The Double Hustle: Managing Your 9-5 Job While Growing Your Business

The Double Hustle: Managing Your 9-5 While Growing Your Business | Managing your 9-5 job while also growing your side business can be tricky. Click to learn the ways you can double your hustle, without feeling totally drained!

Guest bio: AllieDanae is a Virtual Assistant out of Atlanta, Georgia. She loves systems and organization as well as helping small businesses grow. An avid believer in “work smarter, not harder” AllieDanae knows she can help you leverage the tasks on your to-do list to take you business to the next level. When she isn’t sitting behind her computer working and drinking cup after cup of coffee, she can be found spending time with her friends and family and exploring the Atlanta neighborhood – and eating lots of guac. You can find her at www.TheSocialWalker.com and also on Instagram and Twitter

Hi there! I am excited to be sharing with you the benefits of time management while starting or growing your business! Currently, I work 8:30-5:30 at my ‘day job’, the occasional 6-9 at my “fun job” (and some weekends) and have started building and growing my business so I can have my “dream job.” It’s crazy, I know, but I am looking forward to the day all of the craziness pays off! Today I’m sharing with you how you too can get it all done!

The Double Hustle: Managing Your 9-5 While Growing Your Business | Managing your 9-5 job while also growing your side business can be tricky. Click to learn the ways you can double your hustle, without feeling totally drained!

The Double Hustle: Managing Your 9-5 Job While Growing Your Business

Making your side hustle a full-time job will take a lot of time and effort that you think you might not have, but we all have a few extra hours in the day if we just take a moment to look.

For me, it was my lunch hour. I used to go the park and sit and read a book for fun. Which, I still do from time to time, but on certain days, that is the only hour I have to work on my business (unless I get up earlier…which my roommates will tell you, doesn’t happen often!).

During that one hour on my lunch break, I can get so much more done than I originally thought. I know I only have an hour and I stay focused. Making lists is a huge thing for me, and being able to cross something off makes me really giddy, so I have become a pro at tackling a few tasks on my list during an hour.

It all starts with planning and time blocking. Do you use a paper planner or an online/app calendar? If not, I suggest starting with a paper calendar and printing a blank template from your computer (or you can get mine here).

Fill in or block out all the time you don’t have available to find your “white spaces”. Have you established goals for the month? If yes, write them down at the top of the calendar. Goals can range from blogging X times a week to setting up X number of client calls per month.

The next step is to look at times you know you have available. I’ve included a shot of my upcoming week.

Managing your 9-5 job while growing your business

I found all the white spaces and determined how I wanted to use each space available. Any food blogger will tell you to meal prep on Sundays, so why not BizPrep on Sundays too? If you want to keep Sunday free and clear of business, then I’d recommend using your Friday slot to BizPrep for the next week.

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The Double Hustle: Managing Your 9-5 While Growing Your Business | Managing your 9-5 job while also growing your side business can be tricky. Click to learn the ways you can double your hustle, without feeling totally drained!

Let’s break it down:

Sunday: write/proof/schedule blog post for the week or client’s work
Monday-Thursday: 12-1p > 1 hour of work (“networking” in online communities, client work, returning emails, etc.)
Friday: 12-1p > Prep for the following week, confirming calls, appointments, and deadlines
Evenings & Saturdays: writing more blog posts and client work

Now that you’ve found your white spaces, break down your monthly goals into action / achievable goals. What do you need to do this week to get you where you want to be next week to get you to your end of month goal? Always keeping your end goal in mind will help motivate you to keep moving forward, even if it is just 30 minutes a day.

Remember, you do not need to fill all of the white spaces with your passion hustle, but if you truly want it to take off, then you will need to work at it every single day.

I work in the real estate industry for my “day job” and one of the biggest mantras I hear is “what you do now will impact your business in 3 months / 90 days.” Where do you want to be in 3 months? What you schedule in your white spaces is one step forward to reaching that goal.

The Double Hustle: Managing Your 9-5 While Growing Your Business | Managing your 9-5 job while also growing your side business can be tricky. Click to learn the ways you can double your hustle, without feeling totally drained!

Here are a few other key things to remember:

  1. You need to give yourself limits – working 24/7 is not the dream job. It’s so cliche to say, but “work smarter, not harder.” Running on fumes every day for months on end is not healthy. Use some of your white space as recovery time. Even marathon runners take build recovery days into their training. (See my blank white space on Saturday? TSwift may not be right on this one – don’t always fill that blank space! haha)
  2. This may seem silly but – remember to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner! This is crucial to maintaining a healthy balance (I often remind myself that popcorn doesn’t count)! If I’m home by 6pm, I will eat, do something around the house (I should really start including some exercise!) until 7:30 and then work until 9:30-10p.
  3. Make sure you set boundaries – you don’t need to be answering client emails after midnight. There might not be anything worse than your clients becoming accustomed to late night email threads. Draft that email, and use a tool like Boomerang for Gmail that will send it during your “office hours.”
  4. Don’t work right up until your eyes close – shut your computer off at least 30 minutes before bed, and truly unwind. You will thank yourself in the morning.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful! You really can start your dream job today and take little steps each day to achieve your goals, but you’ve got to write them down and just start.

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