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3 Side Hustle Secrets for Full-Time Success

Published on 15th September 2018

Whether you're considering starting a side hustle or hopping aboard the part-time job train, any concerns are typically rooted in the same general area: the concept of time.

After all, full-time jobs have their name for a reason. You are expected to designate all of your attention toward this particular role and any associated tasks during working hours.

Because of this, many people entertain the idea of taking on a side hustle and then quickly give up.

They likely have a specific passion and general vision for what they want to do, but feel that they lack the capacity to do so.

Their creative side is begging for them to explore, but their business side is reminding them that it's impractical. 

Truth be told, I used to be one of those people.

I knew that I loved to write, and how rewarding it felt to write articles that truly resonated with people and helped them succeed. 

However, I also knew that I worked full-time in public relations. 

Being a part of this fast-paced, busy, and often stressful environment, I always concluded that I shouldn't let myself get too sidetracked.

Later on, I learned that maintaining this balance is possible. It just takes a little more effort and a lot more prioritizing. 

Here are 3 tips to help you conquer your side hustle like a pro:

Starting a side hustle can be intimidating for many reasons. A common initial worry is simply not having enough time in the day.

Truthfully, this process takes a little bit of trial and error to accomplish.

Try testing out a few different times to determine when you're at your best. You'll know you've found your sweet spot when you're 100% free of distractions and fully motivated.

I used to attempt to write in the evenings after my day job, and quickly learned that this was certainly not my sweet spot.

I felt drained from a busy day, and the last thing I wanted to do was put my mind to work again.

Eventually, I discovered that Saturday and Sunday mornings are the best times for me to tackle a writing session.

My mind is refreshed and free from work worries, and I produce high-quality work because I feel good about being fully committed. 

Bottom line: Figure out times that fit nicely into your schedule, and evaluate your productivity levels. Once you find your groove, be strict with yourself about following it.

By establishing a side hustle schedule, you'll eliminate the chance of slacking off or procrastinating. 

Plus, it's the kickstart you need to start making your dreams a reality. 

Don't be afraid to switch up your strategies. 

Since I started getting serious about writing, I've explored a variety of methods to grow my audience, engage with others, and gain recognition.

In these situations, it's often all about learning as you go.

Even if you and another person have a similar niche, it doesn't necessarily mean that what's worked for them will also work for you.

You can read about all of the "best practices" that you want, but it ultimately comes down to you and your business.

To be successful, you'll need to uncover strategies that help you resonate with the right people and bring your value to light.

Sometimes, this can involve letting go of your original game plan and replacing it with alternate methods that may be more effective.

Switching things up can be scary at first. 

However, it's important to remind yourself that you're not straying from your original goal. You're simply exploring different paths to reach the same destination.

If you're too resistant to change, you'll end up stalling your growth. 

And since you've committed to the whole side hustle shebang, you might as well do it right. 

Never pass up the opportunity to make connections.

Although side hustles typically involve a great deal of independent work, don't underestimate the power of growing your network.

Connections aren't always about getting ahead. They can also offer opportunities to collaborate, along with relevant expertise and guidance  that can positively impact your business. 

So rather than keeping things competitive, try joining relevant social media groups to connect with others that share the same subject matter or focus.

Along with online communities, you can also keep an eye out for relevant networking events in your area.

When I started out writing for online publications 3 years ago, making connections was never high on my priority list.

Eventually, I discovered that networking is critical to achieving your goals and enhancing your impact.

After all, how can you "make it big" if nobody knows who you are? 

17 Comments Add a Comment?


Charlotte Jessop

Posted on Sept. 15, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

I love a side hustle but I've been terrible at sticking to time limits on mine recently. I'll have to start setting some more targets.



Posted on Sept. 15, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

I completely agree that was has worked for others might not work for you! Find your groove and what really resonates with your audience and roll with it. Along with your thoughts on connections...you cannot build an empire alone! We need to support and invest in each other! Love this post girl!



Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 12:09 a.m.

Love these tips! I’m hoping to make my blog my side hustle and I was pleased to see these geared towards writing, though also more generally applicable.


RJ Dancel

Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 5:16 a.m.

Thank you for the tips. Actually, reading through it, I really want to make my blog a side hustle - like earn from it somehow to help save for our kid's future and future travels. But with all the things I'm doing, I haven't been able to sit down and really think how to brand, and what direction to bring my website :)

These are all useful!!!



Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 5:46 a.m.

This is so true. I’ve seen many of my friends take up initiatives for building a side business but abandon it since the pressure got to them. I’m sure your tips are going to be pretty useful to them.



Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Your tips are practical and simple to follow. Unlike many who go overboard with their suggestions, you have put across your ideas without much ado.Well written article :)


Hina Siddiqui

Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

Valuable stuff!


Bekah Writes

Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Super helpful tips for managing the side hustle life! I'm so lost without my time slot calendar, it's made managing all of my different endeavors so much less stressful! Cheers!



Posted on Sept. 16, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Thanks for the tips! I'm still struggling with time because seems like there's always something coming my way. Switching up strategies are something that I have to learn.



Posted on Sept. 17, 2018, 3:35 a.m.

Great post! I really agree with your idea to designate time slots and force yourself to stick to them. However, it's certainly easier said than done. There are times when I wish I could just work full-time on my side hustle, but then I remember I actually love my "day job" too and it provides the means to live comfortably. Finding the balance between the two has been very challenging for me!

Often it's a matter of time and energy. I'm either out of time or completely exhausted from taking care of adult/family responsibilities or working in my regular full-time job. I would love to see your thoughts sometime on how to power through with working on your side hustle when you are tired from everything else life throws at you! I try to designate the time when I know I'll be more energized, but I find that life can be too unpredictable sometimes to plan how I'll feel on a Saturday!



Posted on Sept. 17, 2018, 1:38 p.m.

Great article!



Posted on Sept. 17, 2018, 1:43 p.m.

These are great tips! I recently had to change the time I worked on my side hustle and it’s made a world of difference! I actually got a blog post out on time. This rarely happened before.



Posted on Sept. 17, 2018, 1:51 p.m.

Such usefull tips here - thank you for sharing! I used to balance the two and wish I read this back then!!


Heather @ A Life In Labor

Posted on Sept. 17, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

This is so true! As soon I started to remember these tips I started to become much more productive in my hustle!



Posted on Sept. 17, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

Flexibility and networking are definitely an essential things for the side hustles. Great article! Thanks!



Posted on Sept. 21, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Great post and yes without time management we cannot achieve success.Specially when you are working full time but thinking of starting some side hustle as well.
I remember when I was working full time I used make sure before the end of the day I must have learned or done something towards starting my own business. It was slow but I have finally achieved it.


Alice V

Posted on Sept. 23, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

your tips really resonate with blogging. unless you like just putting stuff on the internet and don't care if anyone is reading it, you need to have plan to invest in it, meet other bloggers that can help you along the way, and keep investing in yourself, blogging education and trying new things.

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