listen to anybody but yourself. But the thing is, juggling two jobs at the same time isn’t easy.
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It’s a huge struggle, and may not be for everyone. If you think you’re up to it, however, then just keep on reading. Here’s how to deal with managing your day job & your side business:
1.) Know which one comes first – When it comes to having a side hustle, you need to set your priorities straight. You can’t just flip from your day job to a side job, or hold both things at equal importance because it just doesn’t work that way. For most people, the day job comes first since it is your primary source of income, so always put your day job’s work first and make sure you have everything together before you start getting to your side business or hustle. You don’t want to get fired early on, after all.
2.) Don’t waste time – It is a known fact that having two jobs at once eats up a lot of time, meaning each second is precious when it comes to increasing or maintaining productivity. Make sure that you put your free time to good use instead of just spending it relaxing or lounging around on your smartphone when that time could instead be used to grow your side business. Don’t waste time, because while doing so, you also waste the progress you could have made.
3.) Separate the two – Another important thing to remember is to always separate your day job and your side business- never put the two together, as much as possible. When you’re in the office, do only the work for the office. Don’t even try to sneak in your side job because the possibility of getting caught is too great to even attempt to risk. Separate the two, for your own safety.
4.) Stay mentally healthy – Having one job is extremely strenuous, and even more so if it’s two. Managing both can take quite a toll on your body, so take some time to breathe and relax. It might seem tempting to do crazy things like pulling all-nighters, but it isn’t healthy, and you’ll only end up burning yourself out and being less productive than you meant to.
5.) Create a plan – It’s impossible to go into managing two jobs without a plan. Organize yourself, set up schedules, and do everything it takes to make the process easier and more convenient for yourself.
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