How to Balance a Full-time Job and a Side Hustle

The whole concept of a side gig is relatively new to me. I have always worked full-time but only in the last year have I expanded my commitment to include both non-profit volunteer work as well as a copy and marketing strategy side hustle.

What can I say? I like being busy.

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As the title of this post suggests, I have found these rules to be vital for my ability to balance my full-time job and side hustle.

These three “rules” are my busy bee laws:

  • Your full-time job comes first.

Between the hours of 9AM - 5PM you are 100% at your full-time job. You don’t want someone coming to you and saying that your work is sliding because you’re actually working on other projects while you should be focused on theirs - it’s not cool. For me, my full-time job is also what pays my bills, so it’s practical (and imperative) that I keep my job in order to finance my life. No slacking!

  • Designate specific times throughout the week for the side gig.

When you do have a side gig that you’re committed to, carve out time throughout the week that is solely dedicated to getting your other work done. I put aside three hours twice a work-week, and three hours during the weekend so as to make sure that I complete at least two articles and strategy projects that week.

Side note: My particular side hustle is a copywriting, editing and strategizing business - see here.

I need to have my time set aside and organized in order to actually get work done, but also for peace of mind in knowing that everything is scheduled and prioritized. OCD much? Yes.

  • If it all gets too much, slow down the side gig workload.

Like I said earlier, the full-time job is priority number one since that’s the one that’s your career path (hopefully), but most importantly it’s your paycheck. So if you see that you’re becoming too overwhelmed, stressed out, or anything negative for that matter, make sure to take a step back and reevaluate the situation. Is the extra money worth the sacrifice of part of your social life? Is your side gig giving you a creative outlet or benefitting your life in a drastic way?

Like everything in life, the good needs to outweigh the bad and you’re the one who decides the weight of everything.