5 Tips for Managing Your Freelance Side Hustle

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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.

Freelancing allows you to do the work that you want, on your own terms- all while going to a “regular” job at the same time too.

However, if you’re working freelance as a side hustle alongside other responsibilities, such as kids or another job, it’s so important to find a few ways to organise your time!

In this post, I’ve come up with 5 simple tips to effectively manage your freelance side hustle.

1. Don’t just use one calendar

Although you might like to keep track of your work, deadlines and blogging schedule in one place, don’t forget to utilise all the different ways that you can organise your time.

I like to use alerts on my phone or computer to remind me of upcoming deadlines.

I also make notes by hand to give myself a break from screens.

2. Don’t spend too long on one task

As a freelancer, you might have 2 projects or even 20 at any one time.

However, it’s important to avoid spending all your time on just one task.

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.

Desk with laptop, notepad, pen and mug- managing your side hustle

You might be surprised about the kind of work freelancers can pick up!

It’s not just writing or blogging, it can be anything from creating graphic designs to interpreting services or translation.

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.

That means 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 ad hoc. 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 focusing on something else.

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.

A person uses a laptop on a desk, with books open beside her on the desk- tips for managing your side hustle

This could include working at a desk (and not your bed) or even doing your work in a separate space, such as a café.

Giving yourself time to rest is central to your success!

5. Use your spare time wisely

Working at the same time as growing your freelance side hustle can be tough- and that’s why your spare time is so valuable.

It’s important to make the most of your time!

Plan your day in advance or prioritise your tasks on the day.

You don’t need hours and hours to create quality work, it’s all about utilising the time you do have and learning to prioritise 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 blogging or freelance goals for the future?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Happy reading x

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