A side hustle can be a great way to improve your bottom line whether you use the money to make your budget balance, invest in your children’s college fund or your own retirement fund, or pay off debt. Once you decide what your side hustle will be, the next question is, how will you find time to do your side hustle?
Locate where you have pockets of time. If you work a 9 to 5 job, you have the evenings and weekends to do your side hustle. Try to minimize your commitments during this time so you can use more of your time for your work. If you are a stay at home parent, you may need to do the work when your spouse is home and can watch the kids.
See where you are currently wasting time. Do you check your e-mail 15 times a day? How much time do you spend on Facebook or Twitter? Cut down checking your e-mail to 3 times a day and limit your Facebook and Twitter time to 20 minutes a day. How much time have you now found?
What about your television viewing time or time you spend on the phone? Could you reduce this time to find more time to work?
I work from home in between caring for the children and cooking. I often work nights and weekends, but recently, that hasn’t been enough time for me. I typically get up at 6 a.m. and watch the kids while my husband prepares breakfast before taking the kids to school. This is generally 1.5 hours of non-productive work time. Now, my husband and I have decided that he will watch the kids in the morning and make quick breakfasts the night before so I have that time to work. Meanwhile, I get to spend all day with them and can relax a bit because I have already put in some work time in the morning.
Examine your to do list. Have you ever noticed that sometimes we purposely keep ourselves busy with things we feel we have to do. What can you cut entirely from your to do list? Can you lower your standards a bit on some things like house cleaning? Maybe you clean the bathroom every day. Switching to twice or once a week will free up another 30 minutes in your week. I am not saying you should live in a messy house, but perhaps you could relax your standards a bit to find more time.
Read a few books that help with time management. One book that I really enjoyed and that helped me “find” more time in my day for productive work is 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam. She encourages people to keep a time diary to see where they may be wasting time and then find ways to make their time more productive.
Finding time to make a grand per month can be challenging, but it is not impossible. If you can identify where you may be wasting time as well as eliminate some chores from your schedule, you will have enough time to make a grand per month and still maintain a reasonable schedule.
What are your tips for finding more time for your side hustle?
This post is from Melissa who writes at Mom’s Plans.