For years I was working numerous jobs and attending college. On the side, I was even working on my blog to build it into what it is today.
Making money blogging didn't come easy for me. There were many times I felt like giving up because I couldn't fit in the time or I didn't see results fast enough.
I can't even imagine if I would've quit.
Making the time for blogging as a side hustle was very important to me. Because of that, I made sure to fit in the time. Now, I'm a full-time blogger and make a comfortable income at home, on my own schedule. I'm my own boss.
If you want to start a side hustle and time is holding you back from starting it, read my top tips below for starting a side hustle while you're working a full-time job. You can do it!
1. Treat your side hustle like a REAL job
Oftentimes people will start a side hustle and treat it like a side hustle. Treat your side hustle as if it was a “real” job, as if you had deadlines and goals to meet. This is crucial to starting right from the very beginning.
At a “real” job, you (hopefully) wouldn't mess around on your phone or let people talk to you for long periods of time. Starting a side hustle may not seem like a serious thing to your friends or family, which is why it's important to set strict rules from the very beginning. When you're working on your side hustle, you're working your real job.
2. Create a to-do list and time block
If you're short on time, a daily, weekly, and/or monthly to-do list will save you TONS of time. Staying organized with what tasks you have to do with your side hustle is important because it's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're starting out something new.
Set small goals weekly. For example, if you started a blog, you can set a monthly goal of making $100 in your first month of launching. Or you could set a goal of hitting 1,000 page views.
If you have trouble with staying on track and being productive, time blocking is your next smartest move. Use Google Calendar (it's free!). If you aren't familiar with time blocking, it's essentially setting a dedicated amount of time to a certain task.
Here you'll find an extremely helpful article on time blocking. It's really easy once you get the hang of it!
3. Get help from others
Starting a side hustle can be incredibly overwhelming at first. You're learning about something that might be entirely new and foreign to you.
If you're starting a new side hustle in blogging, selling on Amazon, teaching English online, or becoming a Facebook Ads Manager, there are groups for ALL of this. These Facebook groups will be incredibly beneficial, especially in the beginning when you feel lost or not sure where to start. Ask people questions and learn from others.
If you don't have Facebook, you can go on Pinterest or Google and get help from articles. If you're struggling with a certain thing, such as how to create a pin-worthy Pinterest pin, you could type in Pinterest, “How To Make A Pin-Worthy Pinterest Pin”. You'll find tons of articles that will help you.
4. Treat yourself better
Eating healthy and exercising regularly is tremendously beneficial for so many reasons. When it comes to a side hustle, treating your body with respect is important because the right foods and exercise can make you feel more energized, which gives you more time to focus on things you need to do.
You'll most likely need less sleep and you'll stay focused for longer periods of time.
5. Eliminate distractions
Starting a new hustle usually starts out at home, which can be one of the most distractive places to work from.
Eliminating distractions will keep you focused, make your work turn out much better, and you'll have more time to complete tasks.
To eliminate distractions, I recommend:
- If you have trouble staying off your phone, download the app, Forest. With Forest, you set a time limit of how long you want to stay off your phone. Once you start the time limit, a tree starts growing. If you start using your phone, your tree dies. You'll start collecting coins, and once you get to 2,500 coins, you can donate to plant a REAL tree on earth.
- Clean the area you work in. This will eliminate clutter and distractions.
- Turn off electronics in the background (tv, music with words)
- Download RescueTime which will give you an idea of how much time you spend on certain apps and website. RescueTime can also block websites that you waste too much time in.
- Unsubscribe from junk emails. Better yet, time block a certain amount of time per day on answering emails.
6. Use your free time wisely
Most of us have free time. What we do in that free time varies from person to person.
On average, Americans spend up to 5 hours per day watching TV. While that might not be you, you may be surprised how much time you spend on your phone. A recent study found that people spend an average of 3.9 years of their lifetime staring at their phone screen.
Instead of scrolling through Facebook and Instagram or watching television, spend the majority of that time working on your side hustle.
And if you're one of those people (like me) that believe they don't spend a lot of time on their phone, download Moment and it'll record how long you spend on your phone. I was truly shocked by how much time I've wasted on my phone.
7. Schedule in advance
If you're thinking about starting a blog, you're in luck because you have the option to automate pretty much everything. You can schedule in advance your Facebook posts, Pinterest pins, tweets on Twitter, blog posts, and so much more. I personally use Boardbooster (paid version) for Pinterest and Hootsuites (free version) for Twitter.
Here are some of my favorite side hustle ideas:
1. Teach English with VIPKID
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your own schedule. You're also helping people learn English, which gives them the ability to talk to over 1.5 billion people around the world. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it!
In 2016, a teacher made $75,000 teaching children English. He did this by using an online platform called VIPKID.
VIPKID is currently ranked at number 1 on the Forbes list of best online jobs. The online service is currently hiring online teachers.
Requirements to become a VIPKID teacher:
- Exposure to the American or Candian K-12 education system
- Minimum 1 year of traditional teaching experience OR the equivalent in Mentoring, Tutoring, Alternative education, Coaching, Supervising, Pastors, Church Leaders, Nursery School Assistants, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree
If you pass these requirements, apply here.
2. Sell on Amazon
The first year that Jessica’s family ran their Amazon FBA business together, working less than 20 hours a week total, they made over 6 figures profit.
If you're interested in learning more about this side hustle (or full-time job), Jessica has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to get started selling on Amazon.
The course includes:
- Understand WHY Amazon is the perfect platform for building a business
- How leveraging the fulfillment power of Amazon leaves your home free from piles of inventory
- The way we buy inventory that built over six figures in profit our first full year
- How to choose the perfect items to sell that people want and will make you money
- What tools we use to save time and be the most efficient in our business
Did you know you can make money from blogging? While it's not a get rich quick scheme, blogging can be a great way to work from home and support you and your family. You get to help people from all over the world while creating content that inspires and motivates others to live their best life.
I make $5,000 a month blogging and I'm also a full-time student in college. It's more than possible to make money from blogging!
Are you interested in starting a blog and becoming a full-time blogger? If so, check out my FREE 7-day course that will tell you everything you need to know, including how to create your own blog from scratch, essential blogging tools successful bloggers use, how to monetize your blog, grow a loyal audience, and so much more!
4. Facebook Ad Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ads Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month?
You don't need a website or prior experience to do this. You can even learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course. This course works, and it even gives you access to a private group that is full of testimonials.
Check out the testimonials here and see people who are making up to $10,000 per month doing this.
5. Flipping Items
A flipper is someone who flips products for profit. My friend Melissa, of Flipper University, created a guide that teaches people her secrets and strategies for reaching over $100k in sales after their first year of full-time flipping.
These are a few of the things she’s flipped for profit:
- An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later.
- A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000just one month later.
- A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day.
She even created a course called Flipper University that teaches students how to become a successful flipper. Melissa says her students can expect to make $500-$2,500 per monthin their first year.
6. Teaching English with Magic Ears
Magic Ears is a company based in China that hires English speakers from the U.S. and Canada to teach English.
Don't have teaching experience? No bachelor's degree or teaching certifications? No problem.
Magic Ears pays teachers up to $26 per hour and provides all the curriculum for you.
So what are you waiting for? Life is short! If you're ready to start a new side hustle but have fear that you won't have time for it, take a close look at how you spend every minute during the day. You'll most likely realize you do have time for it. 🙂
Do you balance a side hustle with a full-time job? How do you do it?
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