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In the past year or so I’ve been trying to build my freelance work on the side of my part-time job. And I have to say, I love it so much!
I get to write website content one day and edit blog posts for fellow bloggers another day. It’s different everyday, and I can still manage my own blog and social media platforms when I have the time.
Freelance work is such a fantastic way to do what you want to do, on your own terms- all while still going to a “regular” job if this is something you want/need to do.
However, if you’re working freelance as a side hustle alongside other responsibilities, it’s so important to find ways to manage your time.
As your freelance work increases, you might find yourself needing to switch up your routine, or try something a bit different.
In this post, I’ve come up with 5 tips for managing your freelance side hustle alongside your other responsibilities- including parenting, working, or just day-to-day life admin.
1. Don’t just use one calendar
While you might like keeping track of your work, deadlines, and blogging schedule in one place (and that’s great!) don’t forget to utilise all the ways you can organise your time.
I like to use alerts on my phone or computer to remind me of upcoming deadlines, and making notes by hand can give you a break from your phone.
2. Don’t spend too long on one task
As a freelancer, you might have 2 projects or 20 at any one time- but try to avoid spending all your time on just one thing. Time is a precious thing, so unless I have a deadline I tend to split my time between projects- and this helps everything feel fresh.
A valuable tip I learned from a fellow freelancer is that you should always be spending a portion of your time finding your next gig, so that any short term projects can be easily replaced when they are over.
3. Give yourself a cut off time
If you’re going out with friends or you’re taking a weekend away- give yourself a cut off time to do your work. For me, my work can be quite adhoc, so if I have something planned, I usually say to myself “okay, so I’ll finish everything I have at the moment, and anything that comes in after 5 can be done tomorrow”.
This stops me from obsessing about work while I should be resting or focusing on another responsibility- and allows me some time to work to a deadline beforehand.
4. Create a separation between work and rest
One of the key ways to manage your side hustle or freelance work is to make sure you create a separation between work and rest. This could include working at a desk (and not your bed) or even doing your work in a separate room or café.
Giving yourself time to rest is central to your success.
5. Use your spare time wisely
Working or parenting at the same time as growing your freelance side hustle can be tough- and that’s why your spare time is so valuable! Do whatever you need to do to make the most of the time you have.
Plan your day in advance or prioritise your tasks on the day- just make sure that any time when you’re not working in a “regular” job or busy with friends and family, choose to make the most of your time.
You don’t need hours and hours to create quality work, it’s all about utilising the time you do have and prioritising your tasks!
How do you manage your freelance side hustle? Do you have any tips for managing your side hustle or freelance work? What are your freelance goals for the future?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x